Star Wars Reads Day

On Saturday, November 5th at noon, Ripon Public Library will celebrate its fifth annual Star Wars Reads Day.  Join in on the intergalactic fun for all ages! 

Star Wars Haiku Contest:

Haiku: An unrhymed poem in three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables respectively.


Celebrate with us!

Write a haiku now, you will

for Star Wars Reads Day.

Show off your creative talents and love of Star Wars! Write a Star Wars themed haiku in the classic 5-7-5 style in one of the following categories:

    Adults          Middle/High School Student       Elementary School Student

The library will accept haiku entries Saturday, October 22nd—Friday, November 4th. All entries must include the participant’s first and last name, phone number, and the age group/category of the participant.

The contest is free to enter and each person may submit up to 2 haiku entries. Winning haikus will be announced before the Book Panel at Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, November 5th. A first place winner in each category and one grand prize winner will earn a Star Wars Funko Pop character!

Star Wars Coloring Challenge:

Help us celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with some flair! Starting on Monday, October 17th, stop by the library to choose your favorite Star Wars coloring page. Create a beautiful design! When your masterpiece is finished, drop it off at the library for an entry into a door prize drawing for an amazing  Star Wars coloring book.

The library will accept coloring challenge entries through Friday, November 4th. All entries must    include the participant’s first and last name and phone number. Personal information will not be publicly displayed.

This coloring challenge is free, fun, and open to all ages!

Event Day Highlights:

  • Trivia Sessions: 12:30 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.
  • Star Wars Book Panel in the Jedi Reading Room: 1:00 P.M.
    • Winners of the Haiku Contest will be announced at the start of the panel
  • Green Screen Photo Booth: 1:30 P.M.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens film showing: 2:00 P.M.

There is so much to explore at Star Wars Reads Day! Become part of the Star Wars universe while you try a demo of a role playing game. Test out your building skills by creating your own race track at the pod-racing session. You can even design your own light saber. And don't forget to check out a stack of books from the Jedi Reading Room! There’s something for everyone at this unique celebration, and, as always, costumes & wookiee calls are welcome! See you soon in a galaxy not so far away.
This program is free and open to the public. Please contact the library with any questions at 748-6160.

Adult Coloring Program

Adult Coloring Program - Color. Relax. Repeat.

Thurs., October 27th from 2:30- 4:30 P.M.

Coloring books are not just for kids! Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring at the library during these drop-in adult coloring programs. Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored! Coloring books and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials from home. Look forward to additional events on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate: The Inheritance Process

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate: The Inheritance Process

Thursday, November 10th @ 2:00 P.M.
Join Shelley Tidemann, Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education (WAHCE) State Liaison, on Thursday, October 4th at 2:00 P.M. for a presentation about the inheritance process at Ripon Public Library. Passing on non-titled personal possessions can be a daunting task. This informative session will help you prepare for inheritance issues following a death of family crisis, during a move to an apartment or nursing home, or in preparing an individual’s estate.

Research has identified six primary factors to consider in the process of transferring non-titled property. Planning ahead allows for more choices, the opportunity for communication and hopefully fewer misunderstandings during these difficult transitions.

Shelley Tidemann is the Family Living Educator and Co-Dept. Head for UW Extension Fond du Lac County. She has been an Extension Educator for 32 years and her work addresses financial literacy education, human development and leadership education.

Mobile HotSpot - Take the Internet Home with You!

Are 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.

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

Storytime! Wednesdays @ 9:15 & 10:15 a.m.

Wednesdays September 14—October 19 AND November 9 –December 14

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)

Adult & child participants enjoy an exhilarating mash-up of books, music, movement, nursery rhymes, sign language and more!

 All this, plus a focus on STEAM and early literacy learning activities! Registration NOT required

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

R.E.A.D. with Shalee
Wednesdays from 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

PAWS to R.E.A.D. with a Reading Education Assistance Dog!

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.

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

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

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.

One Roku, Thousands of Movies

If you already have high-speed Internet service at home, 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 Amazon Prime Video content (including thousands of movies and TV shows) and more than 200 recent feature films through Vudu. Rokus check out for two weeks and, as long as you bring it back on time, it's absolutely free!  Stop in and ask staff for details, or check out the catalog (links below) for a partial list of movie titles.

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