FRANKFORT, KY (4/10/12) - National Library Week, April 8-14, comes right on the heels of Livingston County becoming the 119th county in the commonwealth to open a library building.
Public libraries in the state are growing by leaps and bounds. In the last three years, Carter, McLean and now Livingston in March have established countywide public libraries for the first time. Although Carlisle County is the only one in the state without a library building, all 120 counties in Kentucky have public library service because Carlisle County shares a bookmobile with neighboring Ballard County. In 1959, 87 percent of the state’s population had public library service; today that figure is 100 percent.
In addition, a record-breaking 20.1 million visits were made to Kentucky’s local libraries in 2011. These library users checked out more than 30 million books and other items from library collections. Almost 2.5 million Kentuckians, 57 percent of the state’s population, are registered to use library services.
“Celebrating National Library Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the fact that every Kentuckian has access to high-quality library programs, services and materials – all free, which is so important during the economic recession,” said State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Commissioner Wayne Onkst.
“These numbers demonstrate that public libraries have become more important than ever. Public libraries are providing a wide range of services that meet the needs of Kentuckians as never before. Tax payers are definitely seeing a big return on their investment,” he said.
National Library Week is a time when libraries of all types and the people who use them come together with the American Library Association to celebrate the contributions of all libraries, librarians and library workers in our nation’s schools, campuses and communities. It is also a great opportunity to get to know the library of the 21st century. This year’s theme, You Belong @ Your Library, is an invitation to do just that.
KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained, and made accessible. For more information on KDLA resources, programs and services visit www.kdla.ky.gov or call 502-564-8300 ext. 315.
Information provided by Paige Sexton
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