Holts Summit shares sneak-peek of Public Library


    <p>Holts Summit hosted a sneak-peek event Wednesday to preview the new Holts Summit Public Library. (Lexie Petrovic/KRCG13).{/p}

    Holts Summit hosted a sneak-peek event Wednesday to preview the new Holts Summit Public Library.

    Library Services Manger Sara Henry said this is meant to be a place for studying, community gathering, and more.

    "We have more than just books here," she said."We've got DVD's, programs, meeting rooms people can rent."

    Henry said there will also be a cyber bar with computers for the public to use, as well as free Wifi for people who bring their own devices in.

    She said aside from quiet space, the library will also be hosting nights with special programs.

    "The library offers a lot of great programming, like with the event we have tonight, where people can come out and learn or be entertained and have a communal space," she said.

    She said the library was something the community has talked about for a while and said the community deserves space to study and have access to resources.

    "Holts Summit is one of our most popular book mobile branches," she said. "We have had a lot of support in the community in establishing a library here and so we are really excited to expand upon what we already got in motion."

    Daniel Boone Regional Library director Margaret Conroy said Wednesday's event was to give the public a preview of what is yet to come.

    "Today we have had a sneak peek for the neighbors in our community who have watched us working on building this out so we invited them to come in and see what their library was going to look like," she said.

    Conroy said the Empowerment Foundation spent several years raising money to make the space available, and once it secured a space, began the lengthy planning process.

    "We started planning once it looked like we would be able to provide a service back in 2018, because we needed to budget for staff, needed to budget for the books and materials and furniture," she said.

    Henry said the library staff is excited to see the community showing so much support for the town's new addition.

    "They have been very supportive so far," she said. "We have been very thrilled with the outpouring of support from everyone we have been talking with."

    Conroy said the staff has been working tirelessly to get the library ready for its grand opening.

    "We have had a number of library staff working on getting things ready and they are a little exhausted at this point but also very excited to be able to open a new branch," she said. "It's not something libraries get to do very frequently these days."

    Henry said the Holts Summit Public Library is set to open March 5. She said the hours for the library will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday from 10-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10-1 p.m.



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