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Having a movie on the ‘big screen’ in the annex, with 4 large speakers for theatrical sound seemed like a good idea, however, maybe it was the time shown or the movie, as we had a rather poor showing  audience-wise. I need to know what might work better—perhaps showing movies is a bit of a thing of the past?  Yet one of our branches had a movie night earlier in the month, and it was very successful— hard to figure out sometimes.

            Please join us in welcoming Dr. Matthew Donahue as he will be talking on the history of rock n’ roll.  As a professor, musician, film writer and more, he should be well qualified for giving an entertaining and educational talk on the subject. Why are the Ripley Friends of the Library sponsoring such a talk? Well, not only is 2019 the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, it is also 50 years since Woodstock happened.  One just has to hear the word Woodstock and while most of us were not out in the farm field in New York in August of 1969, many of us have mental images of the crowds, the bands, (the mud!) that have become iconic.  The professor will be here on Friday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Ripley’s library annex for this free and fascinating program.

            Some of the new fiction out this week includes: Iris Johansen’s continuation of the Eve Duncan saga in Smokescreen, Fiona Davis takes the reader to the wild and crazy times of the Chelsea Hotel in New York in the 1950s with all of the theater folk in The Chelsea Girls, Catherine Coulter keeps readers in suspense with agents Savich and Sherlock on their latest adventures in Labyrinth, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo offers readers a new novel Chances Are…, where three men in their 60s meet on Martha’s Vineyard to talk about the ‘old days’ and the mystery that still plagues them from their college years.