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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!

Buck-A-Bag Sale

Buck-A-Bag Sale!

Be sure check out our Buck-a-Bag sale going on in the patio at the Ripon Library. Books of all types will remain on sale until the end of June. We are planning a book drive the first week in August, but we would appreciate your donations at any time. We are looking for newer books (written after 1995). Please read our book donation guidelines, if you wish to donate books.

Buck-A-Bag Sale

Book Sale

We have received so many great books from the Ripon Library that we have decided to move our planned book drive from June to later in the summer. Instead we will have a Buck-a-Bag Sale out on the patio during the month of June.

Come browse through our selection on books during the library hours. If you have some books that you have been saving for the Friends Sale, by all means bring them in any time. We are looking for books that are in good condition.

Summer Reading Program On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
Sign-ups begin today!

Ripon Library
Wednesday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.

During the months of June and July, you can be a part of the Summer Reading Program at the library. Summer Reading is for everyone! Children, teens and adults are all invited to read, earn prizes and attend programs. Come in as soon as you can to get started. We'll make the first day of sign-ups special, so don't miss out.

The library opens at 1:00 p.m. on June 1st.
On Your Mark, Get Set: Sign Up!


Magic Dan

Ripon Library
Wednesday, June 8, 2:00 p.m.

Magic Dan's fast-paced program combines great magic and fun with positive messages that reinforce self-esteem and the importance of the library and reading. For a funny, amazing and magically good time come early to get a limited seating ticket (handed out 1/2 hour before show-time).

Pick out some books and read while you wait!!

Book Discussion for Adults

Book Discussion Group for Adults

Ripon Library
Thursday, June 9, July 14, August 11 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!

Storyteller B.Z. Smith and
Ukulele Virtuoso Peg Reza

Ripon Library
Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00pm

On Your Mark, Get Set, it's time for stories and songs! B. Z. Smith, a Master Storyteller weaves stories with songs and Peg Reza, her ukulele band accompanist helps bring stories to life with music. Drama, humor and memorable stories will make this program an entertaining treat! Be sure to come early as seating is limited. Tickets are distributed a half an hour before show-time.

Dance Around the World
With Nikola Clay

Ripon Library
Wednesday, June 22 at 2:00pm

Nikola Clay and company believe in the power of dance as exhilarating and creative movement that brings people together! If you love to move, we promise you this program will move you! On Your Mark, Get Set, Dance! Be sure to come early, as space is limited. Tickets are distributed a half an hour before show-time.

Tony Borders,
Magical Ventriloquist

Ripon Library
Wednesday, June 29 at 2:00pm

Tony and his puppet friends are ready for a special event this summer: the Olympics! A presentation of "Run with the Animals" will showcase the animal athletes from Tony's puppet theater. This show is educational AND entertaining. Seating is limited so come early. Tickets are distributed a hald an hour before show-time.

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.

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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