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Louisville Free Public Library Okolona Branch
7709 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40219
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venue type: Community Center
venue style: Modern
catering: None Provided - None Allowed
max venue capacity: 53
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The Library's mission is to provide the people of Louisville and Jefferson County with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information, and to support them in their pursuit of learning.

A spectacular quilt made by the Okolona Women's Club, on permanent display in the meeting room here, highlights the history and community pride of Okolona.

History: Though memories have been handed down through the years of bookshelves in stores where one could "borrow" to read, the first official library in Okolona was established in 1958 in the Okolona Community Center (which later became the Okolona Woman’s Club on Blue Lick Road). Mrs. Stanley Williams was the first librarian, with the able assistance and direction of Ms. Mary Morgan, librarian at Southern High School. Okolona Woman's Club members manned the facility that started with 800 donated books.

Growth demanded a move to Southern High School, and from there the library moved to quarters in a mobile unit in the shopping center across from Southern. In 1985 a new library was constructed at 8003-R Preston on property donated by Cumberland Bank. Growth then demanded another move . . . this time when places were exchanged with the Jefferson County Police and Employees Credit Union at 7709 Preston in 1990, the present location. This new building opened in April 1991 with 5000 square feet of library space. The Okolona Branch's most recent project was completed in March 1997 when the library renovated and expanded to 9000 square feet.

The Okolona Branch is a thriving place with Adult and Children’s programs, PCs with Internet access, computer classes, and a substantial book collection.

There are no fees charged for meeting room use.  

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