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Community gets first look at new Owen County Public Library Sunday

By Molly Haines

N-H Staff Writer
The newly constructed Owen County Public Library will not officially open until Oct. 30, but fans of the library will get a sneak peak into its amenities Sunday.
The new facility will come equipped with an expanded space for teens, a teen librarian, a revamped local history room and a “toddler tower” that library director Jennifer Nippert said she will keep a surprise until the open house.
“We’re going to introduce the different parts of the library to the public,” Nippert said. “We won’t be conducting a lot of library business that day, but instead showing off the new things we have to offer.”
The open house will take place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at 1370 Hwy. 22 East.
Discussions began in 2007 for construction of a new library facility when a committee of 15 Owen County citizens, the library staff and a long-range plan facilitator from the Kentucky Department of Library Archives (KDLA) formed a long-range plan.
The plan included the recommendation that the library have enough space to meet all of the library’s needs as determined by KDLA standards. The standards are based on the county’s projected population growth over the next 20 years.
In early 2011, the library secured a $2,163,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as a $50,000 donation from the R.C. Durr Foundation out of northern Kentucky.
The library board later purchased the 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East.
“Everybody is really excited about our stain glass windows,” Nippert said. “The Owen County Public Library Foundation paid for stain glass windows that are at the main seating area. The main five windows are quilt squares, each one has some sort of connection with Owen County.”
Nippert said the donation from the R.C. Durr Foundation was used to purchase new binders and other organizational tools for the local history room.
“It’s a beautiful area,” Nippert said. “It’s the only area of the library with entirely wooden shelves. We’re celebrating the past and looking forward to the future and this space provides a really elegant and celebratory space for that.”
Nippert said the library’s new hours will be 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9:30-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.