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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!

Book Clubs for Kids: Easy Reader and Step-Up Levels

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.

Kids, come and share your love of reading by sharing and discussing one book a week for four weeks. Easy Readers meet at 3:30 p.m. for one hour and Step-Ups meet for one hour starting at 4:00 p.m. The two groups share a craft and snack time. Books are provided for the children. All are Accelerated Reader books. Easy Reader levels are from 2.0-3.0; Step Up levels are from 3.3-4.0. Either book group is appropriate for K-3 grades. Sign up in advance beginning on October 19th. Goup size is limited to 12, for each level. Children are expected to have read the book, so they are prepared to discuss it. We will enjoy a snack and craft as part of the program. Children who attend all four sessions will recieve a special prize!! Facilitated by Melinda Kopp, Librarian.

Little Red Riding Hood presented by Puppet Art Theater

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Get in the holiday mood with Little Red Riding Hood and friends as they try to keep the wolf from gobbling their treats for Grandma. Puppet Art Theater combines the best of a traditional puppet show with family-friendly hilarity and imagination. This show is appropriate for all children, with accompaniment by parents/caregivers for the younger ones.

LEGO Club for Kids

Wednesday, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 23, Dec. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

Lego Club is a fun hour of creative lego building for all ages (we do have Duplos for little ones). We provide the Legos; you provide the imagination. This program is scheduled every-other month, on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Younger children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

Holiday Bells are Ringing!

Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy the music of the holiday season with a beautiful ring to it! The Bell Ringers Duet will perform traditional music for the whole family. Come enjoy favorite music and light refreshments. All ages are welcome!

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.

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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