Recently the Ripley Library was notified that it had been chosen as a Libri Grant for Children’s Books award recipient.
The grant, which is a matching grant on a scale of 2 to 1, is a helpful way for rural libraries with limited budgets to obtain new, quality children’s books. The Friends of the Ripley Library chose to pledge $350 (the maximum amount) to the foundation. When matched, the library received over $1,050 worth of children’s books. More great news followed with the announcement that the library would receive an additional $350 worth of math and science books for children through individual contributions. All totaled, the library was able to receive over $1,400 worth of children’s books.
In order to cover the cost of the $350 for the grant, the Friends of the Ripley Library organized a Bake Sale in October. Many thanks are owed to those who contributed and/or bought at our local event fundraiser. We at the library are thankful for all support and donations we receive to benefit the library.
In late November, the library received its books from the Libri Foundation and they were sent to regional headquarters for cataloging. In January the books began arriving at the library and are currently on display in the children’s section. Some of the great titles include: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, Mudshark by Gary Paulsen, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling, and Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs. The math and science books deal with topics ranging from dinosaurs to weather and from forensic science to mummies and money. We encourage all children and their parents to drop by and discover all of the great new books that the library has received. To learn more about the Libri Foundation, visit their website at www.librifoundation.org.