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Future of Woodneath

The original Woodneath home

Woodneath Campus Master Plan

Mid-Continent Public Library’s Woodneath Campus provides a unique opportunity to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration. By responsibly leveraging natural assets of the Woodneath Campus, the Library can create a new experience which encourages lifelong learning – both indoors and out.

The Library Center and Historic Home are surrounded by 32 acres of unique property. The Woodneath grounds offer the best of our native landscapes: rolling hills, a variety of trees, prairie grasses, and a creek. Juxtaposed against the surrounding bustle of new development, the Woodneath grounds are natural, tranquil, and inspiring. 

Through work with Ochsner Hare & Hare, renowned local planning consultant and landscape architect firm, MCPL has developed a multi-year plan which will strengthen a unique asset by enhancing the natural features and beauty of the grounds while incorporating special programming elements. The Llbrary Board adopted the Master Plan and execution of the plan became part of the promise made to voters when Proposition L was passed in 2016.
Woodneath's Future Outdoor AmphitheatreThe Master Plan offers the following unique features:

  • Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Council Rings
  • Outdoor Reading Nook
  • Cultural Nodes and Educational Markers
  • Trails, Shelter, and Seating Areas
  • Pedestrian Walking Bridge and Outdoor Staircase
  • Native Prairie Restoration and Meadow Areas

Woodneath Story Center

MCPL is now embarking on a new phase of the Woodneath Project: the preservation and adaptive reuse of the homestead and creation of a humanities-based Story Center. This community-inspired Center is at the heart of MCPL’s vision and will be fully funded with private support. The Story Center will celebrate the art of story creation and share in its traditional and modern forms. The concept is to create “rooms of experience” within the historic structure revolving around the arts of oral storytelling, written storytelling, and visual storytelling.
Inside the Story Center 
Some planned features of the Woodneath Story Center include:

  • Collaboration and program space
  • The Woodneath Press, an on-site bookmaking printer
  • A digital storytelling technology lab
  • Recording booth
  • An archive of oral, written, and digital stories produced at the Center

Kansas City enjoys a vibrant storytelling community and the Story Center will bring this art, in its various traditional and modern forms, to all generations in the community and region. Because this concept is still in development, national and local partners involved in the planning of the project are currently being identified and gathered to participate in the project. 
For a copy of the comprehensive OHH plan, more information about the adaptive reuse of the Woodneath home, or to find out how you can support these projects, contact the Development Office at 816.521.7260 or

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