Latonia Library Branch Approved
Plans for a new branch of the Kenton County Public Library system were approved by the Kenton County Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. Recent legislation requires that the project also be approved by the Kenton County Fiscal Court, which occurred at its meeting on October 24. Library representatives worked with officials at the City of Covington and Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) on this project.
Expected to open in 2024, the 11,500 sq. ft. facility will be in a leased space in the Latonia Commerce Center off Winston Avenue/Rt. 16. The location is adjacent to Ritte’s Corner and on a bus line. “This library will be ideally situated so that we can have a deeper impact on the community,” stated Dave Schroeder, the library’s executive director. “Within a few miles of this location there are five schools, two senior living facilities, Fidelity’s campus, the Bill Cappel Sports Complex and is centered in a densely populated neighborhood.”
This new branch is a result of the library’s strategic plan, which emphasizes being community-focused and collaborative with the goals of using its position as an anchor institution to bring about positive change and to place materials where children need them the most. The library currently has three branches, which are in Covington, Erlanger and Independence.
Schroeder continues, “One of the main factors Latonia was selected includes the large number of families living in the area and their need for additional educational resources and support. The library’s Board of Trustees and Administration Team identified Latonia as a community with a significant need. We are excited to work with neighborhood leaders as we move forward with this project.”
Currently, library officials are anticipating the new space will feature a large meeting room, multiple small study rooms, a generous children’s, teen and adult areas, and a comprehensive collection of materials.