In late 2019 the Friends of the Library began planning a 50th Anniversary event in April 2020 to celebrate the opening of our current library building in April 1970. Planning was complete by early March when the pandemic really hit and closings became the norm. So – April came with the library closed with no date for reopening, thus spoiling our big celebration.

We still don’t know when things will be back to “normal” operation but another idea for highlighting the library’s place in Ripley’s service to the community has arisen. Please see the attached picture taken from HGTV’s Home Town how and projected on our building. What if we did something like that on the front wall of the library building just to the left of the main entrance? Creative Awnings can produce a framework and graphic that will attach to the building. Think big, 20′ wide by 10′ high will cover the entire wall from ground to overhang and northwest corner to the projection next to the entrance.

There are eye-catching murals around downtown Ripley. Why not create this feature to draw attention to our library? It will be a long term visual attraction and serve as a way to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of our building.

How can you help?
1. Submit a quote by a notable author for inclusion on the display.
2. Get creative and suggest what the mural should show.
3. Make a donation to finance the project.

This is a great opportunity to participate in the “new normal” of post-pandemic life in Ripley.

Feel free to contact Eric Melton or Barbara Berry at the library 837-7773 for questions or comments.