Ripley Public Library Board of Trustees – Nomination notice

To Whom It May Concern:

This notice is in regards to the Ripley Public Library Board of Trustees. There are two seats up for election this year for the Ripley Library Board. John Hamels is running for the seat he has been occupying for the last two and half years as he fulfilled the term of the late Charles Little. The other seat is vacant. We need an individual who would be willing to serve a three-year term as a trustee on the Ripley Public Library Board.

This year is very different due to Covid 19 and the State government has had to make some quick decisions which we in turn have to make some even quicker solutions. Along with this notice is an attachment for a nominating petition. If you are willing to serve as a trustee for the library, please fill out the form and turn it in at the Ripley Central School by May 11, 2020 at 5pm. This will put your name on the ballot for voting on June 9th. There is a mail drop at the school at the entrance on Ross Street, you can drop your nomination form there.

The voting this year will be done by mail, therefore if you want to run for a seat, your name will be added to the list in alphabetical order for the Ripley residents to vote on. The two nominees with the most votes will be the new Library Trustees.

We are sorry for such short notice, but as we have all found out, this is a very different year. Everyone take care and stay safe.


 Rhonda Thompson; Library Director

Check it out!

Ripley Library will now offer our Bookworm and About Time publications to all viewers through our webpage.  Simply click on About Us, then Newsletters, and the month you are interested in, to read all the current news at the library and about town.  This will now be a regular feature at the beginning of each month to keep our viewers up to date.

Library Closure

Ripley Library will be closed as of 5 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

We will open on Wed. March 18, 2020, for pick-up of holds from 10:00 – noon only

This is a strange time right now and a situation that we have never experienced in our lifetimes before. I am not an alarmist, however, when dealing with the health and safety of our people, we must err on the side of caution.

Libraries and library systems across the State are closing and we are strongly encouraged to do the same. The Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS) is ceasing all holds as of March 17th. The last delivery will be this Wednesday March 18, 2020.

CCLS is also extending due dates until April 20, 2020. Overdrive will be removing all blocks to patron access so all patrons can use e-materials during this period.

Ripley Library will open Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 10:00 am to noon for people to pick up any books they have on hold that come in. Returns can be brought with you or placed in the book drop. At 12:00 Noon Wednesday, March 18th  the Ripley Library will close and remain closed until further notice.

Additionally, since large gatherings have been banned by the governor, The Bunny Trail event scheduled for April 11, 2020 has been canceled.

With these unprecedented changes in our routine, we will find ways to get through. Ripleyonians (hehe) are a very strong group of people and we will weather this like we have every other disruption to our lives. Watch for more notices coming through your email as we figure out what is going on here.

Best Wishes, stay safe and healthy,

Until I can once again say “see you at the library”

Rhonda Thompson; Library Director

Make New Friends!

The Friends of the Ripley Library invite you to a brainstorming session on Saturday, March 14th at 2:30 PM at the Noble Winery (8630 Hardscrabble Road, Westfield, NY  14787)

Come join this dynamic group in planning for the future of our library.

The first 20 people to join will receive a free one-year membership.

Bring a munchie to pass.

Everyone is welcome!!!

How about a Blind Date?

Take home a book as your date. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Do this alone or with a partner. Either way, spice up an evening with a book you know nothing about.

Check out a plainly wrapped book. Take it home and read it. Inside you will find a card. Let us know if you had a good time on your date. Did you set up a second date, or were you through at chapter 1? Would you set up a long term relationship with the author?

You will never know unless you try, be daring, be dangerous, try something new. Go on a blind date with a book.