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Library Talk – July 11, 2016

LIBRARY TALK
From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

Only a week from the Russellville Branch Library bluegrass/gospel music jam (Thursday 21st at 6:30 outside—library across from the Russellville Elementary School on Route 125 bring a chair) a week and half from the Ripley Friends of the Library Fish Fry and Silent Auction (Saturday July 23rd 5-7 p.m.) at the Lions Club shelter along the river in Ripley with great food and awesome music, and not quite 2 weeks to the Ripley music jam of R&B and Rock n’ Roll at the John P. Parker Amphitheater on Front Street in Ripley, starting at 7;00 p.m. Wow—lots happening, all community oriented and fun to be part of. Early August we will have programs at the branch libraries on Monarch butterflies—stay tuned for details.

The decorated oars for the silent auction are still coming in and are amazing. We invite you to preview (and bid!) on these paddles, from the elegant blue and gold incised RiPLEY, Ohio to the paddle that simply described would be with a clown, a Ripley scene, a carved fish and driftwood which in person is just fabulous, to a carved Orville Right Whale (what?) and so much more. There will be 20 all told, and I’m sure there will be one that tickles your fancy. The money raised by this silent auction will go to the Ripley Friends of the Library, who in turn help the library.

I am happy to say that the Ripley Bee digitalized archives are now available online. I thought about how other databases are managed, such as only to be used in-house, need a library card, etc. etc., but in the end, I wanted people from around the country (heck, the world) to have access to our history. I might lose a reference tally or two, but sharing is certainly my library mantra. So, I invite you to go to our website (www.ripleylibrary.com) and look at the resources—play with the database, and if you have any questions, stop in or give us a call.

Matthew