Monday, December 28, 2009


Our wish is that everyone make the most of 2010, giving and caring that little bit more than we did last year. At this time of year we often make New Year's Resolutions in hopes that we can change or improve on things in our lives. Some wish to quit smoking, others to lose weight. Many of us strive to be a little bit better than we have been in previous years.

We are asking that people share their resolutions with all of us. Who knows? It might just inspire us to try something new. Just what is it that you would like to do differently in 2010? Your name isn't necessary...just your initials, or you may even remain anonymous. You may post your suggestions here or email Thackeray or even stop by the library and fill out a sheet there. We welcome responses from people of all ages. Check back in from time to time and see what other people would like to change.

Here's just a few things that Thackeray and I would like to improve on:
Read more books.
Get organized.
Be a little nicer.
Cut back on snacks.
Pray more.
Be patient.

How do you want to change?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

Thackeray and Everyone here at the Ripley Library
want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Healthy New Year!
The library will be closed Dec. 23 - 27 and Jan. 1st.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thackeray's Review

Hi Everyone!

This month I am reviewing the book, A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. Now I have to tell you, this is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It's not a new book but everyone can relate to everything that happens to Mary Alice while she spends a year with her Grandma Dowdel.

They live in a small town very much like ours. Grandma Dowdel is both feared and admired by most, but she will stand up to anyone who causes trouble. One night she sent Mildred's horse and boots on their way home without a rider, while Mildred was demanding that Mary Alice pay her a dollar. It still makes me laugh when I think about it. Mildred had a very long walk home that night!

Grandma is one very tough lady who will have you laughing out loud. And just in case you were curious, there is a cat named Bootsie in the story too. I don't always read stories that have animals in them but I like to give credit to my furry friends when they get mentioned in a story.

This is a wonderful read for both junior readers and adults. (As a matter of fact, the women's book club read this one time and they all enjoyed it too!)
Random Question
When you spilled the milk, did it look like the moon?
I would never let spilled milk stand long enough to see if it resembled the moon or not. I do so love milk!

Christmas Open House

The Ripley Free Library will sponsor an open house on Thursday, December 17th Noon - 6 p.m.

Check out what's happening at the library! When was the last time YOU stopped in?
We will have Christmas Cookies along with hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee and tea.

The raffle drawings will end the open house at 6 p.m. Winners will be selected for both the
Lottery Wreath and the Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets will remain on sale up until the time of the drawing. They make great Christmas presents too!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday Dinner Giveaway!

Win a Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings! This wonderful raffle is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The dinner includes a turkey with all the trimmings, a bottle of wine donated by Quincy Wine Cellars and a delicious pie from Mum's by Paschke. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. The drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17th at 6 p.m. Tickets may only be purchased at the library.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Several people have mentioned that they have been unable to contact the library through emails. Please note that our main email address is There is NO "E" in the first part of the address.
That email address is checked several times a day.
Thackeray also has his own email that we check at least once a week. That address is . Feel free to contact us at either address.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Authors of the Month - December

Authors of the Month For Adults and Juniors, December is the month for Christmas Stories. Curl up with one of these authors stories for the Holiday. Mary Higgins Clark, Richard Peck, Richard Paul Evans, David Balducci, Charles Dickens, Just to name a few.

Easy Author is Mercer Mayer, Come in and see our own Little Critter and Check out a Little Critter Book.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Wreath Raffle

Ripley Free Library is holding a Christmas Wreath Raffle
The winner is guaranteed (2) $15.00 gas cards plus the wreath is covered in lottery tickets too! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Drawing will be held Dec. 17th at 6 p.m.
Try your luck!

New Books November 2009

Adult Fiction
The Oath by John Lescroart
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Darkness Falls by Mararet Murphy
The Loop by Nicholas Evans
All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve
Sail by James Patterson
Small Town Girl by LaVyrle Spencer
Where You Belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford
White Death by Clive Cussler
Paragaea by Chris Roberson
The Singing by Alison Croggon
The Crow by Alison Croggon
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Devis’s Labyrinth by John Saul
The Hollow by Nora Roberts
Rebellion by Nora Roberts
Vinegar Hill by A.Manette Ansay
The Ring of Five Dragons by Eric Van Lustbader
The Scoop by Fern Michaels
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
For the Love of Murphy by C J Love
Blood game by Iris Johansen
Southern Lights by Danielle Steel
Angel Time by Anne Rice
Pilgrims by Garrison Keillor
Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Day After night by Anita Diamant
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
A Creed Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

Large Print
Where Are You Now? By Mary Higgins Clark
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Junior Fiction
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Lafcadio by Shel Silverstein
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury by Betty MacDonald
Summerland by Michael Chabon
The Wizard Test by Hilari Bell
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer
The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas LWharton
Witches’ Forest by Michio Fukazawa

Easy Reader
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Arthur Writes a Story by Marc Brown
The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma’s by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears and The Bully by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Racing to the Finish by K.C.Kelley
Turtles by Jodi Huelin
Crinkleroot’s 25 More Animals by Jim Arnosky
Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Reading Fun My First Interactive Storybook
Animal Action A B C by Nancy Sheehan
Danitra Brown Leaves Town by Nikki Grimes

Books On CD
Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons
The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman
Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
More Than Friends by Barbara Delinsky
The Bourne Betrayal by Robert Ludlum
Dead Heat by Dick Francis and Felix Francis
Change We Can Believe In Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise
Foreign Body by Robin Cook
Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman

Adult Nonfiction
Ondori Fine Patchwork & Quilting
The Complete Preparation Guide Postal Worker Exam
Speed Knitting by Kris Percival
Humongous Book of Cartooning by Christopher Hart

The Cave
Ghost Rider
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Pearl Harbor
Because I Said So – PG13
The Proposal – PG13
The Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen – PG13

Saturday, November 14, 2009

We Have a Winner!!

At the close of our annual Silent Auction, the name drawn for our library painting raffle was that of Robyn Albright. Congratulations Robyn!

If you missed our Silent Auction, you missed some terrific bargains. Donations poured in from friends, family members board members, friends of the library and businesses throughout the area. Thanks to everyone who participated in some form whether through donations, baking, volunteering, data entry or any of the other hundreds of small matters that needed attended too. Special thanks to Bill M. for all his computer efforts.
See you at the Silent Auction next year!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Silent Auction

The 4th Annual Silent Auction is coming
November 14th. The doors will open at 9 a.m.
So many items to choose from!! The library will be filled with a great variety of bargains including tickets to Peek n' Peak for brunch, a chandelier, toys, games, a case of oil, a lamp, candles, wine, pizza certificates, movies, books, runner rugs, hand made crafts and so much more. Along with the Silent Auction, we will be holding a chinese auction and bake sale. Mark your calendars now. This is one library function that you won't want to miss!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Authors of the Month - November

Every month the library will focus on the works of a particular author for three reading groups...
Adult Readers, Junior Readers and Easy Readers.

Adult Author - Anne Perry
Many of her mystery stories take place in Victorian times and are solved by a young entertaining couple.

Junior Author - Beverly Cleary
You will find some wonderful characters created by Cleary including the adventures of Ramona the Pest.

Easy Author - Norman Bridwell
Clifford, the Big Red Dog and his friend Emily Elizabeth explore the world of friendship .

Stop in at the library to learn more about these authors and their wonderful stories.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Painting Raffle

Up for raffle is this beautiful painting of the Ripley Free Library done by local artist Mo Feree, a member of the Friends of the Library. Mo has created a remarkable rendition of this Ripley landmark.
Tickets may be purchased at the Ripley Library $1.00/ea
or 6/$5.00
The drawing will be held on Nov. 14th at the close of the Silent Auction. Get your tickets now!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Readings of Poe

Paul Leone will perform his adapted version of Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado and
The Raven at the Ripley Free Library on Thursday, October 29th at 7 p.m.
This program is made possible by funds awarded from The United Arts Appeal in Chautauqua

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thackeray's Review - The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo was a wonderful story. It was full of mystery and intrigue. It teaches you to believe in the unbelievable. Things get a little wild when an elephant crashes through the ceiling and lands on a lady's lap and that is only the beginning of the story!

(I must admit the thought of an elephant wandering around made me a little nervous, but she's really very nice). This is a must read for junior as well as adult readers.

Random Question:
What's the earliest you've gotten up to watch cartoons and what did you see?
The librarian doesn't turn the TV on very often and I haven't mastered how to use the remote yet. I'm working on it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Books October 2009

Adult Fiction
The Spire by Richard North
The Tale of Applebeck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert
The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
Murder on K Street by Margaret Truman
Stalker by Faye Kellerman
All That Remains by Patricia D. Cornwell
Home for the Holidays by Johanna Lindsey
The River Knows by Amanda Quick
Lost Light by Michael Connelly
Strangers in Death by J.D.Robb Large Print
Must Love Hellhounds by Charlaine Harris
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods
The Missing by Beverly Lewis
The Professional by Robert B. Parker

Adult Nonfiction
Unleash the Inner Healing Power of Foods
Lifetime Encyclopedia of Letters by Harold E. Meyer
Easy Computing for Seniors
Creating with Concrete by Sherri Warner Hunter
Eat to Beat Arthritis, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and 51 other…
Heat-Zone Gardening by Henry M. Cathey
Gardening in the Shade by Anne Moyer Halpin
Reader’s Digest how to do just about anything on a computer
Alan Greenspan – The Age of Turbulence
Living Well on a Shoestring by Yankee Magazine
Backyard Problem Solver by Jerry Baker
The Encyclopedia of the Cat by Bruce Fogle

Youth Fiction
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Junior Fiction
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R.Tolkien
Dirt Bike Runaway by Matt Christopher
Dirt Bike Racer by Matt Christopher
Ida B by Katherine Hannigan
Waggit’s Tale by Peter Howe
Julie’s Journey by Megan McDonald
Changes for Julie by Megan McDonald
Meet Julit by Megan McDonald
Julie Tells Her Story by Megan McDonald
Happy New Year, Julie by Megan McDonald
Julie and the Eagles by Megan McDonald
The Cry of the Loon by Barbara Steiner
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
Murder at Midnight by Avi
Riot by Walter Dean Myers
The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech

Junior Nonfiction
Science Projects about Weather by Robert Gardner and David Webster
Battlefield Support by Geoff Cornish
Bombers by Mark Dartford
Inventors and Inventions by Michael Jeffries and Gary A Lewis
Elephants by Eric S Grace
An Egyptian Tomb by Meredith Hooper
Children’s Guide to Dinosaurs by Phillip Whitfield
Earth and Space by Anita Ganeri
Alligators and Crocodiles Great Creatures of the World
The Planet Hunter by Elizabeth Rusch
American Girl Games and Giggles

Books on CD
Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag
Shoulder the sky by Anne Perry
Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
The Christmas Pearl by dorothea Benton Frank
The Whole Truth by David Baldacci
Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
Standoff by Sandra Brown
Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer

Easy Reader
Moses the Kitten by James Herriot
Mummy Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg
Tow Trucks by Cynthia Roberts
Mr. Putter and Tabby Spill the Beans by Cynthia Rylant

Toddler Books
Smile by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Splash by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Sleep by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Peek-a-Boo by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Good Morning Baby by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Farm Animals
Crab’s New Shell by Katherine Sully

New Movies October 2009

Wolverine – PG13
Get Smart – PG13
Monsters vs Aliens – PG
300 - R

Thursday, October 8, 2009