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Library Talk November 5th, 2020

Thanks to all of the people that set up a ‘trunk’ for the Friends of the Library’s Trunk or Treat this past Saturday. The crowd was steady during the entire time, and especially cute were the very young, not quite getting the trick or treat concept, but looking adorable with expressions of wonder while trying to figure out what really was going on!

As Veterans Day approaches (we will be closed next Wednesday, November 11th) I wondered how it was portrayed in the Bee in the early years. Most know that Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day, the end of World War I, when the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 an armistice, or a temporary cessation of fighting took place. Treaty of Versailles wasn’t signed until 1919, but many thought the November 11th action marked the end of the war.  I didn’t realize that it wasn’t until 1938 that Armistice Day was recognized as a federal holiday, but many communities, including ours, observed the day long before it was an official federal holiday/observance.  In 1919, on November 11th, Armistice Day was observed by ringing of church bells and hanging out of flags.  The public school was closed. In 1922, the News Democrat commented in a long front-page article “it is fitting, therefore, that a day be honored with dignity, remembering the tremendous sacrifices by which liberty was won, and thanking God for such a victory”.  Seems every year there was more ceremony and participation in observation of the date. So, to veterans past and present, thank you for your services.

The Friends of the Library will not be having their holiday booksale this year as we will not be using the annex for any event. We are still bound to the 10 and under people limit and we don’t see any change in that in the near future.  I’ve been noticing several other libraries having smaller week or two-week long sales with limited access in a meeting room.  Due to the tremendous amount of donated materials we’ve received, I am trying this format—setting up five or six spaced tables in the meeting room with curated books—I’ll look for the best conditioned and most sought-after titles to display that will make for great gifts and personal library additions.  The limit on the number of people in the library will still be enforced, masks and hand sanitizing expected, so holding it over an extended period of time, with the promise of new books added daily should make it fair for everyone.  The sale will start on Saturday, November 14th during regular Ripley Library hours and run through Wednesday, November 25th.  So, an encouragement to ‘shop’ locally and help out the Friends of the Library, who have helped in this crazy year with t-shirts for the summer reading program as well as the heavily used digitalization of early Brown County newspapers. (FYI, the Aberdeen Branch has Friends’ books set up in their meeting room throughout the year—the collection gets additions for ‘sale’ fairly often).