There are many great things happening at the Ripley Library in the next couple of months. To begin with, a number of new books will be entering circulation. Some of these include: American Lion by Jon Meacham, A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn, Brothers by Yu Hua, Cat Playing Cupid by Shirley Murphy, Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark, Dead Silence by Randy White, Max by James Patterson, Missouri River by Larry McMurtry, Once a Runner by John Parker, Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer, Pursuit by Karen Robards, The Séance by John Harwood, Secret by Beverly Lewis, The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson, Terminal Freeze by Lee Child, This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury, True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman, While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky, plus many, many more!!! The DVD collection continues to grow with the following titles: Autumn Sonata, Brideshead Revisited, Changeling, Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People’s Temple, Once, Twilight, Slumdog Millionaire, The Triplets of Belleville, The Bible Collection (which contains DVDs that specifically deal with Samson and Delilah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and David) and the Charlie Chaplin Collection (which contains The Circus, City Lights, The Kid, Monsieur Verdoux, A Woman in Paris and A King in New York). We at the Ripley Library still need your help!!! We are planning a large book/bake/garage sale for May 2nd, 2009 in the meeting room of the library. All the proceeds go towards helping the Friends of the Ripley Library to implement various programs and improve library resources. 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. Any help that you can give will be most greatly appreciated. Come on out and support your local library!!! In addition to all the great materials being added to the library and the big book sale, another special event will be occurring quite soon. It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide—and the perfect time to discover how worlds connect @ your library. In today’s economy, libraries offer free resources to help people find jobs and learn new skills. Worlds connect @ your library, with people of all ages and backgrounds finding entertainment, self-help, classic and contemporary novels, gardening and crafts books, and so much more. With free resources like books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and computer and Wi-Fi access, one can do better in school, tackle projects, learn new ways to improve their health, and just about everything else under the sun. During the month of April, displays will include Christian fiction and inspirational works to coincide with Easter, as well as books by international authors to go along with the National Library Week slogan: Worlds Connect @ Your Library. The Ripley Public Library is celebrating National Library Week through the following events: Monday, April 13th Crow’s Neck Environmental Center Program (10 a.m. to Noon) Naturalist, Donna Johnson will be sharing her wonderful wisdom of nature and some of her friends (including her favorite snake and turtle) with the public. Known as “Sister Golden Hair,” Ms. Johnson, a former librarian, is a dynamic presenter and guarantees to “rock the library.” All ages are invited to attend this free and fascinating two-hour program. Tuesday, April 14th Dulcimer Club Concert (6:15-7p.m.) Come join the multi-talented Dulcimer Club as they put on a show for you all. The wonderful melodious tunes of true Appalachian music have been described by one patron as “glorious.” The concert is free to the public and refreshments will be served immediately following the performance. Thursday, April 16th Coffee Break (9-10:30 a.m.) Citizens and patrons alike are encouraged to drop into the library, have a cup of java, and enjoy what the library has to offer. Friday, April 17th Children’s Story/Activity Time (10-10:45a.m.) All parents are encouraged to bring their young children to hear great stories and to partake in activities designed to go along with the books presented. Plus, anyone who checks out a book during National Library Week will be eligible for a $20 drawing. The twenty dollars can be spent to pay off fines at the library and/or to use at the library’s book/bake/garage sale on May 2nd. “Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities,” says Brent Grisham, Ripley Librarian. “At our library, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, programs, to do research, to get help finding a job, to find help with research papers, or just to read for the pleasure of it. We want people to start taking advantage of just what the library has to offer.” First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. For more information, visit the Ripley Library at 308 North Commerce Street or call 837-7773. Libraries hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9-5; Tuesday and Thursday 9-8. What can you discover? National Library Week is the perfect time to find out because worlds connect @ your library.