Friends Annual Meetings
The Friends Board of Directors hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 5pm. The meetings are open to the public. The Friends also hold an annual meeting in January. For more information visit the Friends Connection Calendar.
Get a Friends Save Mart Supermarkets S.H.A.R.E.S card and "Shop for Literacy". Everytime you shop at Save Mart and use your Friends S.H.A.R.E.S card, the Friends will earn 3% of your purchases. No registration, or up front monies are required, it's that simple! Visit the library to get your free S.H.A.R.E.S. card. To learn more about the S.H.A.R.E.S program click here.
Friends of the Ripon Memorial Library operates an on-going Book Sale which is open to the public during library hours.
Have A Suggestion?
Do you have an idea or a suggestion? The Friends want to know!
Summer Reading Program
The summer reading program, Fizz, Boom, Read is in full swing at the library. This program is geared for pre-schoolers through adults and features a science theme this year. This fits right in with California's Core Curriculum and is a great way to keep the kids engaged in learnilng throughout the summer. Be sure to keep using your share cards at Save-Mart. The money we receive from this program helps us fund activities like the summer reading program and material for the library.
Word of the Day
Do you know what ambulant means? Patrons can find out the defintion, pronuciation, and origin of this interesting word and many others by viewing Tara's Word on the Day board as you enter the library. Impress friends and family with your increased vocbulary.
The Book Sale at the library has been busy this month. We have had boxes of children's books donated so be sure to glance through the kids section. There is an especially large supply of "easy readers." Also, check out our Favorite Author's Sale that will continue through July. Authors like Danielle Steel, Janes Patterson, and Nora Roberts, just to name a few, are being sold 4 for a $1.00. You can find an assortment of books across from the study rooms.
Summer Reading Program
As school winds down get ready for the summer reading program. This year's theme will be Fizz, Boom, Read and will beging the 1st of June, featuring science to tie in with the Common Core curriculum being taught in school.
Floppy Disk Repurposing for Teens
Tuesday, July 8 at 2pm. Use old floppy disks to create new things. Floppy disks and materials will be provided.
Wednesday, July 9, at 3:30pm. Lego builders of all ages build together at the library! Legos will be provided each week. Creations are displayed in the display case until the following week.
The Science of Music with Maestro Pamela
On Thursday, July 10 at 2pm. Maestro Pamela is a credentialed elementary music and band instructor with over 20 years of experience. Did you know that music, math and science have some very important connections? Maestro Pamela will open your eyes and ears to the science of music!
Wild Things Animal Show
On Thursday, July 17 at 2pm. Learn about endangered and rescued wildlife in this up-close animal experience. Past shows featured owls, kangaroos, snakes, and foxes. What will the bring this time? Come find out! Please arrive early as seating is limited.
It’s Elemental! Periodic Table Crafts
On Tuesday, July 22 at 2pm. teens can create personalized name plates and keychains using the periodic table. All materials will be provided.
Kitchen Science with Chef Mindy
On Thursday, July 24 at 2pm. join us for the special event with Chef Mindy featuring experiments involving food and cooking.
Starry Night Light Craft and Pizza Party
On Tuesday, July 29 at 2pm. Teens can transform their room to a starry sky! Construct your own night light and enjoy some delicious pizza. Materials and food will be provided.
On Thursday, July 31, at 2pm. watch a movie and learn how to make slime! Hands-on, educational, and maybe a little yucky, but a whole lot of fun. If children reach 2,500 books total over the summer, this event will also feature a "Pie-ing" of Librarian Melinda and Library Assistant Tara by two lucky readers.
Events & Programs
Help the Friends!
If you enjoy coming to the library and participating in the programs and events, help support these programs by making a donation to the Ripon Friends!
We appreciate your giving!
Advanced Book Club for Children
On the first Tuesday, of each month from Feb to May (4/1, 5/6), at 4 p.m., the Ripon Library presents the Advanced Book Club for Kids. Each month, the Advanced Book Club for kids will share and talk about a popular, award-winning book. To partipate, children (grades 4-7) should sign up in advance and pick up the monthly title at the Ripon Branch Library. Come to the next meeting having read the book and be ready to talk! Fun and pizza are provided, free! Continue the learning by checking out books, reviewing online databases, and searching the Internet – all for free at your local public library!
Teen Book Club and Pizza
Second Tuesdays of each month at 4 p.m., come and enjoy free pizza while you talk about books with friends! Read the selected book ahead of time, then bring your friends to meet with other teens, eat yummy pizza, and talk about thought-provoking and entertaining teen books. Fun, friends, and food—it doesn’t get any better!
All About Baby
Thursdays at the Ripon Library, special baby storytime for newborn to 18 months old and their caregivers, includes simple rhymes, activities, and books to encourage intellectual and social growth.
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. storytime for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers features stories, songs, fingerplays, movement and lots of fun. Lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Beginning Yoga and Pilates
Wednesday, Mar. 5 ,6:00 p.m. (Wednesdays, on going at 6:00 p.m.) Certified instructor guides students through easy yoga and pilates movements in a one hour session.
Family Film Matinee
On the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m., come to the library for the Family Film Matinee! The film will be shown on the big screen in the library's community room. Popcorn is provided, free of charge!
For specific titles to be shown, please contact the Ripon Library staff.
Book Discussion Group for Adults
What could be better than reading and enjoying a book? Sharing ideas, perceptions and thoughts about the book with others who have read it!
Come on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.!
Our book discussion group is a thoughtful and lively exchange based on what we have read that month. The discussion is lead by the librarian and lasts about one hour.
It's Great to Have Friends
Everywhere you turn, there is news about the budget challenges facing the Stockton San Joaquin Library system which includes the Ripon Memorial Library. Articles have been written that include the possibility of a reduction in service hours, privatizing and layoffs.
While there is much uncertainty, the Friends continue to support, raise funds and advocate for the Ripon Memorial Library. Since the 1970's, the Friends have carried out our mission statement which includes year round support for the Ripon Memorial Library. While the economy has dealt community libraries a tough hand, Friends groups have continued to step up and provide help when it is needed the most. As an advisory group, the Ripon Friends continues to ensure that our work does not stop and are continuing to provide funding for programs, materials and educational resources that are requested from the Ripon community. Our commitment to our mission and to the Ripon community is the driving force behind our keep moving forward efforts. Changes are sure to come but the Friends are committed to providing all that the community has come to expect as our members have empowered us to do.
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Due to limited seating in our Library Community Room, free tickets for our Special Events & Performances will be required. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning ½ hour before each show.
Friends Connection Calendar
Get connected with the Friends. Visit the new Friends Connection Calendar! Stay informed and up to date with all our upcoming events!
Friends Membership Rewards
Become a Friend and your annual membership will entitle you to receive the Friends Newsletter and special Email notices of upcoming events at the Ripon Memorial Library. Your donation will support all of the wonderful programs and new collection materials that continue to keep the Ripon library a state-of-the art educational hub for the entire community. Memberships begin at $5.
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