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            Thanks to the Ripley Woman’s Club and the staff of the First State Bank who rolled up their sleeves last week to spruce up around town. The library benefited from the tedious weeding in between the bricks on the sidewalk—not a fun job! Sweeping, weeding, scraping, primer painting on lower Main Street—lots of helpful hands hard at work.

            Summer Reading sign-up starts next week, along with a fun and silly activity kick-off at each location. The kick-off week times are Aberdeen Tuesday at 12:30 a.m., Ripley on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., and Russellville on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  For the following five weeks, Aberdeen will move back to Mondays at 12:30 p.m. for all ages, Ripley on Wednesdays- 3-5 year olds 11:00 a.m., 6-12 year olds at 1:30 p.m., Russellville on Thursdays 3-5 year olds 11:00 a.m., 6-12 year olds 1:30 p.m.  Of course, if the times don’t fit your schedule, we still encourage you to come in, sign up, get a “Universe of Stories” book bag and start reading (for fun!) We are also having a reading challenge for 13-17 year olds, please pick up a form at any of the libraries after Memorial Day.

            I order many of our books weeks, sometimes months, before they are released, so I’ll admit sometimes I’ve (slightly) forgotten what I’ve ordered— so one of the boxes that arrived last week was a mix of Amish fiction, children’s picture books, history…but there was two books that had some similarities that I had ordered weeks apart.  Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons by Kris Newby is interesting and worrisome. Most of us have heard of Lyme Disease, and in this book, with credible research, says it may have been an unintended release of biological weapon research. Disturbing! Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic by Matt McCarthy, MD is the other medically related book, that talks about the variety of cures and research that is being done to fight disease and infection. There is a bit of interesting history as well, the discovery of penicillin to exciting microbes found in soil.

FYI—The libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.