Tom Geimeier on the Library: Genealogy Resources and Local History

Tom Geimeier picWhile Burlington resident Tom Geimeier boasts that he has been a Boone County Public Library patron for many years, he takes real enjoyment in talking about the Local History Department and how it has grown over the years to become an invaluable resource.  “The Local History Department has staff who are trained and always willing to help you. Other libraries may show you how to use their microfilm machine or other equipment, but then they leave you on your own.  At Boone County, staff members make sure you get the help you need.”

Tom also appreciates the scope of the library’s collection of local and state genealogy resources.  “I think I’ve looked through pretty much all the books in Local History over the years.  I’m always keeping my eye out for when new books hit the shelf.  There may be some Boone County history in there I didn’t know about.”

Tom worked in the field of education as a teacher and administrator for 39 years before retiring. In 1987 he received The Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2000 was named the Kentucky Middle School Administrator of the Year.  Retiring however, did not slow Tom down. He is an active member of American Legion Post 4 in Florence, Hebron Masonic Lodge 757 and the Simon Kenton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Just recently, Tom and other SAR compatriots who belong to the Col. Daniel Boone Color Guard were at Blue Licks State Park to help commemorate the battle that was fought there on August 19, 1782 in which almost 70 Kentuckians lost their lives. Tom has served as National Trustee for SAR, State President of SAR, and President of Simon Kenton Chapter of SAR among the many leadership positions he has held.

Tom also appreciates the library’s dedication to serving the community.  “I work with the library to take books no longer usable by the library to VA Hospitals and Medical Centers across the region.” Along with reading materials, Tom and his SAR chapter collect and deliver personal hygiene items, clothes and even appliances to veterans in need.

As if all of these activities weren’t enough to keep Tom busy, he recently published The Second Fifty: Your Roadmap to Fitness and Healthy Aging. Long-time friend Jerry Auton was a contributor to the book.  Health and overall well-being are a passion for Tom and Jerry, and they wanted to share what they have learned with others who are interested in improving their quality of life.

–Robin

Robin Edwards is a Local History Associate at Boone County Public Library. Her passion for history and genealogy carries over to her involvement with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) where she is the current registrar for the Boone County chapter. This summer she was able to attend NSDAR’s Continental Congress in Washington D.C where thousands of women from DAR chapters across the country gathered for the yearly business meeting. Robin has a BA in Middle School Education from NKU.

Update on the future library location in Hebron

Carrie Herrmann has 27 years of experience in libraries, most of those in Northern Kentucky. A Graduate of University of Kentucky, Carrie is the Library Director for Boone County Public Library.

A lot of people have asked me, “What’s happening with the Lents Branch?” and now that things are starting to come together, I’ve got some updates for you.  A lot has happened behind the scenes since my last blog post 7 Things to know about the Lents Branch Relocation Project.  Staff have worked diligently to divide the Lents Branch collection between the Community Center on Wheels (library bus) and our five remaining locations.  Many pieces of furniture were moved to our other locations. Early in 2016, the Lents Branch was placed on the market to sell.  We plan to use the money from the sale to help build the new facility.

In late 2015, we posted a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for architectural and engineering firms.  We received several responses to our RFQ and it took a long time to check all of their references.  It is with great pleasure that I announce that Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. in partnership with HBM Architects, has been chosen to design our new location in Hebron.

Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (BCI) is a firm of architects, Engineers, landscape architects and planners that was founded in 1979 in Lexington, Kentucky for the express purpose of providing professional design services to public sector clients. Since the Firm’s inception, BCI has grown to a staff of over 60 members and, in addition to Lexington, has offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas. BCI has completed over 25 public library assignments throughout Kentucky.

BCI has also been involved in numerous community-enhancing projects in Boone County, including Boone Woods Park, Union Park, Historic Burlington sidewalk improvements, England-Idlewild Parks, and various engineering assignments in the community. BCI is partnering with HBM Architects for the Hebron building project in order to deliver a first-class library to the County.

HBM Architects is an Ohio-based, nationally recognized library planning and design firm that has been dedicated to helping libraries create and improve their facilities for more than 40 years. They use a dynamic and collaborative process to design flexible, future-minded library facilities that can adapt to changes in how libraries serve their communities and the materials, technology, and programs they offer.

“Libraries are an important and integral part of each community and therefore special consideration and a carefully thought-out design solution is needed. Our goal is to provide an innovative and inspired library building that will reflect the unique context and culture of the Boone County community. We are excited to get started on the new Hebron Branch project and hope you will be able to join us for upcoming input sessions.”—Monica Sumner, BCI.

Speaking of the upcoming input session: We invite all Boone County residents to attend a planning meeting with the architects on Tuesday, September 20, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Main Library (1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington). This will be your library, Boone County, and we want to hear from you!  At the planning session, you will see images and design styles to spark ideas and develop a vision for the new building that you think will best meet our community’s needs. Then you will roll up your sleeves and help us develop ideas for how the site, building form, and interior layout could be organized.

Please come with an open mind, a vision for the future, and the enthusiasm that makes Boone County an exciting and unique place to live.  Light refreshments will be served.

By Carrie Herrmann, Boone County Public Library Director