June 11, 2014 — After 14 months of work, the Grayson branch of the Carter County Public Library (CCPL) has a new, permanent home on Main Street.
The CCPL hosted an open house Sunday afternoon, which allowed patrons to browse the shelves while enjoying snacks and visiting with friends of the library.
While they celebrated the opening, they also remembered the passing of a friend and CCPL board member Larry Prichard.
“Larry coined a phrase, 'we do not apologize for quality,'” Board Chair Barbara Davis told the small group that gathered on Monday. “Even in our former location, you would find Larry sitting in one of the chairs reading – and this corner will always be known as the Larry Prichard reading corner.”
Davis showed a photograph of Prichard and everyone agreed he was a driving force for the library.
“I walk in and think about what it was like when we decided to do this,” Davis said. “We have come such a long way, and we still have a ways to go, but we are here and we are open.”
The Board of Trustees and the Friends of the CCPL have a “to do” list for the future: Transforming the back room of the Grayson branch into a meeting room, getting an elevator for access to the upstairs, and first, the move from the current location of the Olive Hill branch to the Olive Hill Historic Society building.
“We are hoping to be in the new location in Olive Hill by September,” Director Nellie Jordan said.
Jordan said the Grayson branch is currently working on a project with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and Red Box for an exciting event.
“We are one of 20 libraries in the nation to receive the $5,000 OCLC grant,” Jordan said. “We are going to purchase a nine-foot inflatable projector screen and sound system so we can show free movies in Veterans' Park.”