Paducah Bank Receives Kentucky Library Association Award

John Adams was said to have written, “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” Those words hold a certain place of importance for the leadership at Paducah Bank. “Since 1948, Paducah Bank has been much more than just a bank in this community,” said Mardie Herndon, Paducah Bank president. “When people trust us to be the guardian of their most valued assets, we feel a sincere obligation to provide more than just products and services. We want to truly be a part of every aspect of the lives that create a thriving, lively place to live and work and read!”

Paducah Bank has been awarded the 2020 William. H. Natcher Award by the Kentucky Library Association. The bank was nominated by Susan Baier, executive director of the McCracken County Public Library. “Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Paducah Bank has been unwavering in their commitment to support the launch of our new bookmobile with their recent generous donation of $10,000. And that is only the most recent example of their generosity. Over the past 11 years, they have donated more than $25,000 to the McCracken County Public Library. We are continuously grateful for their acknowledgement of the work of our local library and the impact that work has on the people in this wonderful community. Paducah Bank’s contributions will fund frequently requested materials such as large print books for seniors, beginning chapter books for new readers, and business books for aspiring entrepreneurs. Our library has not offered a bookmobile for 40 years, and this significant gift will allow for this long-awaited service to become a reality once more.”

The award is given to organizations that make significant philanthropic contributions to a Kentucky library. “It is only with the support of companies like Paducah Bank that Kentucky libraries can fulfill their mission to provide access to information and services to all of the Commonwealth’s citizens,” commented Andrew Adler, president of the Kentucky Library Association. “I want to thank Paducah Bank on behalf of the Association for their support of the McCracken County Public Library. It is obvious that the bank greatly deserves this award and is an example for all to follow.”

“On behalf of Paducah Bank, I would like to say that we are honored to receive this award from KLA,” added Rachel Norton, chair of the McCracken County Public Library board and Paducah Bank vice president and director of loan sales support. “As a community bank, we are deeply committed to supporting our area in ways that reach far beyond our doors. The library’s partnership with such a wonderful organization as Paducah Bank has benefitted our patrons by allowing us to leverage our resources in creative and rewarding ways. “