Business of the Month

The Excelsior Springs Branch Library is one of the 31 branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library, which was established in 1965 and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Mid-Continent Public Library serves the residents of Clay, Platte, and Jackson Counties.

“We joined the Chamber in order to better serve the community by increasing awareness of library resources and services within the community,” said Stephen Chalmers, Branch Manager.

In addition to books, Internet, and other resources, the library offers programs for all ages including book clubs, storytime for familes, free tax help for seniors from AARP, genealogy, and more.

Library service in Excelsior Springs has a long and rich history. There has been a public library in Excelsior Springs since 1909, when the first one was established by the Excelsior Springs Civic Improvement Association. In 1913, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded Excelsior Springs a $10,000 grant for the construction of a new library, which opened at 339 East Broadway Street in 1916.

This Carnegie library continued to serve the people of Excelsior Springs until 1973, when the Excelsior Springs Branch, by then a part of the three county Mid-Continent Public Library system founded in 1965, moved to a new location at 135 Crown Hill Road. The current location at 1460 Kearney Road opened in 1986.

Most recently, Mid-Continent Public Library received approval of Proposition L by voters in the Library’s district. The 8-cent increase will expand the Library’s current operations — from programs and services to renovating or replacing aging facilities. The library gets about 95 percent of its operating funds from the local property tax levy.

The Library’s Capital Improvement Project Manager, Jake Wimmer, will attend this month’s Chamber luncheon to talk about upcoming renovations to the Excelsior Springs Branch. For more information about your local library call 816-630-6721 or visit the website or follow us on Facebook.