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LIBRARY TALK – JUNE 11, 2019

            While not officially, by the calendar, summer yet, it certainly feels like it—and apparently so thinks the publishing world. In one box of mixed books, we received Summer Guests by Mary Alice MonroeSummer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery and Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand—probably all good beach reads by well-known authors.  We’ve purchased yet another copy of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens to shorten the hold list—system wide, there are well over 600 holds—truly amazing for a debut novel, and it came out last August.  Still #1 on Amazon, Reese Witherspoon said it was a ‘must read’, and of course there is a movie in the works.  Pretty wonderful that an author known only for writing a few non-fiction books can make the transition to fiction and sell over a million copies of her book—hope for aspiring authors everywhere!

            We’ve just received word that our latest digitalization and microfilming of the 2018 papers has been completed, so…your access to older papers continues to grow.  If you’ve never used our online newspaper archives, I welcome you to try it out! Go to our website www.ripleylibrary.com, click on the newspaper archives tab, then the access newspaper archive, and type in a keyword or a name, and see how many hits you get. What comes up is a sentence or two where it is located, but if you click on the name of the paper just above, it will open to the entire page of the paper—pretty cool. You can limit the search to papers in the 1820s, or do a wide open search.  We still have microfilm copies made as well—often the printing of an article is better from the film, and of course the best copy is from the original, which we try to keep as well.  For fast searching as well as a master ‘index’ that can be accessed 24/7, the online archive is the way to go.  The company that does this work for us Advantage Preservation, does a lot of work for libraries and historical societies across the country—in searching for papers not on the big databases such as Chronicling America or Newspapers.com, a little bit of digging can find some amazing hits. Curious? Stop in, and I’ll show you some of the tricks of the trade.

            Thanks to everyone that came to the library annex this past weekend and bought books at the Friends of the Library book sale.  We plan to reduce the number of books left dramatically, so that the next sale in December will be nearly all new materials. We always recycle a good deal of the ‘stuff’, but we are really hitting it hard this time. There were some awesome books this past sale—and as with each sale, there were concentrations in some areas, and then weak in others—who knows what will be at the next? Part of the fun of library book sales.

Matthew