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By LORRIE KINKADE
The Trimble Banner
Kathy McKown has been named the new director of Trimble County Public Library.
McKown filled the position July 1, taking over for Libby Powell, who retired earlier this year.
“I’m very excited about the future,” McKown said in a recent interview. “I love libraries, and this one is wonderful. It’s very warm and inviting. It’s a friendly place to work or visit.”
McKown is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and the University of Knoxville, also in Tennessee. She has a degree in library science and previously worked for the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.
In her new capacity, she will oversee the library’s budget, evaluate inventory needs and supervise the paid employees and volunteers.
Additionally, she will be responsible for helping cultivate the library’s many services, from children’s programs to adult and community events.
“I am still becoming acquainted with everything. I have a few ideas for things I would like to introduce or expand, but first I want to hear from the other ladies here about ideas they have,” she said. “This is an exciting time to be part of the Trimble County Library.”
The Tennessee native moved to the area one year ago when her husband, Kyle, took a job with Dow Corning in Carrollton. The couple lives in Hanover, Ind., with their children, C.C., 13; Nicole, 12; and Conley, 8, but McKown said she hopes the family will move to Trimble County.
“When I first go into a town, I like to visit the library and this one, like the rest of the county, is so welcoming. This is a beautiful community,” she said. “Who wouldn’t want to live here?”