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Are Libraries Still Valid in 21st Century? Discuss at NKY Forum

The next season of NKY Forum events begins Wednesday with the topic of libraries and their relevance in the twenty-first century.

Panelists will discuss the role of public libraries in the 21st Century, as digital books and other online resources replace some of our traditional reliance on books found on a bookshelf. Can a library be replaced by a smart phone? Panelists will also discuss the pros and cons of the current funding models for libraries in Kentucky, which are being challenged in court. Among the panelists will be the two attorneys involved in the tax challenge, Jeff Mando (representing the libraries) and Brandon Voelker (representing the citizens challenging the current tax structure).

Other panelists include Kim Fender, director of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Andrew Hartley, city attorney of Georgetown, Kentucky, Erik Hermes, plaintiff in the Campbell Co. Library tax rate case, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, and Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute.

The event is moderated by WKRC news anchor John Lomax.

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If you go:

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fiscal Court Chambers, Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport

The event is FREE but you can make reservations by emailing [email protected].

NKY Forum is a project of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University, Vision 2015, and Legacy.

Photo: via Kenton Co. Public Library