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!  Through the month of March, the Romper Room will be open as follows:

FRIDAYS | 9 A.M.—5 P.M.

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

SATURDAYS | 9 A.M.—3 P.M (except March 21)

SUNDAYS | 1-3 P.M.

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


WED MARCH 4 @ 5:30 P.M.

BMO HARRIS PRESENTS: "Cyber Crime: protecting your kids & your money"

An informative, interactive time for kids and their adults to learn how to identify online traps, create effective passwords, and remember the types of information NEVER TO GIVE AWAY!



It's an all-things-Seuss birthday bash. Come play, 'cause fun is good!

MARCH 11 Babies, Birth, & Beyond: Knowing Your Options: Selecting a Birth Provider

Babies, Birth & Beyond: Parenting Support Group  

Ripon Public Library, in partnership with Joyful Birth Services and Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, is proud to announce Babies, Birth & Beyond: a parenting support group. Babies, Birth & Beyond aims to create a safe, encouraging environment for caregivers of children of all ages, where they can explore a variety of parenting techniques, learn to engage with their children, and find support from their peers. A new parenting topic will be explored each month, with a dedicated time for Q&A and discussion. Children welcome. Learn and grow with us at the library on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 P.M.: 

March 11: Knowing Your Options: Selecting a Birth Provider 

Your choice of a maternity care provider and birth setting can affect the kind of care you receive, the choices and options you will have during labor and birth, and the amount of involvement you have in decisions regarding your care. Take time with us to learn about how different options can help you have a safe and satisfying birth experience. 



Enjoy a free showing of Frozen II! PG | 1 hr 43 minutes

Picking up shortly after the events of 2013’s Oscar-winning original, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff once again leave Arendelle to visit an ancient, enchanted forest in their quest to find the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their cherished kingdom. (Swank, 2019)

Popcorn and snacks will be served. Children under 8 years should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The 2020 Library Wonders Calendar!

LIBRARY WONDERS CALENDARS ARE GORGEOUS! 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!

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. 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.



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.

WEDNESDAYS 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.

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


MARCH 17 Adult Game Night - Storytelling Games (16+)

Tuesday, February 17 | 6 P.M. | Storytelling – Adult Game Night (Ages 16+) 

Get your game face on and enjoy modern board games at the library! This month, we are featuring Call to Adventure, a character-driven dice-rolling game. A major mechanic of this game is its storytelling, which enable players to play as a hero whose destiny players control through their decisions in the game. Snake Pil, Dixit, and Story Cubes 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. 

MARCH 28 Mad Hatter Escape Room (Ages 10 - adult)

Mad Hatter: Escape Room

Don’t be late for this very important date! Solve the clues and make it to the Mad Hatter’s tea party before the clock runs out at this Alice in Wonderland themed escape room. Participants must register, with a limit of 8 persons per time slot (call 748-6160 or stop by the library): 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.

More times will become available if all time slots are filled. For ages 10—adult.  

Tax Form information for 2019

*** Please call the library for current availability of tax forms and instruction booklets.  ***


January 30 update: we have received 2019 federal tax form booklets and a limited number of instruction booklets. Additional instruction booklets are expected soon. All 2019 state forms have arrived and will be available while supplies last.

General information:

Book Discussion Group

Join us for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  February's selection is "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.


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.

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.

APRIL 4 Family NERF event

Family NERF event (for grades 3 + up with accompanied caregiver) 

Join in on this popular after-hours event, open to families for the first time! Space is limited. Call the library at 748-6160 to register, beginning on Friday, March 27. Caregivers must sign up, complete waiver and participate with their children in this team-oriented adventure. Limit of 3 children per guardian.  

The library will supply a cache of darts for everyone to use during the event. B.Y.O.B. (bring your own unmodified, dart-style blaster) if you have one! A small number of NERF blasters will be available for participants to borrow.  

Recommended: For those completing waivers in advance, they will be available beginning Friday, March 27. Legal guardians must pick up waiver. Library staff will not be handing them out to underage participants.

If waiver is not completed in advance, please arrive early on the afternoon of the event to sign waivers. Doors will be locked at 4:00 P.M.