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Rippey Library History

Highlights of the many decades of a library in Rippey, Greene Co., IA
Rippey, Greene Co., IA Public Library, First Board and Year
News articles describing the first year since the ordinance was passed by the Rippey Town Council in June of 1944.
Mildred Castles, Temporary Rippey Librarian, 1944, Board Member 1945-1946
The library was formally organized in 1944-45 and the city council was asked to budget $298 for the library. The Rippey Savings Bank leased a small building on Main St.for $50 a year in which to house the library. Mrs. Mildred Castles served as temporary librarian and in 1945 Susie Wilson became the librarian.The first board included Helen Crumley, Miriam High, Lavina Fry, Nellie Senter, Wilmuth Peters. Later Mrs. Senter resigned and was replaced by Mrs. Millie Castles. Mildred and her husband, Dr. William Castles moved to Dallas Center in early April, 1946. Source: library records and newspaper articles.
Wilmuth Peters, Rippey Library Board Member, 1944 - 1979
Wilmuth Peters resigned from the Rippey Library Board in June, 1979 after serving in this capacity for 35 years. She was appointed to the board when the library was formally created by ordinance in June, 1944.
Lavina Fry, Rippey Library Board Member 1944 - 1979
Lavina Fry was one of the first board members appointed to the Rippey Library in 1944. She resigned in June, 1979 after serving 35 years.
Rippey Library Board Members, 1944 - 1979, Wilmuth Peters and Lavina Fry, Retire
The Rippey Library honored Wilmuth Peters and Lavina Fry, charter members of the Rippey Library Board of Trustees, who served their last terms on June 30, 1979.
Rippey Library Moving Day, April 17, 1965
Volunteers, young and old, help move the Rippey Library to its new location, April 17, 1965. This day will be remembered for a long time as one of Rippey's finest community effort.
Rippey Iowa Library Open House, April 26, 1981, Celebrates Retiring Trustee, Remodel Project and National Library Week
An open house honoring Miriam High after 37 years on the Rippey Board of Trustees. She, along with Wilmuth Peters and Lavina Fry were appointed to the board in 1944 by the Rippey City Council when they passed the ordinance creating a public library for Rippey. National Library Week and showing the completed remodeling on the library was also celebrated this day.
Andrea Williams, Rippey Librarian, March, 2015 to March, 2016
Rippey welcomed their new librarian. In spite of problems with the septic tank, Andrea Williams weathered her first week well. Please stop in, introduce yourself, and welcome Andrea to Rippey. Williams grew up in Pocahontas and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in English literature with minors in technical communication and history. She is currently taking courses online through the University of Wisconsin-Madison to earn her master’s degree in library and information studies, and hopes to graduate in August of 2016. She married in August of 2014, and currently lives with her husband in Boone. Andrea was honored at a farewell open house on March 24, 2016. Andrea has accepted a new, full time job in Boone. Many came to say goodbye and wish her well as she takes this new path in her life. The library board thanked her for her year at Rippey.