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Buy a book to give a book is job of Kentucky Book Fair as eight libraries get KBF grants

A Kentucky Book Fair grant committee recently announced eight monetary gifts to public and school libraries in the Commonwealth. Reading about poor conditions at the libraries even made one committee member cry.

“The conditions are so sad in these libraries; reading the grants made me cry. I wish that we could fund them all,” the grant committee member said.
Funding all may not have been possible, but proceeds from the annual book fair allowed $7,500 to be split among the eight libraries in Elliott, Harlan, Jefferson, McCracken, McLean and Owsley counties.
Since the KBF’s inception in 1981, more than $365,000 has been awarded to school and public libraries. Each year about 4,000 people attend the event, which attracts nearly 200 authors who autograph and sell copies of their latest books, resulting in approximately $140,000 in gross sales.
“The Kentucky Book Fair is helping libraries across the Commonwealth better serve their communities,” KBF manager Connie Crowe said.
The eight libraries approved for grants were:
• Rocky J. Adkins Public Library in Elliott County which received $1,000 to update the children’s and adult nonfiction sections;
• Green Hills Elementary School in Harlan County which received $1,000 to replace old, worn out paperbacks with new fiction books for grades four to eight;
• J.B. Atkinson Academy School Library in Jefferson County which received $1,000 to purchase science, social studies and arts and humanities books aligned with common core standards;
• Kentucky School for the Blind in Jefferson County received $750 to expand the nonfiction collection for special needs students;
• Seneca High School in Jefferson County received $1,000 to enhance the language collection to meet the needs of a student body representing 42 countries;
• Paducah Tilghman High School in McCracken County received $750 to grow its urban/street fiction collection for teens;
• McLean County Public Library was given $1,000 to buy new story books for children 2-7; and
• Owsley County Junior/Senior High School Library was given $1,000 to buy high-interest career books suitable for middle grades.
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“As we approach the 2014 Kentucky Book Fair, let’s remember our ultimate goal is to provide grants to public schools and libraries, so every purchase made at our event essentially puts a book in the hands of a Kentuckian,” Crowe said.
The Kentucky Book Fair is Saturday, Nov. 15, in Frankfort. Five grants were also awarded to help schools in Anderson, Boyd, Breckinridge, Henry and Jefferson County transport students to the event.
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