Breaking ground on groundbreaking library

Saturday, September 4, 2021
After more than 20 years of fundraising, planning, hoping and dreaming, ground was broken Tuesday for the new Barry-Lawrence Regional Library in Monett. Construction is expected to take approximately one year and cost between $5.75 and $6 million to create a groundbreaking new library complete with modern amenities, a drive-up window, coffee bar and “inspiration kitchen.” The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library is about halfway to its fundraising goal of $6 million. Pictured from left, Library Board Member Julie Vaughn, Branch Supervisor Cindy Frazier, former Library Board President Ann Hall, former State Librarian Sarah Parker, former Library Director Jean Berg, Library Board President Regina McIlrath, Library Director Gina Milburn, Monett City Commissioner Ken Gaspar, Lawrence Country Commissioner Bob Senninger and State Sen. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, break ground on the new library. Mike Gervais/mgnews@monett-times.com

After more than 20 years of fundraising, planning, hoping and dreaming, ground was broken Tuesday for the new Barry-Lawrence Regional Library in Monett.

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