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 with master storyteller Margaret Meyers! Ms. Meyers has a masters degree in storytelling and delights audiences of all ages. Enjoy a passel of delightful tales to tickle the funny bone and spark the imagination.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.

Summer 2019 - READ FOR A CAUSE RESULTS

Summer 2019 Read for a Cause results are in! Congratulations to the Ripon Senior Center for winning first place in our annual Read for a Cause campaign! Earning 1,615 votes, they will receive $250, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, toward the purchase of new AV equipment for their activity center. Ripon's First Lego League earned second place honors with 1,393 votes and will receive $150. The third-place prize of $100 will go to the library's new board game collection which earned 1,199 votes.

Thank you to all who participated in the summer reading program - you made your voices heard, your votes count, were gracious prize winners and integral in another great Summer Library Program!

Last, but NOT LEAST, thank you to our sponsors who made it all possible: The Friends of the Ripon Public Library, Webster's Marketplace, J's BBQ, Farrell's Fine Furnishings, and Mr. & Mrs. P's Eatery. Please give these businesses a visit and a hearty thank you!

OCTOBER 18 How to Train Your Dragon : the Hidden World

NO SCHOOL TODAY...Enjoy an INTERACTIVE showing of

How To Train Your Dragon : Hidden World

on Friday October 18 at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M.

110 MINUTES | PG | 2019 | FREE | POPCORN WILL BE SERVED 

AGES 8 AND UP MAY ATTEND WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION - A CAREGIVER CELL PHONE NUMBER MUST BE PROVIDED

Description from DreamWorks Animation: A surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown...and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. In this last chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies, and dragon and rider will fight together to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

Director : Dean DeBlois

Cast : Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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.

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. 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.

 

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.