AMANDA PRZYBYL OF Ripon Noon Kiwanis and Ben Sprague of Ripon Public Library show  off some of the games the Kiwanis donation helped purchase for the library.	   Ian Stepleton photo
AMANDA PRZYBYL OF Ripon Noon Kiwanis and Ben Sprague of Ripon Public Library show off some of the games the Kiwanis donation helped purchase for the library. Ian Stepleton photo

     RIPON PUBLIC LIBRARY is a place to get books, right?

     Except when it becomes a place to get toys for kids, as when Ripon Noon Kiwanis helped the library create its first nontraditional collection, the Toy

     Lending Library, where parents and grandparents can find short-term “rentals” of toys for kids.

     Then there’s the Makerspace.

     Suddenly, the library became the go-to place to find everything creative from robots to crafts.

     “Patrons have loved the library’s non-traditional collections, like the Toy Library and MakerSpace,” said Mandy Sprague, teen and adult services librarian at Ripon Public Library. “It helps them to see the library as more than ‘just books.’”

     So why stop there?

     The library hasn’t: it’s added a third nontraditional collection: games for youth and adults.

     It recently purchased 40 games (with more to be added) that now are available for borrowing — and it’s already getting some attention ...

          To read the entire column, see the Aug. 8, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.