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HAZARD— The Hazard High School library received a massive donation of books last month thanks to efforts from the community—one local leader in particular.

Assistant City Manager Paul Townes was instrumental in getting the donations started, Library and Media Specialist at Hazard High School Jocelyn White stated.

“He came up here and we wrote a letter to alumni and anyone who had any ties to Hazard, to ask for donations of books or monetary donations and so that really started it,” White said.

White also said that the Lion’s Club helped a great deal in getting donations to the library

“Richard Crowe with the Lion’s Club got one of those letters in his hand and so we presented to the Lion’s club and he has helped us get so many books. He actually hooked us up with the Lexington Public Library who has donated thousands of books,” White reported.

Efforts to improve the library are paying off for other high schools in the community.

“The Perry County Public Library, they’ve promised to help Perry Central, Hazard High, and Buckhorn High School libraries get books for their libraries as well,” White stated.

White went on to say that the lack of books in the library stemmed from funding issues.

“Our problem was just funding, and it’s that way in a lot of high school libraries, we don’t get as much funding as elementary school libraries get funding,” White stated.

White said that the library had received or purchased close to 15,000 books due to this effort, adding that the library will also be getting a face lift to accommodate the influx of new reading materials.

“We are getting ready to do renovations, that’s in the plans for this summer. They’re actually going to put three sky lights in here next week,” White said

White also said that if anyone would like to donate they are still accepting any donations.

“If anyone else would like to donate books or send a monetary donation it would be welcome,” White said.

Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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