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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

The Friends of the Library book sale “COVID Style” begins this Saturday. We’ve spaced 7 tables out in the library meeting room. All books will be spread out on the tables, and we will be adding daily as seven tables hold a lot fewer items than the piled and packed the twenty or so tables in the annex. We will be adhering to our limit of people in the library, so there will never be a crowd. As I look though the boxes we’ve pulled, we have some really nice cookbooks, a nice batch of paperback westerns, good mix of history books. We’ll have a table of Ohioan and antiquarian books as well. Fiction is never a problem, and we have lots of different genres covered. We also are trying to be sure to have a nice table of kids books from board books to classics. Since it is limited space, we’ll do our best to cherry pick the best—either the most interesting, the newest, the prettiest, or just the type that sells the best. So, stop in, take a look, if you see a treasure for your collection or for a possible gift, the Friends just ask that you make a small donation to the Friends group so that they can continue to help out the library. We do have lots of political science books from a professor’s collection—we’re not going to put them all out, but if this is of interest to you, let us know

Somehow, even though we had the 2011 newspapers microfilmed, it fell through the cracks on digitalization—we didn’t notice this until we were finding and noting obituaries for the master list of Maplewood Cemetery. This has been corrected, and now there are over 3,200 additional ‘pages’ added to our newspaper archives that are freely available through our website. (www.ripleylibrary.com)

Our copy of Harland Hubbard’s Shantyboat: A River Way of Life finally reached a point of wear that it needed to be replaced, so while I was ordering a new copy, I looked at other books by or about him. One we didn’t have in our collection was Woodcuts of Harland Hubbard, and no library in our consortium did either—we fixed that, and so for artists and Hubbard and Ohio River interest, one can enjoy Harland Hubbard’s interpretation of life on and near the river through his artwork.