Grain Valley has a new Mid-Continent Public Library that is nearly double in size compared to its former location at 110 Front Street.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the newest Mid-Continent Public Library branch at 101 SW Eagles Parkway in the Old Towne Marketplace shopping center. Several Grain Valley officials attended the event, including representatives from Grain Valley Police and Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, as well as Sni-A-Bar Elementary School students and Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce members.

“The previous location was about 4,000 square feet and our new location is now 7,500 square feet,” said Mid-Continent Director of Public Services Vicky Baker.

The extra space allows the new library to feature two “Collaboration Rooms.” These areas can be used for student tutoring, conferences, or other purposes needing a quiet atmosphere. They are located in the back of the building.

Not only that, but a larger meeting room behind the collaboration rooms will be available to rent for groups and organizations as well, said Baker.

Besides expanding in size, Mid-Continent Public Library Director Steve Potter said another reason they decided to relocate its Grain Valley branch was to be in close proximity to the neighboring Grain Valley High School and Sni-A-Bar Elementary, where the branch could serve as an additional learning source for students after school.

“Libraries help build communities,” said Potter to those in attendance at Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Grain Valley Branch hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. To schedule a time to use the Collaboration or meeting rooms, call 816-228-4020 during library hours.