Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: october 27, 2011
What began as a traveling bookmobile for a library is soon to become a belated centennial gift for the Town of Jones, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009.
The Jones branch of BancFirst, at 9285 N. Hiwassee, has donated a lot on which the Town of Jones will build and the Metropolitan Library System will install a new library. The new facility will have approximately 3000 sq. feet for library materials and services. A site dedication will be held on Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Hiwassee and Britton Road in Jones.
“The architect hasn’t been selected yet,” said Donna Morris, MLS’ Executive Director, “but that’ll be the next step in the process. We’re all looking forward to having a larger building in Jones. Along with the new High School and the renovation of The Jones Oklahoma Historical Society museum, a new library is indicative of the strength and growth of Jones.”
Most cities in the Metropolitan Library System provide the land and the majority of the construction costs for a new building. The Metropolitan Library System will supply the content and staff, as well as the furnishings and architectural/engineering fees and some construction costs.
“Working with mayor Ray Poland, the City of Jones and BancFirst, we’re excited to add another permanent library building to the MLS family,” Morris added.
For more information about the Metropolitan Library System, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.