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Monday, 06 March 2017 16:40

Digital Archive Launches on Friday!

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The Russell County Public Library is excited to announce the launch of our new digital archives website at a reception open to all local history lovers on Friday, March 10 at 10:30 am at the Main Library in Jamestown.  Researching local history has never been easier:  If you remember days of the past, using the old microfilm machine to scan page by page of our newspaper collection, you'll love how quick and easy it is to search for names, dates, articles, photos, and more with our new archive.  The Library's digital collection includes issues of The Russell County News from 1939 to 2003 and The Times Journal from 1949 to 2006.  Visit the Library for our reception on Friday, March 10, or any day after to start your own research into Russell County's rich history!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:22

@ Your Library December 2016

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As we begin the final month of 2016, we at the Russell County Public Library are looking back on a great year full of reading, programming and working to serve our community.

By the numbers, here is a complete look at your public library’s impact over the past fiscal year.

  • Twenty-seven groups used the RCPL’s meeting spaces for a total of 483 meetings.
  • Your local library had 47,052 visits and 5,769 registered users.
  • The library’s public computers were accessed 8,500 times.
  • A total of 55,067 books were checked out this year as well as 13,481 audiovisual materials.
  • There were 4,608 uses of electronic material this year including e-books.
  • The RCPL borrowed 495 books for patrons via interlibrary loan.
  • One hundred programs were held for preschool-age children with 2,229 in attendance.
  • For elementary school age students, 238 programs were facilitated with 9,507 students attending.
  • Four hundred young adults participated in library programming.
  • 698 adults participated in 11 library programs this year.
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 21:56

Microfilm Digitization

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After much consideration, we have decided to digitize our microfilm collection of local newspapers.

At the end of this process, our newspaper collection will be available online!

Meanwhile, they will be unavailable in physical format for the next two weeks.

Microfilm digitization


Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, 07 November 2016 21:07

@ Your Library November 2016

Written by: Brittany Emerson


It’s time to break out the shopping carts at the Russell County Public Library. This signifies the beginning of the holiday season as our annual “Food for Fines” effort gets under way. When you see a shopping cart near the entrance of each RCPL location, you know it’s time to open your cupboards and give to God’s Food Pantry while getting a break on your library fines in the process.


The Russell County Public Library has been offering “Food for Fines” for more than five years and is proud to collect several shopping carts full of nonperishable food items annually to give to the local God’s Food Pantry organization.

Thursday, 03 November 2016 19:05

Annual Food for Fines

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Do you have overdue fees? Bring in clean, unexpired, non-perishable food between now and December 17th! For every item you donate we will waive $1.00 of your fines.

Some suggested items:

  • Peanut butter 
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Stuffing
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • & more!

All donated food will go to God's Food Pantry in Russell Springs.

Note: Food is only accepted for overdue fines, not for lost or damaged charges

Thursday, 27 October 2016 14:51

Where I'm From

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Russell County participating in statewide ‘Where I’m From’ project


In the summer of 1993, Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon started working on the piece that would become her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem “Where I’m From.” It has since become one of the foremost poetry writing models in the world.

Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using “Where I’m From” as the central theme of a statewide call for poetry submissions that will represent each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. 

The Russell County Public Library is designated as the project organizer for Russell County, and will be collecting submissions of “Where I’m From” poems to be published on the Kentucky Arts Council’s website.  The Kentucky Arts Council requires that all submissions be written following the structure and style of Lyon’s original poem, and must include the writers’ names, communities or schools, and counties. 

The “Where I’m From” structure explores the Commonwealth through memory poems, and in many cases, is simply a list of what is important to you about a particular place.  Poems may be submitted to the Russell County Public Library via email as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents to director@russellcountylibrary.com, or dropped off in hardcopy format at either RCPL location.  Deadline to submit poems to the Library is Monday, November 28, 2016.

“This is a hands-on learning opportunity for teachers and students to get involved in reading and writing poetry by submitting poems that embody what is important to them about Russell County,” said Library Director Lindsey Westerfield.  “It is also a great outlet for local writers who are inspired by their local roots and want to share their craft with others in Kentucky.  We certainly want to be sure that Russell County has a great submission and is included among the other 119 Kentucky counties.” 

The Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Fall Book Sale is coming up!

Join us October 17 - October 19 at the Russell County Public Library in Jamestown and Russell Springs. We have hardbacks, paperbacks, children's books, audiobooks, and more! Items will range from 10¢ - $1.

Patrons can also buy a Friends of the Library membership for $10 to receive an additional 50% off!

Be sure to check out the lowest prices in this three day only Book Sale.

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