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What's new at the public library

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By The Staff

Taylor County Public Library will soon have a new bookmobile on the road. The library has tried before for a grant to purchase a new bookmobile and this year we were one of the lucky 12 that will get a matching grant from Frankfort.

Our bookmobile is a 1990 model. We were second in line for being in need of a new vehicle.

The new bookmobile will be a Dodge Sprinter. It will be smaller on the outside like the new vans that UPS has. Even though the size of the vehicle will be smaller, because of better shelving, it will have more room for books than the old ones. The new bookmobile will not have a generator, which will keep maintenance costs down for the library.

The old bookmobile will be returned to the state library in Frankfort.

The grant is a matching grant, which means the grant will pay for half the cost of a new bookmobile and the library will pay half.

We have a new face on the Taylor County Public Library Board. Due to health problems, Christine Gabehart had to give up her place on the library board. Eddie Hazlewood is our new board member and will serve out Gabehart's term of office. We are happy to have Hazlewood to join the library board. We appreciate all the hard work that Gabehart has done for the library. We wish her a speedy recovery.

The latest development of a new library building has been taken one step further. The library board voted to give the architectural firm of Murphy + Graves approval to design the new library. A small firm from Lexington, it has completed 14 public libraries in Kentucky - including library work in Wolfe, Martin, Lawrence, Johnson and Floyd counties.

The newly formed Friends of the Library has elected the following officers: Kathy Maynard, president; Cyndi Leathers, vice president; Leigh Ann Sadler, secretary; Susan Wise/Sadler, publicity persons; and Janean Hall, member at large.

Their next meeting is March 21 at 11:45 a.m. in the library's meeting room. Feel free to come and join this exciting group.

New nighttime hours for the library will begin in April. The library will stay open Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Nighttime hours was one of the things that people listed on our survey last year that they wished the library had. This will be a trial to see if longer hours are needed at the library.

Support your library by joining the Friends group or use your library during the new night hours starting in April.