New KCK Public Library Branch Opens for Business

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Officials cut the ribbon on a new library in the Argentine District on Wednesday - a joint project between the Kansas City Kansas School District and the local community that replaces a nearly century-old building.

The South Branch Library at 1304 Strong replaces the Argentine Library, which was built in 1917 thanks to a donation from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. The new library was built through a partnership between the school district and the community, who stepped up to raise nearly $2 million of the $6 million total cost through fundraising events and grants.

The new, 21,000 square-foot library - built on the site of a dilapidated former shopping center - is three times the size of the old library, and will have updated technology like laptops and e-readers.

There is no word on what will happen to the old library, which is actually listed on the Register of National Historic Buildings.

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