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            Our Summer Reading Program is underway—your kids ages 3-12 are welcome and encouraged to sign-up anytime. We also have a teen reading challenge for fun—we hope that reading, or listening to books, becomes an enjoyable habit, and we won’t tell anyone it is good for them…..  Stop in to check out the details, or visit www.ripleylibrary.com or our Facebook for more information.

            Next Friday, June 7th from 6-8:00 p.m. will be the start of the Ripley Friends of the Library summer book sale.  We have received boxes and boxes of donations since the last sale in December, and some of the highlights recently received include some excellent biographies—wide ranging interests including Abraham Lincoln to Evel Knievel. Also some wonderful history books, ranging from the time of Constantine to the Civil War to recent times. There are quite a few inspirational and biblical study guides in many boxes– some scholarly, some more mainstream, such as books by Max Lucado.  Earlier, we received boxes of cookbooks which are always popular at the sales, and of course lots of fiction, just in time to pick up a few by your favorite author for summer reading. As always, we encourage you to grab a box or a bag and fill it to the brim—the Friends just ask for a token donation so that they can help the library by sponsoring some of our programs and helping out in many ways behind the scenes. The book sale will also run on Saturday, June 8th from 10-4:00 p.m.

            The following Wednesday, June 12th at 11:00 a.m. we will be welcoming Jim Kleefeld, who will be entertaining our kids in the Ripley annex.  Whether or not you’ve signed up for the reading program, everyone is welcome to enjoy Jim as he entertains the audience with Andy the Astronaut and Zork, the Flying Alien.  The performance is fun and free, and Jim performs around the country, tailoring his performances to match the Summer Reading Theme—A Universe of Stories!