louisville free public library http://wfpl.org en Louisville Free Public Library Urges Parents to Read 1,000 Books to Their Kids Before Kindergarten http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-free-public-library-urges-parents-read-1000-books-their-kids-kindergarten <p>The Louisville Free Public Library is challenging parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to small children before they reach Kindergarten.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer says the program is part of a holistic and comprehensive approach to education in Louisville—an approach that also includes the <a href="/post/louisville-needs-pick-pace-55000-degrees-goal-despite-record-number-degrees">55,000 Degrees initiative.</a></p><p>“An at risk kid shows up at Kindergarten three years behind a child from a thriving environment," Fischer says.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 8313 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Free Public Library Urges Parents to Read 1,000 Books to Their Kids Before Kindergarten Kentucky Libraries Join Early Childhood Education Push http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-libraries-join-early-childhood-education-push <p>Kentucky has created a new task force to help turn public libraries into better early childhood education resources for families.</p><p>The 54-member group includes librarians from across the state who are charged with developing standards and resources that local libraries can use.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:01:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7978 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Libraries Join Early Childhood Education Push Louisville Free Public Library Ignores East End, Councilman Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-free-public-library-ignores-east-end-councilman-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville's free public library system is ignoring East End residents and facilities according to one Metro Council member.</span></p><p>Statistics show libraries in neighborhoods such as St. Matthews, Middletown and Jeffersontown have some of the highest visitor and book checkout rates.</p><p>For instance, the St. Matthews location has approximately 435,000 checkouts per year behind only the main branch in downtown. But suburban patrons have complained they’re being underserved, and lawmakers representing the areas are raising their voices, saying the structures are too small and in need of major renovations.</p><p>"If you factor in the facilities or if you factor in square footage, practically anyway you look at it we get one half the service, the library space and one half the access. The people east of (Browns Lane) line, that is where the growth has been. In the census, some districts grew 30 percent," says Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:16:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5709 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Free Public Library Ignores East End, Councilman Says From Bollywood Dancing to Backyard Chickens: The How-To Festival http://wfpl.org/post/bollywood-dancing-backyard-chickens-how-festival <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Challenging the out-of-date idea that libraries are only quiet places for reading and research, the Louisville Free Public Library brings its <a href="http://www.lfpl.org/how-to/">How-To Festival</a> back for a second year. The library will present experts on everything from Bollywood dancing to gardening Saturday at this popular community learning event.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:14:37 +0000 Erin Keane 5330 at http://wfpl.org From Bollywood Dancing to Backyard Chickens: The How-To Festival Here's What the Southwest Regional Library Will Look Like http://wfpl.org/post/heres-what-southwest-regional-library-will-look <p>The plans are out for the long-awaited Southwest Regional Library.</p><p>The SRL is a proposed 40,000 square-foot facility at Dixie Highway and Kendall Road. It's meant to serve some 100,000 residents from across the area. Other regional libraries are planned for northeast and south-central Louisville.</p><p>While unveiling the plans, city officials touted the new library's size and scope. In addition to 100,000 books, they say the library will feature modern technology, computer access and large meeting rooms. The plans also call for the SRL to meet LEED&nbsp;standards.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 3793 at http://wfpl.org Here's What the Southwest Regional Library Will Look Like More Books: Craig Buthod on the Future of Libraries http://wfpl.org/post/more-books-craig-buthod-future-libraries <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Louisville officials on Monday night<a href="/post/heres-what-southwest-regional-library-will-look"> will unveil the designs for a new Southwest Regional Library.</a> The library will be in Valley Station and is meant to be a source of information and a meeting place for 100,000 nearby residents.</span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:49:22 +0000 Gabe Bullard 3799 at http://wfpl.org More Books: Craig Buthod on the Future of Libraries City Departments Hope Gun Owners Will Use Common Sense http://wfpl.org/post/city-departments-hope-gun-owners-will-use-common-sense <p>Louisville Metro Government departments are urging gun owners to use common sense now that firearms are allowed in city-owned buildings.</p><p> The General Assembly passed a state law forbidding cities from enacting stricter gun laws than the state in 2012, and the <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/fischer-backs-president-obamas-gun-control-measures-state-law-hampers-city-efforts">Metro Council changed its definition of deadly weapons last week</a> as a result.</p><p>Under the new provisions taking effect this month, residents are allowed to openly carry a firearm in Metro facilities such as the mayor’s office and City Hall, as well as libraries, parks and the Louisville Zoo.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:29:02 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3669 at http://wfpl.org City Departments Hope Gun Owners Will Use Common Sense Library U Course Explores Changing Role of American Theater http://wfpl.org/post/library-u-course-explores-changing-role-american-theater <p>The Louisville Free Public Library’s Library U course for January is on the changing role of American theater. Actors Theatre of Louisville associate director Zan Sawyer-Dailey will <a href="http://www.lfpl.org/mylibraryu/#winter">offer an an insider’s look at the art of making theater at the Main Library</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Sawyer-Dailey’s course will cover the history of the regional theater movement and Actors Theatre, how the theater’s artistic decisions are made, and offer a look at the upcoming Humana Festival of New American Plays. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 3195 at http://wfpl.org Library U Course Explores Changing Role of American Theater Researching? Bored? Library Offers Free Newspaper Archives Going Back to 1800s http://wfpl.org/post/researching-bored-library-offers-free-newspaper-archives-going-back-1800s <p>The Louisville Free Public Library has a new online resource for students working on term papers, history buffs and people suffering from debilitating holiday vacation boredom.</p><p>Archives from local, regional and national newspapers -- reaching as far back as the early 1800s&nbsp;-- are now available on the<a href="http://www.lfpl.org/research/Subjects/Newspapers.asp"> library's website.</a></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 2953 at http://wfpl.org Researching? Bored? Library Offers Free Newspaper Archives Going Back to 1800s Get Reading: Library Offers Free E-Magazines http://wfpl.org/post/get-reading-library-offers-free-e-magazines <p>Looking for the latest edition of ESPN Magazine, Esquire or Elle? How about Knit Magazine or Bloomberg Business Week? Well, if you're a Louisville Free Public Library member, look no further.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:29:56 +0000 Gabe Bullard 2732 at http://wfpl.org Get Reading: Library Offers Free E-Magazines