It’s back: Patrons say redone Collier Library was worth the wait

Jul. 15, 2013The Leader

Area residents were happy to see the new and improved Collier Library, 6200 Pinemont, when it re-opened midday Monday after a year of renovations.

“This is a wonderful day,” Garden Oaks native Rebecca Shannon said. “It’s so clean and fresh. It’s got a great set-up for children. I used to bring my grandchildren here. I’ll have a new grandchild in two weeks and bring her here when she’s big enough.”

All of the improvements — new children and teen/young adult sections, as well as new computers — were orchestrated by John Middleton, Houston Public Library’s assistant director for planning and facilities.

“It’s brighter, lighter and more welcoming to our customers,” Middleton said. “It has infinitely more color. Our buildings are unique to the neighborhoods. Our goal is to fit the libraries to the neighborhoods.”

Middleton said the renovation, which finished under the budgeted cost of $400,000, has one of the largest children’s sections among HPL’s 42 libraries.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a senior in Aldine ISD, spent part of Monday afternoon looking at potential books to check out.

“I like the improvement — it’s cool the way they organized everything,” Rodriguez said.

There are several more computers and newer ones. Business owner Rodney Burger called it “clean and refreshing” as he watched off-road trucking videos on one of the computers.

When school is back in session, there will be an after school zone. And a book club that has been meeting at Oak Forest Library, due to the renovations, will return to Collier.

The library already has several children’s programs planned — Claude Sims will host a juggling program at 2 p.m. July 23 and there will be a “Dinosaurs Rock” program at 2 p.m. July 24. At 2 p.m. 26, Jean Kuecher will have a puppet show of Rumpelstiltskin.