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Constance Alexander: With a little help from their friends, libraries continue to improve communities

Like most friends of public libraries, Wayne Onkst is an unabashed bibliophile. As an author, historian, and advocate for literacy, he is proud of Kentucky libraries. “Kentucky has done a good job of establishing a statewide system,” he said. “In 1950, the legislature passed a law that provided for the neutrality of libraries, outside of county government,” he explained, also mentioning the...

Rae Smith presented with 2019 GED Administrator of the Year Award during national conference

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has announced that Rae Smith was named the 2019 GED Administrator of the Year during the GED Testing Service Annual Conference July 24-26 in Chicago. The GED Administrator of the Year recognizes administrators that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the GED test program. Each year the...

More children in Kentucky getting breakfast, lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More children in Kentucky are getting their breakfast and lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state has expanded the sites where children can get free summer meals beyond schools – to libraries, YMCAs, churches and parks – to nearly 2,000 locations. That’s...

Constance Alexander: Exploring history of local libraries offers look into the hearts of communities

“Our Towns” by Deborah Fallows and James Fallows, does not take long to get to the importance of the local public library in the community. On page 6 of the account of the couple’s 100,000-mile journey into the heart of America, Deborah Fallows declares unequivocally that in any town the library is her “favorite institution.” Ms. Fallows goes on to explain why: “You see the people, programs,...

Kentucky private NPOs applying for physical damage disaster loans face June 11 deadline from SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private nonprofit organizations in Kentucky of the June 11 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by a severe storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred between Feb. 9-14, 2018. Private nonprofit organizations located in the following counties are eligible to apply: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill,...

The Lexington Philharmonic is branching out to libraries and reaching out to kids

  During the week of July 14, 2014 the Lexington Philharmonic continues the LexPhil at the Library series with six presentations of Music Builds Science!, an engaging hour-long program for children K-4 and at six branches of the Lexington Public Library.   LexPhil will also present Storytelling through Music at the Beaumont Branch Library, the final lecture of the LexPhil Lecture Series geared...

Rep. Mike Denham: Public libraries continue long tradition of fostering a love of reading

The Kentucky Guild Train and Kentucky Library Extension Bookmobile visit Whitesburg in 1961. The bookmobile is parked next to the train while area residents file past as they board the car in which handcraft techniques are demonstrated. (Photo from Ky. Dept. for LIbraries and Archives)   Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner...