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Library Talk – July 12, 2018


Library Talk July 12, 2018

                        I’ve been hinting around about the new databases that were due out July 1st, and with only minor technical hiccups, they have arrived!  Not enough room to talk about all of them, but I will mention a few now, and others as time goes by.   One that I think will see a good deal of use is the Chilton Library. Those of you that have dragged the big Chilton car and truck manuals home to use as a reference while fixing your car know that Chilton is one of the big names in car repair information. Now it is ready at your fingertips at any time of the day. Go to our website www.ripleylibrary.com, click on the resources tab, scroll down to the Ohio Web Library on the left-hand side, click on it, and you can choose the DIY tab or the all resources tab to find the Chilton site. Enter the make and model of your car, and then you can choose what part of the car you need help with, be it electrical, fuel, heating/air and more. Want to know what a diagnostic code means? Need a wiring diagram?  Curious about recalls for your car or SUV?  You can find most of it here, for free, any time. 

Another database in the DIY section is the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center—interesting. You open that database, pick a theme, and it shows you full scale pages from (gasp!) books or magazine articles on the subjects of painting, children’s crafts, needlework, indoor and outdoor recreation, home decorating and others.  Again, the best thing is you can look at this anytime, whether or not the library is open, and browse to your heart’s content. I’m not yet wowed by this one, but I can see the usefulness if you browse around and play with it—and really, the best way to become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of a database or any collection of information is to dive in, have fun, poke around and let your curiosity lead you down many paths, even if you aren’t looking for something specific at the time.

While our Summer Reading Program programs will end in a few weeks, we are pleased to announce the return of the week-long summer art camp. This year, the 2018 Brown County Summer Art Camp will be held at the Ripley library—for elementary school age kids (grades 1-4) the dates are July 30th thru August 3rd, 12 p.m.-3:00 p.m., for middle school age kids (grades 5-8) the dates are August 6th thru August 10th, same 12-3 p.m. time slot.  Students will have fun looking at, talking about and making art at the camp. This is a free program, but is limited to 20 kids per session, so please call the library at 392-4871 or program coordinator Rachel Bollman at 937-618-5424 for more information. This program has been made possible through the support of the Ripley Friends of the Library and the Ohio Arts Council.