LFPL’s Sophie Maier named a 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

Sophie Maier, the Louisville Free Public Library’s Community Outreach Coordinator at Iroquois Library, has been named a 2017 “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication Library Journal.

In its March issue, Library Journal recognizes 52 outstanding professionals dedicated to making their libraries—and communities—stronger. Sophie Maier was selected for this honor for her exemplary service in acting as a “Change Agent,” connecting Louisville’s immigrant and refugee communities with the library and its services.

LFPL Director Jim Blanton noticed Maier’s longtime commitment to making the library accessible and nominated her for the award. “Sophie appears to know and be known by nearly everyone in Louisville, particularly within the international community,” he said. “To people from around the world who now call Louisville home, Sophie is the face of LFPL.”

Maier, who has worked for LFPL since 2002, has an impressive track record. Knowing all the barriers that exist to newcomers to our city, she works hard to meet immigrants and refugees where they are: refugee resettlement agencies, public assistance offices, workplaces, churches and mosques, shopping centers, and seemingly every international festival year-round At Iroquois, she creates innovative cultural programs—from Arabic literary salons to cultural showcases spotlighting Africa—that empower the city’s numerous international populations. Her cornerstone program is a weekly English Conversation Club (ECC) started more than a decade ago, where English language learners meet with local volunteers at the library to receive help with language, homework, employment, and cultural adjustment. Maier’s extremely popular ECC brings together refugee, immigrant, and native Louisville participants from all types of linguistic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The 2017 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal. Each of the Movers & Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago, IL. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at http://libraryjournal.com/movers.

South Central Regional Library nears completion

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Construction of the new South Central Regional Library is nearing completion! This new 40,000-square-foot community resource will open in the spring of 2017. Located near Jefferson Mall in Okolona, it will be filled with books, cutting-edge technology, and even space for a rotating artist-in-residence.

Click here for photos from our hard-hat tour in October, or click here for a time-lapse video of construction!

Foundation scholarship recipients complete master's degrees

Congrats, grad! Two of our Library Foundation scholarship recipients have completed their master's degrees in library science — join us in celebrating Terren Thomas and Belinda Catman! They graduated from the University of Kentucky Friday, Dec. 16.

Terren (pictured) has accepted a new position within LFPL as a Library Programs Coordinator at Southwest (she formerly worked in the executive office). Belinda Catman is LFPL's executive administrator for operations.


Learn more about the scholarship program here.

Let the LFPL help you with your resolutions!

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Setting your new year’s resolutions and goals for the new year? The Louisville Free Public Library can help you achieve those goals and become your own best self. 

While LFPL is known for its robust children’s programming, there’s also extensive offerings for adults. And programs and resources available at LFPL are available free of charge to any person in our community — where else can you find that?

From events like the How-To Festival or the Code Louisville computer programming course, adults can explore new hobbies or launch a new career path. For instance, take LFPL’s own Sean Warwick, a PC Analyst, who earned his initial computer technician certification using only books he checked out from the library. Or, improve your physical wellbeing at Get Fit Lou at the Middletown Library in January.

You can also learn via online courses from Treehouse or Lynda.com. From Photoshop and photography to mobile app development and business plans, there are hundreds of tutorials available from your home computer or at an LFPL location.

But these programs and online resources wouldn’t be available without the support of people just like you. People who value the library and the impact it has on our community, who know access to information is the gateway to knowledge. People who ask their friends, “What do you mean you don’t have a library card?” 

It’s people just like you who support the Library Foundation. The Library Foundation makes more possible at LFPL by raising funds to support those programs and services that mean so much to our community. 

As you make your resolutions for 2017, look to LFPL to help you reach them. And consider making a resolution to support these resources that mean so much to you by donating to the Library Foundation. You can learn more and donate at www.LFPLFoundation.org or by calling 574-1654.