Hopkinsville Public LibraryHOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (7/20/19) — Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library has a new tool to help the community stay in touch with happenings at the library.

The library has implemented a mobile alert system for patrons to receive information on upcoming events and programs that went into effect July 11. The mobile alert can be initiated by texting “HCCPL” to 57838 from any smart phone. This alert is free, and individuals can opt in or out at any time, librarians said.

“Text messages allow us to communicate quickly and efficiently with patrons. Social media is a great way to keep up with patrons, but reminders for programs can get lost in the shuffle," outreach librarian Elysa Parks said. "We want everyone to have timely reminders for events they want to be a part of, so no one misses out.”

HCCPL reported experiencing a 75 percent increase in new library cards in the past year. This increase in patrons and library programs has created the need for a communication tool that can be more readily accessed by the community. The library averages between 30-40 programs per month for participants of all ages.

Director DeeAnna Sova said attendance and participation continues to grow, and the are looking for the new opportunities to reach customers.

"We have programs for our youth and adults, including numerous book clubs, free movies twice a month, cooking and sewing classes that are planned, not to mention our upcoming Author Festival and the first HCCPL Hoptown Fanfest," she said. "The community has many options of how to spend their time, and we want to make sure that the library stays on their radar.”

For more information about programs and events at HCCPL, visit www.hccpl.org or text HCCPL to 57838. Follow the library on Twitter (@HCCPLibrary), Instagram (hopkinsville_library), and Facebook (Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library).

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