A Jewel in Appalachia

After a career in television broadcasting, Carlie Pelfrey returned to her hometown as the director of the Lawrence County Public Library. She came back with a vision for a library that would house hope, not just books. So, together with library designers at OPN Architects, Pelfrey and her board embarked on a transformation of the library into a jewel for its community and for Appalachia.They were committed to a process and a promise for a renovation that would create an epicenter for the county; embrace justice, equity, and care; address challenges head on; highlight access and opportunity; and most importantly celebrate the belief that a modern library can thrive anywhere.
The renovated library, which opened in February 2020, manifests this mission.