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Half the year gone, days long, and finally feeling like summer!  I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy. 

            New books out this week include Danielle Steel’s latest Lost and Found, Karl Marlantes’ Deep River (if you aren’t familiar with the name, he doesn’t have many out—his last was Matterhorn, which was hailed as the modern classic of war)—this time, he delves into a family saga of early 1900s Finnish immigrants moving to a logging community in Washington, and the changes in the landscape, both personal and environmental. W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal continue the People of Cahokia series with Star Path—fiction, but with a lot of historical detail about the pre-Columbian peoples that lived in the Central Mississippi Valley thousands of years ago. Switching timeframes, Brad Thor pens a military thriller titled Backlash with his popular Scot Harvath—part intelligence agent, part military operative, part assassin. (How bad does it get when you cross Scot? Pretty bad!)  Emilie Richards gives readers A Family of Strangers – when the younger sister comes to the older sister’s rescue, does she really know her well enough to trust? Second in the Deadly Edits Mystery series, we added Clause and Effect by Kaitlyn Dunnett, so yes, some plays on words, but a solid cozy mystery.

            Thanks to the Ripley Friends of the Library, the Cincinnati Museum Center will be having 2 limited seating programs on dinosaurs here at the Ripley library annex on Tuesday, July 9th. The 11:00 a.m. program is for preschool/kindergarten aged kids, and the 1:00 p.m. program will be for kids in 1st-4th grade.  More details available soon.

            Yes, the libraries will be closed on July 4th , but all other days open as usual. Happy Independence Day!