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Jan 13, 2013 4:22 PM

County's First Public Library Growing

LIVINGSTON, Ky. (AP) - It's been almost a year since a western Kentucky county got its first public library, and now the collection of materials available to the public is growing.

The Livingston County Public Library opened in March 2012 with about 7,000 selections for reading. The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/UQXUDf) reports it expanded that selection this month to 11,000 books, DVDs, periodicals and other materials.

Library staff member Crista Maddux says the facility has tried to include offerings that appeal to a wide variety of interests.

"We're trying to add more," Maddux said. "We've definitely grown. We're in the process of trying to get more ordered, but we had to change book vendors. We would probably have more but for the delay in that. We have a lot of fairly current titles, but if someone is wanting something else, hopefully we can do that for them now."

The opening of the library, which is located on the third floor of the county office building, was a milestone for the community. The event came after years of fundraising by groups - both public and private.

Although the area does not have a library tax, Livingston County Judge-Executive Chris Lasher said the facility does receive about $80,000 in local and state funding for new materials and operating expenses. It also receives funding from Friends of the Library.

In addition to providing materials that can be checked out, librarian Erica Fondaw says services include preschool reading sessions, public computers and presentations, such as one this month about Vice President Alben Barkley of Paducah, who served under President Harry Truman.

"It's so new to everybody," Fondaw said. "People aren't used to it, and it's a small area."

Even so, the facility is getting plenty of use. It has issued 1,200 library cards since it opened.

"The number of patrons we have is higher than we anticipated," Lasher said. "I rarely go to the library that there's not five, 10 or 15 people in it during the middle of the day. That's great to see."

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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