Joplin Public Library hosts grand opening and ribbon cutting

By JRBJ Staff

Library and city officials joined together June 3 with representatives of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Missouri State Library and a large crowd for the grand opening of the new Joplin Public Library. A ribbon cutting with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors was held on the north side of the building prior to the doors opening. Guests were then welcomed inside to join the library staff for a short program held in the community room.

The library is a partnership with EDA, which awarded the city a $20 million grant to assist in the redevelopment of the 20th Street area following the 2011 E-F5 Tornado. This stimulation project includes site infrastructure repairs and improvements, as well as the new library facility. It was a matching grant from EDA of 80 percent to 20 percent city resources. The city is funding $5 million of the project; approximately $4.5 million in TIF funding and $500,000 match in land value of property the city owns at 20th and Connecticut.

Citizens may utilize meeting spaces that can accommodate both small and large groups. The library also has an "un-conference room" that is furnished with lounge furniture for less formal meetings and collaboration. The reservation process for these meeting spaces will be announced soon.

"Maker Spaces," or adaptable creation spaces are included in the new library. These rooms may include tools and support services to complete booklet and brochure publishing, audio recording or editing, 3D printing and scanning, as well as other creative projects.

Self-check kiosks, a family computer room, outdoor courtyards and patio space, along with an enhanced vending area, help create a user-friendly and comfortable facility for all ages.

For more information, call 417-623-7953 or visit the website at www.joplinpubliclibrary.org. The new library is located at 1901 E. 20th Street.

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