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More than halfway through October.  Trees shedding leaves, frost advisories, bright blue skies—it truly feels like fall.  Along with fall comes Halloween, and the Ripley Friends of the Library are trying out something new—with safety of our children paramount, the Friends are organizing a Trunk or Treat during the official Halloween trick or treat time of 6-7:30 p.m. on October 31st, and in addition with the safety theme, we will be welcoming some very cool safety people and equipment. We are very pleased that we will have a fire truck, an ambulance and a police car on the premises for everyone, but especially the kids, to look at up close, as well as talking with members from each of the departments.  So, cool things to look at, goodies to pick up all in one place—fun for all, and a good community gathering.

Lest I forget, prior to Halloween, another ‘treat’ , and possibly a trick on the cable companies.  On Saturday, October 26th at 10:30 a.m., Matthew Carpenter will be holding a talk on “Cutting the Cable Cord” . This popular program will show you how to pick and choose lower cost programming as an alternative to paying the ever increasing cable bills. There are trade-offs and opportunities, so we welcome you to this free program over in the library annex.

New books!  Elizabeth Strout has returned with her well-loved character Olive Kitteridge in Olive, Again, Michael Connelly continues to garner fans with his Harry Bosch novels, so the latest to be enjoyed is The Night Fire, Alex Kava has found her niche with the Creed’ mysteries—Ryder Creed and his scent dogs solve lots of crimes, and #5 is just out with Desperate Creed. Perennially popular John Grisham spins another legal thriller with The Guardians and  Stuart Woods places character Stone Barrington in harm’s way (again) in Stealth.

For a fun non-fiction, we’ve added Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall.