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.