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Library Talk October 25, 2018

Late October—pumpkins, falling leaves, cozy reading! This week’s releases include John Grisham’s latest legal thriller titled The Reckoning, Sara Paretsky’s Shell Game, Iris Johansen’s Vendetta and Frederick Forsyth’s The Fox (he is known for his international spy/espionage tales).

Some well-reviewed non-fiction also recently added includes the latest biography on Frederick Douglass, titled Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight. He was born a slave and escaped at 20 years old, and became an influential spokesperson for emancipation, fought the problems of the failed Reconstruction after the war, edited two newspapers, wrote prolifically, and lived with the dilemma of fame. On the flap jacket, one of the early lines caught my eye..”He was fortunate to have learned to read as a boy, and he would develop this skill forbidden to slaves to become one of the great writers of his era” This skill should never, ever be taken lightly, yet I see children and young adults that wander in to the library struggling or just not wanting to read anything—such a shame. The other non-fiction of the week is Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown.

We were mapping out the annex over the weekend for the Holiday Market to be held Saturday, November 3rd from 10-4 p.m.—a project that I hope will become an annual tradition. We’ve invited artisans from around the area to bring their handmade crafts to sell—we have potters, woodworkers, soap makers, honey and honey product sellers, artists in different media, wool spinners and so much more—all local, all under one roof for one day. We selected a diverse group that many of you may not even know about—we realize there are lots of holiday bazaars in the area, but we feel this is different—striving to showcase some of the local talent as well as offering the sharing of knowledge of making different items. Want a sneak peek at who is coming to set up? Visit the event’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ripleyholidaymarket/.