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Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) has been collecting surplus books from the Library of Congress to help stock and replace books in small public libraries across southern and eastern Kentucky. On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Rogers delivered more than 100 books to the Pulaski County Public Library in downtown Somerset, Kentucky. WIth 30 students from Meece Middle School on hand, Rogers encrouaged them to continue reading and researching for their future.

“Since the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, it receives duplicate copies of books that can be donated to other libraries in need," said Rogers. "So, this is a simple way to help our public libraries stock their shelves and replace older books during tough economic times."

Rogers presented Pulaski County Public Library Director, Charlotte Keeney with several boxes of literature.

"We are so thankful that the Congressman took time to think about us here at the Pulaski County Library," said Keeney. "These books will be a nice addition to our collection for the public to enjoy."

So far, Rogers has also collected books for West Liberty Elementary School, Knott County Public Library, Lee County Public Library, Magoffin County Public Library and the McCreary County Public Library.

Photo: Rogers delivers books to Pulaski County Public Library
Ann Haney, Librarian; Elaine Wilson, Chair of Trustees; Congressman Rogers; Charlotte Keeney, Library Director

PHOTO: Rogers with Meece Middle School Students

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook!/CongressmanHalRogers.