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                Thanks to the young ladies that came to the Ripley library this past Saturday and created the most charming spring bonnets. As true artists, all were given access to the same supplies, but each creation was unique and beautiful. I hope everyone had fun.

   We’ve noticed that hands-on crafts are usually big hits, and gosh, no computers or smart phones are needed!  On this coming Saturday April 6th at 10:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen library kids ages 6-12 are invited to create a fairy garden or toad abode.  If this sounds like fun, please contact the Ripley or Aberdeen library to sign up. (392-4871 or 795-2534).

We’ve got a lot of craft supplies and kits to make ‘springy’ stuff, so we are having a type of open workshop on  Wednesday April 10th at the Ripley library from 3-6 p.m.— stay for as long as you like—we’ll have a variety of things to create during our ‘Crafternoon’. We aren’t putting an age limit on this as there will be very easy for young to more creative for the older kids.

The following Saturday April 13th at 10:00 a.m. back at the Ripley library we will be playing with and decorating Jacob’s Ladders—both the string version and the wooden block kind. This is for kids 7-10 years old—please call the Ripley library to sign up for this free event.

This week’s book releases include:  J.A. Jance’s suspenseful The A List, Miss Julia Takes the Wheel in Ann Ross’s latest, Beverly Lewis returns with her latest Amish tale in The Tinderbox, Wilbur Smith continues the Ballantyne family saga in King of Kings  and Ann Beattie looks into the impact of young experiences on one’s life in her novel A Wonderful Stoke of Luck.   Finally, Susan Page writes a strong biography titled The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.