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Rippey IA Library Celebrates 60 years; Honors Virgene Morse, Trustee, Nov. 2004

The Rippey public library will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an open house Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the library community room. Long-time board member Virgene Morse will be honored for over 25 years of service. Other past board members to be recognized included Doris Tipton, Janice Johnston, Colleen Norgren and Pam Odin.

 Jefferson Herald Nov. 11, 2004

Rippey library will celebrate its 60 years

           The Rippey public library will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an open house Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the library community room.

             According to local historians, the plans for a library in Rippey were developed from 1928 to 1930 by the school parent-teacher's association.

            The first library was located in the back room of Pelly Mercantile Co, in the Masonic building.

            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 S50 a year in which to house the library. Mrs. Mildred Castle served as temporary librarian and in 1945 Susie Wilson became the librarian.

            The library moved to its present location in April, 1965. The building has recently been painted inside and carpeted and is handicapped accessible.

            The building also has an efficiency kitchen and a meeting room.

            The library board has seven members with three current vacancies waiting to be filled by the city council. Board members are Marilyn Naylor, Claudia Brubaker, Mary Von Behren and Michelle Wilkening.

             As the library celebrates 60 years in existence, they are emphasizing the important roll of the trustees over the years.  It is their hope that the many members of the board that have served their community in this way, will be able to attend.