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!
Hero Scavenger Hunt and Super Cookie Contest
Thursday, Jun. 25, 2:00 p.m.
Reward your efforts to complete the library hero scavenger hunt with a delicious cookie decorating contest. Who will find all the answers? Who will create the most heroic cookie? Clearly this will take brains and lots of frosting.
July is Buck-a-bag sale! Selected books will be on sale for $1.00 a bag. Check the table next to the study rooms.
Thanks to all of you that have made donations.
We couldn't have our book sale without your help!
Uncle Jer's Travelling Bee Show Wednesday, July 8 at 3:00pm
What's the buzz on bees? They are the heroes of the insect world!Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show will be here to teach us all about these amazing little helpers that have started to disappear worldwide! Why? What can we do to help? Tickets will be handed out 1/2 hour before showtime.
Teen Feature Film
Thursday, July 9 at 2:00pm
Every Hero Has a Story! Super-soldier serum transforms a 90-lb. weakling into an amazing super hero during World War II. Classic comic book style in the big screen! Fresh popcorn provided. Call for movie details.
Inspired Silliness with Owen Baker-Flynn
Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00pm
Summer Reading continues with Owen Baker-Flynn's Inspired Silliness show! He's a one-man circus: juggling, jokes, balancing and buffoonery! Owen is a favorite at Pier 39 and Oakland's Fairyland. Tickets will be handed out 1/2 hour before showtime.
Hero Sandwich Competition
Thursday, July 16 at 2:00pm
We provide the ingredients: you provide the inspiration, skill and appetite! We'll put the definition of a hero sandwich to the test: build 'em, name 'em, vote for the best before and after the taste test. Beverages provided also.
Dan O’Brien presents Multicultural Music
Wednesday, July 22 at 3:00pm
Music from around the world in celebration of culture and diversity. Dan O'Brien has been voted "Best Kids Performer" in Northern California. Get ready to learn, listen and participate, but most of all, to have fun! Tickets are handed out 1/2 hour before showtime.
Teen Feature Film
Thursday, July 23 at 2:00pm
Every Hero Has a Story! Just your average teen age girl who hits the beach and hangs ten. Until a shark attack. True story. Fresh popcorn provided. Call for movie details.
Grand Finale Fun: Friends and Heroes (and Sandwiches!)
Wednesday, July 29 at 3:00pm
Library Staff will treat everyone to a fun performance with stories, a hero quiz, hero sandwich building skills and a mini hero sandwich for the last program of "Every Hero Has a Story" Summer Reading fun. Tickets will be handed out 1/2 hour before showtime.
Teen Program - Define Hero!
Thursday, July 30 at 2:00pm
It's easy to name a super hero, they're pop culture favorites. What about a hero from history, a real life contemporary hero, an unlikely hero? What makes someone a hero? Bring a book that you've read, with a hero character, to share. We'll have a discussion, games, food and prizes. Let's go heroes!
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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you can remain anonymous
no donation is too small!
and it's REAL EASY!
We appreciate your giving!
All About Baby
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Friends of the Ripon Library recognize the following sponsors: