On Thursday, August 2, at 9:00 a.m., Mid-Continent Public Library will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new addition to its Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence. The project, which is scheduled to be complete by late spring of 2019, will include the construction of a new 400-seat community hall with an array of amenities including a foyer, divisible meeting space, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, and an on-site catering kitchen.
Adjoining to the current facility, the new Community Hall will be used for future programs and workshops offered by the Library, such as MGC’s annual Spring Seminar, as well as for unrelated community events, which local residents and organizations will be able to book through a reservation process.
While the construction is underway, MGC customers will still be able to use the main building during regular hours for normal services. For additional information about the project, or to see a rendering of the new Community Hall, visit mymcpl.org/community and click on Midwest Genealogy Center under “Branch Enhancements Phase I.”
The groundbreaking ceremony for the MGC addition will be the first of several that the Library will host over the next few years as it works to complete a Capital Improvement Plan that calls for upgrades at all 31 of the Library’s branches by 2022. The plan was made possible by increased funding from the passage of Proposition L by voters in November 2016. Information about all of the upcoming MCPL construction projects can be found at mymcpl.org/community.
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