Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mayfield-Graves County Library, Mayfield, Kentucky

[LIB8023] The library was organized in 1940 and is one of the outstanding libraries in the state of Kentucky. It is housed in the magnificent "Gardner" home and located at 6th and College Street.

By 1960, the inventory of the library had grown to over 14,000 items, thanks in part to the Honorable Bertry Holifield.  Following his death in 1957, he bequeathed his private library to the Graves County Public Library.  The more rare selections of his private collection are still housed  at our library. Also, a local business owner, O.G. Ducobu; who, when he died, left properties valued at several thousands of dollars to the library. Another milestone for the library about that time, was the interest and support of the Trustees of the Annie Gardner Foundation.  They graciously offered the use of Edana Locus, the Ed Gardner home located on East College Street.  Under the care and direction of Head Librarian, Mrs. J.E. Warren and the Library Trustees, Mrs. Jewel Moore, Ed Ray, T.C. Arnett, and Mrs. Joseph Tripp, the elegant home was transformed into one of the loveliest libraries in the state of Kentucky.   The library thrived and expanded until moving to our current location in the early 90’s. [Website]

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