ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Monsanto Company announced a $500,000 gift to the St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s Central To Your World capital campaign to create the new Andrew Carnegie Room in the revitalized downtown central library. The gift was jointly announced by Monsanto and the St. Louis Public Library Foundation Tuesday.
Monsanto Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff and Community Relations Jan Holloway said, “As a company headquartered here with more than 4,000 employees that call St. Louis home, we are very pleased to support this major downtown redevelopment project. St. Louis’ new Central Library will be a catalyst for further downtown revitalization and will provide all St. Louisans with a modern new downtown library. The St. Louis Public
Library is an important community resource, and we are proud to play a role in its future.”
The capital campaign for the St. Louis Public Library, is a $20 million philanthropic effort to support the $70 million total restoration and revitalization of the main library, which occupies a full city block between Locust and Olive Streets, and 13th and 14th Streets downtown.
Reopening in late 2012, Central Library will offer expanded facilities for public use and exhibits, including a new 244-seat auditorium and a coffee café.
Central Library closed for construction in June of last year. In addition to the new third floor Andrew Carnegie Room, the project includes a 65 percent increase of space for public use, expanded children’s and teen rooms, a lower-level auditorium and other amenities, including the café. The refurbished Central Library is expected to re-open in late 2012, in time for its Centennial celebration. Book lending and all other library services continue to be available during construction through the St. Louis Public Library’s 16 other locations.