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Thanks to everyone that came to the ‘Christmas Memories” program this past Sunday.  The performers had voiced some concern beforehand that they have had minimal turnout at other public libraries, but we had assured them we would have a good-sized audience, and we did! The production was well done, and our thanks to the Cincinnati Museum Center docents for taking their time to come out to give us history and perform holiday songs of Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney.

            As most of you know, December seems to roll by faster than any other month of the year.  It certainly seems to here at the library. So, one program for the month behind us, the next action is this Friday and Saturday!  Friday is the traditional tree-lighting/RULH singing/booksale evening, all starting at 5:30 p.m. around the corner of 2nd and Main Street. We have received a lovely tree from Tim Wilson, and with the help of the town and Red Malone, it will be up and decorated in time for the lighting.  There will be pomp and circumstance with MCJROTC and Ripley Fire Department color guards, the Ripley mayor and singing by the MCJROTC quartet.  After the ceremonies, everyone is invited to go to the library annex to hear the RULH Elementary students sing Christmas carols and enjoy some hot chocolate. When the singing is done…the book sale begins!  (At about 6:00 p.m.)  Also this evening, the Banks of the Ohio dulcimer group will be serenading the shoppers after the singing is complete.

We’ve received lots of donations this year since the summer booksale, so the majority of the items will be new. After every sale, we try to weed out what hasn’t sold, donate the better remaining books to jails and other organizations, and yes, some do go to recycling if we just can’t find a good home. Anyway, besides the boxes and boxes of fiction received in both hardback and paperback, we will also have more than usual number of DVDs and music CDs,  some nice children’s books, cookbooks, how-tos, history and much more. We haven’t even sorted some of the last loads of donations, so who knows what treasures those boxes hold?

The Friday sale lasts until 8:00 p.m., then we will re-open on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. and be there until 4:00 p.m.  Since we will be able to rearrange and add a few tables after the Friday night performances, there will be new books added throughout the annex, worth coming back on day 2.  There will also be a table for wrapping the presents donated to the “Stuff a Cruiser” project.

The funds collected during the booksale (no prices per item, we just ask for a donation) go to the Friends of the Library, who in turn help the library. 2019 the Friends not only helped with the Summer Reading Program, they ran the art camp, and have sponsored several successful programs, especially geared for kids. In fact, the following Saturday, December 14th, the Friends will be having the well-known Madcap Puppet troop come in and regal kids and kids at heart with their rendition of A Christmas Carol at 11:00 a.m..

                FYI—Matt Carpenter will be at the Ripley Library on Wednesday, December 11th from 5-7:00 for one-on-one computer help. Please call or stop in to make an appointment!

Busy times, but fun. Please join Ripley in celebrating the season.