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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.



Get a Friends Save Mart Supermarkets S.H.A.R.E.S and "Shop for Literacy". Everytime you shop at Save Mart and use your Friends S.H.A.R.E.S, the Friends will earn 3% of your purchases. No registration, or up front monies are required, it's that simple! To learn more about the S.H.A.R.E.S. program and get your ID, 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!

Family GAme Day
Thursday, July 6 at 2:00PM

Beat the heat and come down to the Ripon Library for some board games and family fun! Challenge your family and friends to a game of giant jenga, break out the chess board, or play some Apples to Apples. Light refreshments will be available so if you find yourself in a endless game of Monopoly, you'll have the staminia you need to win!

Starts at 2:00 and ends promptly at 4:00
Fun for all ages!
No sign-ups required!
Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

WEDNESday, July 12 at 2:00PM

Puppet Art Theater always delivers a fun and family-friendly puppet show. This performance will feature "The Three Little Pigs" as they work hard to build a house that the wolf can't blow down! Our programs are very popular.

Please come early as we have limited seating.
Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before showtime.

Happy Documentary
Thursday, July 13 at 2:00PM

Grab a bag of popcorn, settle into a comfy chair, and enjoy watching the documentary, Happy. This award-winning documentary is about the field of positive psychology. Suitable for middle-schoolers, teens, and adults.

No sign-up required!
Room will open at 2:00
the movie will begin at 2:15.

Book Discussion for Adults

Book Discussion Group for Adults
Thursday, July 13 at 6:00PM

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!

Kirk Waller, Storyteller
Wednesday, July 19, 2:00PM

Kirk Waller has been telling stories for over 20 years. He masterfully fuses together spoken words, rhythm, music and movement to create an unforgettable storytelling experience.

Meet Local Author Shawnie Clark!
Wednesday, July 19, 1:00PM

Before our summer program starts, meet local author Shawnie Clark and hear her read from and talk about her children's book, "Bug Off Big Bully"! Bullying is widely acknowledged as effecting many more children than adults realize. This Chapter Book effectively tells a story of bullying from a child's perspective. Timely and realistic!

Build a Better World: Green Craft
Thursday, July 20, 2:00PM

How can you Build a Better World? By thinking green and getting crafty of course! This session we will be decorating small cotton napkins that can be carried on the go or used at home. Involves fabric dye so wear clothes for messy crafting.

Sign-ups ARE required. You can sign-up by visiting the information desk or calling 866.805.7323.

For kids, teens and adults!

Shedskin Reptile Show
Wednesday, July 26, 2:00PM & 4:00PM

Want to know what a snake really feels like? Want to see lizards, snakes, turtles, and more...UP CLOSE? Well, get up close and personal with LIVE reptiles and the staff of Shedskin Reptiles during.

Two showings: 2:00 and 4:00 PM!
Please come early.
Tickets are handed out 30 minutes before showtime.

Tea & Coloring
Thursday, July 27, 2:00PM

Relax with a cup of tea, something small to color, and gab with other guests during our third Tea & Coloring event! No sign-up required. For teens and adults. Light refeshments and plenty of fun tea options!

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!

  • No need to create an account
  • you can remain anonymous
  • no donation is too small!
  • and it's REAL EASY!

We appreciate your giving!

All About Baby

On Thursdays at 10:30AM 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 10:30AM 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 6:00PM. 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. 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.

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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