Tyson Library Accepting Items for Summer Donation Drive

Summer is an exciting time for libraries across the country. We are no exception to that rule! (Our official summer reading and programming starts Saturday, June 11.) One of the pieces of our summer plans that has us the most excited is our annual donation drive.

At Tyson Library, we try to partner and serve our patrons and our community at-large. One way we are working to meet that on-going goal is with a summer-long donation drive benefitting another local non-profit. This year we are accepting items for Voices for Children SEI, Inc. of Batesville.

“CASAs — Voices for Children — provides much needed services to children going through such rough moments in their lives. We want to help in the small way we can to make their jobs, and the lives of those they serve, a little easier and with maybe a little more joy,” Children and Teen Programming Coordinator Aly Wright said of her choice to work with Voices for Children this year.

Voices for Children is the base of operations for Ripley County’s CASAs, court appointed special advocates. CASAs are adult volunteers trained as officers of the court by programs like Voices for Children. Their main duty is to represent the needs of children involved in the court system. CASAs are assigned to cases that may involve one child or a group of siblings, and some CASAs manage more than one case at a time. Oftentimes, they learn about other wants and needs of the local kids and teens they’re working for. Voices for Children has a care closet for these instances.

Voices for Children recently split operations with its sister chapter in Jefferson County, so their care closet needs some stock. We are hoping our summer donation drive will help fill this need for Voices for Children and the kids they serve. The care closet typically provides: hygiene items for kids and teens, games, and backpacks. But, sometimes kids want something that is a little more, but really isn’t much more than you would expect kids to want. These items include bikes, sports balls, books and journals, and light-up or musical toys.

We know times are getting more difficult for many, so we are asking for our community’s help as to bring smiles to some of the most vulnerable people in our area.

Here’s a full list of the items we are hoping to collect for Voices for Children this summer:  

  • Hygiene Products for Kids & Teens
  • Backpacks
  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Sports Balls
  • Bikes & Bike
  • Helmets
  • Books
  • Journals
  • Baby Items: Board Books, Light-Up Toys, Musical Toys, Blocks, Pacifiers & Teething Rings

We are going to collect items now through our summer finale on Saturday, July 23. Items can be dropped off inside the library Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

To learn more about Voices for Children, go to  

If you have any questions, please call us at 812-689-5894 or email


New copier and laminator available at Tyson Library

Get your color copies and large lamination jobs done at the library!

B&W Copies are still just 10 cents a page and color are still only 20 cents per page. Download the Kyocera app today to wirelessly print at your local library. (TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO)

The Office Shop (Batesville) delivered some new equipment to our library in May. Our new public copier (pictured above) has more features than its predecessor, including color copies and wireless printing. Grant funds from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation, made this upgrade possible. We also upgraded our laminator (new one pictured below) and are ready to help your business with any lamination needs.

Call us at 812-689-5894 or email to get a quote on your lamination job today!

SRES Kindergarteners Visit Tyson Library

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Students choose one bookmark from this year’s contest winners.

Kindergarteners from South Ripley Elementary visited Tyson Library Friday, May 13 to learn more about libraries. The students’ field trip included a tour of the different sections of the library’s collection and resources, a scavenger hunt in the children’s section, a fun storytime, and getting to choose one of the library’s official 2022 bookmarks to use at home. Some of the students have visited the library before, but for others this was their very first visit!

TYON LIBRARY PHOTO – Miss Aly shows a class around the Children’s Area.
TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Some of the classes had enough time to participate in a quick scavenger hunt in our children’s collection.

We enjoyed showing the students around our library and are hoping they will stop by and see us again to find some books or to enjoy a free program!

For more information on our programming, check out our events calendar!


Tyson Library celebrates Bookmark Contest winners

Tyson Library celebrated their 2022 Bookmark Contest winners Thursday evening (March 31, 2022) with a reception at the Tyson Activity Center. Our winners and their families gathered to receive their certificates, copies of their designs now in bookmark form, and enjoy some delicious treats provided by Jen and Jules Custom Cookies.

The winning bookmark designs will not only be on display at the Library, but will also serve as the library’s official bookmarks for the year with copies of each available for patrons to choose from.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – March 31, 2022

This year’s winners are: Blaine Brown, kindergarten; Cooper Seabolt, kindergarten; Rose Sharp, kindergarten; Sydney Finney, first grade; Lillian Perry, first grade; Ada Janicki, first grade; Bristol Landwehr, third grade; Alexander Brown, second grade; Khloe Miller, third grade; Anna Schmaltz, fourth grade; Chelsea Baumgartner, fifth grade; Zoe McGuire, fifth grade; Ellery Libby, ninth grade (not pictured); Destinee Kissell, eighth grade; Alysia Janicki, seventh grade; Rayden Piepmeyer, twelfth grade; Shy-Ann Holmes, tenth grade; and Bree Walston, eleventh grade.

Click here to view all of Tyson Library’s official bookmarks for 2022.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – March 31, 2022: Preschool and kindergarten winners, from left: Rose Sharp, Cooper Seabolt, and Blaine Brown
TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – March 31, 2022: First grade winners, from left: Ada Janicki, Lillian Perry, and Sydney Finney
TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – March 31, 2022: Second and third grade winners, from left: Khloe Miller, Alexander Brown, and Bristol Landwehr
TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – March 31, 2022: Fourth through sixth grade winners, from left: Zoe McGuire, Chelsea Baumgartner, and Anna Schmaltz
TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – March 31, 2022: Seventh through twelfth grade winners, from left: Bree Walston, Alysia Janicki, Destinee Kissell, Rayden Piepmeyer, Shy-Ann Holmes, and Ellery Libby (not pictured)

Tyson Library Names 2022 Bookmark Contest Winners

We want to congratulate this year’s Bookmark Contest Winners and thank all of our participants. The Tyson Library staff continues to enjoy seeing the different designs and interests shown in our young patrons’ entries.

The winning bookmarks will not only be on display in our Children’s Section, but will be available for patron’s to use as the official set of Tyson Library bookmarks for the year.

This year’s winners are:

  • Blaine Brown, Kindergarten
  • Cooper Seabolt, Kindergarten
  • Rose Sharp, Kindergarten
  • Sydney Finney, 1st Grade
  • Lillian Perry, 1st Grade
  • Ada Janicki, 1st Grade
  • Bristol Landwehr, 3rd Grade
  • Alexander Brown, 2nd Grade
  • Khloe Miller, 3rd Grade
  • Anna Schmaltz, 4th Grade
  • Chelsea Baumgartner, 5th Grade
  • Zoe McGuire, 5th Grade
  • Ellery Libby, 9th Grade
  • Destinee Kissell, 8th Grade
  • Alysia Janicki, 7th Grade
  • Rayden Piepmeyer, 12th Grade
  • Shy-Ann Holmes, 10th Grade
  • Bree Walston, 11th Grade

We will host the winners and their families for a celebratory reception next week. Please, watch our Facebook page for pictures from the event.


Tyson Library Dives into “Oceans of Possibilities” This Summer

Readers of all ages will dive into the ocean depths this summer as Tyson Library presents “Oceans of Possibilities” during our summer reading program. Our fun and free activities will begin June 11 with a special kickoff event. This event will be open to the public – even those who are not signed up for summer reading.

Tyson Library’s staff is preparing programs including group games, ocean-related crafts, art projects, sessions on historical nautical events, science and engineering experiments, and more.

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, a reading club, and more. Our full calendar of events will be available on our Events Calendar. Registration for “Oceans of Possibilities” begins in April.

For more information, call the library at 812-689-5894 or stop in. Like and follow us on Facebook, where we post more information and updates about all of our programs. 


Congrats to our Library Lover’s Month Drawing Winners!

We are wrapping up our Library Lover’s Month activities today here at Tyson Library. We had so much fun reading patrons’ “Love Notes” left on our display! Our little community is wonderful and we are fortunate to play our role and see people of ages from all walks of life use the resources housed in this local library.

We want to congratulate our drawing winners one last time: Tammy Osborne, Ella Dieterlen, Brian Trowbridge, and Jeanette McMurray.

To the local businesses that sponsored prizes for our weekly drawings: thank you, thank you, thank you! Versailles is lucky to have you right here in our town. This list includes: Emily’s Brew, Pat’s Bulk Food, The Quilter’s Nook, and the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce.

To our patrons, remember to shop local and shop often.

Tyson Library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Our programming schedule is available on our events calendar and we post updates to our Facebook page regularly. Please, do not hesitate to call us at 812-689-5894 or email if you have any questions, comments, or program ideas.


Tyson Library Installs New Book Drop

Tyson Library patrons now have access to a new book drop out in front of their local library. The new book drop features a slot for returning DVDs and CDs, saving patrons from walking up steps to drop them through the front door afterhours as was necessary with the previous book drop.

“We wanted to replace the book drop because our previous one was very old and rusty,” said Tyson Library Director Margaret Marcy. “On days with bad weather, some of the books would get wet or damaged as it was not weather proof anymore.”

The library received grant funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to purchase the book return bin. The book drop was installed on February 1, just in time to protect any returned materials from the first snow and ice accumulation of the year. The bin was manufactured and installed by American Security Cabinets, and the previous book return was recycled.


Help Us Celebrate Library Lover’s Month at Tyson Library and You May Win a Prize!

February is Library Lover’s Month. To celebrate, Tyson Library will have a weekly drawing for prizes. To enter your name into our drawing, stop in and add a “Love Note” to our display by the check-out desk. These “Love Notes” are meant to simply be a way for our patrons to share the reasons why they love the library. Businesses in our community – like Emily’s Brew, Cecil’s Slice of Pie, Pat’s Bulk Food, and the Quilter’s Nook – have donated prizes for us to give to our patrons. We cannot thank them enough for their support and partnership.

We are also encouraging our patrons to help us test our match-making skills by checking out a book from our “Blind Date with a Book” displays! Haven’t you ever noticed how starting a new book is a lot like going on a blind date? You never know what kind of experience you are in for! If you check out a book from one of our special displays, your name will be entered into the drawing for a prize.

We, the Tyson Library staff, love being part of our community and being able to offer the resources of a modern library.
Established by its namesake, James Tyson, in the 1940s, Tyson Library’s original structure still stands as the base of our building. An addition in the early 2000s nearly doubled the size, allowing us to offer a larger collection and more space for programming and other largely public use.

Today, our shelves hold more than your traditional reading materials, and our team works to offer more than guidance navigating our collection. We aim to offer a safe, welcoming space for everyone in our community. We offer a variety of programming and activities for our patrons – at little to no cost to them. That being said, we are always open to new ideas for programs or feedback on existing ones! In January, we hosted a genealogist. For February, we have a forager, a nutritionist, and a crafter on the calendar. And, those are just for some of our adult programs.

Fostering a love of reading in children and adolescents is also important to us, but it isn’t just for the sake of reading to read. It’s important to us because of all the doors reading can open for anyone of any age. Tyson Library’s children and teen programming is meant to be fun and engaging. We hope to introduce our patrons to new topics – to get them curious. Then, they can decide if they want to learn more, to dive deeper. And, we’re here to guide them to the relevant resources if they need some help.

If you are looking for ways to show your local library some love this month (or any month, really), here are some suggestions:

  • attend a program
  • check out books and other materials
  • like their social media page and interact with their posts
  • donate funds or materials
  • simply thank them for their efforts.

Tyson Library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Our programming schedule is available on our calendar page and we post updates to our Facebook page regularly. Please, do not hesitate to call us at 812-689-5894 or email if you have any questions, comments, or program ideas.

We love hearing from our community, and we can’t wait to hear about why you love the library!


We’re Reading to Our Heights in 2022 at Tyson Library

The staff at Tyson Library has set some tall – or short, in some cases – reading goals for 2022.

Children’s Programming Coordinator Aly Wright brought the fun challenge to the group: each staff member has to read until their finished books stack up to be as tall as they are.

Aly was inspired by an elementary teacher she saw online, who measured each of her students and encouraged them to read to their height by the end of the school year. We’re giving ourselves until December 31, 2022 to reach our individual goals.

Children’s Programming Coordinator Aly Wright with her progress tracker for Tyson Library’s Reading to Our Heights Challenge.

Our team member with the tallest challenge is Trey Bradshaw, who works at our circulation desk. Margaret Ann Riley, another circulation clerk, has the shortest, though not by much.

Be sure to follow our progress throughout the year by checking the displays on the ends of the bookcases in the fiction, non-fiction, and large print sections! And, as always, feel free to ask us about what we’re reading and what we’d recommend.