The Lexington Public Library's board of trustees credits its chief executive officer, Kathleen Imhoff, for improving the library's offerings during her five years at the helm. Under Imhoff, who has 41 years of experience, the library has:
■ Considerably boosted overall circulation and the number of borrowers.
■ Opened and then expanded the Village Branch library, with an emphasis on serving Spanish-speaking residents along Versailles Road.
■ Opened a new Northside library on Russell Cave Road to replace the neighborhood's smaller library, which was built in 1984.
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■ Rebuilt and expanded the Kentucky Room at the Central Library after a devastating water leak.
■ Offered later hours on Friday and Sunday evenings as the economic recession has driven more people to seek the library's services.
■ Started new programs at the libraries, including jazz and bluegrass concerts, Wii and Scrabble tournaments, film series and workshops on knitting and genealogy.
Imhoff is active in five regional, national and international library organizations. Last year, the Southeastern Library Association gave her its Rothrock Award for career service to librarianship.
Imhoff has given Lexington one of the nation's finest public library systems for its size, said Burgess Carey, chairman of the board of trustees.