Friends of the Library regroups

RIPLEY – There are many new things occurring at the Ripley Library. New DVDs and books are coming in, the Friends of the Ripley Library is getting reorganized, and a large book sale is in the works, Ripley Librarian Brent Grisham said this week. DVDs that have already arrived include: The Dark Knight, Appaloosa, Burn After Reading, Fireproof, and WALL-E. Movies coming to the library near the end of March will include: Twilight, The Secret Life of Bees, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Slumdog Millionaire, the film that won Best Picture at February’s Academy Award ceremony. New books that have arrived include the latest works from James Patterson, John Grisham, Stuart Woods, and Mary Higgins Clark. Books coming near the end of March will include: Chestnut Valley Farm by Lori Wick, Corsair by Clive Cussler, Execution Dock by Anne Perry, Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark, Sunset by Karen Kingsbury, The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell, The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher, American Buffalo by Stephen Rinella, and Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Features at the library this month include: Celebrating Mississippi. Mississippi authors are being shown off, as well as books covering topics such as Mississippi architecture and personal biographies of famous Mississippians. Also featured this month is the fiction of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, Grisham said. “The biggest news at the Ripley Library, however, is the resurrection of the Friends of the Ripley Library. Two interest meetings have been scheduled: March 26th and March 31st. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. in the meeting room. At the meeting various ideas/interests will be discussed in helping out the Ripley Library through different programs and activities,” Grisham said. “Often a library needs help of one kind or another. It may need extra volunteers to undertake a project, it may need money to back a program or service, or it may need a vocal group to help make its needs known and to publicize its services. Friends can help in all of these ways by volunteering wherever there is a need. Friends of the Library are civic minded people who believe in libraries and know that a first rate library reflects a first rate community,” he added. Friends are established for the following reasons: A. to create an awareness of the library, its functions and its needs B. to develop public support for increased or improved library services C. to develop a public relations program for a better understanding of the library D. to provide extra financial backing for library programs and services Friends can sponsor programs to the library such as talks, seminars, “lunch breaks,” Great Books Discussion Groups, children’s and National Library Week activities. They can perform services such as outreach to shut-ins, homework help to students, and decorating the library for holidays. Friends sponsor fundraisers such as auctions, teas, progressive dinners, book and bake sales, and the sponsor ongoing major fundraising projects such as endowment funds, building projects, or the establishment of scholarships. “We at the Ripley Library need your help!!! We are planning a large book sale for May 2nd, 2009 in the meeting room of the library. But it is not just a book sale. We also plan on having baked goods and small “garage” sale items available for purchase. All the proceeds go towards the Friends of the Ripley Library Account. Here is where you can help. We know it’s that time of year again—Time for Spring Cleaning. If you have any unwanted books, movies, or small garage sale items that you are looking to get rid of, please drop these items off at the library. If you don’t have any items to give away, ask your friends and relatives if they do. Any help that you can give will be most greatly appreciated and treasured. If all else fails, come to the book sale. There is probably no place in the world that will have a better selection and where books cost only 25 cents each. Stay tuned to what’s going to be happening during National Library Week in April,” Grisham said. Ripley Library ours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday—(9-5), and Tuesday and Thursday—(9-8). For more information, phone 837-7773.

Brent Grisham/Ripley Librarian