I don't know that we would have the Barbara Bush Library without the Friends. They really pushed for the new library and now that it is built they really help keep it the best in the county. They support the library financially and with volunteer hours.
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.
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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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.
I fell in love with this library when I first moved here 8 years ago. The building itself was beautiful, but that it was a hive of activity is what appealed to me the most. One time I was at the library returning a book that I had not quite finished, so I sat down to read. As I came to the end, I was puzzled, not understanding the ending, not happy with it. I marched in to the head librarian's office, wanting an explanation. Now I'm sure this is not specifically in her job description, but, nonplussed, she began researching the book on her computer, as if crazed readers who want to discuss a story's ending were every day events! I was hooked. It truly is a place that serves the community. The staff upstairs were friendly as they helped familiarize me with the book collection, always going the extra mile to locate items for me. I was lucky to become involved as a volunteer with the ESL Tutoring program students who enriched my life. I met many interesting people when working in the Book Store. I enjoy helping out with The Barbara Bush Friends of the Library and witnessing their dedication to support this fine library.
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Wonderful library, staff is friendly and also helpful. Many activities for all - story time, teen programs, yoga, book club, science club for kids. Each year all the third grade students from Klein Independent School District are presented a program to familiarize each student with the library and then given a tour of the facility.
Due to budget constraints our library is now closed on Sundays which is very sad for working families.
As a volunteer, I see how many people benefit from the Library. In addition to the usual services, providing reading and reference materials, the library offers computer and ESL classes, provides internet access for people who would not normally have it and has a large media section with selections for adults and children. The Friends of the Library help out by funding the purchase of materials and programs and providing volunteers. Their work is escpecially important right now with all the budget cuts, so the Library can keep up with the needs of the community.
I have been going to the Barbara Bush at Cypress Creek library for 22 years, before they moved into their beatifulnew building. I always find something good to read and their are helpful librarians if I need help. My daughters made many trips to the library for school projects and always got the help they needed. I recently took my granddaughter to lap sit story time and she had a great time. She got to hear a story, play under the parachute and play with the musical instruments. Since I retired, I have been writing and shelving holds as a volunteer. This library has some of the nicest people to work with and I make sure to go as often as possible. They always make it a fun and rewarding experience.
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