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Library Talk – May 25, 2017


Library Talk May 25, 2017

We are off to a slow start on the “food for fines’ campaign—I realize this isn’t the usual time of year we do this,  but the Ripley library really wants to help the Ripley Food Pantry with their need for rice, beans, boxed potatoes, cereal, canned fruit and pasta sauce.  For each item brought in, $3.00 is removed from your fines. Of course, we are happy to accept donations of the food items from people that just want to donate—we will be sure to get the items to the pantry. This offer is good through May 30th.

Selecting best-sellers to stock the shelves is easy, and in the next couple of weeks the usual ‘beach reads’ will be out, with new titles from Clive Cussler, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, etc., etc. will be in.  I’ve just finished a new list of soon-to-be hot books that is posted at each library.  The more interesting challenge is deciding what more scholarly books I should select that should have use, longevity and ultimately interest with our patrons as well as other library users across the state.  This week, we will be adding three titles that are not ‘quick’ reads, but I think they are interesting. Monarchs and Milkweed: A migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution by Anurag Agrawal delves into the trials and tribulations a Monarch must endure to survive, and all the factors that can have impact on these beautiful butterflies.  Staying in the field of entomology, did you know there are over 75 different species of fireflies? Read about them in Fire-flies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada by Lynn F. Faust.  Last book is more encyclopedic, probably just browsing or identifying Snakes of the Eastern United States (by Whit Gibbons)—filled with pictures, demographics and current information, it will be useful to have on the shelves.

A reminder that next Saturday, June 3rd from 9-4 p.m. the Ripley Friends of the Library are having a big book sale with lots of titles—I’d say the majority of what you will see will be ‘new’ to the book sale, with some seriously large donations recently. Paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, non-fiction, practically brand-new to vintage, I really think there is something for everyone.  We will be holding the sale in the annex, so there will be lots of room to set up as well as browse.

We will be closed Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.