Library hosts meet and greet

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By Rebecca Roscoe

The Friends of the LaRue County Public Library hosted a political meet and greet Oct. 3.

Several local officials and candidates attended the event at the library.

Lynn Claycomb, president of the FLCPL, said she appreciated Representatives Michael Meredith and Terry Mills for participating in the meet and greet.

Sarah Graff, assistant director of the library, said the event provided an opportunity for members of the community to meet their legislators and promoted the library as a place for community involvement.

The meet and greet opened the floor for discussions about how the government can help community libraries.

“When funding issues come up they (the representatives) can have more pull with how the government’s money is spent,” said Graff. “The representatives were very responsive and interested in what we are doing here at the library and how they can help, which was one of our goals with this event.”

Meredith, who represents the 19th District, said it is important for members of the community to reach out to their legislators to invoke change.

“It’s important for people to talk to their legislators. There is always good that can come out of an opportunity for people to get out and meet us,” Meredith said. “It was great to see such a committed and large group of folks come out to support the library and their legislators.”

Mills, who represents the 24th District, is a member of the state library caucus. He said he noticed the great amount of interest shown in the library by the community.

“There’s a ...  lot of people who care about it – I saw the passion there,” Mills said, adding that libraries are “well worth the investment.”

“It’s fun and important to support our libraries, to go to events like that because libraries always need the funding and support – they are essential to the community and fill the cracks we find in social needs,” he said.

Sarah Hornback, a LaRue County Schools representative, said the library serves as a vital establishment in education.

“The library is very critical to each of the schools and the students within them who participate in their programs, in particular the summer reading program because it helps promote learning and continuous practice in literature,” Hornback said.