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            Well, I admit it, I jumped the gun a bit last Saturday, January 12th by calling a ‘snow day’ for the branches and a short day at the Ripley location.  I believed the forecasts that it would snow all day, and that we are on the edge for potential ice. It was snowing pretty hard early in the morning… So, my apologies for closing, but I have to take into consideration not only the staff, but also can I get all three branches safely salted and plowed, and will it get worse after everyone made it in?  Just a seasonal reminder—if the weather is such that we might be delayed in opening, or closing early, please call the Ripley location at 392-4871 or check the library Facebook. Living close to the library, I don’t have an excuse not to man the phones and get some work done! 

            This past week was a big week for book releases by well-known authors, so I’ll give you a run down: James Lee Burke’s New Iberia Blues, Danielle Steel’s Turning Point, Jayne Ann Krentz’s Untouchable , Robin Carr’s The Best of Us, and James Patterson’s The House Next Door (actually 3 novellas in one).  Using the BookPage for other possible new books (the free book review magazine that we subscribe to and you can pick up a free copy every month), we added the Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye, Julia Kelly’s Light over London—WWII setting, Suspenseful reading awaits with Lisa Jewell’s  Watching You, Gytha Lodge’s She Lies in Wait and  Greer Hendricks An Anonymous Girl. We’d be happy to put you on hold or let you know if the book is sitting on the shelf ready for pick-up. If you have a library card, you can place your own hold on these titles from home—if you are interested but don’t know how, stop in at any of our libraries and we’ll show you how easy it is from our website www.ripleylibrary.com and go to the ‘catalog’ tab.

            As I write this, we have not set a reschedule date for the Slime Making class that got canceled on Saturday—stay tuned and we will get the slime going soon.  Under staff member Julie Carpenter’s watchful eye, the library will be hosting informal chair yoga get-togethers on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., alternating the locations between Ripley and Aberdeen. (Poor Russellville branch just doesn’t have the room for it) The first is this Saturday, the 19th at the Ripley location—next Saturday January 26th will be at Aberdeen and so on.

            FYI, next Monday, January 21st, the libraries will be closed to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.