Children and parents are making a splash at the new and improved children’s area of the Raytown Branch. With our enhancement, summer readers are finding it easier to find that perfect book to cool off with. Dive into the new children’s area now on the main floor. It is now more open and easily accessible.
The North Oak Branch was closed for three days in May to do some updating to our building. While this project is not finished yet, we have made some big changes in how the different collections of items in the building are shelved. We also installed new lighting that is brighter and also more energy efficient. Future plans include a brand new circulation desk, new furniture, more book display options, and digital signage to advertise library programs and services.
Come See the New Layout at the Blue Springs South Branch!
As you may have noticed, the Blue Springs South Branch was closed the first week of May. On Monday, May 10, the branch reopened to reveal new carpeting and a brand new layout featuring a fresh, open floor plan with more shelving and seating.
One of the most notable changes in our design is the relocation of the catalog computers. Before, several computers were banked together in only 2 locations inside the library. Now, a computer with library catalog access is available in close proximity to nearly every section of the library.
Take a behind the scenes glance of North Independence.
Thank you for your patience while we are moving and shaking.
We are seeing some grand improvements to our old building. Libby, the North Independence Library cat, took a tour around the building looking for good hiding places. She loves her new digs and can't wait to get moved back.
Follow our improvements online, from the MCPL Home Page click on "Follow the progress at the North Independence" .
What a boost to come to work and be greeted by such beautiful roses and lilies. Our library has experienced a landscape renewal in the past couple of years that has added more color to our environment. Though the roses are simply beautiful, we have yet to identify the variety pictured here. Perhaps you can tell us what they are?
If you haven’t been to the Raytown Branch for a while, we think you are in for a pleasant surprise. We are very pleased with the results of our recent enhancement project. New lighting and department relocations give the building a brighter, more spacious look.
Shelf Reorganization at the Platte City Branch Library
In order to provide a higher level of customer service to our patrons at the Platte City Branch, we have spent the last few months reorganizing our shelves. As a result, all of our adult materials are now located together on one side of the building, and all of our children’s and teen materials are now located together on the other side. The materials for preschool age children are still located in the center of the building, but we have relocated our early readers and beginning chapter books to the beginning of the children’s fiction section.
Truly, we are a society on the go. In our world of cars, fast food, and hurried schedules, our lives our becoming more and more portable. One of the great things about books is that you can take them almost anywhere. With Raytown’s recent renovation, we have created some reading areas near our large windows to take advantage of our afternoon sunlight. Many mornings, we will see patrons reading their morning paper in comfort or relaxing with paperback.
Have you noticed how bright the library at Red Bridge is lately? The overhead lighting at Red Bridge Branch has been changed out to a new updated version. One of our staff members told me she thought her eyesight was going bad while we had the old lighting system. Now with the new system being installed, we can all search for books and see the titles and labels a lot easier. Enjoy the new lighting!