Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

The next Friends book sale will be held March 30 - April 1, 2017.

A selection of used books is always available for browsing in the lobby. Stop by the Friends' Year-Round Book Sale Display today!  (See below for details.)

General prices will be: $2.00 for hardcovers / $1.50 for trade paperbacks / $.50 for small paperbacks (specials priced as marked)

A majority of funds raised by the Friends of the Library comes from their used book sales.  Donations of used books pour in throughout the year, and twice yearly the Friends hold a used book sale in the library's lower level. 

The Friends can accept cash, checks or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) for purchases.

Thursday: Early Bird Sale from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Get a leg up on the competition by attending the Friends of the Library used book Early Bird Sale!  Free for Friends members to attend ($3 entrance fee for all others), the Early Bird Sale will let you browse and purchase any of the books available.  The sale will then be open free of charge on Friday and Saturday.

Friday: Book Sale area open from Noon - 7:30 pm

The library might close at 6:00, but the book sale will remain open until 7:30 for anyone looking for a great deal on a gently-used book.  Come back tomorrow for even more deals!

Saturday: BAG SALE!  Book Sale area open from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Friends of the Library semi-annual used book sale continues with a $4 bag sale (standard paper grocery bag size).  This is your last chance to stock up until the next sale!

Now Available: Makerspace Collection!

Maker Space logoLibrary staff are pleased to introduce our new Makerspace collection. Now, you can check out amazing kits to help you invent, learn, and create! Our initial collection includes:

  • Sphero programmable robots
  • LittleBits electronics discovery kit
  • Bloxels video game creation system
  • Sizzix embossing machine and embossing folders
  • Rubber stamp collections
  • Play-Doh Sets
  • Circuit, Gravity and Laser Maze logic games
  • Gelli Plate monoprinting kits
  • Canning tools set & rack
  • Studio microphone
  • Voice recorder

Many items are already available and more will be ready to check out soon!

Makerspace checkout policy in brief:

  • Must be 13 years of age or older
  • 14-day loan
  • Limit 1 Maker Space item out at a time
  • $1/day if overdue, max $30

There's much more to come!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This week's review is written by Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Mandy Sprague. Missed last week's review? You can catch it here: When Breath Becomes Air. Happy reading!

By Marissa Meyer

Young Adult | Fantasy | Classics-inspired Fiction |Romance

Audience: 12 & up.

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Mandy’s Review:

Set in the world of Alice in Wonderland, Meyer’s Heartless is the origin story of the Queen of Hearts.

Lady Catherine Pinkerton does not share the interests of the other Victorian women of her sociopolitical status in Hearts. She is a woman ahead of her time, motivated by her entrepreneurial dreams of opening a bakery and her pursuit of autonomy. Cath is not impressed with the doting affections of the absurdly silly King, much to the dismay of her mother.

Enter Jest – the handsome and alluring Court Joker whose magical presence at the King’s social functions sparks something inside of Cath. He is mysterious, whimsical, and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Cath’s adventures with Jest set her free from the confines of what society expects of her. She discovers that life has much more to offer her and she is unwilling to let that opportunity pass her by. For the first time, Cath considers that her dream life may be attainable.

Marissa Meyer has a talent for seamlessly weaving elements of classic fairy tales into to her unique storylines and vibrant cast of characters. Heartless is no exception. Her writing is clever and imaginative and draws the reader into her fantasy world, much like Jest’s ability to open Cath’s eyes to the possibilities all around her. My only criticism is that I wish the reader had more time to explore the Wonderland Meyer created with these characters over the course of a series of books rather than a standalone novel.

For those who enjoyed Heartless, you won’t want to miss Marissa Meyer’s scifi-fantasy series, The Lunar Chronicles about a cyborg mechanic named Cinder. This fairy tale retelling far exceeded my expectations and has become one of my favorite series. The audiobooks are remarkably well done. Start with Cinder. Enjoy the series? Be sure to check out the prequel (Fairest), short stories (Stars Above), and graphic novel starring Iko, the beloved android from The Lunar Chronicles (Wires and Nerve)!          


Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016)

Earth, Music, Magic!

Super Saturday at the Ripon Public Library

April 8 @ 10:00 A.M.

Just in time for EARTH DAY… Celebrate the natural world while discovering the simple beauty of primitive musical instruments. This magical combination inspires all to deeply wonder at the beauty of our planetary home!

Nevertheless We Persisted: Putting ASTOP to Sexual Assault


On Thursday, April 13th at 6 P.M., Meredith Birmingham, Prevention Educator from ASTOP, will present statistics about sexual assault in America and offer ideas on what we can do as a community to support survivors of sexual abuse. She will also discuss the assistance ASTOP provides, offering treatment, outreach, prevention, and advocacy, emphasizing hope and connection to self and others.

Adult Game Night - Featuring "Carcassonne" (plus expansions)

About the game:

In Carcassonne, players build the area surrounding this impressive city, one tile at a time. They then place a follower on fields, cities, roads or monasteries in order to score as many points as possible. These followers will become knights, monks, farmers and thieves, depending on where they are placed. No matter their function, the player who will most cleverly use their followers will win the game.

Game description from:Z-MAN Games


PDF icon carcassonne_new_edition.pdf

Video Tutorials:

Watch Wil Wheaton and friends play Carcassonne on TableTop. Video may not be appropriate for all ages. Viewer discretion is advised.

Christina and Michelle play Carcassonne with the River expansion on Girls' Game Shelf:

Pinterest Adult Crafting Hour - Monotype Printmaking

Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 P.M.

Monotype Printmaking featuring Gelli Plate Printing Kits from our Makerspace Collection.

The third Thursday of the month, at 6 P.M., is dedicated to an adults-only craft time with projects inspired by the online idea-treasure trove known as Pinterest.

This month,experiment with printmaking techniques using the library's Gelli Plate Printing Kits from the our new Makerspace Collection. Beautiful multilayered monotypes can be created using this simple process that is ideal for mixed media art projects.

Teen-Only NERF Battle @ Your Library

Teens-only (12+) Nerf Battle @ Your Library!
Gear up for some after-hours fun on Friday, April 28th at 6 P.M. at the Ripon Public Library. Outfit yourself with a NERF™ gun and then release your stress with a game of zombies vs. humans & more during this teens-only event brought back by popular demand. NERF™ guns, “Elite” dart-style ammo, glow sticks, and snacks provided. Feel free to B.Y.O.B (bring your own unmodified blaster) too! “Elite” dart-style NERF™ guns only, please.  Parents will need to stop by the library before the event to sign a waiver form in order for their teen to participate. Waivers will be available at the circulation desk the week of the event, or at drop off the evening of the event.

An Adults-only version of this much-loved program will be offered on Friday, May 12th at 6 P.M.

**Parent/Guardian will need to sign a waiver for their teen in order for them to participate.**

Mobile HotSpot - Take the Internet Home with You!

R850 HotSpotAre you among the roughly 25% of American households without home Internet service? Do you live in a rural area that local Internet service providers don't cover? Or are you traveling and would appreciate free Internet wherever you roam? *

Then try out our mobile hotspot!  The device checks out for 2 weeks and lets you connect up to 10 of your wireless devices. Enjoy free Internet, access courtesy of your library.

Stop in and ask staff for details, or check out the catalog (link below) for availability.

Ripon Mobile HotSpots

* Service provided by and dependant on the Sprint network. Coverage not guaranteed and may not be available in all areas.

Drop-in to R.E.A.D. with Shalee WEDNESDAYS FROM 5:30-7:00 P.M.

PAWS to R.E.A.D. with Shalee the  Reading Education Assistance Dog

Drop -in anytime, Wednesdays between 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

Animals are ideal reading companions because they foster relaxation, lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not  judge, or criticize, and allow children to proceed at their own pace. When a dog is "listening" fear of failure is removed allowing a child to learn more effectively. The dog's handler is a skilled facilitator who provides subtle support.

Click here for more R.E.A.D. information.

Our R.E.A.D. teams are volunteers and do not get paid. Please call ahead to confirm scheduling. 920.748.6160

One Roku, Thousands of Movies

Hundreds of movies available!


  • Allied
  • Almost Christmas
  • Arrival
  • Bleed For This
  • Desierto
  • Doctor Strange
  • Edge of Seventeen
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Jackie
  • Jungle Book
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Miss Hokusai
  • Miss Sloane
  • Moana
  • Moonlight
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Rules Don't Apply
  • Sing
  • Trolls

Using your existing high-speed home Internet service (or a HotSpot borrowed for free from the library), you can take home thousands of movies and TV shows with one Roku - all you need is your library card and a photo ID.  Connect one of the library's Roku devices to your TV and Internet connection and then enjoy more than 400 recent feature films through Vudu and thousands of movies & TV shows with our Amazon Prime Video content. Rokus check out for two weeks and, as long as you bring it back on time, the service is absolutely free!  Stop in and ask staff for details, or check out the catalog (links below) for a partial list of movie titles.

Ripon Roku 2

Ripon Roku 3

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.

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 a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Who Is Eligible?
Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Ripon.

Giving Tuesday - Support the Ripon Public Library

Dear Library Friend,

The Ripon Public Library is fortunate to have supporters like you.  Your contributions, whether volunteering, financial, or simply using the Library, have enabled it to make a significant difference in the community.  Because I know you value the Library and the services it provides to our community, please consider a year-end gift to the Library.

While the Library’s operating budget has been well-supported by the City of Ripon, there is always more that can be done.  Over the past three years, the Library Board has authorized the purchase of a microfilm reader, first floor carpeting, signage and seating using endowment funds. Funding for new initiatives, existing program support, and building maintenance are among the future needs envisioned by the Library Board.  As such, the Library’s goal is to raise $25,000 during this year-end campaign.

Please give generously.  All donations are tax-deductible and a donation form [PDF] is available or you may donate directly to the Ripon Public Library Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.  Any contribution, no matter how small, is appreciated and will help us maintain an excellent library and ensure a place that serves everyone.

Thank you for your generosity and your support.

Best regards,

Theodore Q. Grant, Library Board President

Library Board of Trustees:

Diane Christenson | Douglas Iverson | Andrew Prellwitz | Irma Ramel | Renee Reszel | Sandra Scamehorn

P.S.  When making a gift to the Library in your will or trust, please use the following language:  I give to the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson Street, Ripon, WI 54971, ___ percent of my residuary estate (or, the sum of $___, or a description of the property, securities, etc.) for its endowment funds.