Monday, January 26, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad
Posted on 2/2/14

dc public lib2 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/12/13) - The Green River Area Development District invited Daviess County Public Library Director Jim Blanton to be the guest speaker at their Board of Directors meeting held yesterday morning.

The meeting began with a brief speech and moment of silence honoring the anniversary of Sept. 11 delivered by City Manager Bill Parrish. Shortly after, Blanton took the podium to discuss his previous work experiences, current programs offered at the library and a number of developments moving forward.

Blanton believes the core roles of a library include supporting literacy and life long learning, providing educational programing, as well as references or sources of information. However, he is continuously looking to do more.

"I am looking at ways to expand and provide more service to the community than we have traditionally," Blanton said.

According to Blanton, his underlying philosophy and rallying cry for libraries is, "What can a library be for their community?"

"I see a library as a tremendous cultural center," Blanton said. "And that can provide some amazing opportunities to connect people with each other."

Programs such as "World War II Remembered - Road to Victory" is just one of many events the library offers for the public to come together to discuss historical events and share their knowledge.

The library also offers a great deal of partnerships between their patrons and many organizations in this community. The library director discussed ways in which DCPL tries to stay connected.

"We're looking this fall to start up a seed library and that's where you can come in and actually check out seeds to go grow plants," Blaton said. "We're partnering with our master gardeners at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden to make this happen."

The Garden will also be offering classes through the library for those who are interested in learning the basics of gardening. In this way, the community is able to develop new skills while expanding their network with local businesses and organizations.

Other developments take a considerable amount of time and funding to accomplish. One of these issues that all libraries are currently facing is the rapid advances in technology. In the case of Daviess County Public Library, Blanton described wireless access as being "a huge issue."

"Our wireless increased 38 percent in usage this past year and we only have eight access points in our building," Blaton said. "We're looking to expand that this fall to 27 so there will be no 'dead areas' in our building."

According to Blanton, many of the programs moving forward will depend on that wireless connection including: e-books, electronic data bases and the virtual wall.

In the meantime, Blanton and his staff are working develop a more comfortable environment and give the patrons more accessibility in the building. Those at DCPL are hoping to create the types of community spaces where people can browse books, meet with friends or simply relax.

Blanton concluded by offering this piece of advice: "I encourage any of you to go back to your libraries throughout Kentucky and let your libraries know that you want them to be thinking about what they can be for your community, as well."

For upcoming programs, developments or events at DCPL, visit http://www.dcplibrary.org/

Evan Gorman
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
1 DOW 17,580.93
-91.67 (-0.52%)    
2 S&P 2,045.29
-6.53 (-0.32%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,744.65
-13.23 (-0.28%)    
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 23, 2015 7960

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 22, 2015 6892

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 20, 2015 6883

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 23, 2015 5497

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 5495

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 22, 2015 5039

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 21, 2015 4749

Man Arrested after Allegedly Nodding off on Baby…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 23, 2015 4236

Nortonville Woman Charged for Meth Possession

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office/Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 20410

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 20085

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 25, 2015 3540

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 25, 2015 1892

UPDATE: Two Die, Two Injured in Two-Vehicle…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Dispatcher Dustin Staves
January 25, 2015 1141

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 25, 2015 1095

Kynect Enrollment Climbs as Countdown to Feb. 15…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 25, 2015 997

Market Commentary - Jan. 25, 2015

in Top News For All Sites by Randall L. Franklin
January 25, 2015 936

Dave Says - Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Dave Ramsey
January 25, 2015 846

March 20-22 Women's Retreat: 'Holiness in Family…

in Owensboro News by Jennifer Kaminski
January 25, 2015 792

Outdoor Truths - Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Gary Miller
January 25, 2015 768

Legislator's Log - Week of Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Brent Yonts
January 25, 2015 393

MCCH Offers Free Screenings at the Love Your…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Kyser Lough
January 25, 2015 336

Two Arrested for Trader Baker Robbery

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Deputy Pearre
January 25, 2015 319

Winners of Teen Spirit 2015

in Local (Paducah) Top News by Yeiser Art Center