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The meeting minutes, policies and city ordinance concerning the Rippey Public Library are located under the About Our Library tab. The Rippey Public Library Board of Trustees governs under the guidelines in the Iowa Trustee's Handbook located at www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ Mandy Easter is the Law Librarian, Iowa Library Services Law Library. The Rippey Public Library is in the Central Iowa District. Maryann Mori is the District Consultant and Doreen Buls is the Library Resource Technician These resources are available to help libraries with any questions that may need to be explained. Training for librarians and trustees are held for the libraries in their district. In Greene County, all six libraries are well represented when the training sessions are scheduled. The libraries take turns hosting these events.

  LIBRARY HOURS  MONDAY-FRIDAY 2-5

Help Wanted Rippey Library is seeking applications for a Part-Time Library Director 15-20 hours weekly If interested contact the library at 515-436-7714 or come by the library at 224 Main Street Rippey Application deadline is Wednesday, September 19. EOE

 The Rippey Library Board of Trustees held an open house for Shawneene Kenan on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in the community room.  The board furnished the goodies and the room, as well as the library, was decorated in fall colors by Maralynn Rinker.  The afternoon was spent visiting with friends and well-wishers who came to thank Shawneene and wish her well.

The Rippey Library Board of Trustees held an open house for Shawneene Kenan on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in the community room.  The board furnished the goodies and the room, as well as the library, was decorated in fall colors by Maralynn Rinker.  The afternoon was spent visiting with friends and well-wishers who came to thank Shawneene and wish her well. Pictured are board members, Jean Borgeson, Nancy Burrow and Dale Hanaman, who presented Shawneene with a gift certificate on behalf of the Rippey Library Board of Trustees.  Unable to attend, but there in spirit, were board members Connie Neese and Brenda Roberts.

Pictured are board members, Jean Borgeson, Nancy Burrow and Dale Hanaman, who presented Shawneene with a gift certificate on behalf of the Rippey Library Board of Trustees.  Unable to attend, but there in spirit, were board members Connie Neese and Brenda Roberts.

August 16, 2018 was the 74th anniversary for the Rippey Public Library

Although Rippey had a library for decades available to it's patrons, a meeting of the Town Council on June 12th, 1944, Ordinance #48 was passed and adopted, establishing a free public library for the Town of Rippey. 

From The Jefferson Herald, August 10, 1944

 The Rippey Library was open to the public for the first time on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1944, although the tax appropriation to support the project was not available until the following spring.  With the spirited interest of the community and their combined efforts, a collection of books and equipment for the reading room was gathered to start the project.  A sizable gift was one of several hundred books of the library of the late W. E. Jenison, given to the library by Mrs. Jenison, who also gave the library a sectional bookcase.  Mrs. Morton Wolfe and Miss Verna Lawton donated magazines to be used by the library, the first in the town of Rippey.

Other information concerning the first year:

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.

 

 

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