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LIBRARY TALK – DECEMBER 29, 2023

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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Happy New Year to all. While not a Ripley-themed postcard, we thought this one was timely. The bell is made up of forget-me-not flowers, which we thought curious for a New Year’s theme unless you were thinking back on the prior year. We looked up the meaning of the flower, figuring there may be something more than just remembrance. Sure enough, some websites say the tiny blue flower can also mean fidelity, resilience, humility, faithfulness, keeping promises and hope. Quite a bit for such a small flower!
The holly is also symbolic—while often used around Christmas, some say it also means happiness, optimism, good fortune and peace—this seems very appropriate for a New Year’s wish.
Looking back on 2023, it was a good year. Our summer reading programs saw growth in attendance with Russellville Branch even breaking their record of participants—we love having the kids in and know it is well worth the effort. We had several authors come and speak, got to know the Jazz Alive group well with two performances, great kids programs and more. The Ripley library continues to expand their local history and anti-slavery collection—it will be a 2024 project to rearrange the reference area to improve access to the material. We are also happy with the expansion of the digitalization of more ‘old’ newspapers—now including some of Adams County papers. We love our new light fixtures—so many years to find just the right style, but oh so worth the wait. Not as exciting, but necessary were the repairs of several sections of the sidewalk—we know it was a loud and dusty endeavor, but for the safety of everyone walking down the sidewalks, we had to do it.
Onward to 2024—we plan on offering more programs, of course continually adding and improving our collections, and being here to help you.
FYI-we will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Matthew