Midpointe Library System and Mount Pleasant Retirement Village Partnering to Develop New Public Library Branch
Posted By:  Cari Hillman
Monday, June 23, 2014

The MidPointe Library System and Mount Pleasant Retirement Village are collaborating to bring a public library branch to the city of Monroe. The unique partnership will include the two entities entering into a user agreement, in which the Library will be given a 2100 square foot building, on the corner of Mount Pleasant's campus, to operate as a full-service Library location.

"We have been vigilant in investigating potential avenues to responsibly grow in the Monroe area and this is an exciting way to provide our patrons with a convenient public library space," says Library Director Anita Carroll. "This collaboration is a phenomenal opportunity for not just the MidPointe Library System and Mount Pleasant Retirement Village, but the community as a whole."

The new branch, to be established at 1 Tennessee Avenue, will consist of a dynamic collection of Library materials, a Mount Pleasant-run café, space for programming and public use, and services unlike any other local library, including an automated, self-service library machine and remote lockers for patrons to access holds. The building will be open to the public and will feature both cutting edge technology and the comforts of a traditional library setting.

The project is a natural fit for the area and dovetails with the missions of both organizations as they look to evolve and grow.

"Mount Pleasant is a vibrant and ever-evolving retirement community, located in a premier area that is easily accessible to our residents and community, making it the ideal spot for a MidPointe Library System branch," says Stan Kappers, executive director of Mount Pleasant. "We are thrilled to be able to offer our residents convenient access to the leading edge technology and resources MidPointe Library offers as well as welcoming the greater Monroe area to our campus."

Mount Pleasant Retirement Village

Mount Pleasant Retirement Village is a full continuum of care campus offering Independent Living , Assisted Living, Alzheimer's Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and an on-site Adult Day Center. Mount Pleasant is one of 11 retirement communities owned and operated by OPRS Communities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS), headquartered in Columbus. Since 1922, OPRS has defined the highest standards of quality of life for older adults. Each year, OPRS serves more than 73,000 annually through its wholly owned subsidiaries OPRS Communities and Senior Independence. Senior Independence provides home and community based services, operates 10 adult day centers and manages six senior centers, in partnership with local governments. In addition, Senior Independence services are extended nationwide through its iPartners. Another wholly owned subsidiary, the OPRS Foundation raises several million dollars annually to support charity care, special programs, capital expansion and endowment. For more information on Mount Pleasant Retirement Village and their retirement living options, call 513.539.7391 or go to http://www.mountpleasantohio.org/.

 MidPointe Library System

The MidPointe Library System serves a population of almost 200,000 people in eastern Butler County, including the cities of Middletown, Trenton, and Monroe and the townships of West Chester, Liberty, Lemon, Madison, and Wayne, with a collection of nearly half a million materials. The Library features locations in Middletown, Trenton and West Chester. For more information, please visit www.midpointelibrary.org or contact Cari Hillman at (513)424-1251 ext. 211 or chillman@midpointelibrary.org.

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