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Eight grants were announced Thursday to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth from proceeds of the annual Kentucky Book Fair.Since the KBF’s inception in 1981, more than $365,000 has been awarded to school and public libraries. Each year about 4,000 people attend the event, which attracts nearly 150 authors who autograph and sell copies of their latest books, resulting in approximately $140,000 in gross sales.
“The conditions are so sad in these libraries; reading the grants made me cry. I wish that we could fund them all,” said one grants committee member. Connie Crowe KBF manager added: “As we approach the 2014 Kentucky Book Fair, let’s remember, our ultimate goal is to provide grants to public schools and libraries, so every purchase made at our event essentially puts a book in the hands of a Kentuckian.” The Kentucky Book Fair is helping libraries across the Commonwealth better serve their communities.
Eight libraries were approved for grants totaling $7,500:
Green Hills Elementary School (Harlan County) received a grant for $1,000 to replace old, worn out paperbacks with new fiction books for grades four to eight.
J.B. Atkinson Academy School Library (Jefferson County) was funded $1,000 to purchase science, social studies and arts and humanities books aligned with common core standards.
Kentucky School for the Blind (Jefferson County) was given $750.00 to expand the non-fiction collection for special needs students.
McLean County Public Library was given $1,000 to buy new story books for children ages two to seven.
Owsley County Junior/Senior High School Library was awarded $1,000 to purchase high interest career books suitable for the middle grades.
Paducah Tilghman High School (McCracken County) was awarded $750.00 to grow their urban/street fiction collection for teens.
Rocky J. Adkins Public Library (Elliott County) received $1,000 to update the children’s and adult non-fiction sections.
Seneca High School (Jefferson County) accepted $1,000 to enhance the language collection to meet the needs of a diverse student body from 42 countries.
Kentucky Book Fair Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded to coordinate the event, with proceeds supporting Kentucky’s libraries. The 33nd annual KBF is Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., at the Frankfort Convention Center.
For more information, visit www.kybookfair.blogspot.com.