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Library Talk November 15, 2018

I am very grateful for all of the residents of Brown County that came out on election day and voted ‘Yes’ for the renewal/replacement of the library levy. I am especially moved by the strong support in Ripley and Union Township—you guys were the highest ‘yes’ votes of all of the precincts by a significant margin—thank you.  Having this funding to count on is really important to us—we don’t know what the state is going to do with their funding for libraries, and each state biennial budget is a fight and a worry—but we can tell the state legislators that our communities value their libraries, and want them to stay funded, and the state should continue to believe in the public library institution.  The levy support is close to 35% of our entire operating budget, so vital to us keeping the doors open, the shelves stocked and the equipment humming. Again, thank you.

Wow, who would have thought bringing a penguin and a program to Ripley would be so very popular. If you are among the 150 people that came in and got a free ticket for this Friday, please remember to bring the ticket and come to the time listed—Bubba the penguin will only allow 50 people in at a performance, and we will have to be strict on the attendance, but we are really looking forward to having this visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.  Program is estimated to last about 30 minutes.  I am so glad we have the annex to be able to provide the room for such programs.

If you were unable to attend last week’s talk on the historic tax credits, the Ohio Heritage people left copies of information on qualifications, success stories and more—stop in and we’d be glad to give you a packet.

School will be out next Wednesday the 21st, , and we’re offering a very cool craft/art program for the kids at the Ripley library.We’ve been piling up on canvases, paints, cinnamon sticks, fabric, ink pads, glue, buttons and more to create some awesome holiday items. Kids K-4th grade 10:00 -11:00 a.m., grades 5-8 12:30 -1:30 p.m. This is a free program, but limited space to 20 kids per session, call (392-4871) or stop in and sign up.

Our chance to help the community and our patrons through ‘Food for Fines’ has come around again. While our auto renewal for items checked out on a Union Township Public Library card has significantly reduced the fines for many, there are still patrons that have either older fines or just didn’t realize that auto renewal does have limitations. Anyway, Food For Fines will take place Thanksgiving week—November 18th thru November 24th.  Food bank needs canned meat, cereal, beans, peanut butter, soup, crackers—if you bring in a bag/box/can of any of these items, we will take $3.00 off your fines, and take the food to the food bank closest to the library. This is good at the Ripley, Russellville and Aberdeen libraries.  If you just want to donate a box or can of something to help your neighbor, we’ll make sure it gets to the right place. I hope we all have something to be thankful for, and this is an easy way to give.