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Library Talk – November 30, 2017

Library Talk, November 30, 2017

End of the eleventh month–  Once again, the year has flown by.

By this time next week, we should have our fence filled with snowmen—as I pen this column we have received one early—her title is Mona Lisa meets M.C. Escher, and I’ll let your imagination wander with that concept for a while! The more you look at it the more you see.. I expect the rest to be perhaps more traditional, but all will be unique and fun, and we appreciate the time and effort the artists put in to decorate our corner of Ripley.

I hear the tree for the tree lighting has been selected, so that will be another project soon at hand—Ripley River Christmas is just over a week away, and we will be busy decorating the tree getting it ready for the tree lighting ceremony on Friday December 8th at 5:30 p.m.. If the weather is decent, we will have RULH kids singing outside near the tree, along with color guard, and honoring the first responders.  If the weather is ‘awful’ our back-up plan is to have the singing in the annex—we’ll leave some room available when we set up for the book sale.

Speaking of the book sale— I’d say it qualifies as a tradition! Most Friends of Libraries groups have some type of book sale as a fund raiser as well as an outlet to give books a second chance. There are lots of books that have been removed from our collection for space (painful sometimes to pull a title, but the computers can tell us if it hasn’t been checked out for years), but I would say the majority of the books come from donations—all ages, many subjects, some printed this year, some 70-80 years old.  Fun to wander around the tables and find an old favorite, or a new title for your collection, or perhaps a book that would work as a cool Christmas gift.  The Friends will also have a drawing for a gift basket with the Roald Dahl theme based on his book The Fantastic Mr. Fox—a brand new hardback copy of the book, new DVD as well as beautifully made bookmarks of the characters created and donated by artist Rachael Bollman—to enter the drawing, you just have to purchase some books at the book sale—easy to enter, and a unique basket to win.      I hope you will join us in the festivities to kick off the holiday season.

Matthew