Booming Liberty Twp. targeted for new MidPointe Library branch

A new MidPointe Library branch opened Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Liberty Center in Liberty Twp. but now township officials are excited about a proposal for a new, larger location on Yankee Road to help serve the township's booming population. Zoning and purchase of the nearly 6 acres of property are still to be done but MidPointe officials say they are optimistic about developing a new branch location in one of the fastest growing communities in Butler County. (File Photo\Journal-News)
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A new MidPointe Library branch opened Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Liberty Center in Liberty Twp. but now township officials are excited about a proposal for a new, larger location on Yankee Road to help serve the township's booming population. Zoning and purchase of the nearly 6 acres of property are still to be done but MidPointe officials say they are optimistic about developing a new branch location in one of the fastest growing communities in Butler County. (File Photo\Journal-News)

As Liberty Twp. enters its latest chapter of growth, the booming community may be doing so with a new and expanded library branch.

According to the latest U.S. Census figures, from 2010 to 2020 Liberty Twp. saw an 18.1% population jump with 6,740 new residents, bringing the new total to 44,000.

And MidPointe Library officials recently announced a proposed expansion of its services in the township beyond the current branch on the second floor of the Liberty Center’s indoor mall area.

“Liberty Center and Liberty Twp. have been wonderful partners. Response from the community has been amazing and our current location is thriving,” said Cari Hillman, community engagement director for MidPointe.

The existing MidPointe Library Liberty, which opened nearly three years ago, circulates an average of 12,000 items a month and saw 8,243 visitors in August, making it the third busiest location among all MidPointe locations in the county, said Hillman.

The popularity and growth of the branch library mirrors Liberty’s growth in recent years.

The recently released census stats in August show the township, which is one of two townships feeding into the 17,000-student Lakota school system, had the second largest percentage in population uptick in the county with an 18.1 percent increase.

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Plans call the re-zoning of nearly six acres at 6716 Yankee Road and for the land’s purchase by MidPointe for the building of a free-standing library where a house and barn are located, she said.

“We look forward to the opportunity to provide families with a larger space so they can enjoy even more Library materials, services and programs close to home, and we are so grateful that Liberty Township is a community that loves and supports its Library,” said Hillman.

Caroline McKinney, spokeswoman for Liberty Twp., said proposed addition is appreciated by local government leaders.

“Liberty Township is excited about MidPointe Library’s plans to expand in our community. We’ve been working with them for the past five to six years as they’ve been identifying potential sites for a new location,” said McKinney.

“We’ve pleased they found a site that works well for them and the location seems a great fit for potential partnerships with the Lakota Family YMCA. MidPointe has been a great community partner and resource for our residents and we’re pleased to see them expanding services in Liberty Twp.”

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