County Library plans
Trimble County Public Library
to be built south of Bedford
was taken down
to make way for construction
Helen E. McKinney
BEDFORD, Ky. The Trimble County Public Library
serves a population of 9,047 people, officials estimate. To some who
work there, its time a new building was constructed and services
fo the future Trimble
County Public Library.
Wed like to begin some time this year constructing
a new library, said Library Director Kathy McKown. Plans are under
way to build a new 10,000-square-foot building to be erected south of
Bedford on Hwy. 421. The present library sits seven-tenths of a mile
away, across from the Trimble County Courthouse at 112 Hwy. 42.
The total estimated cost for the new building will be $2 million in
construction costs and $500,000 for furnishings. Even though there is
not a lot of state money through the library system, the library has
applied for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000,
The library has $500,000 in capital to put down, plus they will rely
on fundraising and a loan to pay for the remainder of the amount. Our
budget is tight, McKown said.
Additions to the new library will include a teen area, study room, reading
room with a fireplace, a childrens area, an outdoor reading garden,
a fenced activity area outside of the childrens room and a meeting
room that will be dividable for more than one group to use at a time.
The current library contains 4,000 square feet and 23,618 volumes. Because
it sustains a lot of computer use, the new library will contain more
table and computer space, with 12 public access sites to computers.
Within the last five years, a two-acre lot was purchased for a future
library so there would be plenty of room to expand some day. On this
new lot sits an old tobacco barn that is being dismantled by Gibson
Timber in the hope of reclaiming the wood for interior decorating purposes
at the new library.
McKown plans to carry over the rotating art exhibit into the new library
facility. Its special for our county, she said.
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