Powell to lead Oldham County
She takes over for Eubank, who logged 33 years
LA GRANGE, Ky. (December 2018) – Jessica Powell says she is excited to take over as the new Oldham County Public Library executive director. What she will bring to the job and what the job will teach her will help move the library system into the future as the county continues to grow, she said.
For the past seven years, Powell has worked at the Henry County Public Library. She has held the position of executive director for the last five years. Her last day there was Nov.21.
One major accomplishment while she was there was the fact that “we won a $2 million grant to build a new facility,” she said. The money came from a construction grant awarded through the Kentucky Dept. of Library and Archives.
“Ground was broken in October,” said Powell, 39. The land had actually been purchased in 2011 before she began working at the library, which is located in Eminence.
“I’m excited to see it get off of the ground. The library is still in its original 1966 building.” The new library will contain 12,400 square feet and will be built on the east side of East Broadway.
She took the executive director position with the Oldham County Public Library system because “I felt it was an exciting opportunity to expand my skills.” She cited the fact that Oldham County is predicted to grow to more than 100,000 people within the next decade. This will bring more challenges with it for the existing library system.
“Every community is different. You have some in the community who have been there forever and then new people constantly moving in.”
The public will get the chance to meet Powell at the library’s Holiday Open House at the main branch located at 308 Yager Ave. in La Grange. There will be a Meet & Greet for her at the library’s annual Holiday Open House, set from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, according to Bethany Morse, Outreach-Public Services Librarian. “That evening there will also be family entertainment, refreshments, crafts, and activities.” As a special treat, there will be a special showing of MadCap Puppets Christmas Carol production at 6:30 p.m.
“We are all very excited to have Jessica joining us,” said Morse. The library’s board of directors was responsible for the candidate search and hiring.
When former executive director Susan Eubank retired in 2017 after holding the position for 33 years, Oldham County native Sandra Causey took the position. Causey left earlier this year for personal reasons. Powell will officially take over on Monday, Dec. 3.
She grew up in Campbell Co., Ky., and has previously worked for the Campbell County Public Library as an Adult Services Librarian. She also worked for the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library and the Lexington Public Library.
Powell, who lives in Jeffersontown, Ky., said one exciting and important aspect of her new position is the fact that a new building will be built for either the Crestwood or Goshen branch. She could not comment yet on which location will be getting the upgrade.
Powell takes over a library system created in 1968 and sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Library & Archives. Before then, the city library was known as Duerson Memorial Library of La Grange. In 1944, Mary F. Duerson donated her house and property for a public library in memory of her daughter, Nora, who had been a teacher until her death in 1917 at the age of 43.
In 1981 a second branch was built in Crestwood, known as the South Oldham Library. Two years later the Mahan Branch opened in Goshen on property formerly owned by Howard and Virginia Mahan.
In 2009, an all-new Main Library opened in La Grange. It was the first green, or environmentally responsible, library in Kentucky.
The Oldham County Public Library system provides titles for juveniles and adults.
Reference Collection, newspapers, magazines, videos, books on compact disc, and audio cassettes. Special collections include: Genealogy, Kentucky, Daughters of the American Revolution, Large Print, Census, Civil War, and Young Adult.
A variety of services and programs are provided at the three branches including Pre-School story hour, summer reading program and summer activity program. Adult programs of interest to the community are held throughout the year.
The three branches contain a total of 66 computers with full internet access available for the public. Most services and items are provided to Oldham County patrons free of charge.
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