puts Carroll County
library on the move
will be temporarily kept
at former Parkview IGA
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (June 2005) A decade ago,
members of the Carroll County Library Foundation knew that the public
library would need to expand some day. At that time, the foundation
purchased an adjoining property that will soon be converted to additional
library space as soon as funding becomes available.
future renovated library will have a downtown cityscape look to
This is a project that has been in the planning
stages for nearly three years, said Ruth Baxter, chair of the
Board of Trustees for the Carroll County Library Foundation and head
of fund raising efforts for this project. A marketing study was conducted
in 2004 by Woodburn, Kyle and Co. of Madison, Ind., to determine what
patrons would most like in a library facility.
The present space the library occupies has become obsolete for
todays technology and the services that are offered, said
librarian Jarrett Boyd. The current 6,000-square-foot building will
expand into 12,000 square feet of space.
The library will expand northward by demolishing the adjoining building,
which housed the Port William Antique Mall, and formerly a Dollar Store.
It will expand back toward Fourth Street and include an entrance at
this end, across from Jefferson Community College. College students
will have easy access to the public library, said Boyd.
The building that housed the former antique mall was rented to Linda
Johnson for six years, and the rent money was used to pay off the debt
incurred from buying the property. The next step is to raise enough
money to cover the cost of this $2 million renovation and expansion
project, Boyd said.
Bids for the construction phase of the project will be let by Sept.
A Spring Gala fund raiser has been planned for 6 p.m. on June 2 at the
Gen. Butler State Resort Park Conference Center. The Gala will include
a reception of Kentucky authors Ed McClanahan, David Domine and Byron
Crawford. The goal of this event is to encourage prospective donors
to pledge financial support to the Library Foundation, said Baxter.
The library has borrowed $1.5 million from the USDA Rural Development.
Local banks will provide interim financing, and a capital campaign is
underway to raise $800,000 locally, said Boyd.
Industry support in the county includes North American Stainless, which
began fund raising efforts by presenting the library with a check for
$100,000 in January 2005. Boyd said she hopes other industries will
be encouraged to follow suit.
Other local companies that have already contributed to the project are
First National Bank of Carrollton, with $10,000; Crawford and Baxter
Attorneys with $10,000; and the Nugent Sand Co. with $5,000.
Carroll County Fiscal Court and Judge-Executive Harold Tomlinson have
agreed to support the project by making a contribution of $100,000 in
next years budget, said Tomlinson. Fiscal Court was split on the
issue at first but voted 3-1 in favor of the contribution. Funding will
become available after the new fiscal year begins on July 1.
There is not enough tax base to raise $800,000 for such a major project,
said Tomlinson. Several private individuals have made significant contributions.
Those names will be released at a later date.
The foundation had applied for grant funding for this project, but nothing
materialized, said Tomlinson, who also sits on the foundation board.
He cited the neighboring counties of Grant and Gallatin as having secured
grants for similar projects. The lack of a state budget in the past
has contributed to the hindrance of receiving any grant money.
The project is expected to take 12-14 months to complete. The temporary
location will be the former IGA grocery store in the Parkview Shopping
Center. Were really looking forward to housing the library
at that site, said Boyd.
The library staff doesnt know the exact date of the move, but
Boyd guessed it to be fall. The library will be closed approximately
one week to make the transition. Boyd is considering hiring professional
library movers for the relocation job.
In 2001, the foundation board narrowed its selection of five architectural
firms whose plans they felt were best suited for the libraries needs.
Brandstetter Carroll Inc. was the final choice since it had designed
several other libraries.
Baxter cited the leading roof, worn carpet and limited space for educational
programs as the biggest problem with the current facility.
An entirely new facade will be created one that will blend
with the 20th century architecture around the Courthouse square, said
Boyd. Other amenities will include a local history and genealogy room,
a 60-seat meeting room, a childrens wing with computers, and an
Boyd said she hopes to double the number of adult computers now available
to the public, by installing 12 for public use. When the current facility
was built, nobody dreamed that computers would someday be included in
library reference materials, said Boyd. Audios, DVDs and similar equipment
add greatly to the library's permanent collections, so that not
as many reference books are needed, said Boyd. The new facility
will include several online databases.
The new community room will be wired for video conferencing, an addition
that is sure to attract use from local industries, Boyd said.
The entire library will be a hot spot, she said. It
will be wireless, so that anyone wishing to bring a laptop computer
to the library can work from anywhere in the building and be connected
to the Internet.
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