Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

The Library Staff wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! Here at the library we hope to make 2012 a wonderful year filled with some of our favorite programs along with some new, creative ones.

In reflection, the past year had quite a few memorable moments. The Art Show, introducing local talent for the first time, was wonderful! (We will be repeating that this coming March, along with Poetry Night). Our Murder Mystery Dinner proved to be highly entertaining as was the Night at the Noble Winery. Over 60 children participated in our Summer Reading Program earning prizes as they completed selected tasks. For the younger group, Story Time was available filled with tales retold, puzzles and coloring. Our annual Yard Sale, Book Sale, Chicken Barbeque and Silent Auction were well attended. We even held an after school program four days a week during the first half of the year. The Friends of the Library, through fundraisers completely renovated our back room turning it into a room for meetings, get togethers and just a cozy place to come for coffee. The library was painted inside and out plus fresh landscaping gave us a new look. Our newest addition, the History of Ripley has become a monthly program taking everyone for a trip down memory lane. Lastly, let's not forget our computer and painting classes plus our knitting club, book club and card club.

All of this could not have been accomplished without your help. Many thanks to the Library Board, Friends of the Library, Volunteers, Instructors, faithful patrons, donators including local businesses and anyone who gave their time and effort to keep this library a focal point of the community.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Time

The drawing for the Holiday Lottery Wreath will be Thursday night, Dec 22nd at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold until the time of the drawing. They are selling at $2.00 per ticket or 3/$5.00.

The Ripley Free Library will be closed Sat - Mon, Dec. 24-26 for our Christmas break. We wish you all a joyous holiday. Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Open House!

The Ripley Free Library will hold its annual Christmas Open House on
December 16th and 17th. Everyone is welcome to join us for cookies and hot chocolate, coffee, tea or punch during our open hours of operation. Find out what's been going on at the library, while enjoying our newly renovated Community Room. Take a chance on our Lottery Wreath while your here. We look forward to seeing you. Come in and set a spell!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review - The Name of the Wind

For all of my fantasy readers out there, have I got a book for you! It is called The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Now I just have to tell you, this is one of my all time ablsolutely, positively favorite fantasy books that I have every read! It is the first in a trilogy with the last book not completed yet. We have both the first and second books here at the library. It had me from the first couple of pages and I never turned back. You will find it in the adult section.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How Did That Happen??

Here it is the middle of November and I haven't posted anything. So much has been happening here. Let me fill you in... The Friends of the Library had a grand opening of the back room. They have completed renovated the back room and it looks great! It's the perfect place for group meetings or a great spot to grab a cup of coffee, read the paper and just relax. Stop by and check it out.

Our annual Silent Auction was held last Saturday. There was so much to choose from! We had a great time. Thanks to everyone who lent a hand in any fashion.

The Ripley Library will be closed all of next week from Nov 20-27. We will be painting the interior walls. If you're handy with a brush or a roller or are willing to pack up some bookshelves, call the library and we will set up days and times with you.

From all of us here at the library we wish all of you a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving and let us not forget all the things we have to be thankful for.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Look What's Happening in October!

One stroke painting classes with instructor Ada Filutze begins October 1. You must register first as seating is limited.
Baker's Club will hold its first meeting Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Advance yur culinary skills as you meet with old friends and make new acquaintances. This group will meet once a month where they will bring a dish to pass and exchange tips and recipes.
Our newest Murder Mystery, "Lethal Luau" is coming Oct. 15 -
6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ripley. The night includes a full course meal along with a taste of murder and mystery. Tickets are now on sale at the library.
A Trip Down Memory Lane: the History of Ripley Part II returns with Art Kinney on October 18
at 2 p.m. Bring your old photos and join us for an interesting conversation about the past.
The Friends of the Library will present the grand Opening of the "Community Room" with guest speakers and refreshments on October 27th at 6 p.m. Wait until you see what they've done!
So much is going won't want to miss any of it!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Night at the Winery Follow-up

The library staff wishes to extend a special thanks to Pete Noble and his staff at the Noble Winery for the use of their facility and how they went above and beyond the call in accommodating us. We had a wonderful time and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. Also special thanks to Liz Stahlman for all her talents in organizing this event.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Night at the Winery!

Get out your dancing shoes and join us for a night at the Noble Winery with Tracy Parnell and his Solid Gold Revue. Tickets are on sale now at the Ripley Free Library for $12.50 each. The price includes free wine tasting and an enjoyable evening of music and dancing. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trip to DC

Attention 9-12th grade students and their parents. An informational meeting for high school students who would like to go on a trip of a lifetime to Washington DC will be discussed on Thursday, Sept 1'st at 6:30 p.m.
WorldStrides, an accredited student travel organization will accompany those going on the trip. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Night at the Winery!

Ready to tempt your taste buds and put on your dancing shoes? Once again the library is sponsoring its annual night at the winery. This year Tracy Parnell and his Solid Gold Revue will be performing at the Noble Winery. Tickets are only being sold at the Ripley Free Library for $12.50 per person. Stop in and pick them up now, before we are sold out!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011


That's right folks. Ripley Free Library's Annual Book Sale begins Saturday, August 6th at 9 a.m. The sale will run from Aug. 6-27. This is one you truly won't want to miss! We have thousands of books to choose from including adult fiction, nonfiction, craft books, cook books, large print books, paperbacks and tons of children's books too.
I am pacing back and forth in anticipation. See you there! .....T....

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Reading Program!

That's right. The Summer Reading Program is back. This year our theme is One World, Many Stories. We welcome all students who are entering Grades Preschool to Grade 8. Join us as we explore the differences in our country to those of other countries around the world.
Here's your chance to catch up on your required reading lists while earning prizes. Not only that but they'll be puzzles, computer games to play, mysteries to solve and so much more. Plus don't miss our Thursday night programs that include a book exchange, dog show, salad night and your country's turn.
Stop in now to pick up your bingo sheets!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

**Book Review**

I just read a book recently that goes in my top ten list of all-time favorite junior books! It is called "The Black Book of Secrets" by F.E. Higgins. This book tells the story of a boy who escapes to a remote village only to be taken in by the new pawnbroker who trades people's secrets for cash. It is a fast moving story with surprises around every corner. This book kept me guessing until the very end! If you haven't read it yet, give it a try. I love suspense and this was loaded with it. T

Friday, April 29, 2011

May's Events!

Living Smart - a 6 week program beginning May 5th.. This is aimed at parents with school age children who want to improve their lives through nutrition and budgeting tips and educating them on how to eat smart and healthy.

Murder Mystery Dinner - "Murder @ Maple Mount Ski Resort" coming up Saturday, May 7th has been SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and for those who didn't make it in time, hope to see you at our next mystery dinner!

YARD SALE - Coming May 20-21. We are looking for donated items in good condition. We will gladly accept furniture, clothes, toys, glassware, electronic gadgets...just about anything as long as its in good condition. Donations may be dropped off at the library any time during our open hours of operation.

Living Healthy- coming May 20th from 1:30-4. This class will meet for six weeks presenting a program for people with chronic ailments such as fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, etc. It will show you where to get the support you need, ways to deal with the pain and fatigue, and understand new treatment choices along with choosing better exercise and nutrition options.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Program Cancellation

We regret to announce that our upcoming program with Robert Peterson, a WWII veteran and Prisoner of War, scheduled for April 30th has been cancelled. Mr. Peterson passed away unexpectedly last week.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

You Won't Believe What's Going On In April!

The Ripley Free Library is bursting at the seams this month!

Tickets for a new Murder Mystery Dinner, "Murder at the Maplemount Ski Resort", are on sale now at $15.00 per person, at the library. That price includes a full course meal and an evening of entertainment. The mystery will take place on May 7th at the First Baptist Church in Ripley. This event has always sold out so get your tickets now!

Local Author Elizabeth Way will be here on April 16 from noon -2 p.m., for her program, The Wayward Tales, followed by a book signing of her new book, "And I Will Love You From Heaven". You won't want to miss this!

Robert Peterson, a WWII Prisoner of War, will be here on April 30th at Noon to speak of his experiences as a POW. Learn firsthand what it was like to live in such a troubling time. A question and answer period will follow.

To reserve a seat for the programs with Elizabeth Way or Robert Peterson please call us at 736-3913.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Art Exhibit Coming Soon!

Next Tuesday, March 15, we will launch our Art Exhibit. We will display not only copies of American classics, but this year we are adding items from local artists and photographers. They will be on display until the end of March. Be sure to stop by and take a look. If there is anyone interested in submitting their works, please have them at the library by this Saturday, March 12.

Poetry Night was a great success last night! Many thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks to those who recited both original and well known works.

Friday, February 25, 2011

March - The Month of the Arts

Once again,we are gearing up for our annual Month of the Arts here at the Ripley Library. Mark your calendars for
Feb. 8th at 7 p.m. when we will present Poetry Night. We invite everyone to recite their original works or read from one of their favorite poets. Please drop off a copy of your entry at the circulation desk.
Make the time to come to this event, even if you don't wish to recite. It's amazing how much talent there is in the area. Refreshments will be served following the performance.
More information on the Art Gallery and the Talent Show will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

See Who's in Thackeray's Mail Bag Now!

Wow! Wait 'til you see who's been writing to me this time! Pearl D. in Silver Creek, NY (let me know how you're (Kitty) made out, Dorothy in Chautauqua County, Daniel & Gladys H. from Westfield, NY, Nikki, Mari, Lucas and Paliani in Rochester, NY, Donna L. in Chehalis, WA, Gloria D. in Dover, NH, Janet in Hana Hawaii, ...Minnie Mouse in Clearwater, FL, Dottie, Jack and Scruffy in Florida, Spaz and Gracie who live with Charlie and Justin, Jim, Nici, Lynn, Zoey, Coco, Chloe and Lucy, Joan and Pete K., Hope (for the previous 3 sets the address is unknown), and to all my friends from Garfield NJ - Stephanie, Dominic, Sora, Allison, Adriana, Andrew, Sebastion, Paula, a 9th grade student?, Hannah, Michael,Tammy, and Melissa and just in this morning a post card from Paris, France.Can you believe it! Please keep telling your friends to tell their friends, etc. Talk to school teachers, church groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Quilting Groups. Tell everyone and thanks so much to everyone who has sent something... already! Keep it Up!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Magyk by Angie Sage ****

I just read another great story. Well maybe not "great", but very good nonetheless. The junior book titled Magyk by Angie Sage is the first in a series about a character named Septimus Heap. There is a lot of action, amusing moments, good vs evil but most of all the story deals with Magyk. I won't spoil it for anyone but wait until you see what they found in the tunnel below Aunt Zelda's kitchen! I enjoyed the story so much that I will probably start the second book this weekend. If you like fantasy or even if you don't, give this one a try!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Write to Thackeray!

I've heard from some more friends! Today I received cards from Janet in South Dakota, Pearl D in Silver Creek, NY, Hannah C. in Elyria, OH, Janet in Key West, FL, Marge in Georgia, Janet in Las Vegas, NV,
Emma the Rat Terrier in Buffalo, NY (glad you found a good home!), and Jeff and Lou Ann from Ripley, NY.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me a card. Come on folks...spread the word. Please drop me a line here at the library. Tell me what your favorite book is or just say hello. Send it to Ripley Free Library, P.O. Box 808, Ripley, NY 14775

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thackeray's Book Review

It's been awhile since I've posted a book review but this is the start of a new year and I think I'm up for the challenge. Today I am reviewing an easy book titled Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems. I really liked this book a lot. Elephant can't stop sneezing whenever he's around his friend Piggie. What should he do? Is he allergic to his best friend? I hope my young readers check this one out. It was very good.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thackeray's Friends From Around the World!

I am sooooo excited! Postcards and cards have been coming in from everywhere. These are the folks I've heard from so far...
From Florida - Karen H., Shirlee & Mel and an unknown with a panther on the front.
From Ripley, NY - Robyn A., and R.C.W., and Roger & Marge said hello plus I heard from my feline friends Contesssa Marie, Lavinia Joy and Taffy.
From Sherman, NY - a wonderful card from Shellie W.
From Rochester, NY - an unsigned postcard with Harry Houdini on the front.
From Pittsburgh, PA - Melissa D.
From Eugene, OR - Lori B sent me a picture of a cat after taking a bath!
From Perth, Australia - Wendy and Bill
From Mayville, NY - Buddy the library dog and finally
From Elyria, OH - some very creative, original postcards from my school friends: Max B.,
Jayna P., Chira E., Abbey S., Anna A., Trinity M., Bryanna N., Paco L., Mason R., Ryley S.,
Ashley M., Connor, Emily G., and Tristan P.
Great work everyone! Please ask your friends, neighbors and family members to write. Tell me what your favorite book is or just send a line to say hello! Write to: Thackeray, c/o Ripley Free Library, P.O. Box 808, Ripley, NY 14775

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Happy Holidays Everyone! The Ripley Free Library is looking forward to another exciting year.
This year, Thackeray, the library cat has a special request. He is hoping to receive post cards, cards or letters from his friends all over the world. He'd like his friends to tell their friends who tell their friends, etc. Tell them in facebook, their emails, their text friends, everyone they know.
Send it to... Thackery, C/O Ripley Free Library, PO Box 808, Ripley, NY 14775.
You need only to sign with your first name & last initial. He will post the places he's heard from here in his blog and on facebook. Thanks!