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New library creates a buzz

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By Calen McKinney

 

Stepping in the front door, I am reminded of a bookstore.

Bookstores are one of my favorite places on Earth because the possibilities there are endless.

In this building, there isn’t much for sale, but the resemblance to a bookstore is obvious.

There are corners to read quietly, magazines to peruse, coffee to sip and the smell of new books in the air.

It’s peaceful, shiny and bright.

Sitting at a computer station or in a chair reading, a patron can see what’s happening outside by looking through large picture windows. The natural light is amazing.

There is an area to just sit and read. We don’t take time to do that as much as we should.

The new Taylor County Public Library opened last week. And it’s nothing short of what I hoped it would be. I have been to the library a few times now since it opened. Each time, the buzz I heard centered on how great the building looks. And it truly does. Kudos are in order for the library’s board members, all library personnel and those workers and building professionals who were involved in transforming Gabehart Lumber into the library.

It truly was a transformation, and one that our community desperately needed.

The library had been at its old location for 37 years, many of which were my childhood days.

The building has character, created by those who made the stories told there come alive. But the community has outgrown that building.

Thankfully, those who gave the building its character have moved to the new space. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.

The new building has much more room and plenty of space to grow. I know it will be put to great use. I’m amazed that no money was borrowed to pay for the transformation. That truly takes years of planning and saving.

I’m also amazed at how many programs and events are coming up at the library. From computer and other classes to children’s events to a reading by a Kentucky author, there is something for everyone. And, it’s all free.

I hope everyone takes the opportunity to appreciate the library’s new digs. After all, the building belongs to all of us, those who pay taxes in Taylor County.

So, pull up a chair and get a good book. Get your new library card and ask staff members to recommend a good story.

Stay informed about the special events and activities happening at the library by checking out www.taylorcountypubliclibrary.org.

And when you are out and about, be sure to stop by the library and see what I’m talking about. You won’t be disappointed.