The 2020 Library Wonders Calendar!

Ripon Public Library & Blue Bucket Photography are pleased to introduce the 2020 Library Wonders Calendar!Local entrepreneur Mary Shudy, of Blue Bucket Photography, has created a one-of-a-kind wall calendar featuring area children in favorite children's book settings. All proceeds from sales of this calendar will be dedicated toward funding a redesign and renovation of the Ripon Public Library Children's Department.* You can preorder your copy today! 

Just print and FILL OUT THIS FORM. Return it to the Ripon Public Library with your check payable to Friends of the Ripon Public Library. Drop off your form at the library or send to Linda DeCramer, Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson Street, Ripon, WI 54971.

Calendars will be available this fall for pick up at the library, or mailed for an additional charge.  Please direct questions to Linda DeCramer, 920-748-6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org.

Thank you for supporting the Library Wonders Project and the Ripon Public Library!

Mary Shudy, www.bluebucketphotography.com

Linda DeCramer, Children’s Librarian

*The last update to the children’s department was 20 years ago. Since then, MUCH has changed inthe world of public libraries! Additions to services and collections since 1999 include assorted technology, a circulatingtoy 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.

WEDNESDAYS SEPT 11 - OCT 16 STORYTIMES

LITERACY (AND FUN) BASED STORYTIMES!

Adult & child participants enjoy an exciting mash-up of language, music, movement, and play with a focus on STEAM and early literacy learning activities!

SEPT 11 - OCT 9

Bouncing Babies @ 9:15 a.m. (FOR 6 MONTHS TO 2 1/2 YRS)

Peppy Preschoolers @ 10:15 a.m. (FOR 2 1/2 YRS & up)

Pajama Time for Families @ 6:30 P.M. Wednesday OCT 16. Enjoy an evening of stories, music and creative activities. Pajamas welcome, for an easy bedtime transition.

 Questions? Contact Children's Librarian Linda DeCramer | 920.748.6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org

10/12/19 Tom Pease in Concert!

Celebrated children's entertainer and recording artist, Tom Pease, performs at the library on Saturday, October 12 @ 11 A.M.Tom's storytelling and musical performances delight the young and the young at heart! Come one, come all to this free event cosponsored by the Ripon Area School District.

EXTRA BONUS! All graduates of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten will be honored.

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.

 

WHY READ TO A DOG?

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.

FREE DROP IN EVENT with READING REWARDS

For all dates, please call ahead to confirm scheduling. 920.748.6160

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

 

FINE FORGIVENESS

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.

Book Discussion Group

book coverJoin us for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  June's selection is "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave. Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.

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!  August's selection is "Hillbilly Elegy" by J. D. Vance. Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.