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Courtesy laptop now available for your convenience

For times when demand for Internet stations exceeds supply, for parents who want to remain mobile while their children use the library, and for patrons who need to take exams or fill out applications online without fear of time restrictions - the library has a solution! If Internet access is all you need, patrons 18 years of age or older may checkout our Courtesy Laptop at the front desk. Time limits are dependent on battery life, computer demand, and staff discretion, and use is covered by the library's existing Internet & computer use policies.

Now accepting payments by credit/debit card


Have you been putting off paying your library fines because you never seem to have cash or your checkbook on hand?  Or, perhaps you've found yourself trying to place a hold from home on the latest bestseller, only to find your account blocked with no way to pay - since it was a Sunday night and the library was closed.

Now you can pay your library fines with your credit or debit card, and you can even pay from home!  Simply access the Your Account screen, find the button labeledand follow the directions.  You may also pay your fines by presenting your card in person at the library.

Michael Edmonds Presents Paul Bunyan History

Join us on Saturday, April 17, at 2:30 pm and hear guest speaker Michael Edmonds present “Bunyan's Progress: How the Private Jokes of Lumberjacks Became America's Best-Known Folk Hero." Edmonds, a Wisconsin author, will share new discoveries about Paul Bunyan's origins among working-class loggers in the 1880s. He'll recount a saga of lies, hoaxes, thefts, and greed that carried Bunyan out of the woods, into print, onto the children's shelves in every public library, and ultimately onto YouTube. He'll also describe how printing and publication forever changed the oral tales, and share some of the earliest authentic Bunyan stories as they were told aloud by Wisconsin lumberjacks during the 1880s and 1890s.

Michael Edmonds is deputy director of the Library-Archives division at the Wisconsin Historical Society, where he has worked since 1982. For the last decade he has overseen the Society's efforts to digitize collections, leading the teams that have put nearly half a million pages of manuscripts, rare books, journals, and photos onto the Web. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin as an adjunct lecturer since 1986. He writes the weekly syndicated newspaper column, Odd Wisconsin, and the blog of the same name. His most recent article, "More Groovy than Woodstock" -- about the Grateful Dead's visit to a rock festival in rural Poynette, Wis., in 1970 -- appears in the current issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History (Spring 2010). His book, “Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan,” on which his April 17th talk is based, appeared last fall. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

TV Turn-Off Week

The Ripon Public Library, in conjunction with Ripon College’s Office of Community Engagement, is pleased to announce a schedule of free family events. In combined recognition of Earth Day, and Television Turn-Off week, offerings will focus on enjoying the natural world, and turning off the television (and other electronics) in favor of physical activities.

On Sunday, April 18 from 1:30—3:30 p.m. enjoy “GAMING Around the Library.” This event will feature food, fun, and games such as BINGO, Twister, Jenga, Cranium, other assorted board games, card games, and more!

Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. features “Green Grows…” in the Silver Creek Room. Participants will enjoy a “plant-based” storytime and then have the opportunity to decorate their own pot and plant some seeds. Take it home and watch it grow!!

On Thursday, April 22, EARTH DAY, at 3:30 p.m. in the Silver Creek Room, participants will learn about “Recycling and the Earth: Fun Ways to Use Everyday Materials.” Enjoy a “recycling-based” storytime followed by a craft activity in which participants will make a game out of materials easily found at home.

On Friday, April 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. skip down to “Fun and Games on the Green” next to Horicon Bank. Get off the couch and outdoors for a myriad of family friendly games and activities such as Frisbee, sidewalk chalk competitions, ladder golf, sack races, and more.

All of these events are FREE and will include book give-aways to participants. Registration is NOT required. For more information contact Tracy Waldinger, 608-477-1283 or waldingert@ripon.edu.

Jop Opening - Library Page

Library Page (two or three open positions) to work approximately 8 hours per week, evenings and weekends, at the Ripon Public Library.  Candidates must be courteous, dependable, and energetic.  Duties include shelving library materials, checking items in and out on a computerized system and helping people use the library.  Lifting and carrying objects up to 40 pounds may be required.  Must be 16 years old as of June 1, 2010.  This is a permanent position.  $7.25 per hour.  Apply by April 27, 2010 at the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson St., Ripon, WI 54971.


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