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The joys of ‘fall’—we see the start up of meetings, gatherings and events with a vengeance this time of year.  Our fall story times start this week for our 3-5 year olds (or even precocious 2+ year olds). September is a little bit of an odd month with Labor Day and the Brown County Fair, but we will fit in several ‘episodes’ of reading and crafts for our little ones. Aberdeen Library story times are on Mondays at 12:30 p.m., Ripley Library holds their story times on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and Russellville Library welcomes the tots for fun on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m..

Next week is really full of events and I hope you will join us. On Thursday, September 12th at 6;00 p.m. we will be welcoming the Newport Aquarium’s Shark Tank program that will be held in the Ripley Library Annex.  See and touch real live sharks, learn about their habitat and importance in the ecosystem and more. This is a free program geared towards kids and families.

Then…on Saturday, September 14th, several library related activities rolled up into 1 day.

Starting with the Russellville Branch, they will be having their annual ‘Book & Bargain’ sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This is held outside, so if it is storming, the rain date is the next Saturday Sept. 21st. Call 937-377-2700 for more info.

At 10:00 a.m. at the Ripley Library, we will be holding the first meeting of the Ripley Association of Rocketry.  Earlier this year, Tom Zachman held a rocket ‘make and fly’ event with kids. The kids, using a kit, put together a small rocket and then went to the RULH field and launched them. Watching the kids concentrate on building the rockets (while not difficult, steps had to be followed closely) and then having the fun of seeing their creation zoom into the sky was magic. Why? Well, I think a few reasons. This is a very hands-on hobby—there was no staring at a computer screen while assembling!  There was room for creativity, as each child decorated and named their own rocket, there was satisfaction in a job well done when the rocket launched and then landed safely, there were logical rules to follow, and there was a comradery in the group as each got to watch and root for the other person’s rocket.   So why have a nationally sanctioned club in Ripley? More information, more opportunities to expand the experience, better chance for an ongoing organization to meet regularly.  This club is geared to attract both  kids and adults. This meeting is more of an informational gathering—find out how much interest there is, when would be the best time to meet, what can be expected.

To wrap up the 14th, the Ripley Friends will be having their Fish Fry and Silent Auction down at the Lions Club Shelter on the river in Ripley.  Awesome fried fish, with coleslaw, beans, drinks and desserts. Then…there will be more than 20 items to bid on with the Getting to Know Ripley as a theme.  The range of items is vast– from paintings, weavings, woodwork, and metalwork—keep an eye on our Facebook page  or stop in the library to see the items—every year I am amazed at the talent that ‘lives’ here in Ripley—if you can’t make the Fish Fry, silent bidding is allowed and encouraged before the event. Fun, good food, beautiful setting, and helping out your local library friend’s group. Thanks.