The Ridgeland Area Library is the community’s center for educational resources for individuals of all ages. The library is a source of reliable information and of challenging ideas that enlighten and enrich. Materials of assorted formats are available to the public to enhance leisure time and expand knowledge. The library promotes and encourages the love of reading in children, young adults and adults and offers assistance to people in the areas of reference, computer skills, electronic resources and recreational reading.
In January of 2015, the beginning of the library began to be discussed with a small group of community members. This conversation led to a community survey that was sent out. The results were astonishing! Greater than 70% of the people polled were in support of having a library.
From there, discussions were continued as to making this dream a reality. A formal Friends of the Library committee was established. Fundraisers were put in place, books were donated by the community, and a donor came forth and purchased the old American Legion Building.
All of these events happened from January to May. In June, the building was completely renovated, bookshelves were donated, and the processing of books (involving cataloging, pricing and stamping) began. The books were housed in the Security Bank until the renovation was completed. In mid-August, the books transitioned from the bank to their new home: Just in time for the Ridgeland Fair!
The library hosted two volunteer orientation sessions involving 20 volunteers. The library opened on October 10th. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, from 9 to 1 p.m.