Monthly Archives: October 2012


by Sheila Lence

Librarian, Ripley Public Library

Tess Gerritsen’s Last to Die and Kathy Reichs’ Bones are Forever are both on the New York Times Bestseller list. If you enjoy these authors, why not read some other medical thrillers? Fans of forensic detectives might enjoy the following:

  •  Flesh and Bone by Jefferson Bass
  • The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Contagion by Robin Cook
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Final Target by Iris Johansen
  • Carriers by Patrick Lynch
  • Revolution No. 9 by Neil McMahon
  • The Patient by Michael Palmer
  • The Lake House by James Patterson

These books are available at the Ripley Library. Medical thrillers by other authors are available at all of the libraries in the Northeast Regional Library system. Look for some of these authors:

Lisa Black

Gary Braver

Stephen J. Cannell

April Christofferson

Patricia Cornwell

Ken Follett

Leonard Goldberg

Daniel Kalla

Dean Koontz

Karin Slaughter

Steven Spruill



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Library Lines at the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

We’ve recently received a collection of bird books that belonged to the late Charles Stewart.  If you’re an avid bird watcher or just a casual observer, check out the following titles in our non-fiction area:

Bird Songs from Around the World by Les Beletsky features two hundred of the world’s most spectacular birds, from Africa’s brilliantly plumed Lilac-Breasted Roller to the flamboyant North American RoseateSpoonbill.  The book contains a built-in digital audio player that showcases each bird’s song, as well as illustrated portraits and brief descriptions of each one.

Artist’s Photo Reference: Birds by Bart Rulon gives step-by-step demonstrations for painting beautiful, life-like birds.  Each entry includes a specific bird, with a variety of angles and poses, close-ups of feathers, feet and other details, plus photos of the bird in its natural habitat.

Bird Nests by Sharon A. Cohen showcases the nest-building techniques of some of the most magnificent birds in the world. It covers the dangers involved in building a nest, the materials used, the locations where they’re built and the many different shapes and sizes of nests. The text is illustrated with color photographs to show off some of the most beautiful birds in their extraordinary environments.

The Watercolors for the Birds of America by John James Audubon is a collection of his lifelong work as it reflects his desire to find and paint every bird in North America.  The included notes and paintings chart the naturalist’s progress as an artist and also his increasing understanding of ornithology.

Other new titles include The Secret Lives of Birds by Pierre Gingras and Extraordinary Pigeons and Extraordinary Pheasants by Stephen Green-Armytage.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record at the Ripley Public Library

by Sheila Lence, Ripley Librarian

On Thursday, October 4, the Ripley Public Library will participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®. Preschool children, ages 3 to 5, are invited to come to the Library for a story and activity time. We will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will finish no later than 10:45 a.m. We ask that parents or caregivers stay with the children during the program. This will also be the kickoff for our new preschool story time, which will be every other Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience. Read for the Record is always held on the first Thursday in October. This year’s book selection is “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Somar and Jacky Davis.

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