Library Flood Recovery Fund Gets Nearly $100,000

Financial donations have been pouring into the Louisville Free Public Library Foundation since the August 4th flash floods caused nearly $5 million of damage at the library’s main branch. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Foundation director Mary Hunt says the Library Foundation has received nearly $100,000 for the Flood Recovery Fund, and that donations are… Continue reading Library Flood Recovery Fund Gets Nearly $100,000

Library Reopens Main Branch's First Floor to the Public

The Louisville Free Public Library reopened today after more than three weeks of clean up that carted away nearly 90 dumpsters of debris following the August 4th flood. Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the reopening of the library just after noon along with library director Craig Buthod. The goal was to reopen before Labor Day. Buthod… Continue reading Library Reopens Main Branch's First Floor to the Public

Library Getting Outpouring of Donations After Flood

Individual households and organizations as large as the University of Louisville are continuing the clean-up and reparations after this month’s flash flood. And the Louisville Free Public Library is working on overcoming nearly $5 million in damages to its main branch. Meanwhile, the response the library has received since August 4 has come from both… Continue reading Library Getting Outpouring of Donations After Flood

Newburg Library to Open Tomorrow

The newest branch of the Louisville Free Public Library opens officially tomorrow. The $1.9-million dollar facility in Newburg is being billed as the library system’s first technology-driven branch. Library Director Craig Buthod says the branch has a number of environmentally-friendly features. “All the way from the electric eye on this light fixture that helps us… Continue reading Newburg Library to Open Tomorrow

Library Workers Continue Work to Dry Out Main Branch

The work to clear out 50,000 water-damaged books from the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library continues this week. Director Craig Buthod says library employees are working to keep track of each book that has to be thrown out. “Part of the challenge here is the inventory,” says Buthod. “All of the books… Continue reading Library Workers Continue Work to Dry Out Main Branch

Main Library Moving Offices to Heyburn Building

The Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library was among the hardest hit public structures in this week’s flood – but neighbors are pitching in to help get the library back on its feet. Library Director Craig Buthod says the managers of the neighboring Heyburn Building have donated space for the library to house… Continue reading Main Library Moving Offices to Heyburn Building

Library Reopening Delayed Until After Labor Day

Officials say the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will be closed at least through Labor Day. Tuesday’s floods left several feet of water in the library basement, damaging thousands of books, the building’s HVAC system, bookmobiles and office equipment. The damage is now estimated at about $5 million.  (photo from www.louisvilleky.gov)

Main Library To Remain Closed Through Week's End

The main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will remain closed through at least the end of the week. The library sustained flood damage estimated at more than $1 million.             Floodwaters inundated the building’s basement Tuesday, damaging tens of thousands of books and the library’s HVAC system. New computers for the soon-to-be-opened Newburg branch… Continue reading Main Library To Remain Closed Through Week's End

Library Damage At Least $1 Million

The Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Branch is closed at least through Wednesday water swelled into the building’s lowest level during Tuesday’s storms. Library director Craig Buthod says that level houses a lot of books. “I’d have to say we probably lost books in the numbers of tens of thousands. There are three main book… Continue reading Library Damage At Least $1 Million

Torrential Rains Cause Widespread Flooding In Louisville

Cleanup and damage assessment continue across Louisville Metro where some six inches of rain fell in about one hour Tuesday morning and left much of the area swamped with floodwaters. Governor Steve Beshear viewed some of the damage and said the state stands ready to help with any needed assistance.                              “I’m sure soon the mayor’s… Continue reading Torrential Rains Cause Widespread Flooding In Louisville