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Hope for the Future

The hope for the Rippey Library is for it to continue to be a viable asset to the community.

December 10, 2010

To our Rippey Library friends,

From the Rippey History, page 107: "....On June 4, 1885, a charter was issued and granted as Elmo Lodge No. 465 A. F. and A. M. There were 17 members on the charter". After much discussion and deliberation, the members voted to close their lodge in the beginning of 2010. The building was deeded to the City of Rippey for the use of the library.

Just as in 1965, when Jay States deeded his store to the City of Rippey, for the use of the library, there needed to be some remodeling to accommodate the needs of a library. The community pulled together and held fund-raisers, volunteered their time and talents to complete the front of that building, so the contents of the library could be moved into this site. This was completed in April of 1965. Later improvements were made over the years, all with local volunteers, fundraising, memorials, donations and grants, including the community room and kitchen.

As time has passed, the Iowa Legislature has passed legislation to guide library boards and cities, concerning public libraries. After many meetings and much discussion, there is a plan to go forward to complete the remodeling of the former Masonic building into a library. Again, funding this endeavor will depend completely on donations, grants, and support from the community, just as in the past.

Many board members have worked hard over the years to keep this library a viable asset for the community. The current board members are just as dedicated.