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Scott County Public Library is an invaluable resource

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Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:00 am

Snapshot of a Day: Kentucky’s Public Libraries

• 50,718 people visit a public library daily

• 77,139 items are checked every day

• 12,280 sessions of computer use take place daily

• 3,933 people attend a daily library program

• 171 programs are offered every day

The above data was compiled by public libraries throughout Kentucky on October 19, 2009.  Yes, your public library was included in this statewide project. 

For the Scott County Public Library, 778 people visited the library checking out 1,348 items. We conducted two programs with an attendance of 36. Computer sessions were 206. 

This is a typical day in your public library.  I think you will agree with me that public libraries have a major impact on local communities. 

Feb. 10 is a special day for Kentucky’s Libraries. 

This day has been designated as Kentucky Legislative Day Rally. 

Hundreds of librarians, and library supporters will visit Frankfort to bring awareness to how important libraries are to communities. 

A wave of yellow will be seen in the Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. as these supporters wearing yellow gather to hear from legislators of the Public Library Caucus: Sen. Brandon Smith, Sen. Robin Webb, Rep. Bob Damron and Rep. Bob DeWeese.

What is the public library message?

• Restore the funds for public library grants in the state budget.

• Fund library construction grants.

• Fund library bookmobile grants.

• Understand that Kentucky’s public libraries are resources for Kentuckians from the cradle to the grave.

 If you can’t join us in Frankfort, please help us by sending your message to Frankfort. Stop by the library and fill out one of our yellow postcards. Tell your legislator why you support your public library.  The Friends of the Scott County Public Library will pay the postage. 

 We are blessed in Scott County with local funding that is making it possible for us to provide excellent library service. 

This is not the case in many counties.  Help us get the message to our legislators that public libraries are resources for all Kentuckians, cradle to grave, pre-walker to using a walker, every single day.

Earlene Arnett is director of the Scott County Public Library. Her column appears the first Thursday of each month in the News-Graphic. She can be reached at earlene@scottpublib.org.

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