Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the completion of renovations at its Oak Grove Branch, which reopened to the public on October 10, resuming its regular hours (Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). An official Welcome Back Ceremony will be held at the branch on Friday, November 16, at 9:00 a.m. and will include remarks from Library leadership as well as local elected officials, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.
In addition to the Welcome Back Ceremony, the Oak Grove Branch will host an Open House on Saturday, November 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will open with live entertainment by Mad Science and will continue with refreshments, a selfie station, and a mobile scavenger hunt through the free GooseChase app to qualify for a $50 gift certificate to El Maguey in Oak Grove.
During both the Welcome Back Ceremony on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday, 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. The Oak Grove Branch Scavenger Hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, and continue through Friday, November 23, at 6:00 p.m. To register for the live entertainment, visit mymcpl.org/events.
Since the branch closed on July 2, it has received a variety of interior and exterior upgrades, including the new programming room for use by the public, technology upgrades, and a new entry façade that includes the Library’s logo.
Scheduled at the start of Phase I of MCPL’s Capital Improvement Plan, the Oak Grove Branch is one of many Library branches to receive upgrades, which have been made possible by increased funding from the passage of Proposition L by voters in 2016. While the upgrades at each branch vary based on individual community needs and the building’s current condition, the Library’s goal has been to create more intentional spaces and improve essential technology. Design work for the five-year Capital Plan is being completed by Sapp Design Architects and Helix Architecture + Design with JE Dunn assuming responsibility for construction contractor management.
In addition to all the physical upgrades, the increased funding approved by voters in 2016 has allowed MCPL to expand branch hours, enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts, and buy more materials.
More information about the Oak Grove Branch’s reopening can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.