Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of its new Red Bridge Branch in South Kansas City, located at 453B Red Bridge Road within the Red Bridge Shopping Center. Previously located around the corner at 11140 Locust Street, MCPL’s former Red Bridge Branch closed about a month ago to move its materials from the old building into the new. The Library will host a Dedication Ceremony for the new Red Bridge Branch on Wednesday, September 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
During the celebration, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a “book brigade” ceremony, where Library customers and staff will line up to pass the last few books from the old location to the new. Afterward, Library leaders and local officials will give some brief remarks in the community room of the new Red Bridge Branch, followed by refreshments and family-friendly activities, including face painting, a visit from the Library’s mascot, Marty the Martian, an “I Love My Library” selfie station, and a balloon artist. The new Red Bridge Branch will officially open for its first full day of public service on Thursday, September 26, at 9:00 a.m.
During the Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday evening, and throughout the day on Thursday, the Library will give away special commemorative tokens (one per person) that can be used one time to clear all Library fines and fees up to $10. In addition, the Library will offer a mobile scavenger hunt through the free GooseChase app, which customers can participate in to qualify for a $50 gift certificate to Crows Coffee. The Red Bridge Branch Scavenger Hunt will kick off at the dedication ceremony on September 25 and run through October 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
The new Red Bridge Branch spans 14,352 square feet―more than 2,300 larger than MCPL’s previous location―and offers improved visibility from Red Bridge Road. In January 2019, the Library began renovating the new building, which had formerly been occupied by a bowling alley and is currently owned by LANE4 Property Group. The Library signed a long-term lease with LANE4 in fall 2018. The new facility includes a community room for Library programs and community forums, collaboration rooms for small meetings and tutoring sessions, a designated children’s area, an outdoor seating area, and upgraded technology throughout.
More information about the Red Bridge Branch’s opening can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.