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This week the Oldham County Public Library opened for business. If you haven’t visited yet, you’ve got to see it and share in the excitement. It’s the first LEED certified building in Oldham County. Another one is being built in Crestwood.
First, a congratulations to Susan Eubank, her staff, the Library’s board of directors, Oldham County Fiscal Court, the La Grange City Council and all of those who supported and made the dream come to life.
Our Oldham County Public Library is modern and high tech offering programs for youth, study space for students, meeting rooms for business and community functions, and a solid, intellectual environment for in-depth thinking. And of course, an endless supply of books, publications and resources.
Libraries are an important part of any community, but they’re particularly important to economic development and the quality of life. Libraries add good jobs for knowledge workers, provide public resources, support education, and create a sense of community.
They serve as an attraction for tourism and inspire the individuals and families who use them to be a part of something bigger than themselves. All of this helps to make Oldham County even more attractive to business and growing industries.
The Oldham County Public Library comes at a time when most communities are facing budget shortfalls, job loss, lack of development and many other hardships. Yes, as a community we are experiencing our own heartaches and they’re serious, but to have a space as beautiful and sophisticated as this certainly offers hope and gives us cause for celebration. It signifies an important investment in a growing community.
Oldham County is blessed to have so many assets. This library is one more we can brag about to surrounding counties.
Deana Epperly Karem is the director of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. The views expressed in this column are those of the writer.