LFPL's Main Branch Prepares for Public Open House

by scrosby on May 13, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby

Last-minute touches continue at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for the branch’s open house on Saturday. The library has recovered from a historic flash flood on August fourth.

The main library was among the hardest-hit Louisville landmarks in the flood. In some places, Director Craig Buthod says there were six feet of water that ruined thousands of books.

Eleven-million dollars later, those flood-damaged areas are now open to the public. Buthod says they took the opportunity to restore some of the historic value of the building.

“You’ll see along the way, completely new plaster and restored painting and original colors, and woodwork and marble and ironwork, all of which have been brought back to the beauty of the original 1908 Carnegie library,” says Buthod.

Mayor Jerry Abramson says the community should be pleased with what has been done to the building in recovery.

“You won’t believe the way this has been refurbished and reenergized,” says Abramson. “You’ll discover a whole new wealth of resources at your fingertips, and in the long history of this library, this phase will really be remembered as a rebirth of the downtown Main Branch.”

The Main Branch will host an Open House on Saturday from one to four to view the newly renovated areas. They contain a new children’s wing, a teen center and an auditorium.

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