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Library Talk – November 1, 2016

From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

Thanks to everyone that came to our events last week—the Ripley River Jam was a big hit and I was pleased to see new musicians joining the jam as well as new people in the audience—it will be so nice to be able to hold it in the annex with more room to allow us to continue to grow! Shaheen Miro’s talk on spirits around us went very well, with lots of audience participation. He is truly gifted, and we are fortunate to be able to have him visit on a regular basis.

Our next program will be historically political—Ohio has been the birthplace of many presidents, and we are pleased to have Stan Purdy give an overview of all Ohio’s contributions to the top spot in the White House. As a local historian and attorney, Stan has a special interest and background in this subject. Program will be Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm in the Ripley meeting room. We are also planning to have a speaker discuss Medicare and the importance of signing up, with this cycle’s open enrollment ending December 7th, it is timely. We plan to have the talk mid-November—stay tuned for details.

Most of the time, I talk about adult books we have added, but we do add many juvenile and young adult books as well. We have found that there is a continually growing need for early chapter books for the 3-4 grade level, and the sillier, the better, or so it seems. The latest addition to this category would be the George Brown, Class Clown series. With at least 18 titles in the series (such kid pleasers as ‘Dribble, Dribble, Burp’ and “What’s Black and White and Stinks All Over), about 120 pages long with short, silly chapters, kids laugh out loud and read more than they think they can. Readers know books are great escapes, increase vocabulary, broaden ideas, but getting the early readers to discover this is a constant challenge, and there are more and more authors aiming for this market. We will continue to look for other series we think will work at our libraries. If there a series, or even a single title of a book that has made a difference with your child or grandchild, let us know, and we will consider adding to our collection.