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Editorial: Regional upgrade

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Like most public libraries that are keeping up with technology and demands for more information services, Riverside Regional Library in Jackson needs more space.

In February, the library will move to the former Fred's building on East Jackson Boulevard, more than doubling the space of the library's current location on South Union Street.

The Riverside facility in Jackson is the main library of a regional library system that serves a sizable area with branches in Perryville, Altenburg, Scott City, Benton and Oran.

Riverside has occupied its 8,000-square-foot building since the 1950s.

The new space has 17,000 square feet. In addition, the new facility will have a study area, more books and other materials, plenty of parking, additional services and programs and room for growth.

The move by Riverside Regional Library, along with the expanded Cape Girardeau Public Library (scheduled to open next March) and recent improvements at Kent Library on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, marks major upgrades in library facilities in this area.

These upgrades mean better access to information for students, avid readers and the public in general.


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Didn't the Riverside library just get remodeled a year or so ago? Was that a waste of taxpayer money? And, as we asll know, we were mislead on the Cape library. We were told it would get an addition when in fact is has been completly rebuilt. Taxpayers keep getting ripped off. Expect your property taxes to go up again.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 10:52 AM

Didn't the Riverside library just get remodeled a year or so ago? Was that a waste of taxpayer money? And, as we asll know, we were mislead on the Cape library. We were told it would get an addition when in fact is has been completly rebuilt. Taxpayers keep getting ripped off. Expect your property taxes to go up again.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 10:52 AM

Didn't the Riverside library just get remodeled a year or so ago? Was that a waste of taxpayer money? And, as we asll know, we were mislead on the Cape library. We were told it would get an addition when in fact is has been completly rebuilt. Taxpayers keep getting ripped off. Expect your property taxes to go up again.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 10:52 AM

Have you actually been to Riverside Library? All that changed was some shelving, which they received from Barnes & Noble when they moved into the mall.

-- Posted by sideshowbob on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 3:20 PM


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