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HAZARD, KY -- U.S. Rep. 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 Friday, Rogers delivered more than 100 books to the Perry County Public Library in Hazard. 

“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 Perry County Public Library Director, Elaine Couch with several boxes of literature.

"The Perry County Library is a wonderful resource for the people in this community. I enjoyed telling Congressman Rogers about all of our programs and how much this facility is being used now," said Couch. "The books will be a nice addition to our collection for the public to enjoy." 

So far, Rogers has collected books for West Liberty Elementary School and public libraries in Harlan, Knott, Lee, Lincoln, Magoffin, McCreary, Owsley, Perry and Pulaski Counties.

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.     


Rogers presents books from the Library of Congress to Perry County Library Director Elaine Couch