The Friends of the Ripon Public Library was formed in 1963. Led by a volunteer board, the Friends are a group of local citizens who care about public libraries. The mission of the Friends is to promote and support public resources and community programs at the Ripon Public Library.
The main fundraiser for the Friends is the used book sale. Occurring twice a year, in April and October, the used book sales raise nearly $3,000 annually. The next book sale will take place April 14-16. (See http://www.riponlibrary.org for more information.) The Friends also earn revenue from two photocopiers housed in the library, which they own and maintain, as well as dues and donations.
These funds are used to offset the costs of programs hosted by the library, including the adult, teen and children's summer reading programs, the annual Dr. Seuss event, Noon-Hour getaways, and more. In addition to providing support for programs, the Friends also donate money to the library for materials and have recently purchased books on CD for both adults and children. In the last two years they have also purchased board books for young children and Playaways for older children.
The library is very appreciative of the support it receives from the Friends. In addition to monetary support the Friends often volunteer their time, whether to sort books before the book sale, assist with a program, or bake treats for an event. The Friends are an invaluable resource.
If you are interesting in learning more about the Friends or to become a member, please contact the library at 920-748-6160.