THE REV. RAYMOND Ziebell relaxes next to the warm fireplace while reading at Ripon Public Library.                 Ian Stepleton photo
THE REV. RAYMOND Ziebell relaxes next to the warm fireplace while reading at Ripon Public Library. Ian Stepleton photo

     WHO WOKE UP OLD Man Winter this week?

     After being blessed with unseasonably warm weather for the first month of the season, the grumpy ol’ fellow stormed into the Ripon area this week and is looking to make trouble.

     So, between the snow and the bitter, bitter cold, who would want to go outside right now?

     (Don’t answer that question, snowmobilers and ice-fishermen. I hear your grousing.)

     I say, find something to read and hunker down inside for the next week or so until Mr. Winter starts yawning again.

     And while grabbing a Commonwealth is a great place to start, it looks like this cold snap is going to last longer than your average 24-page paper.
That begs the question: What should you fill your remaining free time reading?

     For help with that, I turned to our trusty literary experts at the Ripon Public Library, where our local librarians are ready for winter’s dirty tricks.

     “Currently, the featured book display in the kids’ department at the library is, ‘When the weather outside is frightful, a book is so delightful,’” children’s librarian Linda DeCramer said. “The display offers a mix of fiction and nonfiction involving wintry weather, polar exploration, winter crafts, outdoor activities such as skiing, skating, snowmobiling, sled dogs, winter Olympics, etc.”

     But what if you want to get your mind off the cold? They’ve got some tips for that, too. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Jan. 24, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.