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Ground broken for regional library in Valley Station

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Shovels turning the dirt at the groundbreaking for the Southwest Regional Library in Valley Station. Shovels turning the dirt at the groundbreaking for the Southwest Regional Library in Valley Station.
Councilman David Yates (District 25) Councilman David Yates (District 25)
Drawing showing the interior layout of the Southwest Regional Library. Drawing showing the interior layout of the Southwest Regional Library.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Southwest Jefferson County will soon be home to a new library unlike any the county has seen.

Louisville Metro leaders, officials from the Louisville Free Public Library and hundreds of supporters were on hand for the groundbreaking at the site for the new Southwest Regional Library Tuesday morning.

The library, which will be located at 9725 Dixie Highway at Kendall Road, will utilize environmentally friendly technology and be twice as large as any other branch library in Jefferson County. It will contain a children's room, a teen room, meeting rooms, 100 computers and, of course, books.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd) said 90% of the children in southwest Jefferson County don't have access to the Internet.

"It's almost alarming the amount of people that don't have access to the Internet," said Councilman David Yates (District 25). "We're creating that opportunity whether it's children or adults that have the opportunity to do job searching and learning."

The $13 million, 40,000 square-foot facility is expected to open by summer 2014.

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