Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates, D-25, is praising Mayor Greg Fischer for making the Southwest Regional Library a top priority in the upcoming 2012-13 fiscal year spending plan. City funding for the 40,000 square foot project is $9.5 million with another $3.5 million coming from the non-profit Louisville Library Foundation. Fischer is issuing a 20-year… Continue reading Yates Praises Funding for Southwest Regional Library
Journalist and author James Fallows is coming to Louisville this week to discuss his new book, China Airborne. In the book, Fallows explores the growth of the Chinese aerospace industry, and its role in helping the country develop and modernize other areas of its economy. He says in many ways the growth is comparable to… Continue reading Fallows to Discuss Book on China’s Aerospace Industry
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
An improved Shawnee Library will open Saturday after being closed eight months for a $1.3 million upgrade. The project has nearly doubled the space for the west Louisville branch, which is located on 40th and Broadway, adding news books and computers, and a children and teenage area. The work included a two-floor expansion that added… Continue reading Shawnee Library Reopens
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
Starting Friday, the Louisville Free Public Library will double its 10-cent per day fine for overdue books to help restore Sunday hours at several branches. The increase was part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2011-12 budget proposal that was approved by the Metro Council last week, and is the first increase since 1994. The additional fine… Continue reading Library to Increase Overdue Book Fines
Now through June 30, the foundation is offering free GED testing and retesting. GED classes are free, but the tests usually cost $55, which officials say poses a barrier to many people.
Despite having been a finalist for a job in Tulsa, library director Craig Buthod says he’s happy in Louisville and plans to stay in the city for the foreseeable future.
Buthod is a native of Tulsa and worked in the library system there for 17 years. He tells the Courier-Journal that he was contacted about the job by a search firm.
Library Director Craig Buthod says nearly $744,000 from the federal stimulus package, plus funding from the Library Foundation and Metro Government, will make the upgrades possible.