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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.

These numbers illustrate the active usage of your public library over the course of a year. Additionally this year, the RCPL saw a booming summer reading program, joined the state in honoring longtime Children’s Librarian Fillamay Cowell as she received the highest honor in the state for her career in children’s services, and continued to add to the already robust collection of books and audiovisual items available to our community and patrons.

The RCPL is always looking to expand its services and collection to provide more resources than ever before to a community that values personal growth and education. To those who have generously given to this effort through donations of money, books or time, we sincerely thank you. If you would like to promote literacy and education in your community through a tax deductible donation to the Friends of the Russell County Public Library, you still have time to do so in 2016. Donations can be made in person at the library or mailed to PO Box 970, Jamestown, KY 42629. 

The Friends of the Russell County Public Library is a charitable organization formed to promote the library through financial support, advocacy efforts and volunteer services. We invite you to become a member of this active group which genuinely strives to make a difference in our community.

Your RCPL greatly appreciates all types of support from the community including each person who has participated in this year’s Food for Fines program. The library already has taken a load of non-perishable food items to God’s Food Pantry and will take another when the program wraps up on Dec. 17. Don’t forget to bring in canned or packaged non-perishable food items to have your overdue fines forgiven. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your community!

Thank you, Russell County, for a wonderful 2016. We are excited to serve you in the new year.   

What’s Happening

  • The deadline for children to register to win one of two handmade quilts in the “Cozy Up to Our Books” contest is Friday, Dec. 16. The contest is open to all children through sixth grade. They may enter each time they check out five books.
  • Family Nature Club will be Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. at the branch library in Russell Springs. This month’s topic is “Hibernation.”
  • The deadline to participate in “Food for Fines” is Dec. 17. You may bring in clean, non-expired, non-perishable food items to have your fines forgiven. Each food item is worth $1.00 waived from your fines. This does not apply to lost or damaged item charges.
  • The library will be closed Dec. 23-26 for Christmas as well as Dec. 30-Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday.

@ Your Library is a feature column provided by the Russell County Public Library. The RCPL can be reached at (270) 343-READ or (270) 866-READ.

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