St. Louis County Library broke ground on the new Meramec Valley Branch on May 30, 2018. The new branch will be located at 1501 San Simeon Way in unincorporated St. Louis County. The seven-acre site was previously home to Marshall’s Nursery, but has been cleared in preparation for construction to begin. Attendees gathered under a large tent to hear Library Director Kristen Sorth speak about the new branch. “Staff and patrons have been eagerly awaiting the new Meramec Valley Branch, and they won’t be disappointed. This library will have something for everyone–families, job seekers, teens looking for a place to hangout, seniors wanting to attend a program, or someone looking for a good book. This new library will be an asset to the entire community.” Following Kristen’s remarks, Barbara Fraser, Education Liaison to the County Executive, spoke about how the upgraded branch will be a positive impact on the surrounding community. St. Louis County Library Board members Dr. Lynn Beckwith, Dr. Chingling Tai and Mike Mulligan were in attendance, and helped shovel a few piles of dirt as part of the ceremony. Staff from the Meramec Valley Branch had an opportunity to pose with shovels and hardhats, and were visibly excited about their new branch. The new Meramec Valley Branch will be a full service library branch encompassing 21,000 square feet. The new branch will feature a Discovery Zone for children, private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room, a business center, a community garden, a walking path, and an outdoor reading deck. The branch is expected to be complete in early 2019.