Scenic Regional Library building expected to open May 23

By: 
Roxanne Murphy

Owensville’s new Scenic Regional Library is expected to open May 23.

Linda Little, branch manger, said this move has been a long time coming.

“We are all very excited about it,” Little said. “It’s becoming more real.”

The new building that is currently being constructed across from Save-a-Lot where the former Owensville Elementary School 3-5 Center stood is expected to be 6,800 square feet when completed. The new building is a large increase from the community’s existing 2,500 square foot building in a old downtown storefront.

According to Scenic Regional’s newsletter, the libraries will have many new features, including on-site parking, study rooms, patios with outdoor seating, and meeting rooms.

“There will also be an easy book drop for families with kids,” Little said. “They won’t have to unstrap everybody to get out of the car.”

Little said they are packing up personal belongings for the move and the library has hired movers to relocate the books.

“I will be giving a private tour of the new facility to the Friends of the Library members on Monday, May 21 from 7 to 7:30 p.m.,” said Steve Campbell, Scenic Regional Library’s executive director.

The tour will be held before the new facilities open to the public. Anyone may join the Friends group for as little as $10 a year. If they join by May 10, they will also be invited to the tour. Contact the library for an application or apply online with a debit or credit card by visiting www.scenicregionalfoundation.org.

Eight library building projects funded by tax increase 

The $21 million building project was made possible by a voter-approved tax increase in April 2014. The project will produce six new facilities and two additions and renovations. Overall, the total square footage of the library system’s branches will double in size.

Little added that the tour is one of the privileges to being a friends member.

“I am anticipating being quite busy and hopefully people will be getting cards and checking out books,” Little said.

Other libraries scheduled to be completed in May are Wright City branch, May 21 and New Haven on May 31, according to the library newsletter.

The $21 million building project was made possible by a voter-approved tax increase in April 2014. The project will produce six new facilities and additions and renovations to two other sites. Overall, the total square footage of the library system’s branches will double in size

Other libraries scheduled to be completed in May are the Wright City branch, on May 21, and New Haven on May 31, according to the library newsletter.

The new facility in New Haven will be 5,000 square feet — over triple the current size, according to library officials.

The new Sullivan branch will be  complete in late-June; Pacific and St. Clair in late-July; and Warrenton in mid-August.  Union’s new facility is expected to be complete in March 2019. 

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