On this past Saturday, residents of Anderson County gathered at the newly renovated and expanded Anderson Public Library for their official Grand Opening Celebration.
The event drew approximately 200 families to enjoy the many activities planned throughout the day. “Our staff has dedicated lots of time and energy into making this day just perfect for you,” library director, Pam Marks, mentioned during the celebration.
At the start of the celebration, an official ribbon cutting by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce was held outside, and Girl Scouts Troop 71 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Charles “Chuck” Brumley led everyone in a prayer of dedication. Local officials then commented on the expansion, including how much improvement the library has seen and its benefit to the community.
“This place is warm, inviting, safe, secure, and most importantly, it’s home,” Anderson County Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton said. State Representative James Tipton also added, “The last time I was here, we were all gathered around for the ground breaking…As I come in here today, wow!”
Library Board President Bryan Proctor pointed to all the improvements and additions to the library and thanked everyone for their support: “It’s been an exciting journey…I would love to thank you all as this is your library.”
Throughout the rest of the day, attendees of the celebration got to enjoy performances from the Lawrenceburg Academy of Performing Arts Children’s Choir and the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg. Children and teens also had fun with dedicated activities like crafts and cookie decoration while adults had the chance to talk with Carnegie Writing Center Teacher Teri Carter or look up their family history in the Kentucky History Room.
More entertainment was provided later in the day by the musical group, The Highs & The Lows, and musician Jarrod Stratton. Other activities were also held in the conference room and the new maker space featuring crafts and more.
In addition, dozens of community organizations gathered in the community meeting room providing information about their services to the attendees of the event. Also, a number of new members joined the library including State Representative James Tipton.
Everyone enjoyed the many activities of the day, and the staff and library board, thanks everyone for attending. You can see a short video highlighting some of the many performances throughout the event and many more photos below: