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Library Talk – July 5, 2016


From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

Now that we are well into the month of July, it is time to review some of our schedules and events. Our Summer Reading Programs have done well so far, but there is still plenty to do. The actual activity programs for the 3-12 year olds will wrap up next week, but….all the children that signed up are encouraged to continue to read towards their goal and a t-shirt up until school starts, so don’t stop now! The young adult program has one more program on Wednesday July 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Ripley Library—Fan Fiction Art Contest and Wrap-up.

July will also be the month with two different music jams. It continues to amaze me the success that the jams have had—lots of fun. Thanks to Tara Davis of Rockin’ Robins with the generous offer of free ice cream and water at the last jam held at the Parker House amphitheater—many people enjoyed that delightful surprise. Also thanks to the Parker board for allowing us to use such an ideal location for the event. Anyway, this month, we are ‘branching out’ and having a Russellville Roots Jam on Thursday, July 21st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Russellville Library (280 W. Main Street, Russellville—across from the Russellville Elementary School)— An opportunity to bring musicians and music lovers together for an informal playing of music—no music set lists or organization, just fun. This is an outdoor event as the library does not have the room to hold such an event inside, so bring your chair or blanket for an old-fashioned outdoor music fest. If the weather is bad, we will try to reschedule at a future date— we will post on our Facebook as well as answer questions at 392-4871.

Wow, already time for jam number 4 in Ripley on Tuesday, July 26th. Small changes for this event—due to the potential heat, we will start a little later at 7:00 p.m. with a return to the John P. Parker House amphitheater on Front Street in Ripley, and this time…R&B and a little rock n’ roll is expected! If the weather is bad, the event will be held in the Ripley library meeting room.
Last July, the Ripley Friends of the Library had their first Fish Fry and Silent Auction. It was a blast—great food, friendly competition during the bidding, and awesome music. So….it was decided to do it again on Saturday, July 23rd from 5-7 p.m. down at the Lions Club pavilion on the river—same terrific food (secret seasoning and expert frying of the fish once again by Greg Gilbert and friends), beans, coleslaw, rolls and drinks, Harry Pedigo and friends will be serenading the diners, and the silent auction will be fun to watch. This year, the auction will be of unique and creative oars decorated by local artists—all should be in soon, and will be displayed at the library and at the River Breeze building across from the library. Bids can be made before the event. All proceeds will be used by the Friends to help with the library annex that is slowly making progress towards completion.