We’re still looking through the old Ripley Bees for interesting items related to the library to post around for our centennial and one can spend hours and hours reading the tidbits. During the patriotic time period of World War I, I found a short article about a flag raising in 1918 on the library corner. The flag was huge, 8×12 foot (we use a 4 x 6 foot today) with a 38 foot tall flag pole. The flag was made of wool bunting, and had been presented by the Young Ladies Guild. Marshall Gib White offered to look after the flag free of charge.

The column back then was ‘Library Notes’ or ‘Public Library Notes’ and some things don’t change much—new books added were often the subject of the column, or milestones such as reaching 1,000 registered borrowers after being open for only six months, pretty darn good.

We have had some “old” pictures brought in that we’ve made copies of for our centennial celebration, but we have room on our roll of memories for a lot more. Remember, we are covering 100 years so not everything has to be from the early, early days.

Story Time at Ripley starts 10:30 a.m. Thursday for children three to five years old. Patty has some great books and crafts picked out. Back to the old Ripley Bees, the story times in 1917 were also (or still) often 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the morning. Hmmm, quite the tradition!

We have the scarecrow frames at the library, and there are still spaces to sign up to craft a scarecrow to be displayed on the library fence. (we return the scarecrow to you later in the fall). This can be a family affair, a group, or individual project, and we think it will be entertaining and decorative. The scarecrows need to be finished and returned to the library by Sept. 25, and 11 a.m. Sept. 26 we will have a great unveiling along with refreshments.

Of course, I’m hoping that everyone is planning to attend the Ice Cream Social from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the library. There will be good friends and good ice cream along with lots of things to look at and enjoy.

By Alison Gibson

Director, Union Township Public Library