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Architecturally Beautiful Heights Neighborhood Library

Posted: October 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Houston Heights Neighborhood Library is aesthetically pleasing.  It is one of the many buildings that face the sixty foot wide esplanade on Heights Boulevard.

Built in the 1920s it is one of the many neighborhood libraries associated with the Houston Library System.

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

There are larger libraries to be sure!

We have walked around the entire downtown city block encompassing the Julia Ideson Building and the Jesse H. Jones Building where the Central Library is located.  On one side of this central library is situated the remarkable sculpture titled Geometric Mouse X by artist Claes Oldenburg.

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

While the Houston Heights neighborhood library may be small, there are certain perks which can be appreciated.  As an example…parking is free.  That is often the case with the smaller outlying libraries.

What is also true of this and other branch libraries such as the Barbara Bush Library up in Spring, Texas (part of the Harris County Library System) is that books can be ordered online if unavailable in that particular library.  Library patrons need not go from library to library hunting for materials they wish to read.  Deliveries are made between the various libraries to accommodate the local populace.

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Times have certainly changed since I was a child first using a public library.  The Dewey Decimal System was in place.  When wishing to find a particular book, one had to first sort through indexed cards in order to locate the whereabouts of a book on a shelf.

Cards were placed in open ended pockets within each book and were manually noted as to the date when checked out and also noted by hand when returned.

Computers of course have changed all of that.  The ease of using our public libraries has been greatly facilitated since the proliferation of personal computers becoming widespread.

Ceiling view of Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Ceiling view of Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

At this Heights neighborhood library there are many activities which can be enjoyed within its confines.

Some examples include the following:

  • Baby Yoga to Laughter Yoga
  • Baby to Toddler Storytime Classes
  • Computer Classes from introductory to more advanced
  • Preschool and After School gatherings and events
  • Special events

Check out their website and calendar of events if you wish to learn more.

Interior view of Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Interior view of Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

What makes this particular library special in my opinion is its beautiful architecture and its setting.

The red tiled roof accentuates the beautifully adorned white exterior.  Lush shrubbery along with mature oak trees and crape myrtles provide shade and beauty. A multitude of windows allow light to stream inside.  It has vintage charm that many newer buildings simply do not possess.

The dedication plaque honors long time librarian Jimmie May Hicks.

Inscribed upon it is the following: “With courage and charm she overcame life’s obstacles. Her understanding heart and gay spirit were a constant inspiration. With gracious perseverance she dedicated her life to her profession and sought always to impart to others joy in acquiring knowledge and pleasure in the art of reading.”

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

Heights Branch of Houston Public Library

There is a Texas Historical Commission sign installed in front of this neighborhood library.

Some facts one can learn by reading it are the following:  The Houston Heights dates back to 1890 when 1,756 acres of land were purchased.  It was incorporated in 1896.  Annexation to the City of Houston took place in 1918.  “Elevation 23 feet above that of downtown Houston” sparked its name…that of Houston Heights.

You will find this charming library at this address: 1302 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77008.

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