BPW-Oldham County Fall Ball

Oldham County Library
is the beneficiary of this year’s Fall Ball

Money will help build future building in La Grange

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(November 2006) – Susan Eubank says she is excited about this year’s Business Professional Women’s-Oldham County (BPW) Fall Ball. As director of the Oldham County Public Library’s three branches, Eubank is thrilled that the library has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the ball’s proceeds.

Susan Eubank

Susan Eubank

Many of her staff plans to attend the ball, and this monetary boost will be “like a kick-off” for a new library facility, said Eubank.
“We knew the BPW has done a lot of really good work in the county,” she said. “And there are other agencies just as deserving.”
Funding will be used to complete two projects before the La Grange branch moves to its new location on 81/2 acres along Hwy. 53 adjacent to I-71 behind the Oldham County Plaza shopping center. The library staff hopes to complete its Local History Newspaper Collection on microfilm and purchase “Live Homework Help,” an on-line interactive tutorial product.
Last year, the Fall Ball raised $11,000 for Yew Dell Gardens, said BPW Secretary Elect and Ball Chairwoman, Kay Webb. Each year, the BPW accepts nominations and applications for its ball proceeds from local organizations. Presentations must then be made by the organizations, and BPW members vote on the best presentation or nominated project.
Tickets for this ninth annual fundraiser are $100 a ticket, a portion of which is tax deductible. This year’s theme is “A Classic Affair.” The ball opens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Galt House East in Louisville.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be WHAS-TV weatherman Ken Schultz. Cathy Zion, president and publisher of Today’s Woman magazine, will present the 2006 Woman of Achievement Award to this year’s recipient Karen Leaton. Leaton began her own business, Heavenly Sent Cleaning, in 2005 in Buckner.
There will be a live and silent auction featuring such items as gift certificates, a quilt, jewelry, a Galt House overnight stay and gift baskets. Previously with the River City BPW, Webb has been a member of the Oldham County BPW for the last year and a half. “It’s a good networking experience,” she said.
Through the camaraderie of the women involved, members can learn more about their community, said Webb. As a non-profit, the BPW “does so many little charitable things,” she said. It’s a learning experience for members, but also a way to give back to the community.
And the library is one facility constantly used by the community. The new facility will boast a 30,000-square-foot building, making it six times larger than the current one. The new facility will also be what Eubank termed a “green building.” It will be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Currently, the Oldham County Library system is one of the systems in the state with the lowest square footage. “We have the services, but not the scope of services” we need, said Eubank. Since becoming library director four years ago, Eubank has “set out working toward this goal from the beginning.”
The new library is in the very early planning stages. “We hope to break ground in mid-spring,” said Eubank.
The lot is heavily treed, which Eubank hopes will give it a retreat-type feel. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete.
The estimated total cost is between $6 and $7 million. The library has received various grants through the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, and from other entities. Through the efforts of state Sen. Ernie Harris, Gov. Ernie Fletcher budgeted $1.5 million to the library project, That sum was “totally unexpected,” said Eubank.The library plans to sell public municipal bonds to fund the rest of the new facility. The library administrative staff will also move their offices into the new La Grange library building.
But until this move is made, Eubank is focusing on projects that will not take up additional space in the old building. The current microfilm holdings date from 1903 to the present. Fifteen years in the total collection are missing, which includes the county’s forerunner to The Oldham Era – The La Grange Times and The La Grange Era.
Many genealogists and local historical buffs make use of the collection. The Oldham Era was letting people come in and use its copies, but these are now too old and brittle to handle frequently.
Eubank said she felt that the library needed to renew its annual subscription to “Live Homework Help,” which is helpful to students even when they are not in school. From 2 p.m. until 10 p.m., students with a library card can log on and get personal help from licensed, experienced tutors in the areas of math, English, social sciences and history.

• For tickets to the BPW’s Fall Ball, contact Kay Webb at (502) 298-6951 or go visit: www.bpwoldhamco.org.

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