Beat the winter blahs—visit the ROMPER ROOM!

Physical activity & human connections are important for healthy, happy human beings, and the Romper Room facilitates both!

Fridays | 9 A.M.—5 P.M., January 3, 17, 24, 31 

A “golden nugget”—simple, inexpensive ideas for keeping kids occupied—will be offered on Fridays, 9:30-10:30 A.M.

SUPER Saturday | 10 A.M.—Noon | January 11

Sundays | 1-3 P.M. | January 5, 19, 26

February and March dates will be announced after January’s trial run… stay tuned!

What is the Romper Room? Hosted in the library’s Silver Creek Room, the RR offers time and space for caregivers to be active and engaged with their young children, age 0-8 years. What to expect: trike and trailer, balance bike, bowling, croquet, ball toss, giant parachute, community play carpet + vehicles, hop scotch,  giant LEGOs, pull toys, hippity-hop balls, scooter boards, and more.

 For more information, contact Linda DeCramer - 920-748-6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org

JANUARY 20 Retro Gaming: Dance Dance Revolution & Mario Kart (For grades 6-12)

Get out of the house and get moving to some classic beats during a fast-moving game of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) on the big screen! Mario Kart and Mario Party will also be available to play simultaneously on a second big screen. Join in on some old-school fun at the library on Friday, December 27 at 2:00 P.M.!  


We will honor the life and legacy of MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. with a 2 P.M. movie showing of DISNEY’S SELMA, LORD, SELMA.
Clifton Powell as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a tale about the civil-rights movement, set in 1965 Alabama. Jurnee Smollett, Yolanda King. Not rated; 120 minutes

JAN 20-24 —Beginning Monday, January 20, and throughout the rest of the week, participate in a "Doves of Peace" collaborative sticker art project during library hours.


JANUARY 21 Pattern Building Games - Adult Game Night (Ages 16+)

Tuesday, January 21 | 6 P.M. | Pattern Building – Adult Game Night (Ages 16+) 

Get your game face on and enjoy modern board games at the library! This month, we are featuring Azul, an award-winning tile-laying game where players use Moorish tiles to decorate the palace for their King.  A major mechanic of this game is its pattern building, which enable players to earn a higher score if they can place tiles in specific patterns. Dragon Castle, Kingdomino, and Sagrada are other games that feature this game mechanic and will also be available to play. Adult Game Night meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month. 

New to gaming or need something different to play? Be sure to check out the library’s new Modern Board Game collection. Patrons 13 and older can check out up to two games on their library card for two weeks. There is a diverse selection of award-winning games to enjoy! 



Caregivers and babies, 6 months to 2 years, enjoy 20 +/- minutes of books, music, and activities to excite little minds and pave the way for development of early literacy skills.

Come early and stay late to play and connect with others in the midst of the joys and challenges of raising little people!

For more information contact Linda Decramer: 920-748-6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org.



Designed for children 2 1/2 years old and up.
Adult and child participants enjoy an exciting mash-up of language, music, movement, and play with a focus on early literacy learning activities!

Come early and stay late to play and connect with others in the midst of the joys and challenges of raising little people.

R.E.A.D. Reading Education Assistance Dog

Paws to R.E.A.D. with a READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOG Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 P.M.


Animals are ideal reading companions! They foster relaxation and listen attentively. When a dog is "listening" fear of failure is removed, allowing a reader  to progress at their own pace. The dog's handler is a skilled facilitator who provides subtle support without creating performance pressure in the child.


For all dates, please call ahead to confirm scheduling - 920.748.6160. Please note these holiday season cancellations: No R.E.A.D. Wednesday, November 27 - Happy Thanksgiving! N0 R.E.A.D. December 18 through January 8. R.E.A.D. resumes January 15, 2020.

Click here for more info on the benefits of READING WITH AN ANIMAL.


The 2020 Library Wonders Calendar!

LIBRARY WONDERS CALENDARS ARE IN, AND THEY ARE GORGEOUS! Get your limited edition copies while supplies last! This delightful 12-month wall calendar features area children in settings inspired by favorite children's books! It's the perfect gift for book lovers, educators, and the young at heart! There are multiple ways to get your calendars - 1 calendar = $15; 2 or more are $12.50 each.

Thanks to these generous business sponsors, every penny of your purchase goes directly toward funding a renovation of the library's children's department: Back Porch Gatherings, Knuth Brewing Co., Homan Auto Group, Surface & Surroundings, Visioncare Associates, Mr. & Mrs. P's, Vines & Rushes Winery, Del Monte Foods Inc., and Blue Bucket Photography.

1) Drop by any of these locations to purchase with cash or check: Ripon Public Library, Back Porch Gatherings, Knuth Brewing Co. and Webster's Marketplac . 2) Make your purchase online, for pick up at the library, or shipped with fees. LIBRARY WONDERS CREDIT CARD PURCHASE.

Local entrepreneur Mary Shudy, of Blue Bucket Photography, developed the artistic vision and lovingly masterminded the creation of this a one-of-a-kind wall calendar. ADDED BONUS - All proceeds from this fundraiser are dedicated toward a redesign and renovation of the Ripon Public Library children's department. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


Mary Shudy, www.bluebucketphotography.com

Linda DeCramer, Youth Services Librarian

Please direct questions to Linda DeCramer, 920-748-6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org.

*The last update to the children’s department was 20 years ago. Since then, MUCH has changed in the world of public libraries! Additions to services and collections since 1999 include assorted technology, a circulating toy library, a makerspace collection, and an early literacy activity/resources center, with more to come. While these additions have been accommodated within the existing space, a renovation will greatly enhance access and usability for library patrons.


Love Your Library!

Are overdue fines keeping youth you know away from the Ripon Public Library? They’re welcome back to clear up those fines with a fine forgiveness initiative, beginning Thursday February 14! Library users, 0-16 years old, are invited to read away their fines, with every hour spent reading at the library equal to $5.00 in fine forgiveness. A young child who is not yet reading can participate with an adult reader’s assistance. This initiative is made possible by an anonymous donor. Call 748-6160, or, visit the library for details.

Cyber Safety for kids

A new interactive cyber safety resource is available for parents & guardians! Created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help keep kids safe online.

Cyber Safety Course

(Note, the course make take a few moments to load).

FREE Books for your child with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Ripon Reads Logo

The Ripon Area United Way is pleased to present the Imagination Library to Ripon children under the age of 5.

Call 920-345-READ (7323) or visit www.imaginationlibrary.com to register

What Is It?
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine that Could. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. Best of all it is FREE! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Introducing Our Digital Piano

Known for "More Than Books", the library expands its resources and repertoire with the joy of music! The library is pleased to announce the addition of a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-675 to its selection of unique resources for library patrons. The piano is available, by reservation, for library sponsored events and for free public use in the library's meeting rooms - including practice, programs and recitals, offered at no cost.

Funding from the fall 2017 Giving Tuesday campaign, plus individual donors Elizabeth Olson and Mandy and John Hughes, made the purchase possible.

Planning for a holiday concert and sing-along featuring area musicians of all ages is currently underway. For more information, or to participate in the concert, please contact Linda DeCramer, decramer@riponlibrary.org, or call 920-748-6160.

Book Discussion Group

Join us for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  September's selection is the classic "Clock Dance" by Anne Tyler. Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.