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Thanks to everyone that came to the History of Rock n’ Roll lecture on Friday—over 80 people came to listen and learn about the music and culture leading up to Woodstock.  Fun to see the tie-dyed t-shirts and other vintage items worn by the audience.  The Friends of the Library sponsored this event, and I have to think they were pleased with the turn-out.

For a different musical event, on Saturday, August 31st at 3:00 p.m., award-winning musician Steve Free will be performing in the Ripley library annex. Thanks to the Billingsleys for bringing in Steve Free to Ripley for years—sometimes he has played down near the Parker House on Front Street, but hey, it is August, could be mighty hot in the afternoon, and we have the annex, so seems like a good partnership.  We have several of Steve’s CDs in our collection if you would like to listen to his music before the event. How do you describe his music? Folk, country, gospel, Native American, unique.  He has awards and fans from around the world.  Most recently, #1 song on the Independent Country Artists in the World 8/2018, and Best Folk Singer by Lux Magazine in England earlier this year. He has won awards in gospel, country and folk genres for years.  We hope you will join us in welcoming back Steve, and enjoy his music in the comfort of the library’s annex.

This week is Ripley Rural Heritage Festival time—sounds like good weather, we hope all goes well. The Ripley library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, remain closed on Saturday. If items were checked out at Ripley, there will be nothing ‘due’ on Saturday, due date extended to Monday, when we re-open for business.   Just a reminder, both our branches will be open regular hours—Russellville 10-4 on Friday, 10-2 on Saturday, Aberdeen 12-6 on Friday, 10-2 on Saturday.

Series readers, we have…for author Louise Penny’s fans, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is back, in her latest book A Better Man, Julia Keller returns to atmospheric Acker’s Gap WV to have PI Bell Elkins solve an old mystery in The Cold Way Home, and Karin Slaughter brings Sara Linton and Will Trent back into the picture as they try to solve the bombings and medical nightmares in Atlanta in The Last Widow.