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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director

We apologize for the lack of a column last week—it was written, but technical difficulties ensued. The postcard was just an old generic Thanksgiving postcard, so no local history missed.

Offering an interesting postcard today. No date on back, but looking at other green tinted Kraemer Art Postcards, we think it safe to say between 1910-1915. Our Ripley Bees are thin in the early 1900s, and a quick look didn’t find an eagle story to tell.

Thanksgiving behind us, now the roller coaster to Christmas!

Russellville Branch will be hosting the first event—on Wednesday December 6th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Santa will be waiting to hear from you, as well as Harriett Groh leading kids in singing and dancing.

Then, off to the River Village Christmas in Ripley. The library plays a big part in the event, having the place of honor of the tree lighting event on Friday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m. There will be students from St. Michael’s school singing on the front steps of the library, as well as other celebratory activities around the steps. After the tree lighting, the library annex will open with hot chocolate and cookies, our winter book sale (more than 30 tables filled with books to choose from! All the Friends of the Library ask is a donation), as well as the Banks of the Ohio musical group playing for your enjoyment. The book sale continues on Saturday the 9th from 10-4:00 p.m. and we promise there will be additional books scattered throughout the tables to make it worthwhile returning on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Women’s Club Christmas Ornament contest will take place in the Ripley library meeting room—registration starts at 10:15 a.m. and judging is at 11:15 a.m. (for more information, we have forms at the library, or check out the Ripley Women’s Club Facebook). Finally, on Sunday December 10th from 2-4:00 p.m. we are thrilled to present the return of Jazz Alive’s performance. Five jazz artists will be in the annex performing holiday music. If you came to the Jazz Alive visit earlier this year, you know how good they are! We are almost envious of how much fun the musicians seem to have jamming together. Josh Strange is one of the five joining the group, and we mention him as he has Ripley connections.

It will be a busy weekend with all of the events throughout town, and it is only possible with the help and work of many volunteers. and we hope that you will take advantage of all that Ripley has to offer during River Village Christmas.