Library to offer family movie nights

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By James Roberts

Taylor County Public Library plans to host movie nights.
At its regular meeting Monday, the board approved a four-year movie licensing agreement that would allow the library to screen movies from several major film studios.

Library Director Julia Turpin proposed the idea to board members, saying she would like the library to begin offering family and teen movie nights. The movie licenses would also work well with other library programs such as the summer reading program, she said. A one-year agreement costs $410. However, Turpin said, the library would receive a discount for multiple years.
The Board opted for a $1,312 four-year contract.
After the meeting, Turpin said she hopes to have the first family movie night next month. The event would be free and a recent DVD release would be shown. Snacks and popcorn will be offered. She said she plans to offer family movie night once a month.
Turpin said other movie night events will springboard off the initial event. She said she would like to offer a film series as well as offer a film discussion group.


Library Board member Eddie Hazelwood said the bid summary for the project to convert the former Gabehart Lumber building into the library’s new home should be ready soon.
Hazelwood said the Board will likely call a special meeting in a few weeks to look over cost estimates.
While it is unknown exactly when construction might begin, the library is expected to move to the new location by the end of this year, Board Chair John Miller said.

• Total circulation for February was 5,971, up from January’s circulation of 5,864. In February, there were 2,199 fiction books checked out, as well as 624 non-fiction books, 1,801 juvenile fiction books, 429 juvenile non-fiction books, 189 audio books and 363 videos. There were 366 digital checkouts in February, up from January’s 344 checkouts.
• The Board approved allowing library employees to participate in the Kentucky Public Employee Deferred Compensation program, which offers retirement savings services. There will be no employer match.
• Darrell Ford will take over cleaning services at the library, Turpin said, which will save about $400 a month.
• The Board changed its regular monthly meeting date to the second Monday of each month at noon. The board meets at the library. All meetings are open to the public.