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Posted on: February 8, 2017

SAVE the DATE - June 3 is Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of new Joplin Public Library

SAVE the DATE of Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a day of fun, exploration and new excitement as the Joplin Public Library hosts its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Construction work continues on the new facility at 1901 East 20th Street as staff prepare to move into the building in late April.

“The time is getting near that we’ll be moving into this beautiful building that offers incredible amenities for our patrons,” said Library Director Jacque Gage. “Not only will the Library solve ADA accessibility issues, but it also provides much needed technology upgrades with maker spaces, new computer lab and a video wall that gives us multiple options in using this feature. Our staff is very excited and we can’t wait to introduce the facility to the public.”

The Library Board of Directors and Staff chose early June to host their Grand Opening and launch the annual summer reading program simultaneously. “The month of May is a busy time for everyone with high school and college graduations, as well as many sports beginning for the summer,” said Gage. “Kicking off the summer reading program and hosting the public on June 3 will be a great celebration and provide the summer months for students, families and all to explore the new spaces and services we’ll have in this new facility.”

Earlier this week, the Joplin City Council approved approximately $1.2 million for computers and furnishings for the new facility. Some items will also be moved from the existing Library.

The Library project is a partnership with the Economic Development Administration, which awarded the City a $20 million grant to assist in the redevelopment of the 20th Street area following the 2011 disaster. The project will include site infrastructure repairs and improvements, as well as the new facility.

Gage has noted that this facility address many problems the library has at our current location:  an overall lack of space and inability to expand either outward or upward; a lack of ADA accessibility and compliance; a lack of parking; a building not designed with the capacity for today’s electrical or computing needs; and a host of other issues.

For more information, call (417) 623-7953 or visit the Library website at

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