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Library Talk – December 6, 2016

Library Talk December 8, 2016

Sorry for the lack of a column last week—was written, but apparently got lost in cyberspace on its way to the Ripley Bee. By the time you read this, the December Ripley River Music jam will have been enjoyed, hopefully by many. I hope that this will have been the last jam in the library meeting room, that when we start up again in 2017, it will be in the annex. My hopes for using the annex this December are pretty much out of the question—I know when you peer into the building it looks ‘done’—but…it really isn’t—no ceiling in the prep room yet, no stalls around the toilets, still some lights are needed in spots, no interior doors, and for public use, the biggest thing is…no final inspection yet. Darn. Some items back ordered, busy time of year to get work done. So, we are working on it, it just takes time.

The music jam was a bit of a lead in to Ripley River Village Christmas festivities. We hope to have our snowmen placed all around the library on the fence, leading into the tree lighting ceremony this Friday at 5:30 p.m. (December 9th). The lighting is usually over by 6:00 pm, and at that time, our meeting room will be open for the Friends of the Library book sale. Again, I really wish we could have had it in the annex, but there is always next year. We have a nice and ample selection of books to choose from—old, some rather collectible to brand new—cookbooks, history, biography, large print, fiction in hardback and paperback, kids’ books and so much more. Some DVDs have also been donated to the sale, so there should be something for everyone. The money raised by the donations you give for the books all goes to the Friends of the Library, and among their current projects is raising funds to help purchase the furniture for the annex.

Next week, on Thursday December 15th at 7:00 p.m. we will be hosting Dan Pinger and his newly published book of poetry titled Love, Laughter, Life and the Hereafter: Fifty-nine Stories in Rhyme. Dan is in his 80s and only recently began putting pen to paper in poetry form, and he has a rich lifetime of memories and experiences, from his deep love for his dog Mattie to realizing the cost of success to thinking about the life hereafter. There will be a few books available for purchase the night of the program.