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Joplin Library Plans to Relocate

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 The Joplin Public Library will move from it's 3rd and Main St. location downtown to 20th and Connecticut St.

The $20 million dollar project was unanimously approved by the library board of trustee's, the new center will also include a movie theater.

Joplin resident Tex Hicks stays at a shelter downtown and says he doesn't like the idea of the new location because it means having to walk a long distance in the cold, while Samuel Black says he likes the idea of a new library.

"I'd have to travel a long way to get to the library to stay warm, I live in a shelter and a lot of shelter people come in here to stay warm, read books and stay warm, so the one on 20th a Connecticut wouldn't do me no good" says Hicks.

"I think it's great the location is handy for the people on the south side of town because of the location now, where they're located at, is so far north it's almost outside of city limits and I think the old library would be a great shelter for homeless people" says Black.

The library is one of 10 proposals that was unveiled by Wallace-Bajali back in October.

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