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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!


Thanks to all of you who came and bought books during our Buck-a-Bag Sale. It was a real success, and we will certainly do it again. The library has been sorting through their books and has given us a great selection of large print books. Come in and look through the many titles.

Our Animal Shelter:
Caring for Strays
Helping Pets Find Homes

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m.
All ages welcome.
Children must be with a parent or caregiver.

The library will host our local animal shelter to learn more about what they do for lost, abandoned or abused animals as well as finding out about adopting a pet. A fun storytime will be part of the program, featuring Garth Stein's story, "Enzo Races in the Rain". This event is part of One Book, One San Joaquin (all are encouraged to read the adult-level novel, "The Art of Racing in the Rain"). Mr. Stein's best-selling book features Enzo, a dog who reveals his world-view with sensitivity and wisdom.


Ripon Friends Main Street DaysOur big parking lot sale is coming up on October 17th during Main Street Days. Be sure to come by and stock up on all sorts of books for $5.00 a bag.

The Skin You’re In:
All About Animals’ Bodies

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m.
Appropriate for K-6th grade.
Parent/caregiver must accompany younger children.

Some animals have skin, just like we do, but many have entirely different body coverings like fur, feathers and shells! The Modesto Junior College, Great Valley Museum will bring live animals as examples for hands-on learning.

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 10:30 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.

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 the second Thursday of each month 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.

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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