June 4th at 1:00 p.m. the Trimble County Public Library will host a ribbon cutting for the new library playground. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by the library Summer Reading kick-off beach party from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend both the ribbon-cutting, and the summer reading kick-off. This will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the playground, explore the library, and learn more about library programs.
Playground construction was completed in May 2022; however, the process took two years and involved the work of many library board and community members. Several years ago, the Board began considering the possibility of putting in a playground and talking with community members to gauge support. When COVID started, it became clear to library leaders that outdoor space for library activities was essential. Library board members including Michelle Griffith, Angela Anderson, Pam Watson, Dudley Lush, Bethani Johnson, Hannah Edwards, Keith Wagoner and Doug Salisbury and library Director Dena Ratliff-Warren worked to create a space that would be useful for library programs, and bring more families to the library. Adjacent to the playground is a pavilion that will be used for outdoor library programs, and can be used by visitors.
The playground is located behind the library and will be open during library hours to the public. Library membership is not required. Children under the age of twelve must have an adult present. No pets are permitted in the playground or pavilion. Entrance to the playground will be handicap accessible. The library plans to work on landscaping and improving accessibility to the playground throughout the summer months.
Trimble County Public Library staff members contribute to the blog.