County Fall Ball
is the beneficiary of this years Fall Ball
will help build future building in La Grange
Helen E. McKinney
(November 2006) Susan Eubank says she is excited
about this years Business Professional Womens-Oldham County
(BPW) Fall Ball. As director of the Oldham County Public Librarys
three branches, Eubank is thrilled that the library has been chosen
as this years recipient of the balls proceeds.
Many of her staff plans to attend the ball, and this monetary
boost will be like a kick-off for a new library facility,
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
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 years 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 Todays Woman
magazine, will present the 2006 Woman of Achievement Award to this years
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. Its
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. Its 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 countys 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 BPWs Fall Ball,
contact Kay Webb at (502) 298-6951 or go visit: www.bpwoldhamco.org.
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