GLADSTONE — Mid-Continent Public Library’s Antioch Branch, 6060 N. Chestnut Ave., opened to the public on Nov. 26 after being closed for five months for renovations.
The official rededication ceremony will be at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4. There will be remarks from library leadership as well as local elected officials, followed by a book-opening ceremony marking a new chapter for the branch.
There will be a reception afterward.
The celebration will continue with an open house Saturday, Jan. 5. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. Magician Eric Vaughn will provide entertainment, followed by refreshments and a selfie station.
During both events Friday and Saturday, the library staff 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, per a library press release.
“We are so excited to welcome back our customers and can’t wait to show them all of the new and improved features of their Library,” said Rosalyn Spring, Antioch Branch manager. “The goal with this project was to transform our branch into a modern space that customers could use to learn, grow and connect with one another, and with the development of more purposeful spaces and added technology, I think we’ve accomplished that.”
The library staff will offer a mobile scavenger hunt through the free GooseChase app, which customers can participate in to qualify for a $50 gift certificate to Cascone’s Italian Restaurant. The Antioch Branch Scavenger Hunt will kick off at the rededication ceremony on Jan. 4 and run through 6 p.m. Jan. 11.
The Antioch branch closed June 18. Renovations have included interior and exterior upgrades, including a community room with audio-visual equipment (seats 140), new collaboration rooms, new teen and children’s areas, an updated storytime program room, a reading lounge, new furniture, and upgraded technology including new computers and printers as well as improved Wi-Fi coverage and access.
In addition to all the physical upgrades, the increased funding approved by voters in 2016 has allowed MCPL to expand branch hours, enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts and buy more materials.
The upgrades are part of the first phase in the MCPL’s capital improvement plan.