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The first decade of the New Millennium–what are we calling these years? the aughties? the oh-ohs?–is coming to a close. If you scour the internet and troll the newsstands you’re likely to find that the jury may have reached a verdict on how to define the 2000s. If Time Magazine is to be believed, we have reached the denouement of “The Decade From Hell” (ouch!). There are numerous events within this decade that merit such harsh judgment: the current economic crisis, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. In light of those events, it’s easy to get caught up in the doom-saying and disparaging of an entire decade. But with only 29 days (and counting left) of The 2000s I’d like to at least try and find something nice to say about the decade.

Thinking back on where we were ten years ago, I can’t help but to recall the excitement yet trepidation with which we looked to the future. The 2000s were upon us! The Capital F Future was on its way! We were all very excited because we had a feeling that The Future was gonna look something like this:

Even though it’s been 9 years since the dawn of The New Millennium, to me the phrase the year 2000 will always have a futuristic ring to it. That phrase represented, for many generations, our hopes, dreams and fears for the forseeable yet distant future.  The 2000s decade may not have come to fruition in ways that our forebears had hoped (alas, no flying cars yet) and is instead being defined by the crises and challenges that came to a head in these years.  But perhaps we can also come to appreciate these strange and trying years for the opportunities they presented to us. I know for me, it’s most often through adversity and change that I learn who it is I really am and who it is I’d like to be.

The newspapers and media outlets scramble to assign a name or a definition to the years 2000 and beyond. But how do you define the decade? What has the New Millennium meant to you thus far?

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bookmobile-lfplThe streets of Louisville, KY were inundated with a record 6.5 inches of water Tuesday morning after a massive storm rolled through the town, resulting in the flooding of numerous residences and businesses, including the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

According to library director Craig Buthod, up to 4 feet of water poured into the basement of the Main Library, damaging at least 10,000 books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs (the average cost per item was conservatively estimated at $20 apiece). Three Bookmobiles parked at the library were damaged by flooding, and water pressure blew out some basement windows. Additionally, conference and meeting rooms and offices in the basement and their furnishings were damaged, and all the library’s boilers, air-conditioning controls, chillers and air-handling equipment were waterlogged. Furthermore, all the computers at all the branches were rendered inoperative when flooding damaged the central computer unit and wiring in the Main Library’s basement, along with about 40 new computers awaiting delivery to another branch (valued at roughly $50,000).

Recovery from such a catastrophe would be slow and difficult under normal circumstances, but with the economy in recession and budgets being slashed at both the local and state levels, the process is likely to be even more drawn-out and painful than it otherwise would be. But you can help! If you would like to make a donation to the library to assist with the disaster relief, send a check to:

The Library Foundation
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

For those interested in more information, I’ve linked to an article from the Courier-Journal that you can check out. There is a photo gallery available there as well. In addition, I’ve found a few more images online that weren’t included in the Courier-Journal set, and I’ve provided links to those below.

Amphibious bookmobiles
“That’s my office back there”
What a mess

Author and historian Barbara Tuchman once said “Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.” Lets all chip in and get the doors of the main branch of the LFPL opened back up again!