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MCPL Spotlight: Woodneath Library Center’s Next Chapter

Published on Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:44am
Woodneath Library Center

MCPL’s Woodneath Library Center is home to a historic house that is currently undergoing a major transformation led by Pishny Restoration. Estimated to be complete by spring 2020, the restored house will include offices for The Story Center—the Library’s initiative that supports storytellers of all mediums—as well as programming spaces, a recording studio, a reading room, a conference room, and office space for the National Storytelling Network. The restoration is funded by a private campaign (, which is at 90 percent of its fundraising goal.

As construction winds down on the historic home, the Library will break ground on another project on the west side of the Woodneath Library Center campus. In 2020, MCPL will begin construction on an auditorium, which will be used by The Story Center to host their Speaker Series programs and other events—often featuring bestselling authors from across the globe—as well as by the community for local meetings and forums. Schematic design for the $6 million project has begun, and construction is estimated to be complete by June 2021. 

Twisting around all these projects and through the prairie restoration of the 33-acre site is an extensive outdoor trail. Created by the Library in December 2017, the trail will continue to expand as it becomes the connection between several outdoor program spaces, including a rustic amphitheater, council rings, and a grand staircase.

View the Woodneath Master Plan here.

-MCPL Marketing & Communications

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