The Clark family is humbled to be able to do something that will impact generations to come by donating $6 million to the new St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Libraries are the cornerstones of the community and are more relevant than ever post-pandemic.

My family and I joined the St. Louis County Library Director & CEO Kristen Sorth, members of the Library Board, and the St. Louis County Library Foundation on May 24th as we announced the project. Together, we plan to evolve public libraries and invest in their limitless potential.

The non-virtual aspects of public libraries were strongly missed during the pandemic and are now being reinvented. The Ladue building is a $22 million project with more accessible exterior space, artful design, and cultural initiatives that better serve neighborhoods. The gift will not only support the branch, but $2 million will also go towards curating educational programming to further the library’s mission.

Designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative, The Clark Family Branch will be a two-story, 74,000-square-foot building and is set to be completed in 2023. The branch will be a beautiful, modern, and spacious building that celebrates the many diverse people who will use it.

I am honored to be a part of this next chapter of growth in my hometown.


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