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Support from the Library Foundation empowers change within our public library system
A New Village Branch
Since 2005, the Lexington Public Library has operated a small, storefront branch at the corner of Versailles Road and Village Drive in the Cardinal Valley Neighborhood. It's time for a change. It's time to invest in our community. The Library purchased the site in late 2020 and plans for a new two-story facility which will triple the space available for reading materials, programming, and community access. The Library Foundation has embarked on a capital campaign to raise $5 million for the project so that the Library can continue to program and operate the building at its high standards. Learn more about the project and how you can join us by visiting https://www.lexpublib.org/village
With support from the PNC Foundation's signature Grow Up Great initiative, and the BGCF365, Destination Kindergarten programs and resources are now available at each Library Branch. The Library has long offered top quality early learning programs, reading materials, and professional children’s librarians, who are experts in early literacy. Still, the Kentucky Department of Education continues to rate just half of incoming Fayette County Public School kindergarteners as "ready to learn." Destination Kindergarten is here to meet that need. Each week, Bus Stops feature a new theme with rotating book displays and age-appropriate activities to promote the five fundamental early education practices of Read, Talk, Play, Write, and Sing. The comprehensive program is designed to enhance learning experiences within each of our six libraries, community partner locations, and childcare facilities. Over 1,000 families have participated to date!
Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab
With generous support from the Kloiber Foundation, Central Library is proud to open a new STEAM Lab located on the 4th Floor in March 2022. This newly remodeled space invites children and students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math through hands-on experiences. Programming events targeted toward elementary and middle-school aged students include Build Your Own Lightsaber, Green screen Magic, 3-D Puzzles, Musical Fun with Specdrums, Recording in the Audio booth, and so much more! Check out our calendar to learn more and plan to join us.
Indoor/Outdoor programming and installations at Central Library and adjacent Phoenix Park to reinvigorate the downtown spaces through the Knight Cities Challenge. Highlights include the new Discovery and Play Lab at Central Library, two mobile book carts to bring materials into the Park, and a Charlie Cart, or portable teaching kitchen, to teach culinary literacy at Central Library, Phoenix Park, and throughout the city.
Partners include Lexington Downtown Development Authority, Lexington Parks & Recreation, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, and many others.