By Leeann Akers - Editor
Nov. 20, 2013 — The Carter County Public Library received two grants from Kentucky Book Fair, Inc., which will allow both branches to enhance adult fiction collections.
The grants also paid to send a group of students to the event last week.
CCPL was among seven libraries across the state to receive the fiction grant, which comes from proceeds of the annual event held last week in Louisville.
“There are a lot of youth book grants available, but this is an opportunity to ramp up books for adults,” Library Director Nellie Jordan told the Journal-Times. “It will purchase fiction books in all the genres, which is just great for our patrons.”
Since the KBF’s inception in 1981, more than $350,000 has been awarded to school and public libraries.
Each year about 4,000 persons attend the book fair, which attracts nearly 200 authors who autograph and sell copies of their latest books, resulting in approximately $125,000 in gross sales.
West Carter Middle School's book club received a $655 travel grant that helped 10 students attend the event.
“The grant paid for gas, the bus driver, a sub for the teacher and the teacher who attended,” Jordan said. “Dollars are tight everywhere, but this was a huge opportunity for the kids to learn that reading is cool and can lead to a career.”
The reading group, which has roughly 80 members, also is working on a list of 50 books to read in middle school.
“This is what impacts them and they will be able to know which books have affected them,” Jordan said. “These kids are making decisions about college, career and character right now. Reading is a wonderful way to promote empathy and civic duty.”
CCPL is currently accepting donations of books in good condition which can be dropped off at the Olive Hill branch location.
“We have a lot of patrons who are interested in a variety of book topics,” Jordan said. “When we have extra copies we are able to give back to other community groups.”
Jordan will deliver a box of books to the Grahn Community Center this week to supplement their reading exchange closet.
Also, with the adult fiction grant, Jordan expects to be able to make a donation of books to both senior centers.
“The most important thing we do is help the community be more literate and informed,” Jordan said.
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