Coming Out Party

Trimble County cuts ribbon
on newly built public library

Large crowd attends
grand opening event in Bedford

By Roberta Sell
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (October 2011) – The rain did nothing to dampen the mood at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly opened Trimble County Public Library. The doors opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, to a large crowd of local residents, community supporters and political figures.
Library board president Steve Tharp began the ceremony by acknowledging the library staff and other board members. He spoke of the history of the project, saying, “It is time to turn the page and start a new chapter.”
Tharp mentioned the contributions made by Rural Development. “Preserving our history and our heritage is important to Trimble County.”
The representative from Rural Development, Ernest Scrubs, noted that the library was among the first of President Barack Obama’s Library Initiative to restore community libraries.

Ribbon Cutting

Photos by Roberta Sell

Trimble County Public Librar
Board President Steve Tharp cuts the
ribbon on the new library Sept. 24.
Below, the library lounge area
offers a relaxing place to read.

The new library sits on a site that previously was once a century-old tobacco barn.
Other guest speakers at the event included State Sen. Ernie Harris, State Rep. Rick Rand and former Trimble County Judge-Executive Jack Couch.
Rand talked of the essential nature of local libraries, saying “The library is such an important part of our community – where my children learned to read – and all of the people who work here are special people.”
Couch discussed the positive attributes of the project and pointed out the various aspects that make it such a monumental investment. “The greater service will be in the years to come. Bring your children, bring your grandchildren.”
Entertainment was provided by the Barefoot Best Friends, a talented group of young people from Oldham County area playing Celtic and bluegrass music with a cello, violins and a banjo.
Members of the library’s Teen Advisory Group also attended. This is a relatively new group available to patrons. They work to incorporate suggestions and ideas for books to bring into the library that will interest teen readers. They provide book reviews and periodic game nights to encourage patronage.
Not only does the new library house all that one would expect, it now boasts features such as several new computers, a children’s library and a Kentucky resource room that provided pictures and information concerning local history. There is a great deal of Trimble County itself incorporated within the library. The original wooden beams that once upheld the roof of the old tobacco barn now grace the library ceiling above the checkout counter. A large painting of a quilt, completed by local artist Brandy DeAngelino, hangs above the entry to the Kentucky resource room. All of the artwork that hangs upon the walls, save one piece, was created by local artists.

Library Inside

Photos by Roberta Sell

The inside of the new library features
a sitting area and lots of room for
browsing the bookshelves.

The library staff had a hand in selecting the details that went into the arch over the entry into the children’s library. Library staff member Summer Hernandez said, “It’s been amazing, and you don’t realize what all goes into it.”
She spoke of the “amazing group of women” that she works with, and how the new building showcases many “personal touches” that represent the community. Library staff member Libby Powell said, “The library is the community. The patrons are important.”
Among the throng of visitors on Saturday were two local patrons, Ruth Ann Webb and Allie Wright. They shared how they were impressed by the beauty of the new building and admired the cozy reading space with a fireplace as well as an outdoor seating area. They also commented on their appreciation of the way the Trimble County history has been honored.
Mona Lucas is now in charge of the technology at the library and said she “would love for everyone to come to the library.”
Another member of the staff, Betsy Tweedy, said the library will provide the “ability to give more to our users,” with more space and more technology. Newly hired library director Lisa Wegner arrived in Trimble County three weeks ago and said she has been immersed in the library moving process. “We are excited to be open and seeing everyone enjoying the library,” she said. She also commented on how supportive the community has been.

• For more information, visit the library’s website at: www.youseemore/trimble.com.

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