Louisville Public Library Expands E-Book Selection

The Louisville Free Public Library has increased its e-book selection since launching the program in December, but the electronic literature industry continues to struggle with an identity crisis. Library director Craig Buthod said Random House recently tripled the price of its e-books and Harper Collins limits libraries to checking out a title 26 times before… Continue reading Louisville Public Library Expands E-Book Selection

Public Library Extends Service Around City

Lower wages and higher fees will help re-open six libraries for Sunday service. The Louisville Free Public Library started closing branches on Sundays starting in 2008 due to budget cuts. It was able to salvage this cut after increasing late fees on Jul. 1 from 10 to 20 cents, and re-negotiating union contracts. Library employees… Continue reading Public Library Extends Service Around City

Blackwell Discusses Budget And Plans For Southwest Regional Library

Blackwell says he’s asked Mayor Greg Fischer to follow up on his campaign promise and make the library a priority in the next budget, which will be introduced in the spring. “My hope is that we keep moving it along in the process so hopefully this year we’ll have the decisions made about what we’re going to do and break the ground and get it moving,” says Blackwell.

Fischer Transition Team Reviewing Employees, Budget

Fischer said earlier this month that he will essentially ask all of the department heads to re-apply for their jobs. Last week, his team sent letters to those employees asking them for information, including their resumes. Fischer says he’s not sure when any decisions will be made on who to retain.

Library Expands Adult Education Facilities

The project cost 500 thousand dollars. It was paid for by the Library Foundation. Some of the renovations were done after the branch was damaged in last year’s flood. In addition to the learning center, the library will also offer help with job searches and free GED tests.

New Fairdale Library Proposed in Mayor's Budget

by Stephanie Crosby. A new library and a library expansion are included in Mayor Jerry Abramson’s budget proposal, to be presented tomorrow afternoon to the Metro Council. The two-million dollar, brand new library in Fairdale would be built on property adjacent to the existing library. Abramson says it would be paid for with one-million dollar… Continue reading New Fairdale Library Proposed in Mayor's Budget

Louisville Leader Named Librarian of the Year

Today, a leading library publication has chosen Louisville’s public library director for an award. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Library Journal named Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod its Librarian of the Year for 2010. Buthod appears on the magazine’s cover this month. The award comes after a year when a flood devastated… Continue reading Louisville Leader Named Librarian of the Year

Renovation of Library's Main Branch Reaches Milestone

More than three months after flash floods hit Louisville, the Louisville Free Public Library has reached a milestone in its restoration efforts at its main branch. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Flood water poured into the library on York Street on August 4 and inundated the heating and cooling systems. Since then, the branch has been… Continue reading Renovation of Library's Main Branch Reaches Milestone