Polk County Public Library Renovation Grand Opening

Posted By Laura Scheele – Mar 20 | 2024

Last weekend marked a momentous occasion in Bolivar, Missouri, as the community came together to witness the grand reveal party of the Polk County Public Library’s much-anticipated renovation project. It was an event filled with excitement and anticipation as attendees gathered to see the transformation of this beloved community space.

The renovation project was no small feat, as the library had to remain operational throughout the process. With careful planning and execution, Library Director Colleen Knight, Assistant Library Director Tiffany Taylor, and the library staff collaborated with the design and construction teams to successfully complete the renovation of 12,200 sf of space, breathing new life into the library while continuing to serve the needs of its patrons.

One of the highlights of the event was the presence of Michael L. Parson, Governor of Missouri, who graciously took part in a book signing featuring his new book during the grand opening. His attendance added a special touch to the celebration, as he recounted his personal ties to the region, having served as the Sheriff in Bolivar for several years and presently residing in Polk County.

The newly redesigned space promises to be multi-functional, with flexible areas for various programs and activities. Visitors can look forward to a vibrant children’s area, thoughtfully curated to engage young minds and foster a love for reading. From interactive areas, zones, and displays to a wide selection of books, this space is sure to spark the imaginations of children for years to come.

The library now boasts a cozy hearth with comfortable seating, providing the perfect spot for patrons to relax and unwind with a good book. Additionally, a spacious community room has been added, offering a versatile space for events, gatherings, and educational programs.

One of the most exciting aspects of the renovation is the new entryway, designed to welcome visitors with a flood of natural light. This warm and inviting atmosphere sets the tone for the entire library experience, inviting patrons to explore and discover all that the library has to offer.

And that’s not all – the renovation also includes public meeting rooms and public access study and work rooms, providing additional resources and support for those in need. Plus, an outdoor patio allows patrons to enjoy the beautiful surroundings while immersing themselves in the joy of reading and learning.

Overall, the grand reveal of the Polk County Public Library renovation was a resounding success, showcasing a space that is both functional and inviting. As the community looks ahead to the future, they can take pride in knowing that their library will continue to be a cherished gathering place for generations to come.

If you run a library and want to learn more about transforming your space, please contact us and we can see if we are a good fit.