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Cypress Creek Friends of the Library

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Causes: Education

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53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Barbara Bush library recently celebrated their 40th year of serving the northwest Harris County community. Throughout those years the Friends have provided supplemental funds to enhance programming, the collection and provide for other needs. It is the busiest branch in the Harris Count Library System.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Barbara Bush Library Friends has made it possible for the Spring community to enjoy numerous programs for adult, young adult and children. They are an asset for our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a forever library user, and The Friends group at The Barbara Bush Library makes my library even better! New to texas, i joined the Friends' Board as away to meet new folkls. Volunteersman the Friends' bookstore, we provide funds for new ebooks, offers stimulating programs and social events all ages, and actively supports the summer reading program for the young people in the community. The Board is active, involved, and always looking for new faces and new ideas.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has been a part of my life since 1999. I have even involved my family in their activities. They provide things for the library the County cannot afford to supply. Libraries are an essential part of any community and this organization enhances their presence.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Friends supplement the County funding for this library, helping to make it a great asset for our community. The library provides print and electronic resources, popular classes, and programs for all ages from infants to seniors. This group has been called the "Rock Star" of Texas Friends groups.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Barbara Bush Harris County Library offers amazing services and exemplary creativity in serving the public. Much of this is made possible by the Cypress Creek Friends of the Library. This organization is a model for what it means to support literacy and learning in America.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sally J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been going to this library for the past 25 years. I love the new library! The staff are courteous and very helpful. I think the summer outreach program (that my kids participated in when young) is excellent. I fully support them financially when able and utilize both their hard copy book lending library and the e-book library. A great organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the BBLF for a number of years. I was an original donor when we built the new library and a user of the library since I moved to Spring 24 years ago. The library provides a wonderful service to those who cannot afford to buy books, to those of us who prefer to borrow books, for children's programs, and associated other programs for adults in our area. I have always found the librarians most helpful, regardless of what I need.
This library provides a wonderful public service to our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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