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Library Talk – December 20, 2016


It was cold outside but warm in the meeting room during the interesting program last Thursday with Dan Pinger reading some of his poetry and telling how he started writing so late in life.  Ann Hagedorn did a fine job of introducing Dan, and giving her interpretation of the importance of writing and being part of the literary community.

While this time of year is tough for having heavily attended programs, we were recently asked to host a children’s author next week on Thursday, December 29th at 7:00 p.m.  Ann Boley, past teacher and principal of St. Michael’s school, will be here with her just published children’s picture book titled Grammy’s Big Black Bag. This book is about a young boy waiting for his Grammy to visit, and she carries a big black bag filled with surprises.   Of course, most children’s books are illustrated, and we pleased to also have the illustrator and art educator Wanda Felice at the program. She used watercolors to emphasize the delight between grandmother and grandson—so if you are interested in new children’s books, talking with the author as well as the illustrator of a published book, we invite you to join us in supporting a local author and local artist.

As the theft of the DVDs continues, we have now installed video surveillance at the Ripley library. We also plan to move all DVDs behind the desk, as warnings and heightened observation is not preventing the theft. This saddens us, as we always felt we didn’t have to go the route most other libraries do with material, because Ripley was special and all could be out in the open without worry. Times change, and we have to be flexible enough to meet the challenge.

While the post office and banks will be closed on Monday, December 26th, we chose to close on Saturday, Christmas Eve instead so that family and friends could be together, and truthfully, I doubt very much that we would have been busy. We will be open our regular hours on Monday the 26th and plan on seeing many of you visit.  We wish everyone a peaceful, thankful and happy holiday, and hope maybe there is a book or two under your tree!