JACKSON COUNTY - In the summer of 2013, Library Director Hope Nobel had the idea to install “Little Free Libraries” around Jackson County as an outreach of the library. In the ensuing months, community groups and library patrons received the idea with great enthusiasm and production of the little libraries began. At this time, one “sample” library has been completed, and plans for more are underway.
Jackson County Public Library is organizing an art contest to give everyone from Jackson County –and beyond- a chance to see these beautiful works of art before they are installed throughout the county. Generous sponsors have committed cash prizes to be given to the popular prizewinner and the adjudicated winners. The Jackson County Community Foundation has pledged administrative funds.

These little libraries are intended to be a visible representation of literacy in Jackson County, and the arts in West Virginia. The library has sent word to the local artisans of West Virginia by soliciting entries in this art contest. Entries will be publically displayed for the period of the contest at both Ripley and Ravenswood library locations. All art prize entries become the property of Jackson County Public Library.

Constellium Prize: $1,000- “Popular Prize” Voting will be via text and anyone with a cell phone may vote. Only one “like” will register per little library per cell phone however it will be possible to “like” as many little libraries as you choose. The library with the most “likes” will win the popular prize.
SDR Plastics Prize: $250- Most Artistic”, adjudicated by a panel of qualified and impartial judges
Jackson County Student Prize: $250- adjudicated by a panel of qualified and impartial judges. Entrances are a student or a group of students from within Jackson County.

A total of 25 entrants have been selected and are required to have the completed structure to the library by June 28th. The artwork will then be on display for opening voting from July 1st through July 19th and the contest winners will be announced July 21st.  Folks are certainly encouraged to stop by both Ripley or Ravenswood libraries to take a look at the beautiful artistic literary pieces put together by local artisans and most importantly support them by voting.