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May 28, 2009

For Immediate Release


By Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “This is an outstanding collection,” said Campbellsville Independent Schools superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers. “There is something for everyone – from senior citizens to young readers.”

Greater Campbellsville United recently donated a resource library of diverse material to the Taylor County Public Library. Some of the individuals involved with the project are pictured, from left: Ron McMahan, executive director of Team Taylor County; Wanda Washington, coordinator of Greater Campbellsville United; Elaine Mundy, Taylor County librarian; and Diane Woods-Ayers, Campbellsville Independent Schools superintendent. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

The collection of videos, children’s books, adult books and African-American oral history recordings was previously located in the Greater Campbellsville United office, and coordinator Wanda Washington said she turned to the library in order to “serve the general public.”


Washington said she believes the collection featuring items from an array of nationalities and ethnicities will be a “great asset” to the community.


Librarian Elaine Munday said local students and teachers often come to the library for reference material reports, especially on multi-cultural topics, and that this donated collection would be very beneficial to numerous people throughout the community.


Woods-Ayers said she was “very impressed by the different topics” available within the collection and hoped community members would visit the library to see it, and “leave a legacy” by adding to the diverse collection.


The materials in the collection are available to check out by any registered patron at the public library.


Greater Campbellsville United is a non-profit organization that accepts, acknowledges, respects and encourages diversity across all cultures.GCU promotes equal opportunity, equity, and positive relationships among all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, gender, and political entities in this community and throughout the region.

GCU seeks to encourage development of new businesses, housing, and community programs throughout the minority community.

GCU works with local government, school systems, community groups, and state and federal programs to bridge the gaps and break barriers that inhibit growth in the minority community.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.