Amid a debate over the fate of the former Hardin County Public Library North Branch, Bullitt County Library officials want to remind Hardin County residents that they are eligible for the privileges of the library in its branches.
Part of those privileges include the organization’s object library, according to a statement from the Bullitt County Public Library.
According to the statement, the collection allows library card holders to borrow machines, such as sewing, karaoke and bubble machines; walkie-talkies; a cornhole and a game of croquet; a paper shredder; and a green background.
“The library has always been about providing the community with what people want and need,” said Jennifer Nippert, Acting Director of BCPL. “Our stuff library helps families and small businesses. You can get a bubble machine for your store grand opening or your child’s birthday party. A ring light can help you look your best for a virtual job interview — or help you get a good selfie for your online dating profile.
Tools are among the most popular items in the object library because families can rent the tools for a small DIY project, without making a big investment that would cost almost as much as hiring someone, according to the communicated.
“That kind of resource — stuff that people need once or twice a year — is a perfect library item,” Nippert said.
The list of available items will grow over the next few months with the grand opening of the new 45,000 square foot $10.5 million Central Library in Shepherdsville. The grand opening is scheduled for September 17, according to the statement.
While all branches offer meeting spaces, access to computer equipment and Wi-Fi, as well as the existing “library of things”, the new central branch will represent a significant investment in resources that support families, entrepreneurs and small businesses, religious communities and community clubs, as well as teachers and students, according to the statement.
According to the release, the branch will offer more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including a large conference room that can accommodate 740 people; four interior courtyards or “garden rooms”; a new collection of video games; and a manufacturing lab with a 3D printer, t-shirt printing capabilities, and other equipment for use by teachers, students, and small businesses.
“Most people think of books when they think of the library,” Nippert said. “And we have just about every book you could want! But the real purpose of libraries has always been to give people access to the resources they need to build better lives. In today’s world, that means reliable high-speed Internet access, meeting space, and technology tools of all kinds. Our new library will do this on an unprecedented scale.
The new facility, at 740 Conestoga Parkway in the Settlers Point Business Park in Shepherdsville, is conveniently located for the community and has plenty of parking options to accommodate large events and meetings, according to the release.
According to the press release, about half of the project was financed by a historically low supply of municipal bonds, with an interest rate below 2%. That and seven competitive construction bids have helped deliver upgrades that will save the library money for years to come, including 610 rooftop solar collectors that are expected to produce enough energy to bring visitors back. energy costs of the new building to almost zero.