Saturday March 24, 2012
First free-standing facility since Fairdale branch began in 1974
The doors opened today on the new $2.2 million Fairdale Library located at 10620 West Manslick Road just northeast of the current branch library. The new state-of-the-art facility is Fairdale’s first free-standing library since a branch started there in 1974 and the first new library to open in Louisville since the Newburg Library in mid-2009.
The new Fairdale Library is a flexible 7,600 square feet which more than doubles the space of the previous branch located in Fairdale’s Playtorium. The design phase included considerable input from the community and makes extensive use of technology, including two self-check stations and 30 new touch screen public computers. It also takes advantage of an open floor layout that has been proven to work very well at teh Newburg branch.
The new building features a window wall making it light, airy and energy efficient. The new space provides seating for up to 40 readers and a vibrant color scheme helps to delineate a large children’s section and the new teen center. Two study rooms provide space for quiet study while a large and flexible community room is available for area meetings and events.
Overall the project utilizes green building construction methods and materials and has been designed to save energy and operating costs through such elements as geothermal heating and daylight harvesting interior lighting.
“This is clearly a community that appreciates life long learning and that’s why it so exciting to be able to provide the increased capacity and services that will make such a difference in the lives of the residents of Fairdale,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.
Fischer, Library Director Craig Buthod, and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch participated in a formal dedication, which included a ribbon cutting, tours of the new space and refreshments. The first 250 visitors received free flash drives featuring a copy of Don Wittry’s History of Fairdale.
Said Buthod, “This is truly a neighborhood library as evidenced by a large children’s section which we anticipate will be heavily used by pre-school children and students from the seven schools in the area. Our goal is to fulfill community needs such as helping students with homework and providing job skills and employment opportunity access to adults. This new library accelerates our ability to do all of that.”
As part of its opening activities, the Library announced a new partnership with the Jefferson Memorial Forest to present a year long series entitled “A Sense of Place – The Natural Areas of Jefferson County.”
The series consists of sessions at the new Fairdale Library the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. beginning April 11 followed by hands-on workshops the next Saturday at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For more information about “A Sense of Place,” visit www.lfpl.org or call the Forest at 502-368-5404
Construction of the Fairdale Library project began in late October 2010. The funding includes $1 million from the FY 2010-2011 capital budget, which was set aside for the project, and $1 million from the FY 2011-2012 capital budget. Additional grant dollars, including funding from the Library Foundation, paid for new books and furnishings.
Hours of the new library are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: noon – 8 p.m., Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For more information about the Louisville Free Public Library, go to www.flpl.org or call 502-574-1611.