St. Louis County Library will open its new Lewis & Clark Branch at 9 a .m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. The new branch includes an expanded discovery-themed children’s area with constellations made of LED lights, a colorful space dedicated to teens and private study rooms.
Iconic stained glass windows depicting Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea were removed from the old Lewis & Clark Branch, which was closed earlier this year, and reinstalled at the new building. The new Lewis & Clark Branch is located at 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63136.
“We are so thrilled to be opening the beautiful new Lewis and Clark Branch," said Library Director Kristen Sorth. "I said at the groundbreaking that this was the library the community built and this can be seen in every corner of the branch. I hope the patrons love it as much as we do.”
The library is also in the process of constructing a new Grant’s View Branch, which will replace the Tesson Ferry Branch. Grant’s View is expected to open later this year and will include a teen space, craft center and expanded area for children’s programming. A new green space will be used for outdoor programming and community gardens.
The library closed several other branches earlier this year for renovations. According to the library's website, the Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Weber Road and Rock Road branches are all expected to reoopen in late 2015 and early 2016. Renovations to existing branches include larger children’s areas, private study rooms and family restrooms.
The renovations were made possible by the Your Library Renewed campaign, a tax increase approved by voters in 2012. For more information about Your Library Renewed, visit slcl.org.