We’re really loving the new Kentucky license plates that gives drivers the opportunity to show their support for libraries. Now Kentucky drivers can get license plates featuring the slogan “Support Kentucky’s Libraries.” How cool is that? Now just because you can’t read while driving doesn’t mean you can’t support reading while driving and your local libraries to boot. According to the Lane Report, the Kentucky Library Association worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on the project. The plate is available at any county clerk’s office with a $25 application fee and an optional $10 can be paid to fund library science scholarships. To get the official plates citizens from across Kentucky signed the application petition, which requires a minimum of 900 signatures to create a new plate. Nothing like readers coming together for a good cause.
“Kentucky’s public libraries welcomed more than 20 million visitors last year who checked out more than 30 million books and other items,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. “It’s clear that Kentuckians love their public libraries, and now they have another way to show their support.”
“In this difficult economic climate, public libraries fill a critical need in the community,” said KLA Library Awareness Committee Chair and Logan County Public Library director Linda Kompanik, who spearheaded the effort to bring such a license plate to Kentucky. “For years, we’ve had library users who expressed interest in a way to show their support for libraries of all kinds – public, academic and special libraries. This new license plate is a great way to do just that.”
(Quotes from a recent The Lane Report interview)