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‘Free Library’ at courthouse




Above, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward stands next to a “Free Library” in the entrance of the Letcher County Courthouse.

Above, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward stands next to a “Free Library” in the entrance of the Letcher County Courthouse.

Letcher County’s newest “Free Library” is located in the entranceway to the courthouse.

“People are welcome to take a book or leave one as they like,” said Roy Crawford of Whitesburg, who has been working to get the Free Libraries, based on the concept of Little Libraries seen across the nation, set up in Letcher County.

“It’s one of the best in the county and citizens should be proud to have such a positive benefit,” Crawford said of the new courthouse location. “This one was handcrafted and donated by master woodworker Larry Whitaker of Mayking. Special thanks to him. I’ve also heard there is one at Eolia.

“So, here are now five I know of — at the hospital, the courthouse, the recreation center, Eolia, and the park at Isom. Hopefully more will be built or donated.”

“This one already has some books and could always use more,” Crawford added.


The photo at right shows a closeup of the structure, which was handcrafted by Mayking woodworker Larry Whitaker.

The photo at right shows a closeup of the structure, which was handcrafted by Mayking woodworker Larry Whitaker.

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