The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public with a grand opening event from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.
During the ribbon cutting, public officials will address attendees, and Emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, will recite a work commissioned for the occasion.
Library staff will conduct tours of the new building, and attendees will have an opportunity to meet Stephen T. Johnson, an award-winning children’s book illustrator who is installing a new work of public art at the site.
The event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours at the library. Lenexa City Center will be the sixth Johnson County Library branch open on Sundays.
Ken Werne, Lenexa City Center Library manager, is looking forward to the grand opening.
"It will be fun and exciting to open a new building, a larger building with services new to the Lenexa area," Werne said.
Werne is developing a new team for the library, and he's looking forward to partnering with the city of Lenexa and others as Lenexa City Center continues to grow and develop.
He said the library will serve a large population, many of whom are within walking distance of the library. The library will also serve other nearby patrons.
The new 40,000-square-foot building occupies two floors. In addition to high-quality library services, the new space features:
Construction cost is $21.1 million.