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Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge sponsors Shively Library Branch Renovations

Thursday November 21, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – One of the busiest, and smallest, branches of the Louisville Free Public Library will soon be getting a much needed facelift thanks to substantial contributions from Metro Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) and an appropriation by Shively Mayor Sherry Conner and the Shively City Council.

The Shively Library will soon boast a new, separate library entrance, more public internet computers, and improved handicap accessibility.

“The people of Shively and the surrounding area know how important this library branch is to the community,” said Woolridge. “It is important that this branch maintain the same modern accessibility and services as all other branches and this funding will help us achieve that priority.”

The $222,000 project also includes a new family restroom, improved heating and air conditioning systems, new carpets, ceilings and wall finishes.

Entrance modifications to the Library and Shively City Hall will improve ADA accessibility and new landscaping, exterior paving and signage will be included to identify and enhance the library entrance.

“We are pleased to do this for the Library,’ said Mayor Conner. “We see every day how much the public utilizes this library and this funding will go a long way to help the people of our area.”

Councilwoman Woolridge has committed $150,000 to the project. Those funds will go toward construction costs and outfitting the renovated library.

Shively Mayor Sherry Conner and the Shively city council have voted to contribute $50,000.

Councilwoman Attica Scott has pledged $10,000 to the project in recognition of the many District 1 residents who use the Shively Library. Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) has also committed $10,000 and Councilwoman Marianne Butler has pledged $2,000 to the Project.

"I believe wholeheartedly that reading is indeed fundamental to the academic success of our youth and that is one of the many reasons why it is a priority of mine to support the expansion of the Shively Branch Library," said Scott.

“As an educator, I know that libraries are important for strengthening our community,” said Blackwell. “I am excited to see this investment being made that will allow our residents improved access to these resources.”

“I am pleased to help fund this library expansion. Libraries are an investment in our community and future,” said Butler.

“I want to thank my colleagues on the Metro Council and the Shively City Council for their support,” says Woolridge. “Improving our library system is a way we can contribute to the literacy of our community.”

Construction is scheduled to begin December 2013 and to be completed in April 2014.

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