Excitement is building in Covington! The newly expanded and remodeled Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library is nearly completed. This project is the culmination of a decades-long plan. Phase one was to replace the overcrowded and very busy Erlanger Branch. This was done in 2001. Phase two consisted of building the new William E. Durr Branch, just south of Independence, to serve the quickly growing central part of the county (opened in 2007). Phase three is the Covington Branch.
Covington is the flagship branch of the system with roots going back to the late 1800s. The current building, constructed in 1973-74, needed major upgrades and enhancements. As an example, the stairwells and fire alarm system were not up-to-code, the heating and cooling system was original, the building had no sprinkler system and the roof needed replacing. The building also lacked many of the amenities our patrons have grown accustomed at the other two branches.
So what’s new at the Covington Branch? First of all, you will encounter a new three-story entry pavilion. This space is flooded with natural light and houses our new Circulation Department. The Children’s Department has tripled in size and has its own activity room and reading garden. This colorful area also includes a new piece of public art specifically designed for the space: A large mosaic featuring a river scene with a child fishing surrounded by native flora and fauna. The mosaic includes pieces of pottery and other elements donated to the library by our patrons. The children’s area has also been decked out in kid appropriate furniture and comfortable seating for their parents.
The building now also has a separate computer lab to assist the staff in teaching technology classes and a large meeting room for adult and teen programs that is twice as large as the old one. Our new reference desk is ready to go and is shaped in a semicircle, reminiscent of the old round desk at the Carnegie Library.
The third floor has been turned over entirely to out Kentucky History Department, one of the largest public library Kentucky collections in the nation. This area includes a temperature and humidity controlled archive room, computer stations and the refurbished tables from the original Covington Public Library.
Other new features include a drive-thru window, new garage for our outreach vehicles, small study rooms, more public computer terminals, ample seating and an outdoor patio area. One of the features that our architects worked hard to achieve was more natural light. I think you will discover they succeeded. Additional windows and a new clearstory make for a bright a cheerful space for all ages.
Some of the things that have not changed: Our impressive collection of local 19th and 20th century art, free surface lot parking and, most importantly, our friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. I encourage all of you to make a trip to the new Covington Library – a great asset to our region!
CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE RENOVATION CELEBRATION – Saturday, Oct. 26
502 Scott Blvd., Covington
9:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting
10:30 a.m. – Cincinnati Zoo visits
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Tours of the Library
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Genealogy computer workshops
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Intro to Library Databases
12-12:30 p.m. – Unveiling of the Children’s Department Art
12:30-12:50 – Job Search Central Resources
1:30-1:50 p.m. – Job Search Central Resources
1-2 p.m. – Jazz Music with the Tim Watson Trio
1-2 p.m. – YA Manga Art Unveiling
2-3 p.m. – Celebrate Favorite Book Character Day!
2-3 p.m. – Overview of Covington KCPL computer classes
Please pick up a calendar or visit www.kentonlibrary.org for details.
3-4 p.m. – Elementz Sudio Kre8v Hip Hop Dance