Last week marked a long-anticipated event for the Kingwood area: the unveiling of our new library.
The new $8 million Kingwood Branch Library opened on April 19. The 30,000 square foot facility at 4400 Bens View Lane in Kingwood was built by the City of Houston and will be run by Harris County. Nestled in the woods, the new library is as scenic as it is functional. All the windows in the building look out onto the Livable Forest.
The first floor boasts the Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK) bookstore, a meeting room and the juvenile section. There are kids-only computers on kid size tables and several reading nooks.
The second floor, accessible by stairs or elevator, houses the adult fiction, non-fiction and reference books. Knowing how much Kingwood residents like to globe hop, there is a corner section just for travel books.
Rooms along the perimeter of the upstairs include: a computer training lab, a conference room, study rooms, and a Young Adult Area and Gaming Room. Parents beware. When your kids say they are going to the library, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will be studying. The glass enclosed Gaming Room for 10-19 year olds features the latest PS-3 and WII games.
Outside there are two things the old library didn’t have: lots of parking and a drive-through book return lane.
“It is a great facility; please come and give it a try,” says Head Librarian Christi Whittington. “It really is in a lovely setting and has such wonderful extras. We have the same staff, more books, DVDs, books on CD and music CDs in all departments.”
Operating hours are: Monday, 1-9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 1-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The building is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.