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Library Talk – October 3, 2016


From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

Well, our attempt to thwart the DVD thefts has only been partially successful. Last week, some of our television series were stolen with the cases left behind. I had been proud of Ripley, we hadn’t had to move all movies to behind the counter like so many other libraries have, but it is time to consider this. It will reduce the ability of patrons browsing the ‘stacks’—they will have to wait while we retrieve each movie requested, and it just really saddens me that a few are making it awkward for many, but we can’t afford to continue to lose so many titles. I won’t be replacing all of the stolen items, so our collection is a little less rich, due to the illegal actions of several people.

OK, off my soapbox. A reminder that next Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m.in the Ripley library meeting room there will be an informative program. John Burke, head of the Brown County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force along with either Chief of Police Joel Barnett or Ripley Police Corporal Corey Herren will be here to discuss the current drug problems in Brown County as well as what is being done about it—there will also be an opportunity to ask questions—I know people in the community are concerned about the issue, so I hope we have a full room of people to make this a productive forum. On a lighter note, on Saturday the 15th, we will be telling local ghost stories outside the John P. Parker Historical House (down along Front Street in Ripley)—hot chocolate and spooky tales with a local twist told by historian and raconteur Dr. Ned Lodwick—a perfect way to start off the Halloween season. Of course, both programs are free and open to the public, and we hope that you join us in these events. If you have any questions, please stop in or give us a call at 937-392-4871.