Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Funds Bring More Children’s and Youth Playaways to Tyson Library

Versailles, IN – August 17, 2023 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Tyson Library a $1,600 grant to support its youth literacy efforts. The funding is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of nearly $2.6 million across the country to support more than 300,000 students attending more than 600 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations in the communities Dollar General calls home.

Tyson Library will use these grant funds to purchase more Children’s and Youth Playaways for our collection. Playaways are devices with pre-loaded audiobooks, which give the reader freedom to listen whenever and wherever they are. No internet connection or downloads are necessary to enjoy books with these devices.

“We are very grateful to Dollar General and their literacy grant that is allowing us to expand on the contemporary resources we can provide for our community,” said Aly Wright, Youth Programming Coordinator for Tyson Library. “Audiobooks are a great asset that we continue to add to our collection at Tyson Library. They are a great way to encourage a love of reading in our young patrons. It can be especially helpful for those who are not yet reading on their own or for those who may struggle to read due to a lack of focus or dyslexia.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs.

“We are proud to award these grants to literacy and education programs across the country and support their meaningful work of expanding children’s joy of reading and creating a foundation for future educational growth,” shared Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “We are excited to make a difference in thousands of students’ lives through these donations and look forward to making more positive impacts as we celebrate the Foundation’s 30th anniversary year.”

The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

About Tyson Library
Tyson Library is located in Versailles, Indiana, and serves the residents of Johnson, Brown, Shelby and Otter Creek Townships in Ripley County, Indiana. The library opened in April 1942 is named for Versailles’s native son, businessman, and philanthropist – James Henry Tyson. Today, Tyson Library continues to serve its community with traditional and contemporary library resources. To learn more about Tyson Library, go to

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $238 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 19.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores and distribution centers. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit


What does a good bookmark look like? Show us in our 2023 Bookmark Contest

Click the link below to download this year’s entry form!

It’s time to bust out the craft supplies and break through those winter blues with the 2023 Tyson Library Bookmark Contest!

This is our official invitation to any and all local students in preschool through 12th grade to submit an entry for this year’s contest. The winning designs from each age/grade category will be available as Tyson Library’s official bookmarks for 2023.

Need a little inspiration? Just take a look at last year’s winning designs!

Each design can be as colorful and creative as your child wants to make their design – we want the students to have fun and show us what they think of when it comes to books and the joy of reading.

We will celebrate this year’s winners during National Library Week (April 23-29) with a reception for the winners and their families at the Tyson Activity Center.


  • Design MUST fit in a space 8 inches by 2 inches (like the box included on the printable form)
  • Limit 1 drawing per person
  • Designs can be hand or computer drawn in color or black & white using ink, crayon, paint, or other media. (Note: pencil drawings are often not reproducible, thus NOT accepted.)
  • Submitted drawings must have the child’s name, grade, and parent’s signature (authorizing the library to use the winning drawing)
  • Theme: Designs should showcase the fun and adventure of reading, books, Tyson Library, or community/All Together Now

Important Dates:

  • Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. – Entries due in person to the front desk, via email to, or faxed to 812-750-8263
  • Friday, April 7 – Winners will be notified by end of day
  • Tuesday, April 25, time TBD – 2023 Bookmark Contest Winners Reception at Tyson Activity Center

Age/Grade Categories:

  1. Preschool
  2. Grades K-3
  3. Grades 2-3
  4. Grades 4-6
  5. Grades 7-9
  6. Grades 10-12

Call 812-689-5894 or email with any questions.


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!


Tyson Library hosts local author

Natalie Brinson met with library patrons for a meet and greet at Tyson Library this week. Brinson had copies of her recently published book Lessons of the White Oak: A Short Story available for purchase and signing.

The tales of a few woodland creatures contained in Brinson’s book capture what life is like on a farm from the perspective of a white oak tree. The white oak’s observations of these neighboring animals dig into some of life lessons we all learn, making this story great for readers of all ages. Brinson’s target audiences are young adults and teens.

Natalie Brinson meet and greet
Natalie Brinson, pictured above in the center with local patrons, signed copies of her recently published book during a meet and greet event at Tyson Library Wednesday, December 8.

 The author donated a signed copy of Lessons of the White Oak: A Short Story to Tyson Library following her book signing. It is available for check out now.

For more information on upcoming events at Tyson Library, go to today!


Tales from Tyson Library!

We have an array of news to share with you!

First and foremost, we have a new staff member joining our team! Miss Aly is now our children’s program coordinator! She has been with us since early this summer getting the hang of things! She is pleased to be joining our team and has lots of new ideas for our children’s programs! We can’t wait to see what she has planned! With that being said, our registrations for the school year programs are now open! Please register your child(ren) by coming in to fill out a registration form. Miss Aly has a new program starting this fall called Tyson Travelers! This club is for grades 1-6. We will meet monthly to explore different cultures and time periods through games, foods, and crafts. If you’re interested in this club for your child(ren) please make sure to register your child(ren) as spaces will fill up quickly.We are pleased to announce we are continuing Science Club, Krafty Kids, and Storytime! We are looking into other programs in the future and we hope to announce our programs here on the website as soon as we can. 

Don’t worry, Miss Donna is still at the library! She is now the cataloger for the library and will be processing all movies, books, and CD’s that come into the library for your convenience! 

Make sure to stay up to date with all of our great new items that Miss Donna catalogs by registering for our “Wowbrary”.

What is Wowbrary?

Wowbrary is a nonprofit service that provides you free weekly emails and RSS feeds about your local library’s most recent acquisitions. We’ve found that users of Wowbrary emails are both awed and excited when they discover their local public library’s abundance of new books, DVDs, and CDs.

Register Here:

-Sarah Bush

Cataloger, Community Relations, and Adult Program Coordinator


Tyson Library and TAC to Bring Silly Safaris to Versailles

Silly Safaris is coming to town to kick off Tyson Library’s Summer Wildlife Explorers program!  Join us on June 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Tyson Activity Center to enjoy a fun filled program of animal antics with Silly Safaris.  This will be the library’s first program to kick off our summer children programs. 

Other activities this summer for the kiddos include an outdoor program at the library called “Leap into Science, Lights, Shadows, and Critters” that will be held on June 8th from 1-2 p.m.  We will have four different stations for the children to explore, and there will be drinks and popsicles available as well.

Pet Parade at the Library is planned for July 7 at 11:00 a.m.  We will meet on the front lawn of the library, and from there go on a short parade with our pets around the block.  Pets may come in costume if you desire.  After the parade we will pass out award certificates and popsicles for the kids!  ALL PETS MUST BE ON A LEASH AND RESTRAINED.  AN ADULT MUST BE PRESENT.

There is not registration for Silly Safaris.  To register for Leap Into Science Day or the Pet Parade go to and click on the events calendar, then find the event and click on it to register.

Hope to see everyone this summer for a great time at the library!



Tyson Library held their annual Bookmark Contest for area students again this year with almost 60 people attending.  Library staff and teen council selected the winning bookmarks and the winners in each category were invited to a reception held in their honor at the Tyson Activity Center on Thursday evening, April 8.  Tyson Library would like to thank all those who participated in the contest with a special thank you to everyone who encouraged their students to participate. There were approximately 100 total entries this year.  Congratulations to the following students for designing the winning bookmarks for 2021.  These bookmarks will be on display at the library and are available for patrons to pick up.

Preschool winners – Olivia May, Davie Oney, & Aubrey Gentile

Kindergarten/1st grade winners–William Kelly, Quinn Smart, Eli Sturgeon

2nd/3rd grade winners–Anna Schmaltz, Kallie Riley, & Ahlanie Grossman

4th – 6th grade winners–Gracie Sturgeon, Addison Seabolt, & Emma Justus

7th – 9th grade winners–Grace Pettit, Kaysha Walker, & Ellie Lauber

10th –12th grade winners–Rayden Piepmeyer, Katie Mitchell, & Rory Heffelmire

We would like to thank all that entered as there were so many wonderful entries this year.  Congratulations to all our winners!


Local Artist Showcase Now Accepting Applications

The Tyson Library Local Artist Showcase is a chance for selected artists to get to
showcase their work in the Tyson Library for a four-month period.

To be eligible to participate, you should be a local to the Southeast Indiana or the
Cincinnati Area and have 4 original works framed (No bigger than 11″ X 17″) and
ready to hang, during your showcase OR if you have a physical object, it cannot
exceed (10 lb, 7 inches wide X 1 ft tall).

All artists interested in participating must complete and submit the application no
later than Friday, June 30th, 2021. Paper applications can be returned in person or
mailed to the library. Participants wishing to submit electronically can find a link on
our website: . Though we will accept as many artists as possible, due to limited space, we cannot guarantee acceptance. All correspondence
will happen through email. You can expect an answer by July 16th, 2021. There will be 3 showcases per year and dependent on space availability of local artists works’, will depend on how many artists are accepted each showcase. Applications will be accepted for all ages and all applications will be voted on unanimously for a fair voting process.

Printable form can be downloaded here:


Virtual Holiday Cooking Class Recipes

Click on the link’s below to see the recipes for our Virtual Holiday Cooking Class.

Monster Cookies- Video released on 11-20-2020
Pumpkin-Roll- Video released on 11-27-2020
Rum Cake- Video released on 12-4-2020
Christmas Lasagna- Video Released on 12-11-2020
Hawaiian Sandwiches- Video Released on 12-18-2020

2020 Bookmark Contest Winners Announced.

Tyson library held their annual Bookmark contest for area students again this year.  Library staff and teen council selected the winning bookmarks, and the winners in each category were invited to a reception held in their honor out on the front lawn of the library on Thursday evening, July 23.  Tyson library would like to thank all those who participated in the contest, and a special thank you everyone who encouraged their students to participate. There were about 120 total entries this year.  Congratulations to the following students for designing the winning bookmarks for 2020.  These bookmarks will be on display at the library and are available for patrons to pick up.

          Sophia Hurst                preschool

         Hayze Hostetler           grade 1

          Gracie Sturgeon          grade 4

          Anna Schmaltz            grade 3

          Katie Thomas               grade 5

          Gavin Bennett             grade 6

          Elizabeth Rea               grade 9

          Rese Swingle               grade 10

          Rory Heffelmire           grade 11

          Dale Donnelly              grade 12

Congratulations to all our winners!