CYPRESS CREEK FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Rating: 5 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 6817 Cypresswood Dr Spring TX 77379 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Barbara Bush Library Friends offers encouragement and support to a great community resource. Volunteers give countless hours of service to get the good word out to library patrons of all ages. The organization provides funds and encoragement to participants in a myriad of activities that bring families and individuals together. They also work cooperatively with neighboring organizations to enrich our cultural opportunities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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When I moved to the area almost four years ago, one of the first things I planned to do was to look up theBarbara Bush Library. A single-parent friend of mine from church told me the library had been a wonderful resource place to spend time when visiting with his daughter. Finding it early on was a wonderful experience for me as well. I found a great community meeting place. I also found a source for so many books that I requested retrieved by a hard working staff of cheerful volunteers. Shortly after visiting, I became a volunteer in a variety of capacities.

Answering an open invitation, I attended a Friends of the Library board meeting, mostly out of curiosity. I found the group so friendly and passionate about providing hours and funds for the branch to carry out so many rewarding programs and community events for all ages and stages. I have served on the board for three years now and find it interesting to "go behind the scenes" to see what it takes to keep a thriving community library going in spite of county budget shortfalls and shrinking staff. I consider Barbara Bush Library Friends to be one of the lifelines of this busy community resource.

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This organization strives to make the job of the staff a little easier and provide funds and hours to offer a variety of programs to the community. I find it extremely rewarding to have helped achieve the goals of this group.

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The only changes I would hope to see is to have the group grow in size. Getting the word out to the community of the needs of this library is vital and it becomes a challenge with other great organizations vying for the same funds and time slots.

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I see the Friends as a crucial part of the library and its outreach into the area. The summer children's program, supported by the Friends, is a source of family fun and learning during the time away from school.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Barbara Bush Library Friends support financially the programs and activities that are offered to the Cypresss Creek community. The Friends are a diverse group of people who have the goals to serve the residents in a variety of ways and to make a difference in people's lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Barbara Bush Library Friends are critical supporters who help the library fulfill its mission of service to the Cypress Creek community. In these challenging economic times, they have helped the library to provide free children's programming, additional staff in peak seasons, supplemental materials for the collection, needed supplies, updated technology, and more. I am proud to work with these dedicated volunteers who make such a difference to the quality of the services the library can offer.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Friends of the library were responsible for the founding of this library in the NorthWest area of Harris County. They continue to this day to promote and support excellent library services to the communty.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Without the BBLF we would not have all the programs that the library provide through out the year. Thank you for all that you do for the Barbara Bush Library.

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I am a donor to this charity every year. It is an outstanding charity. They do great things for the Library. They are constantly providing resources for the Library that the community could not have at their disposal if it was not for the Cypress Creek Friends of the Library. They are truly a charity that helps the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In using the material at the Library that they provided.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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The Barbara Bush Library Friends is a generous supporter of the Literacy/ESL programs conducted at the library. The classes are taught by 30 volunteers accommodating more than 60 students. A few success stories: five students became U.S citizens in the past year, two became licensed drivers, one recently passed the GED, several have found jobs or have been promoted, and many are communicating confidently with their children’s teachers, their doctors and others in the community . With help of the Friend’s funding, the library is able to train volunteers and provide materials for the students, thus keeping the program free and open to everyone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As ESL coordinator, I am in constant contact with our students and tutors who often express their gratitude for this program. This success would not be possible without the help of the Friends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

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The library is one of the most useful institution for the community! We can continue our education, relax, be entertained and help each other as good neighbors.



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It did help to enhance my general culture

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Persuade the law-makers to provide more funds

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Rating: 5 stars  

My time at the Barbara Bush Library is one of the most rewarding volunteer
opportunities I'm involved with. I volunteer with the field trips arranged thoughout the year by our school district. My Husband enjoys purchasing used books and I like the book club. In every way the library far exceeds our expectations. They have wonderful after school programs which our grandchildren are are able to paricipate. They are friendly, courteous and always helpful. Sarene Smith

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the Book Club and volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any

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