Library Talk

Thanks to the generous lending of a few fragile newspapers, we have a few more dates on microfilm than we did before. It is expensive to have just a handful filmed—same as a full year’s worth of new newspapers, but it has been our mission to have the best collection of local papers and we haven’t had any old papers to add for quite awhile.

From the Oct. 3, 1894 paper, we have a long obituary for Captain C.W. Boyd—an absolute treasure trove of genealogical material as well as information on the Boyd lumber mills in Levanna, Higginsport and Ripley. In the May 26, 1897 Ripley Bee, Capt. Boyd’s wife Margaret’s passing is recorded.

Another name of interest was in the May 13, 1896 Ripley Bee—Mrs. Elizabeth F. Leggett—again lengthy and informative, written by Chambers Baird. The last treasure found in a very quick overview was the obituary for Frank X. Frebis in the Aug. 4, 1897 Ripley Bee. All of these names have been researched over the years by various visitors and my files will be just this much richer with this latest edition to our collection.

Books to be added this week from best-selling authors that don’t write as frequently as some include John Irving’s “Avenue of Mysteries.” John wrote “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” “Cider House Rules,” and “The World According to Garp.”

Mitch Albom gives readers “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”,” author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” and Isabel Allende’s “The Japanese Lover.” Allende wrote “The House of Spirits,” among others.

Don’t worry, we are still purchasing books by the more prolific authors, including Nora Roberts’ first in a new trilogy “Stars of Fortune,” Jonathan Kellerman’s “The Golem of Paris,” Katherine Spenser continuing the Thomas Kinkade series Cape Light with “Together for Christmas.”

Also, our three libraries will be closed in observance of Veterans Day next Wednesday, Nov. 11.

By Alison Gibson

Director, Union Township Public Library