The Harlan Fiscal Court heard the annual report from the Harlan County Public Library during a recent meeting. Library Director Richard Haynes was on hand to deliver the report.
Haynes told the magistrates that total operating expenses for the year totaled approximately $773,600. Circulation of physical materials was down, due to the library being closed for an unexpected period of time due to severe winter weather in February.
“Even though we saw a loss of physical circulation…we did see an increase in our online circulation,” Haynes said. “We have a very large collection of items that are available online. That includes down-loadable books and CDs, music, movies and other things.”
According to Haynes, the online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley asked how things are progressing with the Evarts branch.
“Right now the slab is finished,” Haynes said. “The walls are sheeted…and we’ve started work on the interior walls. Just over the past couple days, there are some metal poles that hold the center of the roof and those are in place.”
Haynes said the internal walls are mostly completed, and it is now possible to see where the rooms will be.
“We’re still looking at April for a grand opening,” Haynes said. “But, we’re hoping to be under roof before any bad weather.”
Haynes said he expect the trusses to be up by the end of the week.
“It’s going to be a nice building,” Haynes said. “It’s going to offer a large community room for the community to hold meetings and things like that.”
Haynes said the library will quadruple the library space available in Evarts.
“Rich (Haynes) does a good job,” Mosley said. “We’re fortunate to have the library and the services they provide to our community…let us know when we can help.”
Haynes said that the progress of the Evarts branch construction can be followed on the Evarts Public Library Facebook page which is usually updated daily.
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