Whitesburg KY

Elementary libraries will get upgrades

Libraries at three Letcher County elementary schools are expected to be upgraded soon.

Fleming-Neon, Letcher and West Whitesburg elementary schools have been awarded more than $330,000 as part of an Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Grant through the United States Department of Education.

“It is one of the best things that has happened to our schools in a long time,” said Kelly Hall, director of curriculum and instruction for Letcher County Schools.

Hall said each school will spend about $30,000 on new books. Hall said some of the nonfiction books are outdated and need updating. The average age of the books will be decreased by five years.

“Some of our information about the solar system is from the 1960s,” said Hall.

Each school will receive two new computers to set up research stations as well as a mobile computer lab with a classroom set of 30 laptop computers.

Hall said library hours will be available after school and in the summer.

Each school will have an online public access catalog so students, parents and teachers can get on the Internet to see what books are available.

Hall said the grant also includes a large amount of money for professional development.

Hall said the district will reapply for the grant for the remaining elementary schools in the district.

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