Adult Program

Book Discussion Group

Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group on Monday, November 23rd!  November's selection is "Harmony" by Carolyn Parkhurst. 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] provocative page-turner." —People

“In Parkhurst’s deft treatment, Harmony becomes a story of our time. . . Parkhurst cements herself as a writer capable of astonishing humanity and exquisite prose.” —Washington Post

“Gorgeously written and patently original.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly "normal" family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a "family camp" in New Hampshire--a life-changing experience that alters them forever.

How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally--a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly--whose condition is deemed undiagnosable--is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas.

The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris (the book's Nick Carraway), this is a unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.

NOV 1, 2020 LANTERN WALK

Love & Light Lantern Walk

On Sunday, November 1 from 5-7 p.m. all ages are invited to enjoy a brief lantern-lit walk beginning on the Northwestern Trail, adjacent to the Ripon Public Library parking lot. This Tinkergarten inspired event is cohosted by the library and local Tinkergarten entrepreneur Carissa Sorensen. Social distancing and masks, for ages 5 years and up, are required. Arrive at your convenience; groups will enter the trail at 5-minute intervals and choose a 4 or 8 block loop circling back to the library.

In addition to the walk, participants are invited to spread goodwill by writing a hope or positive intention to be posted on the library entry windows within a painting by Sorensen titled Love and Light. A campfire will add light, warmth, and distanced camaraderie to the event.

For those who prefer a do-it-yourself option, Tinkergarten provides online ideas and instructions, www.tinkergarten.com/lantern-walk.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 920-748-6160, or follow our 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.

SEPT 19 CHALK THE WALK ART & OBSTACLE COURSE

The young at heart are invited to this all-ages, intergenerational, Chalk-the-Walk event on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. An exciting obstacle course will be chalked onto the Jefferson Street sidewalk along the library’s south side. Complete the obstacle course for fitness and fun as many times as you like. (The obstacle course will remain available after this date while weather permits.) Attendees also receive their own packet of chalk and are encouraged to embellish the course and/or create their own sidewalk art for the enjoyment of the community.

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.

RESCHEDULED - Book Discussion Group

Due to technical difficulties and other issues with last month's book discussion group meeting, "A Man Called Ove" has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 13th. Copies of the book are available at the library, along with instructions for joining the meeting via ZOOM.

Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group on Monday the 27th!  July's selection is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. 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:

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”

But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

Book Discussion Group

Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group on Monday the 27th!  July's selection is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. 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:

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”

But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

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