Address: 1225 State Street Bowling Green, KY 42101 View Map
Phone: (270) 781-4882

About Us

Warren Co. Public library offers families free educational and entertainment resources along with fun events.

Warren County Public Library FAQ

Q: What resources are available at the library?
We offer best-selling books, as well as CDs, DVDs, audio books, WiFi, and eBook downloads. We have free WiFi and patrons can check on laptops including Macbooks.

Q: What programs are available?
We have weekly programs for children of all ages. We also have adult author events each month. All events are free and open to the public.

Q: What services are available?
If you want to learn a foreign language, we have an online program that can be used from your home. If you want to dig into your ancestry, we have a database for that! If you want to practice an exam for nursing, college, etc....we have practice tests for just about anything! We also have home delivery for home bound patrons. The bookmobile also serves our community. We deliver to local day care facilities.

Q: How do I get a library card?
If you live or work in Warren County and have a photo ID, you can get your library. The card is free.

Q: How do I join a book discussion group?
The book discussion groups are listed on our web site and are free and open to the public.

Steve Marcum Awarded Kentucky Public Library Association Outstanding Trustee

Bowling Green, Ky. – Steve Marcum, President of the Warren County Public Library Board of Trustees, was awarded the James Gugeler Outstanding Library Trustee Award. The award was presented at the Kentucky Public Library Association Annual Conference held in Bowling Green on April 10.

The Kentucky Library Association states that the purpose of the award is to recognize the contributions of an individual who is currently serving as a trustee for a Kentucky public library. This award is named in honor of James Gugeler. Mr. Gugeler was appointed to the Jessamine County Public Library’s board in 1990 and served until his passing in 2007 at which point he was the vice-president.

“Steve joined the board in 2007, when we were still the Bowling Green Public Library,” says WCPL Director Lisa Rice.  “His leadership has allowed our library to purchase, renovate and open our Bob Kirby Branch in 2008 and the 13,000 sq. ft. expansion just two months ago. He served as President as we purchased land and built our Smiths Grove Branch Library in 2012. He has helped us achieve stability in funding and helped our system grow in space, circulation and community presence.”

“Steve has been an active advocate for not only our library, but libraries across the Commonwealth.” says Rice.  “He has served as the Chair of the Trustee Round Table and promoted trustee certification. He has traveled to Washington, DC to advocate for libraries. Last year our library achieved the Exemplary rating for Public libraries. It is because we have an exemplary leader in Steve Marcum.”

Steve Marcum is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Citizens First Bank.

Local Artists Exhibit at the Warren County Public Library

Bowling Green, Ky. – Tony Wycihowski will exhibit his photography in the Porter Café at the Main Library.  His show is titled “Black, White and More,” and will feature mostly black and white photos and some of his award-winning prints.

“The reason I chose photography as an expression of my creativity is because it is easily accessible, ever changing, fun way to capture life moments and share them with family and friends,” says Wycihowski. “The late and great, American photographer, Ansel Adams is a true inspiration to my work and approach for capturing images that express both depth and a tight composition.”

Cheree and Ric Frederico will exhibit their photography at the Bob Kirby Branch.

Cheree Federico is the owner of Cheree Federico Photography (  A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Cheree specializes in fine art prints, pets, and portraits.  She also teaches private photography lessons.

“I believe that photography – like any creative art form – reflects the personality and sensibilities of both the photographer and the subject, whether the subject is an orchid, a Schnauzer, or a beautiful harvest moon,” says Frederico. Her exhibit at the library will feature botanicals and still macros.

Ric Federico is a relative newcomer to photography. Initially intrigued with nature and landscapes, his evolving style has quickly migrated to what he considers subjects of interesting and substantive character, which often consist of anything with peeling paint, ample rust, or vibrant color.

“My favorite past time is going on two-person photo walks with my wife in search of that next compelling image, which above all else must have a story to tell,”  says Ric.  His photo exhibit will be abstract and urban photography.

The Smiths Grove Sewing Circle will exhibit a quilt at the Smiths Grove Branch. The quilt is a nine patch quilt that started in a basic quilting workshop at the Smiths Grove Branch Library taught by K. O Blankenship.

“The group decided to form a sewing circle that would continue to work together on the quilt as a community project throughout the winter,” says coordinator Jessica Mather. “The group continues to sew together, and we are currently working on individual sampler quilts. About 12 people worked on the quilt and most of them had little to no experience quilting. For some, it was their first experience with sewing by machine. The youngest quilter was 10.”

All exhibits begin May 1 and will end May 31. For more information about exhibit at the library or these shows, please email Jayne Pelaski at


Warren County Public Library Hosts Melody Carlson

Bowling Green, Ky. -   Christian writer Melody Carlson will speak at the Warren County Public Library Kirby Branch on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.  She will discuss her latest book Dating, Dining, and Desperation.

Melody Carlson has written 200 books for teens, women, and children with more than five million copies sold. Some of her most popular works are the Diary of a Teenage Girl books series and the True Colors book series. She captures the realism of teenage life today and the difficulty that comes with being a Christian.  Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. She also writes Christmas novellas each year and women’s nonfiction books (Healing Waters). Some of her books have been optioned for film and television.

She’s won several awards from the Romance Writers of America, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Christian Retailing magazine, and other national organizations.

Free tickets are available at all library locations or by emailing Jayne Pelaski at  Bob Kirby Branch is located at 175 Iron Skillet Court, Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call 270-782-0252 or visit