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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Lots of interest in the 1911 postcard from last week. There isn’t a Sanborn map for 1911, so we’re bringing you the closest at 1904 and snipped it just to show the area of the postcard. We encourage you to browse through the Sanborn maps online, it is fascinating to see, but just like Census material, a lot can happen between the publication dates. Some of the abbreviations are logical, some, well maybe not. Sal. is for saloon, Mill’y is for millinery (hats), and D.G. is for dry goods. We thought it interesting that there was a shooting gallery in town.
We want to thank Jazz Alive’s Laura Gentry and her awesome musicians that came to the library on Sunday. They were wonderful and gave a dynamic illustration of what jazz and improvisation is– listening to the bass, sax, trumpet, drums and vibes playing together as well as solo was a treat. The short talk on Joe and Russell Smith from a musician’s point of view was enlightening as well. Just a note—Josh Strange, the musician on the vibes, will be back in Ripley on June 17th down at the Parker Park at 1:00 pm for the Juneteenth celebration.
It is May already! We are planning for the summer reading program, planning an author talk with Terry Cooper, only a month away from the Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale (and we’ve received lots of nice donations for the sale) and so much more. So, stay tuned for details, but know we are always thinking and planning, purchasing new and preserving old—never a dull moment here at our libraries.