TSt. Louis County Library will reopen its Thornhill Branch at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The branch is located at 12863 Willowyck Drive in Creve Coeur and the community is invited to share in the celebration of the new library.
Originally opened on the site in 1976, the branch has been completely replaced by new construction as part of the Library District’s multi-year, $120 million-plus campaign to renovate or replace 19 branches.
According to the project’s official specifications, the new Thornhill Branch is approximately 20,000 square feet in size and features a colorful interior, with abundant natural light and comfortable seating. Architectural light fixtures, new windows and updated furniture give the space a modern and welcoming feel.
The new children’s area includes kid-friendly furniture, interactive learning stations, reading nooks and porthole windows that look out into the branch. Kids will also have access to an outdoor activity area, that will open in the spring, featuring seating for story time, art easels, a small play structure and oversized musical instruments. The outdoor area is sponsored by the St. Louis County Library Foundation.
The teen space features shades of orange and blue, along with fun furniture and computers. The renovated branch includes a computer lab, where patrons can take free classes on a variety of technology related topics. Other highlights include two updated community meeting rooms, a business center with fax, copy and scanning machines; a commons area with tables, a laptop bar and vending machines; a quiet reading area; and three private study rooms.
The new Thornhill Branch was designed by Mackey Mitchell and Bond Architects. The project’s budget was $5.4 million and was funded by proceeds from a 2012 tax initiative.
The Thornhill Branch is the 16th location to be renovated or replaced as part of the Your Library Renewed campaign. Construction is currently underway at two other locations: Mid-County and Meramec Valley. These branches are expected to reopen in 2019. 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.