Library Celebrates Groundbreaking

Local Officials, Library Board Members, Staff, and MoreLawrenceburg Children's ChoirLawrenceburg Children's ChoirLibrary Director Pam MarksLibrary Board President Bryan ProctorTerry Manuel at APL's Groundbreaking CeremonyMayor GoodlettJudge Executive Orbrey Gritton

The Anderson Public Library held their official ground breaking ceremony this morning where local officials and citizens gathered to celebrate the start of the expansion project of the library as well as watch the inaugural performance of Lawrenceburg Children’s Choir from the Lawrenceburg Academy of Performing Arts.

Situated behind the current library building on Main Street, everyone gathered where the new section is planned on being constructed.  To open the ceremony, the Lawrenceburg Children’s Choir sang the National Anthem as directed by Meredith Hyatt Lewis (see below video for the performance).

Bryan Proctor, president of the library board, thanked everyone involved in making the expansion project happen including current director, Pam Marks, past directors, the friends of the library, and more.  He also thanked the Pierian Women’s Club for their involvement in creating the library over 100 years ago and donating of their club house to the library.

He also talked about how libraries make a difference in communities.  “Libraries in communities not only serve as a resource for readers to have access to books but as a resource for children and adult literacy, for computer access for students and families who may not have access to those materials, provides meeting rooms for community groups, businesses, and different industries, but it also helps bring new business and industry into our community,” he said.

Acting state librarian and commissioner, Terry Manuel, also said a few words, particularly on how much use the library receives on a weekly basis: “You probably didn’t know this, but did you know that 2 out of 3 people in this county have a library card. That in any given week, there are approximately 1527 who visit this building. That in any given week, there are 362 who attend programs in this library, 303 of them are children…That in any given week, there are 2280 items circulated out of this building.”

Mayor Goodlett and Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton spoke as well.  Mayor Goodlett talked about the past and how both his great grandmother and grandmother were apart of the Pierian Club that helped construct the original library which is now the Anderson County History Museum.  Judge Gritton looked to the future.  “Today is where it begins.  This is not ever an ending.  It is an continuation of what has been done, by the families of the past, the families of the now, and the families of the future,” he said.

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  1. They didn’t mention it at the ground breaking but Hawkins Construction of Lawrenceburg is building the library addition. It’s great that a hometown company is doing the work. They also built the last addition.

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