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Excelsior library to hold ribbon cutting Dec. 5

November 30, 2018Mid-Continent Public Library announced the completion of renovations at its Excelsior Springs Branch, which reopened to the public Nov. 5, resuming its regular hours of Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 

An official welcome back ceremony will be held at the branch 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will include remarks from library leadership as well as local elected officials, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.

“The community of Excelsior Springs has been tremendously supportive during the renovation process, allowing us to temporarily set up shop in the Hall of Waters and patiently awaiting the reopening of their library,” said Excelsior Springs Branch Manager Stephen Chalmers. “Now it’s our turn to return the favor by welcoming everyone back to our beautifully upgraded building, which we hope customers find to be a more modern and useful space.”

In addition to the ceremony, the Excelsior Springs Branch will host an open house from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will open with live entertainment by juggler Brian Wendling 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 Ventana Gourmet Grill. Plus, attendees will have the chance to meet the Library’s mascot, Marty the Martian.

 During both the Wednesday’s ceremony 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 Excelsior Springs Branch Scavenger Hunt will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, and will continue until 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14. To register for the live entertainment, visit mymcpl.org/events.

During the remodel that began on June 11, the branch received a variety of interior and exterior upgrades, including a new community room with audio and video equipment, a new children’s area, a new collaboration room, new furniture, an outdoor seating area and upgraded technology.

 Scheduled at the start of Phase I of MCPL’s Capital Improvement Plan, the Excelsior Springs Branch remains 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 planned to create more intentional spaces and improve essential technology. Sapp Design Architects and Helix Architecture + Design completed design work for the five-year capital plan with JE Dunn assuming responsibility for construction contractor management.

In addition to all the physical upgrades, the increased funding approved by voters in 2016 allowed MCPL to expand branch hours, enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts and buy more materials.

More information about the Excelsior Springs Branch’s reopening can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.

By Standard Staff • StandardStaff@leaderpress.com

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