The library is a nonprofit 501c3 public library, which receives no funding from the county. The library has clearly demonstrated that it can fill a void that had previously existed in the area. This past year a number of individuals used the library for internet access as well as reading and research materials. It is also a great place to visit with friends, and neighbors.
At a time when we area counting our blessings, we are thankful for all of the residents that have contributed to making the library a reality.
Unfortunately, the library requires continuing support. Mrs. Brenda Rippy said she and her library board spent many times asking for town council to help find a location inside the town limits, and make this community library a town library.
After the library is up and running for a couple of years, then go to the county for help to make it into a county library.
There would be no cost to the town to take over this library.
We have all the books the town would ever need, and we certainly have the computers for those who don’t have a computer at home. A good location for this library would be a place that will become vacant soon, like a lot of other buildings on main street. It is unfortunate that Six Mile is losing our fire dept in July of next year, and we understand that building belongs to the town. It would be a great spot for our library, plus use the back of the building for a senior citizen’s room.
“I know of an organization committed to helping communities establish libraries in rural areas," says Brenda Rippy, "if only the town council will back us on this project. The organization will work to help us move forward after establishing it into the town. They would work with citizens, public library systems, and local governments to fund and build libraries in towns of 500 to 5,000 residents."
Our library mission was to secure a permanent location for our community library inside the town limits. Our community lacked adequate library facilities and the means to build them, until our community residents, dedicated volunteers and our library board made it possible. We are here to give a service to our community. The benefits of a public library can enhance literacy, internet access, lifelong learning, economic development, increased population stability, and strengthened sense of community. We have access to books, cds, and dvds, photocopy services, magazines and newspapers, educational materials, job search and job readiness information.
A library is a place to find research, use the internet, find a book, or read a newspaper. it’s a place to get lost in a writers story. Where would we be without Shakespeare, or biographies of our presidents. A library is a place to learn and a place for children to grow. Literacy is important to all of us.
The Community Library of Six Mile is looking for a Christmas Miracle. Whether its volunteers, monetary funds, or a new location in town we need your help. We will gladly train new volunteers at your convenience. If you can help call the Community Library of Six Mile at 868-0555 or send in your Christmas donation to CLOSM Post office box 71, Six Mile, SC 29682.