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County Library Opens Discovery Zone & Expanded Daniel Boone Branch

Press Release

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 8:57a.m.

St. Louis County Library will open the renovated and expanded Daniel Boone Branch on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:00 a.m. as part of the Your Library Renewed campaign. The renovated branch has an additional 10,000 square feet that includes a Discovery Zone for children, collection space, a quiet reading room, a program room and comfortable seating areas. Construction on the Daniel Boone Branch began in November 2016 and is part of a multi-year, $120+ million campaign to renovate or replace 19 branches within the Library District.

The Daniel Boone Branch is located at 300 Clarkson Road in Ellisville.

The branch is the second to feature a Discovery Zone–an entire floor dedicated to children with engaging, educational activities. The Discovery Zone has several unique features including a slide, a pneumatic tube display and an interactive light wall, similar to an oversized Lite Brite, where kids can create colorful designs. There are two large-format touch screens where kids can play games and expand their digital literacy skills using educational apps. The Discovery Zone also includes an area for younger explorers, with features designed for small children such as reading nooks, interactive literacy panels, and a Crooked House, sponsored by West Newsmagazine.

The renovated Daniel Boone Branch includes a designated space for teens with bold furniture and colorful fixtures. Six private study rooms have been added to the branch, as well as a quiet reading room, a laptop bar, a business center with fax, copy and scanning machines, and a vending area. Four revamped community meeting rooms will be available for use by individuals and organizations. New shelving, furniture and carpeting has been installed throughout the branch.

The renovated Daniel Boone Branch was designed by Bond Architects. The project’s budget was $9 million and was funded by proceeds from a 2012 tax initiative.

Fourteen branches have been renovated or replaced as part of the Your Library Renewed campaign. Construction will continue this fall and winter at the following branches: Grand Glaize, Mid-County, Thornhill and Meramec Valley. The timeline is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.

More details about the construction projects can be found at www.slcl.org/your-library-renewed. Please contact Jennifer McBride, Communications Manager at 314-994-3300 ext. 2250 for media inquiries about the Your Library Renewed campaign.