Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

January 23, 2013

Special Districts: Public Library

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

Jan. 23, 2013 — As part of an ongoing review of Carter County special districts outlined on State Auditor Adam Edelen’s citizen auditor website, this issue’s focus centers on the Public Library.

Established via inter-local agreement in 2009, the library operates on a budget of $139,211, which is supplied via grant funding and voluntary contributions from county government and the cities of Grayson and Olive Hill.

According to figures supplied by Nellie Jordan, the facility’s director, the public library circulated 31,209 materials in this past year, which is more than 10,000 items above the previous year. The main categories of interest were Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Computers, DVDs, Christian Fiction, and Easy Readers.

Also, the library’s summer reading program averaged 35 students per week for an eight-week program that was held at both branches.

In total, the library saw 5,036 patrons walk through its doors in the past year – an increase of nearly 1500 people from the year before.

“We directly employ two persons. The rest of our staffing consists of volunteers via other programs such as Ready to Work, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), high school co-ops, or lay volunteers,” said Jordan. Jordan also noted that the library has hosted more than 40 community meetings in its various conference rooms at both branches that have been sponsored by agencies such as the Department for Community Based Services, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Chambers of Commerce, and numerous other private individuals.

The Journal-Times is examining all special districts in Carter County. Featured next will be the Conservation District.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.