Two busy local branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library are closing for renovations in the coming weeks, and a ribbon cutting is planned as well.
The Blue Springs North branch at 850 N.W. Hunter Drive closes Monday for months of extensive renovation.
It’s expected to reopen in the spring after work that includes a new entry plaza, automatic entry doors, a community room with a capacity of 100 people, two collaboration rooms, a new teen area, a new children’s area, a wellness room, updated public computers and improved Wi-Fi coverage.
Also, the North Independence branch, 317 West U.S, 24, closes temporarily Oct. 7 for renovations. The youth services floor, which includes the computer lab, is to reopen Oct. 21. The full branch is to reopen in late November. The branch is getting exterior work and inside upgrades such as new carpeting, furniture and computers.
The Buckner branch also remains closed for renovations.
At the Midwest Genealogy Center at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road in Independence, the annual Veterans Salute is set for Sept. 28. The library on that day will cut the ribbon its new 400-seat Community Hall.
Voters approved these upgrades when they raised the Mid-Continent levy three years ago.