eye for expansion
Carroll Co. Public Library
will provide much needed services
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (October 2006) In late spring
2007, Carroll County citizens will get a boost to their local library
offerings. This is the projected completion date for the library expansion
by Don Ward
Countys library expansion has been
under way all summer, and completion
is expected by spring 2007.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 28 for the $2
million project. The present building will increase in size from 6,000
square feet to 13,100 square feet.
This is a complete renovation, said Library Director Jarrett Boyd. About
12 years ago, the Carroll County Library Foundation purchased adjoining
property with an eye for future expansion, said Boyd.
Since then, the property had been leased to Linda Johnson who owned
the Port William Antique Mall. Formerly, the building housed a Dollar
The new library will expand back to Fourth Street with an entrance at
this end across from the Jefferson Community College campus. Woodburn,
Kyle and Co. of Madison, Ind., conducted a marketing study in 2004 to
determine what features a new library should contain.
Jim Ellington, president of the Library Foundation, said he speculated
the current facility was built in the 1960s. The new expansion
will double the current size. We will renovate existing space and add
The existing building was demolished prior to June 28. Some site preparations
have been completed and the adjoining lot is ready to build on,
said Boyd. David Construction Co. of Louisville submitted the lowest
bid for this project and has completed other projects within the county.
Improved amenities will include a larger community room that will contain
a data projector and telecommunications equipment. The latter will be
useful for the local Fourth Monday Book Group to interview an author,
said Boyd. There will be a certain area for a coffee stand to brew fresh
coffee. Visitors can sit in a designated section and have a cup of coffee
while they read.
The library plans to purchase a laptop computer, which can be checked
out at the desk and used in the library. Classes on computer use will
be offered in the community room. The library will become a wireless
facility, said Boyd, so that patrons can come in with their laptops
and not need a plug-in facility to use them.
These technological upgrades will provide a great service for local
businesses, said Ellington. The library is expanding with better capabilities,
he said, making services more up-to-date.
A local history and genealogy room will provide access to microfilm
and historical documents, necessary tools for anyone researching their
family history. A teen area will be available, something the library
has not had in the past, Boyd said.
The childrens wing will contain an activity room for childrens
programming with a childrens desk area and two computers. The
Youth Services Librarian will now have more room in which to plan and
carry out programs.
Reading (at an early age) is a critical thing, said Carroll
County Judge-Executive Harold Shorty Tomlinson. Reading
promotes good understanding at an early age, and the library offers
something for all ages, he said.
Tomlinson said Carroll County Fiscal Court supported the project through
the general public, especially through local industries. North
American Stainless was the first to step forward, donating $100,000
to the library expansion project because of the importance of the library,
Dowel Corning matched the $100,000 donation, Fiscal Court also gave
$100,000, and $500,000 has been raised to date. Residents, smaller industries
and foundations have contributed as well.
Boyd said $1.5 million was borrowed from the USDA Rural Development
program. She has applied for a grant from the Kentucky Department of
Libraries and Archives to pay off this debt. The grant will pay $64,000
toward the debt over the next 20 years, leaving a balance that will
be paid off through fund-raising efforts, grants and donations.
There is no question that the library gets a lot of daily use. As
grandparents, my wife and I spend a lot of time there with the grandkids,
said Ellington. A lot of kids go through the library, and there
is an influx of minority groups as well. Ellington also worked
with the Adult Literacy Program project.
I hope it will be everything library customers want it to be,
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