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Constance Alexander: The local library is a refuge where all are welcome, regardless of tax bracket

Mrs. Coppage was my first librarian. I remember her as a tiny woman with silvery gray hair piled atop her head in the manner of a Gibson Girl. She conducted regular story hours for little children in my hometown, and we clustered around her like petals on a flower to hear her read. As she acted out every character, she was transformed. Stray curls escaped from her up-do. The ruffled collar of her blouse...

Constance Alexander: Fahrenheit 451 sparks programs about literacy, public libraries, free speech

For a man who wrote stories that make spines tingle and raise hairs on the back of the neck, author Ray Bradbury was a just a regular guy. Sure, he had a fabulous imagination and earned worldwide renown, but his beginnings were humble, his tastes simple, his education unique. “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library,” he said, “and it’s better than college....

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...

Several Fayette County Public School libraries will have summer hours; student materials available

Ten school libraries in Fayette County Public Schools will be open for limited hours on certain days this summer, and their students are welcome to drop by and check out materials. Here is the schedule: — Bryan Station High School, 8 a.m. to noon on June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27; — Bryan Station Middle School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July...

Ten Kentucky public libraries receive 20-year construction grants worth over $20 million

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has awarded 10 Public Library Facilities Construction Fund grants totaling $20 million over 20 years. Each library will receive an allotted dollar amount annually for the next 20 years to assist with debt retirement. The total amount KDLA is distributing among the libraries per year is $1 million. Yearly allotments range from $18,200 to $207,390,...

Jeff Rubin: Public parks and libraries play important role in improving quality of life — count the ways

Among the many influences that contribute to the quality of life in a community, I can think of two where their impact is often taken for granted, under appreciated or not fully understood. This may be particularly true in smaller communities where options for public engagement in ways that better the mind, as well as the body, may be few and far between. That is where the programs and services available...