Temporary Closing Date: August 21, 2019
Reopening Date: September 26, 2019
The Red Bridge Branch and its book drop will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, August 21 for approximately a month in order to relocate its collection to the new location at 453B Red Bridge Road (adjacent to the Euston Hardware Store).
Red Bridge Branch Dedication Ceremony, Presented by KC Parent
Wednesday, September 25, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
The public is invited to join branch staff, MCPL leadership, and local officials to “turn the page” in a special dedication ceremony at the new Red Bridge Branch on Wednesday, September 25, at 4:30 p.m., starting a new chapter in the history of the Red Bridge Branch. The public is invited to join Library staff at the old Red Bridge Branch (11140 Locust St.) at 4:30 p.m. to participate in a “book brigade” that will transfer the last few books from there to the new building.
Following the brigade and a ceremony with local officials at the new building, guests will enjoy a visit by MCPL mascot Marty the Martian, family activities—including a mobile scavenger hunt, an “I Love My Library” selfie station, a face painter, and balloon artist—and light refreshments. Everyone in attendance will receive a fine forgiveness token worth up to $10 off fines and select fees.
Red Bridge Branch Mobile Scavenger Hunt
September 25–October 4
Adults and kids will have fun participating in the Red Bridge Branch Scavenger Hunt using the free GooseChase app beginning at 4:30 p.m. during the dedication event on Wednesday, September 25, through Friday, October 4. Participants can qualify for a $50 gift certificate from Crow’s Coffee at the Red Bridge Shopping Center.
The branch will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 26. Please visit this page for information about the reopening celebration.
Holds and Returns
Before August 21, Red Bridge Branch customers are asked to check out any items you have been notified are available at the Red Bridge Branch for pickup. Any holds not picked up before close of business on Tuesday, August 20 will be transferred to:
12930 Booth Lane
Mon. – Thur. 9 – 9; Fri. 9 – 6; Sat. 10 – 6; Sun. 1 – 5
After August 20, library materials that become available and were scheduled to be picked up at the Red Bridge Branch will also be transferred and available at the Grandview Branch. If you would like your holds transferred to another branch during this renovation, please call or visit any MCPL branch and ask a staff member for assistance in redirecting your holds to your desired location.
The branch book drop will not be available for use while the branch is closed. Materials can be returned to any MCPL location not closed for construction.
Storytimes and Book Groups
Storytimes will resume at the Red Bridge Branch beginning on Thursday, September 26.
During the branch’s closure, book groups will be meeting at Crows Coffee (535 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO) located in the Red Bridge Shopping Center. Book groups will meet at their regular times beginning on Thursday, September 26.
R&R Book Group
Thursday, August 22, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 2:00 p.m.
Bestsellers Book Group
Saturday, September 7, 11:00am
Kid Lit Book Group
Thursday, September 19, 4:00pm
Programming and Services
During the branch’s closure, please visit our Events section for information about programs at other MCPL locations.
As an MCPL customer, you are invited to attend programs, including storytimes, browse the collection, use public computers, access free Wi-Fi, and use other Library services at all branch locations including the Blue Ridge Branch and the Grandview Branch.
Programming will resume at the Red Bridge Branch as of Thursday, September 26. Visit our Events section for updated program information at the branch.
Your New Library Experience Is Coming!
Trustees approved the budget for the Library’s plan to renovate a building within the Red Bridge Shopping Center that will become the new home of its Red Bridge Branch. The Library had previously finalized a long-term lease with LANE4 Property Group on the property at 453B Red Bridge Road―adjacent to the Euston Hardware Store in a space previously occupied by a bowling alley. Construction will start this spring, and the new location will be open by the summer.
The new facility boasts 14,352 square feet―more than 2,300 larger than MCPL’s current Red Bridge location―as well as improved visibility from Red Bridge Road.
The Red Bridge Branch will continue to operate throughout the renovation of the new space. The current plan is to sell the building the branch occupies following its move to the new space.
The renovation of this branch is part of the second phase of MCPL’s Capital Improvement Plan. This project is made possible by funds from Proposition L. The architects are SAPP Design (Springfield, MO) and Helix Architecture + Design, Inc. (Kansas City, MO), and the construction firm for all projects is JE Dunn.
- New interior
- New community room
- New collaboration spaces
- Automatic entry doors
- New furniture additions
- New, updated public computers
- Improved Wi-Fi coverage and access
- Outdoor seating area