The Joplin Public Library celebrates dual anniversaries

On Sunday, the Joplin Public Library held a celebration to mark to two anniversaries. Five years at their current location at 20th and Connecticut. And 120 years of service in the community.

President of Joplin Public Library Mary Gaarder

Way back in 1901, construction started on the first public library in Joplin located 9th and Wall, opening the following year. The building, now vacant, still stands today. President of Joplin Public Library Mary Gaarder spoke at yesterday’s event, highlighting all the services beyond books the current JPL offers.

“We have a large adult computer station. And computers reserved just for teens and just for kids. We have a makerspace where you can print 3D objects, do laser etching, and do other projects. And it’s all here just waiting for you.”

Also in attendance were State Senator Bill White and Newton and Jasper County State Representatives Bob Bromley and Lane Roberts. The three read proclamations from the Missouri House recognizing the five-year and 120-year anniversaries for the library.


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