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September 4, 2007

Houston Public Library Invites The Community To View Its Newest Library

Houstonians are invited to the ribbon-cutting celebration of the new Adele Briscoe Looscan Neighborhood Library, located at 2510 Willowick. The event takes place Wednesday, September 5th from 4-6 p.m.

A 20,000-square-foot building, the new Looscan Neighborhood Library is a replacement for the original 1956 facility that served the community for nearly 50 years. The new building provides more than double the space, and includes separate areas for library materials and reading spaces, including The Marsha Moody Children's Reading Room, a teen reading area, and a comfortable adult periodical reading room with an expansive outside view. Customers will enjoy the additional public access computer workstations, conference and meeting rooms, and the Internet cafe (which will open by year's end).

This facility was created as a partnership between the City of Houston, Council Member Pam Holm, the Friends of Neighborhood Libraries (FONL) Board, neighborhood volunteers, professional pro-bono services and generous donors. FONL coordinated the fundraising efforts, which resulted in $2.5 million raised and made it possible to replace the original building with a much larger facility.

Mayor Bill White will be joined by Council Member Pam Holm, Houston Public Library Director Rhea Brown Lawson, Friends of Neighborhood Libraries President Bonnie Brooks, Houston Public Library Foundation Chair Franklin D. R. Jones, Jr., and General Services Department Director Issa Dadoush.