NKY Forum to hold event exploring public libraries Sept. 11

For immediate release…
Monday – Sept. 9, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky Forum will hold an event on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Campbell County Fiscal Court chambers (1098 Monmouth Street, Newport).

How important is a library to our community? Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once called a library a “never-failing spring in the desert.” As new technologies increase accessibility to information, do public libraries remain relevant? How much are we willing to pay for them?

An ongoing local legal battle could change how libraries in Campbell and Kenton counties, and perhaps across the commonwealth, operate. Join Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, and a panel of experts to discuss the relevance of the library in today’s digital age and dissect the tax laws that affect each of us.

The panel will include:

  • Kim Fender, director, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
  • Andrew Hartley, city attorney, City of Georgetown; former staff attorney for Kentucky Department for Local Government
  • Erik Hermes, plaintiff, Campbell County library tax rate case
  • Jeff Mando, attorney for Campbell County Public Library
  • Barbara Stripling, president, American Library Association
  • Brandon Voelker attorney for plaintiffs, library tax rate cases
  • Jim Waters, president, Bluegrass Institute

The panel discussion will be moderated by John Lomax of Local 12. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required, but is appreciated to engage@nku.edu. For additional information about the Sept. 11 event, visit http://www.nkyforum.org.

The Forum has two additional events scheduled for this month.

On Sept. 18, join the Forum as it partners with KYNECT to present “Health Care Reform: How Will it Work for You?” from 6-8 p.m. at the Center for Great Neighborhoods (1650 Russell Street, Covington). The Affordable Care Act is bringing significant changes to health care coverage in 2014. This free event will explore these upcoming changes and how they will impact you. Experts from the Kentucky Office of Health Benefit Exchange (http://kynect.ky.gov) will be on hand to deliver important information and answer your specific questions. Topics will include the Kentucky health benefit exchange, options for individuals and families seeking to purchase health insurance and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

On Sept. 23, the Forum presents “Building Bridges: Lessons from Louisville” from 6-8 p.m. at Notre Dame Academy (1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills). Come hear Kentucky lieutenant governor and former Louisville mayor, Jerry Abramson, discuss how Louisville turned two bridge projects over the Ohio River from concept to reality. What can northern Kentuckians learn from their experience? Come and join the conversation.

About the Northern Kentucky Forum
The Northern Kentucky Forum is passionate about community education and engagement on topics related to current events and public policy. It was formed from a partnership of three nonprofit, non-partisan organizations: LEGACY, the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and Vision 2015. It is dedicated to providing public space to discuss tough issues that affect our community in a civil, constructive manner that benefits all.

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