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Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert keeps a busy schedule in order to make sure adults and children alike get the best use of the library.
It’s National Library Week, a week that the library staff will use to get to know library patrons better, and a week to demonstrate how they serve the community.
Tuesday, the library hosted a meet-and-greet for the community.
“We wanted to be able to show the community exactly what all it is we do here,” Nippert said.
There are many programs for adults and children that make the library special to the community, Nippert said.
“We have storytime for the kids, a gardening series, a book club, family movie night and all sorts of programs that really bring the community together,” Nippert said.
The library offers a home-bound delivery program that serves those with physical limitations that prevent them from visiting the library. Delivery locations include Owenton Manor.
At 6 p.m. April 27, Kentucky author Wendell Berry will read from his children’s book, “Whitefoot.”
The library recently partnered with Community Education and Hope’s Hands to offer the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which brings free books to children whose families have financial difficulties.
Nippert said the library is an essential part of the community in assisting children to further their education.
“Studies show that children who learn to read and have a love for books are likely to go further in life,” Nippert said. “Through our library’s different programs we feel like we’re giving those children the advantage of going further. It’s not only important to their lives, but it’s also important for the future of Owen County.”
Nippert said the best thing about the library is that patrons are able to use their services with no cost.
“All of our programs are free,” Nippert said. “And you won’t find a better, more helpful staff. Our library is a comfortable, alive sort of place.”