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


7 Helpful Tips for Newcomers

Are you new to Boone County? Have you been here a while, but feel like you aren’t meeting people or would like to get more involved in our community? Need to choose a school or someplace for dinner? We can help!

  1. Want to meet more people? Try joining a group! New Friends of Northern Kentucky meets for a wide range of activities and humanitarian efforts. Do you have a preschooler? Try a MOPS If you like to hike, bike, eat out, try different wines, there are plenty of opportunities with Meetup. Looking for a volunteer
    opportunity? Search for a group that matches your interests with Volunteer Match. Want to join a church? Choose a city to find a denomination. Don’t forget Boone County Public Library! We offer a host of activities for all ages, including concerts. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Here’s an event list for even more things to do in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
  2. Boone County has 18 parks that offer lots of recreational activities including musical events and sports. You can go swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, have a picnic in one of the shelters, or take a walk through the Arboretum and learn more about local flora and fauna. During the summer, the Florence Aquatic Center is a great place to take the family to cool off and includes water slides and a lazy river. There’s an outdoor skateboard park next door.
  3. Do you have school age children? There are about 20,000 students at 14 elementary, five middle and four high schools in Boone County Schools. Over 50 languages are spoken! On the school district’s website, find the Makerspace and Community Education classes, school bus routes, employment opportunities and more. There are private schools and a thriving homeschool community. Boone County Public Library hosts monthly homeschool events during the school year – contact Karen Harden (kharden@bcpl.org) for more information.
  4. Like to eat out? This is a very popular pastime for people in Boone County and as a result, you can find a plethora of restaurants from popular chains to local eateries, like Tousey House, Barleycorn’s, Flipdaddy’s, Mai Thai, Memories of China, Sea Sushi, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, and many more.
  5. If you like to shop, most of the stores are on Mall Road or Houston Road. Florence Mall, Target, Kohl’s, home improvement stores, and Costco are there. For local flavor, try The Friendly Market. During the nicer weather, Boone County Farmer’s Market offers lots of fresh produce. If you want to venture out a bit, Crestview Towne Center is nearby and you can cross ‘the River’ to go to Rookwood Commons, Kenwood Towne Center, Liberty Center and Findlay Market. There are plenty of interesting little towns that make great day trips, Lebanon and Waynesville, OH, Madison, IN, and Berea, KY. Boone County Pubic Library has Road Trip kits with maps, a DVD for the kids, and information about a variety of nearby places.
  6. What are some popular places to visit in Boone County? Try the Dinsmore Homestead (see what life was like in the early 19th and 20th centuries), Jane’s Saddlebag (there’s a restaurant, gift shop, and petting zoo), Big Bone Lick State Park (they have live bison!), Rabbit Hash (yes, the mayor is a dog), Gaines Tavern (some say it’s haunted), Verona Vineyards, walking tours of Burlington and Petersburg, and Anderson Ferry (take a trip across the Ohio River).
  7. If you need help with getting licenses and registering vehicles, voter registration, tax assistance and forms, local resources for housing, finding jobs, and even food pantries? Our subject guide on Government has lots of information. Find your utility and waste disposal companies. For more information on Boone County or individual cities: Boone CountyCity of FlorenceFacebook,  Union,                       Walton


Jinny Ussel is the Library’s Training and Design Specialist and a self-professed techno-nerd. She spends her days using a computer and often spends her nights online learning something new.