Trimble County Library plans

New Trimble County Public Library
to be built south of Bedford

Barn was taken down
to make way for construction

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. – The Trimble County Public Library serves a population of 9,047 people, officials estimate. To some who work there, it’s time a new building was constructed and services updated.

Trimble County Public Library rendering

Photo provided

Rendering fo the future Trimble
County Public Library.

“We’d like to begin some time this year constructing a new library,” said Library Director Kathy McKown. Plans are under way to build a new 10,000-square-foot building to be erected south of Bedford on Hwy. 421. The present library sits seven-tenths of a mile away, across from the Trimble County Courthouse at 112 Hwy. 42.
The total estimated cost for the new building will be $2 million in construction costs and $500,000 for furnishings. Even though there is not a lot of state money through the library system, the library has applied for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000, said McKown.
The library has $500,000 in capital to put down, plus they will rely on fundraising and a loan to pay for the remainder of the amount. “Our budget is tight,” McKown said.
Additions to the new library will include a teen area, study room, reading room with a fireplace, a children’s area, an outdoor reading garden, a fenced activity area outside of the children’s room and a meeting room that will be dividable for more than one group to use at a time.
The current library contains 4,000 square feet and 23,618 volumes. Because it sustains a lot of computer use, the new library will contain more table and computer space, with 12 public access sites to computers.
Within the last five years, a two-acre lot was purchased for a future library so there would be plenty of room to expand some day. On this new lot sits an old tobacco barn that is being dismantled by Gibson Timber in the hope of reclaiming the wood for interior decorating purposes at the new library.
McKown plans to carry over the rotating art exhibit into the new library facility. “It’s special for our county,” she said.

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