Goodnight Memorial Library in Franklin $6 Million renovation to be completed January 2020

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) --- The historic Goodnight Memorial Library in Franklin is undergoing major renovations.

"It's been the hub of Simpson County for years," said Audrey Phillips, Library Director.

"There is a lot of history here and we want to preserve it in the best way possible," Phillips said.

After 83 years of service to the community it was time for a makeover.

"It's not something that you can just do a little bit here and and a little bit there. It's one of those things that when you do it, you want to do the whole thing," Phillips said. "This is something that's kinda been in the works for about 10 or 12 years."

The library space is expanding from 6,000 sq ft to about 11,000, getting a total renovation of the auditorium and adding a third story.

The remodel did require the addition that was added in 1976 to be torn down due to foundation issues.

"We have salvaged everything we possibly could. We're going to rebuild right back in the same footprint, but in the same fashion were also going to rebuild it so it looks more like the original 1936 structure," Phillips said.

The history of the structure is deep rooted in Franklin

"In 1936 Ella Hoy Goodnight had a grand plan and when she passed away in '35 and she left money and land to build it and then the WPA (Works Project Administration) came in and assisted with it and it was in her will to have a commodious auditorium because the town didn't have one," Phillips said.

But soon, the town will have a new library while still keeping it's history alive.

"To be able to keep the history alive, to keep the facility going and take care of it like it needs to be taken care of, it is just wonderful to be able to provide to the community," Phillips said."I just look forward to it being open. There is just nothing like being downtown."

The library plans to be completed in January of 2020.

Until then, the library's temporary location is 121 Brown Road in Franklin.

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