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The Laurel County Public Library has grown through the years, expand- ing not only its selection of books, movies and music, but also the services it of- fers. This growth wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the initiative and support from library staff. Leah Rudder is one of the individuals who has helped cultivate the library. "Right now I do pro- grams and promotions," she said. "I oversee all the adults, children and teen programs that happen here, as well as oversee the print material, the on- hand material, the news- letter -- anything that goes out to the public." Rudder has worked at the library for 14 years. She said the experience has allowed her to watch the children's and adult's programs the library of- fers grow. These programs include book clubs, movie viewings, guest speakers and live performances. "We work a lot with the schools. We work a lot with community or- ganizations. We work re- ally closely with city po- lice -- they do a monthly program here: Storytime with the London Police Department. I'd just like to be more involved with community organizations and continue to build with what we have," said Rud- der. When it comes to ex- 42 Leah Rudder panding the library, Rud- der said she wants to network with more com- munity organizations to expand outreach. She hopes that through part- nering with more groups and organizations, the Laurel County Public Library will continue to grow. "I think we have a good base. We have a good net- work already with some organizations. The library provides so much that I don't think people realize that we offer. We do offer all the online databases, all of the classes that we offer. The library is more than just books." The Laurel County Pub- lic Library is located on 120 College Park Drive in London. It's open Mon- day through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library can be called at (606) 864-5759 and found online at https:// laurellibrary.org. London’s Living Treasures Banquet 2019