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   I hope the artist in you has been thinking about what you might create for the Ripley Friends of the Library silent auction. Past years we’ve had a rather specific item/theme and in most cases had a ‘blank slate’ for you to start with, but the Friends thought that maybe you’ve had something else in mind but hadn’t had the opportunity…so this year, the theme is Ripley, (so, river, history, memories, people, buildings, anything!) but the medium is your choice. We do have some dried gourds and roof slates if you need a surface to create with, but you aren’t limited to them. Please let a staff member or a Friend know that you plan to create something marvelous that will be unique and fun to auction off for the Friends at their Fish Fry in mid-September. Questions? Please stop in.

            This Sunday at 2:00 p.m. we will have Tom Zachman present a talk about Apollo 11 and the landing on the moon. Join us for a discussion, clips from documentaries and movies, models and Tom’s passion and first-hand knowledge of astronauts that will provide a unique spin on this 50th anniversary year of the momentous lunar landing. This will be held at the annex, 19 Main Street.

            Lots of new books this week and next—Ever popular David Baldacci offers One Good Deed, Debbie Macomber looks out of the Window on the Bay, Linda Castillo lets Chief of Police Kate Burkholder attempt to solve several horrific murders in the mostly Amish area of Painters Mill in Shamed, and while nonfiction, Richard Preston’s Crisis in the Red Zone reads like a thriller as he covers the Ebola outbreak and what it means to try and contain a deadly virus in both poverty stricken and wealthy areas.  Colson Whitehead, author of Pulitzer-prize winning The Underground Railroad, tackles another dark piece of American history (The Jim Crow era) in his novel The Nickel Boys. Based in part on the atrocities of a real ‘reform’ school in Florida of the time, it tells of consequences of color, power, faith and history.