Extreme Library Makeover: Presenting the New and Improved Central Library

Kholood Eid
The library in January, 2011, just a few months after construction began.
For the past two years, we've been waiting to see the results of the Central Library's full gut renovation. Twice Daily RFT has gotten to put on a hard hat and go inside to check out the construction crew's progress. At first we saw a lot of deconstruction: lots of walls had been knocked down, nine floors of stacks had been cleared out in order to make way for the revised floorplan. A year later, most of the new structure was in place, but the space was still very raw.

But now, with just a couple of months to go before the grand reopening -- there will be a gala celebration for members of the library board and their loyal donors on November 17 before the library opens to the public on December 9 -- the place is in much better shape. Yesterday KMOX (1120 AM) reporter Michael Calhoun took a trip inside with his smartphone and came back with some pretty amazing Instragram photos.

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What you see is parties, banquets, weddings and event spaces like the Zoo and Museums in the Park, for the 'laundering' of millions of dollars a year by  the 'mucks'. At the taxpayers expense. But the taxpayers are getting screwed. Nothing in this for them and it looks like fewer books. Like Archibald and Benjamin and Zoo and the others changed their mission to 'making money'.  The other problem is our historic civic center is still a deadzone-from Market St. to Washington Avenue. Dark and dangerous. Grand Center would not let it 'come bac'k. There would not be the crime or homeless problems had they not strangled Kiel Opera House before it reopened.



Great investment of tax dollars to create a renovated palace for the homeless to take a dump on the steps of. 


It'll be great until you wander into the restroom and see a homeless dude washing his balls in the sink.

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