ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY NATURAL BRIDGE BRANCH

Bond Architects renovated five St. Louis County Library (SLCL) branch locations as part of the Phase 1B - Part 2 projects for the St. Louis County Library (SLCL) Master Plan, including the Natural Bridge Branch. The Natural Bridge Branch is home to the new Emerson Technology Center, an after-hours computer lab. Emerson donated $75,000 to help fund the lab. The Emerson Technology Center contains 26 public computers and is open during regular library hours and along with extended hours from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Fridays. The after-hours lab is a first for the Library District.

Computer use at the Natural Bridge is the highest of all 20 SLCL locations. The lab will be a family friendly environment. Adults can bring their children into the lab; tables and other activities are available for the kids. A business center with fax, scan and copy capabilities is also available inside the lab. There will be a total of 53 public computers available at the Natural Bridge, the most of any SLCL branch.

The children's area of the branch is sponsored by Cardinals Care and features a mural of the St. Louis skyline as seen from Busch Stadium, along with red hued furniture and carpeting. A wall of windows in the back of the space serves as a great spot for story time. The Natural Bridge Branch also includes two community meetings rooms, the larger of which is sponsored by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon, a St. Louis native. Other improvements include a new teen space with bold shades of lime green and navy; three private study rooms; and a quiet reading room.