March 16, 2021
Mid-Continent Public Library’s Grandview Branch will reopen to the public on Friday, March 19, at 10:00 a.m. after being closed since July 2020 for renovations. The branch building, which was built in 1988, was expanded by nearly 4,400 square feet and received a wide variety of other upgrades, including:
- New dedicated children’s area
- Additional windows for improved natural lighting
- Enhanced entry and native landscaping
- New paint, carpet, and ceilings
- New community programming room*
- Three meeting/collaboration rooms*
- Improved Wi-Fi coverage and access
- Parking lot repairs
Customers are welcome to come in with a mask on throughout their visit and independently browse and check out materials as well as use technology services (Wi-Fi, public computers, copiers, and fax machines). Wi-Fi continues to be available outside the branch 24/7, and hotspots are available for checkout through MCPL’s new Wi-Fi To Go service.
Curbside service is also available to pick up held items that customers have been notified are ready. All materials must be returned to one of the Library’s indoor or outdoor book drops. Grandview Branch customers who have been picking up their materials at the Library’s nearby Red Bridge Branch will have their holds automatically transferred back to Grandview unless they request otherwise.
The Grandview Branch’s Read and Feed program, which provides free meals to kids ages 18 and under, in partnership with Harvesters – The Community Food Network, will resume Monday, March 22. Meals will be available through the branch’s curbside service Monday – Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
As the Grandview Branch reopens, the Library’s Blue Ridge Branch prepares to close on Saturday, March 20, for renovations. During the closure, Blue Ridge Branch customers will have their materials automatically transferred to the Library’s Raytown Branch unless they request otherwise.
Both renovations are part of MCPL’s ongoing Capital Improvement Plan, which it launched following the passage of Proposition L in 2016. The Library is working with Sapp Design Architects, Helix Architecture + Design, and JE Dunn to upgrade all of its existing branches and add two new units of service by the end of 2022. Prop L funding has also allowed the Library to enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts, and buy more materials.
More information about all of the Library’s construction projects can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.
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