During the work, which was done with input from the community, staff and many of the books in that branch’s collection occupied a former restaurant space just across the street in order to continue to meet patron needs.
“One of the things we love about this space is that the North-East Branch isn’t just a part of the community, it’s embedded in the community,” said Library Director John Herron.
The remodeled building not only features new books in multiple languages, but also a studio space for interactive, messy, and inspired creativity.
“Everything was waiting for us to use. Everything was built for us to use. Everything was chosen and selected with us in mind,” said Branch Manager Amanda Barnhart.
“Having RISE here is a lot better for us being able to reach out to people. They’re right here. It’s a five- minute bus ride, a three-minute bus ride, a walk,” said RISE Outreach Manager Julie Robinson.
Community leaders like Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Library board member India Williams, and Kansas City Public School Board Treasurer Manny Abarca IV all sent their congratulations and well wishes on the new space. Find those messages and highlights of some of the new features in the following video:
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