On May 10, Johnson County Library launched construction of the Monticello Library in Shawnee with a ceremonial groundbreaking that included Chairman Ed Eilert.
The $18.1 million, two-story, 33,548 square-foot building will feature floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed for natural light, visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
The first-floor plan will feature shelves for new books and materials, a large area for children's materials and programming, cozy seating available along the windows, two private study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media, and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people.
The second-floor plan will host the adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, two collaborative technology rooms, public computers, two smaller public meeting rooms and three additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a roof-top terrace.
Construction will continue on the project until mid-2018 and the library is expected to open in the fall of 2018. To keep up on the project, visit the Monticello project webpage.