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December 2, 2019 1:15pm

Get Reacquainted with Old Connections: Rediscover the Library

Note From the Editor: This is a guest post by way of Lynn Huffman, Director of Corporate Development, The Library Foundation. As a service to its members, GLI is allowing me to share more on LFPL’s free business resources in this blog over the next couple of months. If you would like to learn more about the items listed below, the business steering committee now forming, or the Library Foundation’s new young professionals group, please contact Lynn.

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Early in my career, I spent 11 years planning events, selling sponsorships, and organizing committees for Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI). I loved my time there because of all the people I came to know through their regular participation in GLI programs.

As part of my new position for the Library Foundation, I have recently reconnected with some of those people.  It has been fun hearing about the changes in their businesses over the years – especially when they have added new product lines or expanded nationally.

Becoming reacquainted with the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) may be a similar experience for you. You may remember the Library with fondness from your childhood – going to story times or participating in the Summer Reading program – but do you know how it has evolved?

When I tell people about the great services and resources available to the business community (and general public) for FREE from LFPL, they usually say: “I had no idea the Library offered all of this!”

…They are not aware that there are meeting rooms of all sizes available for community groups and local businesses to use at no cost in the system’s 17 branches. (There is a library within five miles of 90% of all Louisville Metro residents.)

…They are not familiar with the free computer classes available to send their employees to learn basic technology skills, four different levels of Microsoft Excel, plus other Microsoft Windows applications.

…They do not realize that the Library has extensive international programs (some even in other languages), as well as staff members who can train their employees about the customs and cultures of Louisville’s immigrant and refugee populations.

…They appreciate learning about free after-hour programs and networking events like Books & Brews & Browse and author talks.

…They are surprised to learn the Northeast Regional Library – in the heart of the Hurstbourne Green development – has a Quills coffee shop where they can meet with clients in a relaxing environment overlooking a 13.5-acre campus featuring a historic home and greenspace.

…They do not know that with a library card, their staff can access thousands of online training videos via Lynda.com and Treehouse to learn skills like business strategies, creative techniques, and coding.

…They are blown away to discover there are libraries with free Maker Spaces featuring 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, laminators, and more.

…And, while they expected the Library to have copies of business and motivational books, many didn’t realize they could check out electronic versions from home on their computers, tablets, or smartphones!