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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.

Friends/Shares Card


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.

Book Sale

Book Sale

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!


Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Mammals
Thursday, Oct. 6 at 3:30pm

The Traveling Teacher program from the Modesto Junior College Great Valley Museum will be here to teach children all about mammals. Learn about this diverse group of vertebrate animals through a series of hands-on learning stations that include investigating mammal anatomy (skins, skulls and bones). Where do humans fit into this group? How important are animals to our survival? Class is appropriate for grades K-8 (parents should attend with younger children, but all parents/caregivers are welcome!). This class is one in a series of Thursday programs featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Comic Book Workshop with Carlos Nieto
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5:45

One Book One San Joaquin presents...Comic Book Workshop with Carlos Nieto. Learn how to bring dialog and drawings together to make a story people will love to read and share with others.


Wednesday, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9, 23, Dec. 14, 28 at 3:30pm

Lego (TM) Club for Kids is a drop-in program that allows kids to make Lego creations with Legos provided by the library. We give the children a theme to spark their creativity and they can spend an hour building whatever their imagination conjures. It's a fun, non-competative afternoon activity for the whole family! We also provide Duplos for smaller children.

Full STEAM Ahead: Code Explorers
Thursday, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, 22 at 3:30

Join us for our first ever run of the Code Explorers Club at the Ripon Library! We will be exploring computer science and coding concepts in a series of plugged and unplugged programs. Every other Thursday at 3:30 starting September 1st! For children ages 7-12. Registration is required.

Book Discussion for Adults

Book Discussion Group for Adults
Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Book Discussion Group meets once a month, on the second Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (unless noted). The book selections are made by the librarian, to ensure that there are plenty of copies. If you are interested in joining please come in, meet the librarian and get a copy of the "next" book and questions. Be prepared for a lively exchange of ideas and insightful ruminations that will make reading a book a "shared and enriching" experience!

Forthcoming titles:
The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (October 13th)

Book Discussion for Adults

"Every Person is a Book" the Human Library Experience
Monday, Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m.

This special event is part of the SSJCPL annual "One Book One San Joaquin" program featuring the book "The Book of Unknown Americans", which centers on an immigrant family. Small groups of program attendees will be able to "check out" a real person and hear their story of the experience they have had as an immigrant. We will have 6 "human books" to listen to, learn from and ask questions in 30-minute cycles. During the program there should be time to hear at least 3 of the human books. This enriching program is based on the Human Library Project which started in Denmark in the year 2000. It has been replicated, enhanced and adapted by many civic groups, schools and libraries worldwide and we are excited to be a part of it.

Full STEAM Ahead: Art Program - Collage of Natural Objects
Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3:30

Children will learn about different art mediums, rock paintings (petroglyphs) and art in the landscape. With the assistance of a professional artist/teacher they will create a collage using natural materials. This class is part of the traveling teacher C.L.A.S.S. provided by the Central California Art Association/ Mistlin Gallery. Classes are for children ages 7-12. Class size is limited. Please register in advance at the Library (Information Desk).

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!

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We appreciate your giving!

All About Baby

On Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. 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.

Preschool Storytime

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

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Certified instructor guides students through easy yoga and pilates movements in a one hour session.

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.

Join us by continuing to support the Friends through your generous donations, Friends Book Sale purchases, Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S. card use and ongoing used book donations.


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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

Friends 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.

Corporate Sponsors

The Friends of the Ripon Library recognize the following sponsors:

Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S card

Save Mart

Interested in becoming a Coporate Sponsor? View our Corporate Sponsor Opportunities here.

Ripon Memorial Library Information

Library Location & Hours:

Ripon Memorial Library
333 W. Main Street
Ripon, CA 95366
(866) 805-7323, (209) 937-8221

  Mondays 2pm-8pm  
  Tuesdays 10am-6pm  
  Wednesdays 1pm-6pm  
  Thursdays 10am-6pm  
  Fridays 10am-5pm  
  Saturdays 11am-5pm  
  Sundays Closed  

Holiday Hours

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