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LIBRARY TALK – DECEMBER 8, 2023

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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Couldn’t find a postcard that brought to image early December, so we offer you a river view from Higginsport. Postmarked 1912. Wish we knew who the people are standing in the field.
The snowball of holidays and end of year has picked up speed! This weekend is the Ripley River Village Christmas with all of the festivities. Just a reminder that the kick-off is the tree lighting this Friday at 5:30 p.m. and right after the ceremonies, the book sale, hot chocolate, cookies and Banks of the Ohio dulcimer group will be over in the annex. Bargains, comradery and the holiday spirit—can’t get much better than that! We believe the tree lighting ceremonies will be bigger than ever—we’ll have St. Michael kids on the front steps singing and playing, the weather forecast looks good and I’ve been told there will be some surprises on the library lawn—you won’t want to miss it.
The tree was brought in and set on Monday morning. It really is a group effort, and we want to thank the tree finder and harvester Mike Koewler, the assistance from the Mike, Joey and Tyler from the village electrical department as well as the village equipment (boy, does a boom truck make life easier!!) and our own Randy Truitt who pulls out all the boxes of material and assists where needed. Want to thank the Friends of the Library who have purchased the lights and ornaments for the tree over the years.
We were curious as to when the River Village Christmas started, as it has been a tradition for a long time. Thanks to the Ripley Bee, we found the beginnings of it starting with an organizational meeting in late September of 1987, so well over 30 years of RVC bringing luminaries, decorations, craft shows and house tours. In the descriptions, there are a few things that have changed—that first year it was distinctly Victorian in theme and store keepers were in costume, and the Ladies Kazoo Band had 2 concerts!
As the Christmas season is now upon us, the library has many books, both kids and adults, that will help you get into the spirit. In the adult section, there are several authors that have Christmas-themed books. Of course, Charles Dickens, but lots of contemporary authors as well. Richard Paul Evans (the ‘king’ of Christmas novels) is probably the most prolific, but many popular authors also write Christmas books— Mary Higgins Clark, Debbie Macomber, Anne Perry, Mary Kay Andrews and more. There are even western paperbacks with a holiday theme.
Holiday movies, goodness, they go out all year long—need a Hallmark fix? Want to see a Ripley resident in a Christmas movie? (Actor David Gray in A Christmas Tree Miracle) or just pick out a classic for old time entertainment—all here at your public library.
Matthew