Another round of renovations is set to begin this fall for the St. Louis County Library.
To date, 14 of 19 branches have been renovated or replaced as part of a multi-year campaign called Your Library Renewed.
The Daniel Boone branch in Ellisville, which has been closed for construction since last November, will officially open on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m.
The newly updated location features an additional 10,000 square feet that includes a Discovery Zone for children, collection space, a quiet reading room, a program room and comfortable seating areas.
The Daniel Boone branch is the second to feature a Discovery Zone, which is an entire floor dedicated to children. It has several unique activity areas, including a slide, a pneumatic tube display and an interactive light wall, similar to an oversized Lite Brite, where kids can create colorful designs. There are two large-format touch screens where kids can play games and expand their digital literacy skills using educational apps. The Discovery Zone also includes an area for younger explorers, with features designed for small children such as reading nooks, interactive literacy panels, and a Crooked House.
Additional upgrades include a designated space for teens with modern furniture and fixtures, as well as six private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a laptop bar, a business center and a vending area. Four revamped community meeting rooms will be available for use by individuals and organizations. New shelving, furniture and carpeting have also been installed.
Phase II of the project continues this fall and winter, and will affect three branches: Grand Glaize in Manchester, Mid-County in downtown Clayton, and Thornhill in West County.
The Grand Glaize branch will close for construction on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. The work is expected to last six to nine months. Patrons are being advised to visit the reopened Daniel Boone branch during the temporary closure.
Closing information for the Mid-County and Thornhill locations will be announced at a later date.
In 2012, voters in St. Louis County approved a $.06 tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. Construction on all of the new and renovated buildings in Phase II of the Your Library Renewed campaign is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.