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Cypress Creek Friends of the Library

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Causes: Education

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE this library!! They have so many great programs for adults and children alike, the staff are always friendly and you just feel so happy to walk in the door and experience the wonderful atmosphere. In my 20+ years of library borrowing, this is my favorite library!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for this opportunity.

When my grandchildren come from Virginia, the first place they want to go is the library. This is a reflection of the dedicated staff and volunteers who give so much of their time. The best part is the time they take..they really seem interested in the children.
My favorite is the Volunteers' Used Book Store. The books are displayed by people who obviously love reading and they are reasonably priced. This encourages me to donate back to the library

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cypress Creek Library has been an incredibly important facility for our family over the years. Besides all of the wonderful books, movies and music you can find there (including all of the latest items) there are wonderful programs for members of all ages. This is by far the best library I have ever belonged to and hope that it has the opertunity to serve the public and all who need it for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar