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Book Sale — Ripley Public Library — January 25, 2014

The Friends of the Ripley Public Library are hosting a book sale on January 25th from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All books will cost from 25¢ to $1. Donations of sale items and monetary donations will be accepted through January 22nd.

Members Only — Pre-Sale hours, Friday, January 24th 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


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Friends of the Ripley Public Library — Schedule of Events – 2014

Activities for the Friends of the Library and the Little Friends of the Library for 2014 are:

January 2: Friends Planning Meeting

January 16: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

January 24: Members only book sale preview (3 pm: 5 pm)

January 25: Book Sale

February 6: Book Discussion, Divergent by Veronica Roth

February 20: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

March 6: Local Author Program, Margaret and Katherine King, Y’all Twins?

March 20: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

April 3: Friends Planning Meeting

April 14-April 20: National Library Week

April 17: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

May 1: Book Discussion, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

May 15: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

June 5: Local Author Program, Dr. Stewart Bennett, The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads

June 6: Summer Library Program

June 13: Summer Library Program

June 19: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

June 20: Summer Library Program

June 27: Summer Library Program

July 3: Friends Planning Meeting

July 17: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

July 25: Members only book sale preview (3 pm: 5pm)

July 26: Book Sale

August 7: Book Discussion, S by JJ Abrams

August 21: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

September 4: Local Author, Sara Williams Berry, The Prince, the Princess, and the Precious Treasure

September 18: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

October 2: Friends Planning Meeting

October 16: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

November 6: Book Discussion, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

November 20: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

December 4: Local Author, Jane Crawford

December 18: Little Friends of the Library Meeting

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

by Sheila Lence, Ripley Librarian


Fall is in the air and football season is upon us. Practice has begun. Fantasy teams have been drafted. Team allegiances have been declared. Tailgate parties have been planned. Are you ready for some football? Here is a selection of books to help you get geared up for game-day. These and many others are available at the Ripley Public Library.


An Ex to Grind by Jane Heller ~ Divorcing her unmotivated, non-working spouse only to find herself paying a heavy palimony settlement, Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks secretly hires a matchmaker who will end the palimony agreement by getting her ex into another relationship, a plan with unexpected consequences.

Bahamarama by Bob Morris ~ Having served two years in prison for a crime he did not commit, former professional football player Zack Chasteen hopes to reunite with his girlfriend in the Bahamas, but when his trip turns dangerous and his girlfriend’s ex-lover is murdered, he turns to a police superintendent and a mystic for help.

Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury ~ Three people – a self-centered star running back; a pro football player who has strayed from God; and a social worker who is struggling to adopt a little boy – are brought together during a season of hope, self-discovery, and faith.

Ruffians by Tim Green ~ A young first-round-draft pick NFL rookie confronts the realities of the world of professional football, in a firsthand, insider’s fictional study of the pressures, corruption, and win-at-all-costs attitude of high-level sports.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain ~ Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ Halftime Show on Thanksgiving, Specialist William “Billy” Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad during America’s war in Iraq, finds his life forever changed by this all-American event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself and those around him.

Bleachers by John Grisham ~ High school All-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson ~ Ten years after leaving her hometown for college, Arlene Fleet finds she still has not escaped Possett, Alabama, when an old classmate turns up asking questions about a crime Arlene committed in her youth, forcing her into a confrontation with her past.

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp ~ In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Green finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach ~ A star quarterback and his sister spend decades trying to figure out who murdered their parents, uncovering the involvement and possible motives of a ballerina and her rock star husband who lived in a mansion across the street.

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Phillips ~ Taking to the road between seasons, attractive Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard meets the beautiful and infuriating Blue under unusual circumstances and draws on his competitive skills to overcome her wariness of relationships.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham ~ Cut from the Cleveland Browns after the worst performance in the history of the NFL, third-stringer Rick Dockery, desperate to play football, is hired by the Panthers of Parma, Italy, to be their starting quarterback and finds himself confronted by the confusing diversity of Italian culture, language, and romance.

Rash by Pete Hautman ~ In a future society that has decided it would “rather be safe than free,” sixteen-year-old Bo is sold into forced labor at a pizza factory in the Canadian tundra where he’s promised early parole if he joins an illegal football team.

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham ~ In a small Texas town that thrives on Friday night football games, three friends try to move on after a fateful event colors each of their futures.

Tupelo Nights by John Bradley ~ John Girlie, a disillusioned all-American football player, returns to the haven of his hometown – Old Field, Louisiana – but receives no consolation from his wayward family and friends.


Brett Favre by Sports Illustrated ~ Profiles the life of the Green Bay Packers quarterback, discussing his childhood in small-town Mississippi, his college days, and his long professional career, which included three Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl championships.

Gridiron Gold by Xavier Frascogna ~ Gridiron Gold is the first book by the authors, who each played high school and college football, and played for well-respected Mississippi coaches. The authors present a discussion of the coaches who have helped Mississippi’s high school football teams. Coaches are an important part of the game and contribute to the morale and development of the team and the community. To this end, the experiences of working with Mississippi high school coaches to develop not only team spirit and skills, but also emotional bonds that last a lifetime are presented.

In a Heartbeat by Leigh Anne Tuohy ~ The couple at the center of the hit book and movie The Blind Side finally tell their side of the amazing story of their adoption of homeless football prodigy Michael Oher, detailing how they instilled their Christian values in their two biological children and delivering a profound message about the power of giving.

Never Die Easy by Walter Payton ~ In an inspirational memoir, the late football great describes his love affair with his sport, his achievements on and off the field, his private life, his personal beliefs and goals, and his battle with the liver cancer that would claim his life in 1999.

Ole Miss Rebels by William Sorrells ~ This is the story of University of Mississippi football – the players and coaches, the good times and hard times, in words and pictures, from 1893 to 1975.

The Maroon Bulldogs by William Sorrells ~ This is the story of Mississippi State football – the players and coaches, the good times and hard times, in words and pictures, from 1895 to 1975.

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer ~ Traces the controversial story of NFL player and soldier Pat Tillman, describing the military’s efforts to hide the truth about his death by friendly fire, in an account that draws on Tillman’s journals and letters as well as interviews with family members and fellow soldiers.

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by Sheila Lence, Ripley Librarian

Everyone knows that summer – with its long, hot, drowsy days – may be the best season for reading. But have you ever found yourself in the library, about to enjoy your vacation, with no idea what books to read? There is no one definition of a summer book. It can be a 1,000-page biography, a critically acclaimed literary novel, a memoir everyone is talking about – or it might be your favorite guilty pleasure: romance, crime, science fiction. Whatever you choose, it should be able to sweep you away to another world, because there is nothing like getting totally lost in a book on summer day.

All available at Ripley Public Library, these books wowed the book critics at NPR (National Public Radio).

A Good American by Alex George

The Meisenheimer family struggles to find their place among the colorful residents of their new American hometown, including a giant teenage boy, a pretty schoolteacher whose lessons consist of more than music, and a spiteful, bicycle-riding dwarf.

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

Jess Hall, growing up deep in the heart of an unassuming mountain town that believes in protecting its own, is plunged into an adulthood for which he is not prepared when his autistic older brother, Stump, sneaks a look at something he isn’t supposed to, which has catastrophic repercussions.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

In a lush, haunting story of the American dream, Bit, born in a back-to-nature commune in 1970s New York State, must come to grips with the outside world when the commune eventually fails.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Saenz

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ Halftime Show on Thanksgiving, Specialist William Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad during America’s war in Iraq, finds his life forever changed by this all-American event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself and those around him.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s book follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

Canada by Richard Ford

After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

Home by Toni Morrison

Frank Money is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and work through identity-shattering memories.

Lost by Michael Robotham

Detective Vincent Ruiz, battling amnesia and under investigation by suspicious colleagues within his own department following a brutal attack, turns to psychologist Joe O’Loughlin for help in piecing together the clues to unlock his memory.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

In Elizabethan London, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop seeks a magical tutor, while vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of the enchanted manuscript Ashmole 782 deepens.

The Healing by Jonathan Odell

Concerned about his wife’s extensive grief over the loss of their daughter and worrying about a mysterious illness that is afflicting his slaves, Master Satterfield purchases a slave woman known as a healer, only to be further unsettled by her troubling predictions and possible inauthenticity. 50,000 first printing.

The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg

The mysterious drowning of a little girl threatens to tear apart the resort town of Fjallbacka, as Patrik Hedstrom’s investigation begins to uncover dark secrets of past generations.

The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean

An exploration of human DNA and the stories it can tell describes how genes can explain why JFK’s skin was bronze, Einstein was a genius, and why people with exceptional thumb flexibility can become world-class violinists.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

Baring her soul in an anonymous survey for a marital happiness study, Alice catalogues her stale marriage, unsatisfying job and unfavorable prospects and begins to question virtually every aspect of her life

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.

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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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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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Sheila Lence is the New Ripley Librarian

The Ripley Public Library has a new librarian.  Sheila Lence of Ripley has taken the position recently vacated by Brent Grisham who returned to his teaching career.

Mrs. Lence grew up in Marion, Arkansas and graduated from Marion Senior High School with honors.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Blue Mountain College. She was librarian at the Blue Mountain Public Library from 2009 until she moved to the Ripley Library.

Mrs. Lence is married to Ken Lence, Jr., from Ripley.  The Lences have two children and one grandchild.  She is a member of Palmer Baptist Church, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Tippah County Historical Society.

As she begins her new position, Mrs. Lence comments that “the public library is an essential part of any community, but especially Ripley.  I have loved libraries for my entire life – no matter where I’ve lived I have sought out the library.  I love to read and I want to share that enthusiasm with others”. She says that she is “looking forward to continuing the good works at the library that Tommy Covington and Brent Grisham started.  If you have a specific book, author, or movie that you want us to find, please come see us and let us find it for you.”

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