Wednesday April 23, 2014
Community celebrates reopening after three-month renovation
Mayor Greg Fischer, Shively Mayor Sherry S. Conner, and Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge joined Library Director Craig Buthod and members of the community for the official reopening of the newly renovated Shively Library. Today’s open house included tours and a reception, sponsored by Louisville Gas and Electric Company.
The Shively Library now boasts a new, separate library entrance, more public internet computers, and improved accessibility. A new family restroom, improved heating and air conditioning systems, new carpets, ceilings, and wall finishes help to enhance the visitor experience. New landscaping, paving, and signage increase visibility and curb appeal.
“This is a special day for everyone who knows the importance of the Shively Branch to this community,” said District 3 Councilwoman Woolridge. “In three short months, we have been able to transform this branch into a state-of-the-art facility. There are more computers and resources along with better accessibility for those who use this branch and future generations who will come for education and enjoyment.”
The three-month renovation and construction project was funded in large part by Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge ($150,000) and the Library Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Shively Mayor Sherry S. Conner and the Shively City Council ($50,000); Councilwoman Attica Scott and Councilman Rick Blackwell ($10,000 each); and Councilwoman Marianne Butler ($2,000).
“Vibrant, technology-driven libraries that are inviting to people of all ages are critical to building a culture of lifelong learning in our community,” Fischer said. “This beautifully renovated and rejuvenated facility meets that test and will be an even stronger resource for our citizens.”
“This is the new Shively Library,” said Library Director Craig Buthod. “We are all so proud.”
More than 60 students from nearby Mill Creek Elementary School attended today’s event and presented Councilwoman Woolridge with thank-you cards. The children were treated to a special storytime, presented by library staff, and a special gift, courtesy of the City of Shively.
The Shively Library is located at 3920 Dixie Highway. More information about the project is available online. For questions about the Shively branch, please call (502) 574-1730.