Scenic Regional Library

The opening of the new Pacific branch of Scenic Regional Library has been postponed due to wet weather.

The current branch will remain open during the delay, according to Library Director Steven Campbell.

Campbell explained crews can’t lay asphalt in the parking lot at the new facility due to rain.

“The building is complete, but we can’t get an occupancy permit or move our books in without a parking lot,” he said. “The existing branch will remain open and continue to operate until we’re given a new opening date.”

The new branch was slated to reopen Monday, Aug. 20, at Lamar Parkway and Rose Lane.

Campbell said the building is shaping up to be another great addition to the Scenic Library community. He said the furniture is inside of the building, but there is still more to move.

“The furniture is all in. It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to get it open,” he said. “The inside of the building looks gorgeous and the branch manager and staff are chomping at the bit to get in there.”

Campbell added that the asphalt could be laid by the earliest Saturday, but noted it would likely have to wait till this upcoming Monday.

The 11,000-square-foot building, located on the corner of Rose Lane and Lamar Parkway, replaces the existing 4,500-square-foot downtown facility.

The new branch will feature dedicated teen and children’s areas; a 1,200-square-foot public meeting and programming room; teen gaming area with an Xbox One; children’s activities, including a Lego table, magnet walls and 55-inch touch screen tablet; two patios with shade structures and outdoor seating; two study rooms; an adult seating area with a fireplace; and other features.

The new facility also will have a 45-space parking lot.

The first program scheduled in the new facility is Stargazing with the East Missouri Dark Sky Observers, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

To reserve a spot for the program, call 636-257-2712 or email bschweissguth@scenicregional.org.