February 17, 2018

Louisville Listening Event Heralds Good News for Library

By LJ Staff

It was good news for the people of Louisville when Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) board members visited the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), KY, on February 2. The ALC was there to conduct the second in a series of nationwide listening events to gather research on library use and funding. The event became an "uplifting meeting," said LFPL director Craig Buthod, as it was preceded by Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson’s announcement that he will ask the Metro Council to make $2 million available toward the purchase of land for three new 40,000 square foot regional libraries.

Most of the attendees simply asked for more of what the library already offered – children’s activities, books, cultural programming, computers, handicapped services, immigrant/refugee programs, mixed-used facilities, databases, and support for school curricula. "What excites us," said ALC president Diantha Schull in a statement, "is that we hear people thinking not only about the land and the buildings, but the services and kinds of information needs people will have in the future."