Since the start of the new year, a lot has been happening at the library. We have new hours! Our hours only changed a little from pre-pandemic, but you’ll want to check out the other branches in the area to see what their new hours are. Here at Atascocita our hours are:
We’re back to in-person programming, though we are in the guidance of capacity limits. So check online to see what programs have returned and which ones require registration at hcpl.net/events. In addition, we have some exciting system-wide programs that you have access to through Atascocita Branch. Do you have connectivity issues at home? Did you know you can check out WiFi from the library? This limited time opportunity is for patrons who have unreliable internet access in their home. Learn more at hcpl.net/services/digital-access.
Construction continues on the new meeting room, the detention pond, and soon the work on the inside will begin. Keep up to date with the library happenings on our social media as well as our monthly podcast that you can access through your favorite app or from the link to the right side of this webpage.
If you’ve visited the branch recently, you may have noticed a few changes: there’s a construction trailer in our front parking lot, a large square area of dirt with wood framing for a foundation pour, and our large oak tree is gone. This is all part of the new expansion of the library. Over the next year, a new and larger meeting room will be added to the front of the building, an A/V Lab added to the inside, several new parking spaces, and the required retention pond in the front yard. All of this infrastructure is with funds from the county. This new meeting space will not only provide more meeting space for library programs and the community, but a consistent voting area when elections occur.
Staff have also been working towards new program areas, including a butterfly garden. With the approval of Harris County’s property management, staff and the community will start work on a garden area in the back for programming and to help our pollinating friends, like butterflies, do their work. We will bring more information about this new area soon, so look to our social media pages for this and more of the programming and events at your Atascocita Branch Library.
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After years of fundraising and many months of construction, the Atascocita Branch Library was ready to serve the community in May 1996! It’s been 25 years of being part of this growing community, and we’re ready to celebrate. Starting May 3, the library will have a series of special crafts, giveaways, and more to pick up during curbside! Don’t miss out on special online programs, so check out the branch’s social media pages and Events Calendar. May 1 will present Atascocita Branch Library’s 25th Anniversary podcast, including interviews with first branch manager, Linda Stevens and current FOAL President, Becky Berry.
You can already add a Facebook frame to your Facebook profile picture to join in the celebration. Just click on your Facebook profile picture, update picture, select “Add Frame”, search “Atascocita 25”, and select the frame. Our profile frame was designed by Janell, one of our newest staff members!
With the support of FOAL over the years, the library has been able to continue to serve and grow with the community. Happy 25th Anniversary everyone!
Thank you Harris County Commissioner’s Court for approving the budget proposal for funding of renovation and expansion of the Atascocita Branch Library! We’re a giant step closer to getting an additional meeting room to serve our community even better. Thanks to our community for supporting us.
Be on the look out for additional details in mid-2020!