Polk County Public Library Executives Seek to Expand Libraries

POLK COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) – The Polk County Public Library recently presented a strategic plan for 2022-2027 that outlines the gaps, solutions and issues leaders want to address over the next several years.

Colleen Knight, director of the Polk County Public Library, said they were making big plans.

“A library is extremely vital to the community,” Knight said. “We envision an expansion in the coming year of the Bolivar Library.”

Knight said the expansion can fix a lot of different issues.

“We cannot host or afford to buy all of the books that come out,” Knight said. “I mean, it’s just impossible.”

Library regulars Chris Lewis and Tia Shaw said they were excited about the possibility of having more space.

“I would encourage all families to come and support our local libraries,” Lewis said.

“I would love that,” Shaw said. “We really love to read, but I would love to see more stuff. “

Knight said this expansion would give their rural libraries a boost.

“This expansion at the Bolivar Library helps guide us into the future,” Knight said. “Then we take a look at our smaller branches and see what we need to do to relocate to some of our rural communities. “

Knight says the approximate budget for the project would be $ 1.5 million, which would also include more programs for children and adults with disabilities, Wi-Fi hotspots for adults and underprivileged children.

Knight said she hopes even more people can experience this great place.

“It doesn’t matter your socio-economic background, it doesn’t matter your race, your religion, your political affiliation, you can come to the library and get information and help you learn,” Knight said.

To read the full strategic plan, CLICK HERE

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