Knowledge helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. It’s an understanding that germinates from a combination of data, information, experience, and individual interpretation. Gaining knowledge can come from many avenues. From perception, exposure, and context. The more knowledge you have, the better you will succeed.
Logan County is felicitous in having a conduit in which knowledge flows through like a river cutting into the side of a mountain. The Logan County Public Library serves to enhance, educate, entertain, and enlighten thousands of people causing knowledge to build a bridge between the now and our future.
On Aug. 6, 2017, the Logan County Public Library will celebrate 50 years of service and bringing about growth to the community.
The library in Russellville began years before it officially had a home on 6th Street in 1967, calling many places home. Once located in the Byrne Building, the library moved in 1942 to an upstairs space that was later to become the office of Dr. J.P. Glenn on the northeast corner of Fifth and Main Streets. In 1946 it moved to two large upstairs rooms at the Armory on Winter Street. The next move was to the Old Southern Bank of Kentucky building at Sixth and Main. Here the library remained until it made its move to a new building one block west on the southwest corner of Sixth and Winter. One more move found the library’s new and permanent home in 2008 when ground was broken on Armory Drive.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Logan County began to experience great industrial and economic growth, bringing in new people, new ideas, and new demands. Libraries were experiencing a period of growth throughout the state, thanks to increased State and Federal assistance for buildings, materials and services, said Evelyn Richardson, former Regional Librarian and current community historian. All this brought an awakening to the need to develop cultural facilities and to pursue cultural activities.
Interested citizens and community leaders began to put thoughts into actions, and establishment of a library taxing district to support library operations became their goal. With guidance and assistance from the Kentucky State Department of Libraries, the process of establishing a Board of Trustees and hiring a staff was carried out. Members of the original Board and their staggered appointed terms were: H. Stanford “Chick” Ray, 4 years, president; Marcia (Mrs. William G.) Fuqua, 3 years, secretary; George Marion Bailey, 3 years, treasurer; Roger Kimball, 2 years, and Sophie (Mrs. J.D.) Lashbrook, 2 years.
Thanks the deGraffenried legacy, the building on 6th Street began the library’s official opening 50 years ago. Since that time many have come and gone playing an instrumental part of its prosperous existence. Through the age of technology, books are but a fraction of what if offered through the doors of knowledge at the Logan County Public Library. Numerous programs teach young and old alike, computers transport people living in a small town into our great big world.
“The Logan County Public Library has been a centerpiece and point of pride for our community for the last 50 years. The ways that things are done are different due to technology and changes in our users’ needs, but what has made us so valuable is still the same,” said King Simpson, Director of the Logan County Public Library. “At our core, we are an organization with trained, knowledgeable people who want to help others find the information and resources that can help them. That trait was there in 1967, and it is still present today. The method may be different, but the purpose remains. I am excited to see what the next 50 years will bring as we continue to serve.”
Everyone is invited to attend the library’s 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, from 2-5 p.m. at the library on Armory Drive in Russellville. Cake and punch will be provided by the Friends of the Library and there will be drawings to win prizes. A self-guided tour will also be featured and a short introduction will be given by Simpson beforehand.
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