Despite its currently darkened windows and surrounding construction, the Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library remains on track to reopen in late November, according to marketing and communications director Mary Altman. The projects unfolding at the branch stand out as a major part of phase one of the library’s capital improvement plan, funded by a levy increase voters approved two years ago.

While the facility at 2200 S. Missouri 7 undergoes significant renovations – including a new community room, teen area, children’s area and reading lounge – library personnel encourage patrons to use nearby branches in North Blue Springs, Grain Valley and on Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit.

In addition to these upgrades, Mid-Continent recently acquired a Lee’s Summit property at Blue Parkway and Battery Road, east of Todd George Road and north of U.S. 50 Highway, the site of a future library. If approved by the city, it would have a community programming room to host classes and forums, enclosed meeting and study rooms, a teen area and a children’s area.

“We’re excited about the progress we’ve made so far in fulfilling our promises to the voters,” said Library Director and CEO Steve Potter. “These upgrades will offer our customers the modern library experience they need and deserve.”

The library also has broken ground on a 400-seat community space, expected to open next spring, at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence. That library remains open while construction is underway.

Voters approved Proposition L by 62 percent last November, resulting in a levy increase of 8 cents per $100 of assessed validation. The library’s capital improvement plan includes improvements to all 31 branches in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.