JOPLIN,MO - After more than five years of dreaming and a little less than two years of construction, a ribbon has officially been cut for a brand new library.
"It's really awesome. It's pretty, it's really inviting, it's very kid friendly. I like all the stations so not everybody is kind of cramped together, that's really cool," says Joplin resident Priscilla Jobe.
Jobe was just one of hundreds of people to be there for the grand opening of the new Joplin Public Library.
"I just hear them walk in the building and their jaws sometimes literally drop open and say 'I have never seen a library like this," explains Jacque Gage, the director of the Joplin Public Library.
The facility was something library officials started dreaming about back in 2011. Years later, it became a reality.
Gage Continues, "I'm excited because you know, for so long I've just been looking at the next step, the next step, the next step and now I get a chance to step back, reflect a little bit and go, wow this is really cool."
The roughly 25-million dollar facility sits on six acres of land. The building features meeting rooms, electric car charging stations, and maker spaces. It also offers residents a variety of places to read inside and out, no matter what the age.
"We've got some card holders who are a year old," says Gage.
Along with a facility that's open to everyone, the library also offers a variety of programs.
Jobe adds, "It makes me proud just to think we have the resources that we can do that and provide that for the citizens, I think that's really awesome."