Monday March 26, 2012
It’s a new, state of the art, 7600 square foot facility now ready to serve Fairdale. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) joined Mayor Greg Fischer and community leaders to officially open the Fairdale Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on Saturday.
“This facility is a labor of love for many people in Fairdale who believe libraries enhance our community and provide our children with the tools they need to learn and grow,” said Welch. “I am proud to join so many others who never gave up in making this branch a priority.”
The Fairdale Branch becomes the newest addition to the library system. The last state of the art facility was constructed in Newburg and opened in 2009. There are now plans for a new Southwest Regional Library off of Dixie Highway.
In 1974, the local community through a petition was able to secure a branch on the second floor of Fairdale High School. However, budget concerns closed that branch in 1980 but the community continued its support with donations and volunteers for a small operation at the Fairdale Playtorium.
During the 1980’s, Fairdale would see frustration as discussions for a permanent branch never materialized because of budget concerns.
Then in May 1998, Fairdale did receive a branch as part of the library’s plan for service expansion at the Playtorium.
“I am sure many people wondered if this day would ever come,” said Welch. “Since the 1980’s, the people of Fairdale have been supportive of having a permanent branch of the library. Their patience, support and dedication are being rewarded today.”
Welch gave special praise to the Friends of the Fairdale Library for the hours of volunteering and donations the group has given over the years to help keep the Fairdale branch operational.
“Too often, we do not say the sincere thank you’s needed for those who give their time and effort to help our community,” says Welch. “Just like the dedicated staff of this branch, we truly appreciate what the Friends of the Fairdale Library have done for all of us.”
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