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LIBRARY TALK – October 29, 2020

Library Talk October 29, 2020

Russellville’s expansion is beginning to take shape—with some of the framing up, it looks a bit bigger than it did with just the concrete slab, which looked, well, pretty small!  It is a small addition, but an important one, to help the library grow and improve services to the community. I hope that when it is completed, we will be allowed (when it is safe) to have programs. It does seem a bit ironic that we are creating a space for the gathering of people and if opened tomorrow, we wouldn’t be able to use it, but it will be ready when the time comes.

The feeling of ‘wasted’ space is felt at the other libraries as well, with the meeting rooms, computer lab and annex stand empty and quiet.  As the COVID-19 numbers continue to increase in Ohio, we can’t predict when programs and gatherings will be allowed again, but we have faith that we will be able to return to having children’s programs, author talks, movies and more—we really look forward to that day, as I’m sure you, our patrons do as well.

I wondered if there were any Halloween events 100 years ago in Ripley, so I turned to the October 27, 1920 Ripley Bee. Then, as is today, pre-election columns and advertisements made up much of the paper that week, but it was fun to note that the Courts-Fussnecker American Legion was sponsoring a Hallowe’en Dance with the Hugh Mays’ Orchestra from Cincinnati—masques to be worn, held at the I.O.O.F. hall.

Looking at the weather forecast, the Ripley Friends of the Library Trunk or Treat in the library parking lot looks pretty good—no rain, partly sunny, not as cold as last year. We will make this a very safe event, and look forward to seeing the creative costumes of the kids.  The event will be held on Saturday (Halloween) from 5-6:30 p.m., the Village of Ripley designated ‘trick or treat’ time.

Matthew