Please join us at a reception to say Goodbye & Good Luck to Library Director Kathy Ritterhouse, on the occasion of her retirement after 34 years with Grand Prairie.
Remarks and presentations will be at 4:30 pm.
Kathy Ritterhouse is only the third Library Director since the library first opened in the mid 1930s. She began as Circulation Librarian for Grand Prairie after working at libraries since the age of 16. When she came to the city on July 1, 1979, Grand Prairie’s population was 70,000, the library budget for buying books was $20,000 and the 8,000-square-foot Grand Prairie library was located at 326 W. Main St. By December 1979, the library celebrated the grand opening of a new 20,000-square-foot building at its current site at 901 Conover Dr. The former director retired and Ritterhouse was named Director on Feb. 1, 1980.
Through the years the library added more programming for children, brought in educational displays, automated the card catalog system in
the mid 1980s and added computers, first for staff, and later for patron use. The South Grand Prairie Betty Warmack Branch Library opened in April 2001 and the Bowles Branch opened in 2006. Today, the Grand Prairie Library System houses 228,865 items in its collection.