The new Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence County Library will be located at 2200 Park Street near Monett High School and Scott Tech. Construction is on schedule and the library is expected to open in November. Mike Gervais/[email protected]
New facility still on track for November opening
Construction of the new Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence County Library is taking shape at 2200 Park Street, at the intersection of Old Airport Road and Park Street.
The land was laid on the library in September 2021, and the project is on track for completion next November.
“Things are going well with the build,” said Greg Brown, the library’s director of marketing. “We desperately need donations for the building. Over the past two months we have received significant donations, but regular families like mine and yours who give smaller donations have a huge impact. We shouldn’t be shocked, after all, it’s ordinary people with kids who really benefit from the library. That said, we would like bigger corporate sponsors to step in and help financially in bigger chunks.
The Monett Lions Club is showing its support for the library on May 7 with a fundraiser for a steak dinner at Scott Tech from 5-7 p.m. For a $15 donation, the Lions will serve a 10-ounce steak, baked potato, salad, drink and pie. Tickets for the fundraiser are available at Bruner’s Pharmacy, any Monett Lions Club member or at the door while supplies last. Only 200 dinners will be served.
Brown said that to date the library has raised more than half of the $6 million it needs to complete the project and is still seeking larger donations that come with naming rights for various facilities in the library. library.
Currently the flagpole, the teenage department and two of the study rooms have been sponsored by Dayton and Pearl Mackey and the children’s department has been sponsored by Glen and Jeanne Garret and the associates of First State Bank of Purdy.
Naming rights are still available for the Library Branch Name, Adult Department, Community Meeting Rooms, Outdoor Terrace, Adult Reading Lounge, Coffee Bar Lounge, Guest Kitchen inspiration and direct access windows.
Naming rights for the library branch name require a $1 million donation and the adult department, outdoor patio and community reading rooms require a $200,000 or $250,000 donation.
Other naming rights available require a donation between $50,000 and $75,000.
As fundraising for the library continues, Brown said staff members are working to get the last of the bids needed to furnish the library with shelving and indoor furniture.
“It’s been a challenge because of the supply chain issues,” he said. “The kitchen appliances for the inspiration kitchen were ordered months ago, but we won’t receive them until July.”
With construction progressing on schedule, Brown said he would encourage everyone to visit the new facility to see what’s going on.
“You can see it by browsing the brick facade, and even the roof decking is complete,” he said. “It’s an inspiring step because you can see how ambitious this project really is and how wonderful this new library will be for the Monett community.”
The current library, located at 213 6th St. in downtown Monett, is approximately 5,000 square feet. The new facility will span over 20,000 square feet and will include dedicated areas for children, teens and adults, as well as the kitchen, which is designed to act as a kind of stage that will be used for cooking demonstrations and community programs. .
Brown also said the new library will have a concession area with coffee and vending machines, and the overall design is to create a community center that will serve as a home for a variety of community members, ranging from working students on projects, to local civic groups who need a space to meet or hold public events.
“We hope that when it’s finished around November, the residents of Monett will be able to see the care and thoughtfulness that has gone into this building,” Brown said. “This library will be something the whole community can be proud of.”