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This Friday, May 7th from 12-6 p.m. when you drive by the Ripley library, you’ll see the Ripley Women’s Club sponsored blood drive taking place—we’ve been pleased to be able to offer a highly visible location for this important service. You never ‘hope’ that you will need blood, but when you do, you can appreciate the importance of these periodic blood drives.

The Russellville addition is really, really close to completion. There are some details that need to be worked on, but all manageable, and the room is beautiful.  Leave it mostly to COVID-19 for the delays, and even the shelving that we ordered last year is still back-ordered, hopefully we’ll have it in July. The shelving will give us a bit more space for books and movies, but they will not be in the new room. The old work area has been opened up, and it will be a very inviting reading nook once all of the stuff has been removed.  We look forward to the relaxing of the mass gathering rules so that we can fully use this room for our summer reading programs and sponsored public programs, but we will and have to be patient at this time.

A sign of progress is we will be shortening our quarantine time to 1 day, then wiping the items down with a disinfectant—this will shorten the wait period for our items, especially useful for our new books, movies and hotspots.

Lots of books out this week. They include James Patterson’s 21st Birthday, part of the Women’s Murder Club series, Robert B. Parker’s Payback a Sunny Randall novel, Amanda Quick combines mystery and romance in an historical setting with The Lady has a Past, set in 1930s California, Pam Jenoff, author of very popular The Orphan’s Take and Lost Girls of Paris, sets her latest in a Polish ghetto during WWII in The Woman with the Blue Star.  Andy Wier returns to space in Project Hail Mary, where an astronaut wakes up and slowly realizes while his crew is dead, he might not be alone, and is now on a last-chance mission to save Earth while being millions of miles away. Weir wrote the best-selling book Martian. Other fiction titles include Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian, and Maisy Yates’ Confessions from the Quilting Circle.

Bill O’Reilly’s latest in the killing series is Killing the Mob, and biographer of note Ronald C. White explores the personal reflections of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln in Private, by leading the reader through twelve of Lincoln’s notes, showing his genius, his anxieties, his empathy and more.  Happy reading!