A grant from the Kentucky Book Fair will allow for the acquisition of leisure reading materials — especially graphic novels — for the library on the Middlesboro campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Lisa A. Ahlstedt, a librarian at the campus, said a grant for $750 has been awarded. The funding was made by Kentucky Book Fair Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to coordinate the annual fair with all proceeds going for support of Kentucky’s libraries. The 32nd KBF was held recently at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Ahlstedt mentioned that a small collection of leisure reading materials already exists at the college with the assortment having been placed in a special section. She explained that the term ‘graphic novel’ is a book comprised of comics content. Although the word novel normally refers to long fictional works, the term ‘graphic novel’ is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term ‘comic book,’ which is used for comics periodicals.
She said many requests for the ultra-popular graphic novels were made in the fall semester, and with the $750 grant, the library staff will now be able to better serve students with a broader selection of popular reading materials.
“It’s a rather unique situation for us to receive the grant,” she said. “My impression has been that most recipients of the Kentucky Book Fair grant have been public libraries and elementary school libraries rather than to colleges. We are grateful to receive the money; the students are very pleased to have this collection.”
In other library news, Ahlstedt announced Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College will celebrate and participate in World Book Night slated April 23, which is the birthday of William Shakespeare. Twenty copies of the novel ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ will be distributed free of charge to light and non-readers. The project began in Great Britain and Ireland in 2011, and a total of half a million books will be handed out on April 23.
For further information about services provided by the staff at the Middlesboro campus library, contact Ahlstedt at email@example.com or at 606-589-2145 or 1-888-274-7322.