Monday, March 30, 2009
Pearland Library Reopens!
Back in business
By DIANA NORTH CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT
March 24, 2009, 9:35AM
The Pearland Library at 3522 Liberty Drive reopened to the public last week with new hours:
• Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday: closed
• Phone: 281-652-1677
• Online: http://bcls.lib.tx.us
Six months after Hurricane Ike caused structural damage to the Pearland Library, the double front doors have reopened to welcome patrons checking out books and using computers.
The branch’s first day back in business was March 16.
“People love the library,” librarian DeDe Williams said. “They just missed it.”
High winds from the storm left several holes in the building’s roof, which led to water damage inside.
Repairs included replacement of the entire ceiling, electrical system, new ducts and about half of the drywall on the interior walls.
Melissa Norris took her three daughters to the library at 3522 Liberty Drive the second day it reopened. It was her first visit to the branch because the family just purchased a home in Pearland. They are currently living in Friendswood and awaiting closing on their new home.
“We’re trying to familiarize ourselves with the area,” Williams said. “This library seems very well-stocked and it’s close to where we will live.”
Norris’ oldest daughter is 16 and went in search of books on her own.
“She’s disappeared and I haven’t seen her — that bodes well for this place,” Norris said.
Pearland resident Gerry Keenan knows all about hurricane damage and recovery. He moved to the area after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, where he lived for 53 years.
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