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!


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 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 or by calling 574-1654. 

Inspiring others to 'dream about great things'

Rev. Roland and Gloria Allen have been involved with the Newburg Library before there even was a Newburg Library! As a child, Gloria remembers her teachers telling her of the plans for a library in the Newburg neighborhood ... but it took 40 years and extensive community efforts for those plans to take place. Several years before the Newburg Library opened in 2009, the Allens created a Friends of the Library organization. One of their first tasks was to collect 2,000 signatures of support in about three days — and they did. 

"We have churches to feed our souls," Gloria said. "We have groceries to feed our bodies. And we have libraries to feed your minds."

The Allens see the Newburg Library as an investment in their community, a way to improve the future for children and adults in the area.

"I'd like to see people dreaming again about great things," Roland said. "Give them a better dream than what they're looking at now — they have no vision, no dreams."

Gloria continues to serve as president of the Newburg Friends of the Library, and the couple is actively involved at the branch, including organizing the Newburg Legends program. About four or five times a year, the Friends group uses its regular meeting time to host an inspiring Newburg native.

When the Newburg Library opened, Gloria said, “Every time I pass the library, I feel like it is Christmas morning, and we are all getting the present we have wanted for so long.” The library is truly a gift that keeps giving, and we're grateful for the Allens' ongoing support.