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LIBRARY TALK – DECEMBER 21, 2022

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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
The year 2022 is winding down, although getting ready for holiday festivities might seem a bit chaotic at the moment. We continue to purchase, process and get new books and movies, so we hope that even in this crazy season, you can stop by, say hello and check out our new items.
Normally we are open a partial day on Christmas Eve, but with the weather forecast of brutal cold, we’re guessing we wouldn’t be busy, so we will be closed December 24-26th and hope that everyone gets to share the holiday with friends and family while staying warm and cozy. With the potentially dangerous weather, please check, either on Facebook or call to be sure we are open if you have any doubts.
While we do have a few ‘frozen Ripley’ postcards that may show up in the column soon, we thought an old-time Christmas postcard would be appropriate for today. The early 20th century was a high time for holiday postcards—we have access to many New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July and Christmas postcards and I’m sure lots were mailed to and from Ripley. Some of the best in terms of color and design came from Germany and sold through a US distributor. This card is embossed and Santa’s coat is flocked, giving it a 3-D look that would have been lots of fun to receive in the mail box. We can understand why having postcard albums was a popular pastime back in the day.
Happy holidays from all of us—
Matthew