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Library Talk – April 18, 2017

Once again National Library Week slipped by—I know it is in April, I usually think about it in early March, then forget!  Our thanks to the Merchants National Bank for reminding us with giving the library a beautiful fern in honor of the week.   I guess I think the library should be enjoyed, used and celebrated all year long, and one week just isn’t enough.

As always, the library is a mix of old and new, and a new ‘old’ thing is a program from the 1907 Ripley Fair.  The advertisements are wonderful, with names still recognized today—F.X. Germann’s Groceries and Queensware (as well as Germann Bros. dealers in coal, salt, feed and seed), Maddox and Trapp furniture and funerals, E.P. Richards grocery and more. I then looked at some of the ‘classes’ and of course there were many livestock listings as well as agricultural and floral hall craftwork and preserves—not too far off from today’s Brown County Fair.  The apple judging caught my eye, as there were quite a few varieties that I didn’t recognize, such as Nick-a-jack and Higby’s Sweet along with the old faithful names of Northern Spy and Pippen.  The O.R. & C Railway was offering special fair rates, Smittie’s Celebrated Band from Cincinnati would be playing the music, and all premiums paid in gold. Fun to look through and imagine Ripley bustling with such a large fair.

Curious about essential oils? Wonder what all the hoopla is about, and what the history of the oils are? We invite you to come to our next free and educational program on Thursday, May 4th  at 7:00 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Matthew