Community celebrates grand opening of new Middletown Library

November 18, 2021

Representatives from Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office joined City of Middletown Mayor Byron Chapman, members of the Metro Council, and Louisville Free Public Library officials to cut the ribbon today on the new Middletown Library. Located at 12556 Shelbyville Road, the 5,200 square-foot facility restores library service to the Middletown area and is conveniently located near area schools, neighborhoods, and shopping centers.

"Since I took office as Mayor, we have opened three regional libraries in Louisville—South Central, Southwest, and Northeast—opening minds along with opening doors throughout our community," said Mayor Greg Fischer. "Today's reopening of the Middletown Library underscores our belief that free access to books, ideas, resources and information is imperative for the education, employment, enjoyment and self- government of our residents. I'm deeply appreciative that we were able to come together with the city of Middletown to find a new space for the busy and beloved Middletown Library.”

The new Middletown branch provides free access to more than 25,000 books, computers, and Wi-Fi. The bright interior, flooded with plenty of natural light, includes comfortable spaces for reading and studying, a meeting room, a children’s area—complete with ‘reading nooks’—and a separate teen space.

“Our libraries are centers for learning, hubs for human interaction, and safe gathering spaces for all of us, including the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Library Director Burchfield. “This Middletown Library is a testament to what can happen when citizens, public servants, and elected officials work together for our common good. I am grateful to all of the people involved that made the reopening of the Middletown Library possible.”

The existing Middletown-owned building has been undergoing an extensive renovation over the last ten months. The $1.2 million project was funded by Louisville Metro and led by the library design team, Sullivan Cozart, and JRA Architects.

“The city of Middletown is excited about providing a location for the Middletown Library,” said Middletown Mayor Chapman. “We value the knowledge and growth of our community. Let us all keep the community spirit alive.”

The previous Middletown Library, located in the East Government Center, closed in November 2019 as part of several Louisville Metro Government budget reductions, resulting from a sharp increase in the city’s state pension bill and lack of new revenue.

Thanks to the lease agreement brokered between leaders of Louisville Metro and the City of Middletown, the City of Middletown is providing use of the building rent-free. Louisville Metro is funding all operating costs, including staff and utilities.

“I and many of my Metro Council Colleagues have worked tirelessly to reopen the Middletown Library. Through hard work, support from our library patrons and most importantly a partnership with the City of Middletown, we are now able to not only restore, but actually enhance the library services for residents of the fastest growing region of our city,” said District 19 Councilman Anthony Piagentini.

“Libraries are one of the cornerstones of our community and provide a wide variety of resources to our residents, said District 17 Councilman Markus Winkler. “I am very excited about the re-opening of the Middletown Library in this new, beautiful space and can’t wait to come in and see it full of people!”

If You Visit

The hours of operation are Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The library will host a variety of free programs and classes for adults and youth, including weekly storytimes. Search the library’s online calendar at LFPL.org/events for a complete list of upcoming program dates and times. Due to increased COVID positivity rates, masks are required inside the Library at all times. 

For more information on the Middletown Library, call (502) 245-7332.  

 

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