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!
The Friends of the Library hosted a book signing for local author Wes Van Vuren on September 2nd. It was held in the Community Room of the library and was attended by friends, family, and those interested in Wes's recently published book for young adults, What Goes Up. Wes told the audience about growing up on a dairy between Ripon and Escalon and how this inspired him to write his first young adult book. He read the first chapter and signed several copies. Hopefully, Wes will have more books to sign during Main Street Days on October 18th.
Thanks to those of you who donated books and those who purchased books, we had a very busy summer with our Friends book sales. We sold many children's books along with adult books in the "Favorite Author's Sale."
$5 Bag Sale
Please come out and support the Friends during our annual $5 a bag sale during Main Street Days on October 18th. There will hundreds of books to browse through.
Tuesday Night Live! Ripon High School Music and Drama Review
Join us Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm as Ripon High School students present a varied performance review featuring musical arrangements and dramatic vignettes under the direction of Ripon High teacher Adam Serpa.
Book Clubs for Kids
Easy Reader and Step Up book club includes a book discussion, snack and craft. Books are provided when you sign up. We will have fun discussing a book and sharing our thoughts. Facilitated by Librarian Melinda Kopp.
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 Fridays 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.
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 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.
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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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