STORYTIME OUTDOORS - 10:15 A.M. WED SEPT 9-23

Storytime Outdoors will take place Wednesdays, at 10:15 a.m. September 9 through 23, on the library's side lawn, weather permitting. On September 30, Storytime Outdoors will be offered in the evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Content will be geared toward a broad age range, from babies to early elementary. Enjoy an exciting mash-up of books, language, music, movement, and play, with uplifting and informative nuggets for caregivers. A limited number of chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite blankets or chairs as seating too. 

Programs are free and registration is not required. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.  All events adhere to current requirements for social distancing, building capacity guidelines, and mask requirements. Stay informed regarding updates, including weather cancellations, on the library’s website or Facebook page.

SEPT 17 & 24 BOOK MATES

Youth services librarian, Linda DeCramer, will be on hand Thursdays, September 17 and 24 from 6-7:30 p.m., to offer personalized readers advisory on a first-come-first-served basis. Interviews will focus on finding the right books to engage and excite young prereaders and readers with customized reading lists for every level and interest.

Programs are free and registration is not required. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.  All events adhere to current requirements for social distancing, building capacity guidelines, and mask requirements. Stay informed regarding updates, including weather cancellations, on the library’s website or Facebook page.

 

Book Discussion Group

Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group on Monday the 28th!  September's selection is "Jackie, Janet & Lee" by J. Ran Taraborrelli. Copies of the book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last. Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting will be provided when patrons check out a copy of the book or by contacting the library.

From Amazon.com:

A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the 20th Century: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill.

“Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?” Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. “Money and Power,” she would say. It was a lesson neither would ever forget. They followed in their mother’s footsteps after her marriages to the philandering socialite “Black Jack” Bouvier and the fabulously rich Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss.

Jacqueline Bouvier would marry John F. Kennedy and the story of their marriage is legendary, as is the story of her second marriage to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Less well known is the story of her love affair with a world renowned architect and a British peer. Her sister, Lee, had liaisons with one and possibly both of Jackie's husbands, in addition to her own three marriages―to an illegitimate royal, a Polish prince and a Hollywood director.

If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli's book paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.

September Update - Library Use during COVID-19

Effective September 1st, please note the following temporary changes to our usual library policies and procedures.

Visiting the library:

  • Face coverings are required for ages 5 and up.
  • The library's main level is limited to a total of 25 patrons at a time. Patrons must check in at the front desk.
  • Distanced seating is available and face coverings are required if you are seated – no exceptions.
  • Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver at all times.

Meeting / Study Room Use:

  • The Silver Creek and Nash Rooms will be available weekdays until 4 p.m. for socially distanced quiet study for students (middle school and older) and adults.  The Silver Creek Room has tables and chairs in rows and the Nash Room has comfortable chairs around the perimeter of the room.
    • Face coverings are required
    • One person per table/chair
    • Furniture may not be moved
    • Rooms will be monitored
  • The Silver Creek and Nash Rooms will be available for group meetings beginning at 4 p.m. on weekdays and during open hours on weekends, and the Jorgenson Room will be available for meetings during regular library hours. 
    • Maximum capacity is 16 for the Silver Creek Room, 9 for the Nash Room, and 2 for the Jorgenson Room.
    • Groups must maintain social distancing
    • Face coverings are required
    • No food allowed
    • Furniture may not be moved
    • Rooms will be monitored
    • All meeting room reservations must be booked in advance with the library director.
  • The digital piano will be available, limit one person in the room at a time or multiple people from the same household, and may be booked with any staff member.
  • The free book area located in the lower level lobby will also be open beginning September 1.  People interested in browsing these shelves should check in at the front desk.

Computer use:

  • Face coverings are required to use a computer — no exceptions
  • Daily time limit is 2 hours
  • Limit one person per computer
  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis

General conduct:

  • Patrons must maintain social distancing (six feet) between staff and other patrons (non-family) at all times.
  • Patrons exhibiting signs of illness or who do not feel well are not allowed in the library.
  • Please be considerate of others when visiting the library.
  • Photocopiers and faxing are available.

Curbside pickup:

  • Call-ahead curbside pickup is available for your convenience.
  • Call 920-748-6160 and staff will set your items outside.

YOUTH SERVICES BIBLIO CARE FOR THE WORLD

In the wake of George Floyd's killing, the library is seeing a remarkable uptick in requests for books about race and racism in its many forms. This quest to make sense of the incomprehensible and how it relates to our own existence is necessary; books are a perfect medium for such work. “Books are anchors during life’s biggest storms; they are escape hatches when the world is too much to take; they are springboards to new ideas and understandings. Books are warm blankets and can save readers from the feelings of loneliness and heartache.” –Katy Tessman

Still, how do we talk to children about a world seemingly gone crazy?! Through books! Books are wisdom-filled gems, embracing the complexities and ambiguities of our world in ways which a child can then engage with, relate to, and discuss. Read more to access links to organizations and books dedicated to exploring race and diversity as mainstream rather than framing it as something “other” or “extra” that we do.

Check out our YouTube channel!

This summer, library events have gone virtual. Library staff have been busy creating content for our YouTube channel, where you can find virtual StoryTime, craft and cooking videos, book talks and more. Just click the image at left or this link and start watching. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be the first to know when we post new videos!

Due to publisher restrictions, our virtual StoryTime videos are unlisted - but you can view them all here. You'll need to log in with your library card number and PIN.

And, if you're enrolled in our Beanstack-powered Summer Reading Program, many of our videos include SECRET CODEWORDS that you can use to unlock additional badges and tickets for our prize drawings!

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

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

visit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 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.