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Library Talk – April 12, 2018

Library Talk April 12, 2018

This week is National Library Week, so during this week we offer to the public access to archival information, allow you to freely borrow books, movies, magazines, use our Wi-Fi, our computers, and allow us to help you find information. We have the mechanics to allow you to print out a document, color copy a picture, or look up an old article in the Ripley Bee.  We have educational STEM-based activities for your young ones to play, we offer story times and meeting space. Oh, wait a minute…we offer this year round, and hope that you take advantage of our services.

So, here’s the scoop on NLW– First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate. And on any given day, while we are a public library, I believe we can touch on all categories or libraries in some way—we send books to the schools to help augment their collection, we serve scholars especially in local history information, and of course we are special with our unique collections along with access to so much more. Public libraries are the melting pot of libraries—a lot of stuff for the broadest audience, and that is what makes it both challenging and fun.

The library is the gathering place of the Ripley Painters, and to showcase and celebrate their work, they are having an art show in the library annex April 13-15th.   This year, the theme is ‘around the world’, with paintings portraying travel vistas both near and far.  The event, staged in the annex, starts with a reception this Friday evening from 6-8 pm with a world-wide food sampling, then open for viewing both Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 1-4:00 pm.

Have you dabbled in family history? Are you hooked in looking online and in old dusty archives for bits of information on your genealogical roots? Would you like to share stories and swap tips on searching? If yes, we welcome both newbies and long-term searchers to join us for the first meeting of our genealogical club in the Ripley library meeting room April 19th at 6:30 p.m. There will be a regular monthly gathering on the third Thursday of each month. This is free and open to the public.

Matthew