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Beginning next week, the Russellville Branch Library temporarily will be open only until 6:00 p.m. rather than 8:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. This means  Russellville hours will be Monday/Wednesday 12-6, Tuesday/Thursday 10-6, Friday 12-4, Saturday 10-2. This should be for about 4 weeks, and we will keep you posted when regular hours resume. Our apologies for any inconvenience this causes you. If you need a library in the evening, both Ripley and Aberdeen will still have their later hours.

Just a reminder that we’re still checking in materials with a ‘fine free’ status, so even if you have some of our items significantly overdue and your record shows a bill for lost items, if you return them in good condition while we are still quarantining, those bills will be wiped away! What a deal.  It can be frustrating with long overdues—if a book or DVD is part of a series, we feel that we should replace it after a reasonable amount of time, and inevitably, shortly after the replacement, the original comes home to roost. We’d like to have the problem of all of the overdues come home, so pass the word around, now is the time to sneak those items into the book drop…..

We are finding that if a book series makes it to the ‘little screen’ there is a strong resurgence of book interest. Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series on Netflix is keeping her books moving—we’ve even replaced a few as the paperbacks just don’t hold up very well after years of reading, and fortunately, they are still in print. Another Netflix based show is based on Donald Pollock’s The Devil All the Time, with many characters in the town of Knockemstiff, Ohio. I wish I could tell you if and when they will be available on DVD, but that is up to Netflix, and if the past is any forecast, they only choose a few to distribute. Other series include Bridgerton , based on Julia Quinn’s regency romance series, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra, and Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the series are very close to the books, and fun to see how they look on the screen.

Ripley Women’s Club reported an excellent turn-out for the Hoxworth bloodmobile last Friday that was held in our Ripley parking lot—thanks to all that participated.