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  

Would be lost without our library. So much outreach to the public,children,adults,seniors alike. A real asset to our community.

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

Increase library hours.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a mature client with mobility issues I have found the library staff to be gracious, informed, and interested in my needs and requests. They have been particularly accommodating with my ipad usage of audio and ebooks.

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

appreciate a street side book drop box. More handicapped parking spaces available are needed as the increased use of this facility.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have checked out many books, had tutoring sessions in the small rooms upstairs, had books sent to and from this library with inter-library loan and been part of a meeting group here. There have also held early voting at this library over the years. They offer programming for the whole community from movies to book discussions to reading times and classes in multiple languages to all age ranges. The librarians are helpful in assisting all the people that come to the library. It is truly a community center.

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

The books I have been able to check out, the book clubs they have and the rooms I have been able to use for tutoring.

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

I would have the early voting come back to this location because last year it was hard to find. This is an easy to find and central location.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am now a library patron, but at one time I worked in the Acquisitions Dept of the library system. My dept ordered materials for all the branches and my co-worker and I were always amazed at the extra materials we were able to order for the Barbara Bush library due to the generous donations from the Cypress Creek Friends of the Library. They managed to provide items that just could not be funded through the library's budget. This is so very important now with state and local budget cuts. They are a strong and generous group working to help the whole community.

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

making use of print materials and the meeting room along with my quilting group to learn new skills and create quilts for charilty

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

None

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This branch of the Harris County Library System is a resource this community cannot possibly do without. I have been a borrower and a member of one of its book clubs for the last seven years and just recently, became of member of the Friends board. To say I spend a lot of time here at the Barbara Bush branch, is an understatement but I'm not alone in that. It is one of the most heavily used branches in the system as evidenced by the number of books that pass in and out of circulation. Their children's programs are many and varied, from infants to elementary students. The community outreach is significant, with a considerable number of volunteers who assist the small staff that has survived the cutbacks. I'm constantly amazed at the countless hours Nancy Agafitei, our branch librarian works to efficiently oversee this library and all of its programs. Thanks, Nancy and your staff, for all you do!

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

Add additional staff when funds become available.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The first thing I did when I retired in 2006 was join the afternoon book club at the Barbara Bush branch and have read every book on our list and, except when I'm out of town, have attended the discussion every month. Nancy Agafitei, the branch librarian, is tireless in promoting the branch to the community and has made it one of the most active branches in the system. I also use the database for research in my work as a volunteer docent for the adjacent Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. My life without the Cypress Creek Barbara Bush branch library? Unthinkable.

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

growing to become the branch with the highest circulation in the system.

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

keep it open on Sundays.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I found a notice of the upcoming book club discussion in the daily newspaper.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Fostered my love of books.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This library is absolutely the best. The volunteers and paid employees are extremely friendly and helpful. The library is also very clean and maintained. I love taking my daughter to the library and we spend a couple hours just walking around the HUGE Children's section. We have attended a few of the children's programs (a marionette show and a movie day- Lion King) and they were fantastic!
I love this library! I also love that I can sign online, reserve a book for me, pick it up, and spend a couple hours reading it in the Children's section while my daughter explores the gorgeous facility.

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

Children's programs

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

Move it right next to my house. lol Honestly..that is the only way it would be better. ;)

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic resource for the Spring area. The facility houses a very nice collection, an excellent children's section and features plenty of activities for seniors. It is as close as I have seen, in this commuter area of town, to a community hub. Further, it forms the backbone, together with the new museum and the frequent concerts at the church across the street, of a growing cultural nexus in this largely suburban-rural community

The staff is first rate, if overworked, and are always helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

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

Research, writitng and recreational reading.

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

Maintain its budget and help expand its collections.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The programs offered by the CCFOL at Barbara Bush Libarary are excellent. Years ago my children all enjoyed story times. Now my oldest is out of college and my youngest is finishing high school. Every one of them found great programs as they grew. They enjoyed the library so much that they frequently asked to stop for a book after we would visit a nearby park for a soccer game or picnic. The Friends of the Library have helped to make this place the kind of community hub that it should be.

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

The growth of my children, their hunger for books and learning, and more

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

Make sure that opportunities to support the programs with resources or service are publicized even better (they already do a great job, but more participation is better)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the summer programs for kids. When my kids were small they loved storytime. Last summer my preteen son learned how to play go and looked forward to playing every week. I also like the self checkout.

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

Don't know

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

Have a bigger young adult section.

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