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Library Talk – November 16, 2016

From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

After this week’s programs, we were looking at December. Already scheduled is a Ripley River Jam with a holiday theme on Tuesday December 6th, the week of the Ripley River Christmas, which means Friday December 9th tree lighting, first day of the Friends awesome book sale, then throughout the weekend house tours, music, and more. Scheduling Magic Santa and a holiday party on December 19th made me think that would be all we should ‘stuff’ into December, but an opportunity arose to have Ripley’s Dan Pinger visit the library on December 15th and share some of his poetry, now published in his book Love, Laughter, Life and the Hereafter: Fifty-nine Stories in Rhyme. Author Ann Hagedorn will be here to introduce and read some of Dan’s poetry. A limited number of books will be available for purchase.

New books out this week or early next include fan favorite James Patterson, returning with the next Alex Cross book titled Cross the Line . Patricia Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta novel is Chaos, Janet Evanovich continues her Stephanie Plum comedic crime solving with Turbo Twenty-Three, and Mary Higgins Clark co-authors with Alafair Burke The Sleeping Beauty Killer. David Baldacci continues to gain fans with his suspenseful novels, and his latest No Man’s Land looks good. Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much is True and other NYT bestsellers, offers his latest I’ll Take You There in which a ghost of Hollywood past comes to invite a film scholar to see his life as projected on the ‘big screen’. For the holidays, of course Richard Paul Evans spins a Christmas yarn in The Mistletoe Secret. All of these titles are one the system so that you can place a hold before they are released, and we encourage you do so—either on your own via our online catalog, or stop in or call and we will be happy to do it for you. The more reserves we have on a book, the longer it stays in the area to serve our patrons.

We know it is not hard to rack up a significant overdue fine if your movies are late, or you totally forgot about that book that fell behind the sofa. Once again, we are offering a small window of opportunity to help yourself and the local food bank. During Thanksgiving week, you can donate a can or box or bag of nonperishable food at Ripley, Russellville or Aberdeen libraries and get $2.00 off your fines for each item donated. Or, each cash dollar will knock off $2.00 worth of fines. Bonus points if you bring in canned fruit or canned meat—they are worth $3.00 each! This cannot be used towards lost items, only overdue fines. Questions? Please call 937-392-4871.