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Houston Heights Neighborhood Library

Updated on April 6, 2020
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Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Houston Heights Neighborhood Library | Source

Houston Heights Neighborhood Library

The Houston Heights Neighborhood Library is aesthetically pleasing. It is one of the many buildings that face the sixty-foot wide esplanade on Heights Boulevard.

Built-in the 1920s, it is one of the many neighborhood libraries associated with the Houston Library System.

There are more extensive libraries to be sure! We have walked around the entire downtown city block encompassing the Julia Ideson Building and the Jesse H. Jones Building, which is the Central Library. On one side of this central library is situated the remarkable sculpture titled Geometric Mouse X by artist Claes Oldenburg.

Ornamental Top of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Ornamental Top of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library | Source

Neighborhood Library Perks

While the Houston Heights neighborhood library may be small, there are certain perks which can be appreciated. As an example, parking is free. That is often the case with the smaller outlying libraries.

What is also true of this and other branch libraries such as the Barbara Bush Library up in Spring, Texas (part of the Harris County Library System) is that books can be ordered online if unavailable in that particular library. Library patrons need not go from library to library hunting for materials they wish to read. Deliveries happen between the various libraries to accommodate the local populace.

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

— Paul Sweeney
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Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood LibraryExterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood LibraryExterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library | Source
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library | Source
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library | Source

Comparisons To The Past

Times have certainly changed since I was a child first using a public library. The Dewey Decimal System was in place. When wishing to find a book, one had first to sort through indexed cards to locate the whereabouts of a book on a shelf.

Cards were in open-ended pockets within each book. Written on the card was the name of the person and the date when taking a book out of the library and upon its return.

Computers, of course, have changed all of that. The ease of using our public libraries is so much easier since the proliferation of personal computers becoming widespread.

Did you ever use the Dewey Decimal System to locate books in libraries?

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Ceiling view inside of the library
Ceiling view inside of the library | Source

Activities in the Library

At this Houston Heights neighborhood library, there are many activities found within its confines.

Some examples include the following:

  • Baby Yoga to Laughter Yoga
  • Special Events
  • Baby to Toddler Storytime Classes
  • Computer Classes from introductory to more advanced
  • Preschool and After School gatherings and events

Check out their website and calendar of events if you wish to learn more.

Houston Heights Neighborhood Library Interior View
Houston Heights Neighborhood Library Interior View | Source

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

— James Russell Lowell

Architecturally Beautiful

What makes this particular library special, in my opinion, is its beautiful architecture and its setting.

The red-tiled roof accentuates the beautifully adorned white exterior. Lush shrubbery, along with mature oak trees and crape myrtles provide shade and beauty. A multitude of windows allows light to stream inside. It has a vintage charm that many newer buildings do not possess.

Dedication Plaque
Dedication Plaque | Source

Dedication Plaque

The dedication plaque honors longtime librarian Jimmie May Hicks.

Inscribed upon it is the following: "With courage and charm, she overcame life’s obstacles. Her understanding of the heart and gay spirit were a constant inspiration. With gracious perseverance, she dedicated her life to her profession and always sought to impart to others joy in acquiring knowledge and pleasure in the act of reading."

You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be -

I had a mother who read to me.

— Strickland Gillilan

Historical Sign and Location

There is a Texas Historical Commission sign installed in front of this Houston Heights neighborhood library.

Some facts one can learn by reading it are the following: The Houston Heights dates back to 1890 when 1,756 acres of land were purchased. It became incorporated in 1896. Annexation to the City of Houston took place in 1918. “Elevation 23 feet above that of downtown Houston” sparked its name…that of Houston Heights.

You will find this charming library at this address: 1302 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77008.

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Texas Historical Commission Sign: Houston HeightsExterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Texas Historical Commission Sign: Houston Heights
Texas Historical Commission Sign: Houston Heights | Source
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library
Exterior View of the Houston Heights Neighborhood Library | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Aurelio,

      I like the architectural look of this library built in the 1920s. It is nice that you have similar-looking ones in your area.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 months ago from Orange County, CA

      I love this architecture and I guessed correctly that it was built in the 1920s because we have many similar buildings and libraries here in SoCal.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      I wonder how many people these days remember the Dewey decimal system? Anyone answering "yes," is either a history major or someone of a certain age...and I guess from your answer...we match. Ha!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Someone else who recalls (and probably not all that fondly) the Dewey decimal system! Those index cards are best left in the past. I love the architecture of this library’s facade. A beautiful building.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      That is too bad about the UK's funding for public libraries being cut. We will see what the COVID-19 does to libraries and other places over here in the days ahead. It is so much a part of our culture that I suspect they will survive.

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      This takes me back to recalling how we used to borrow library books nearly 50 years ago. Sadly, due to cuts in funding, public libraries in the UK have restricted opening hours.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      It is amazing the amount of information that we can glean from reading good online articles. I still enjoy picking up a book and reading when I have time. I have some good sounding ones waiting for me right now.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Some things are harder to avoid than others while we are keeping our distance from people. Many places like this are currently closed in Houston.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The Houston Heights Library looks inviting. We have a nice library here in my little town. I must admit I do not read that much, I used to before HP, now I read hubs. Interesting article.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      At one time, I kept all of the books acquired over the years. Once I decided to part with them, I often reread some of the classics before donating them to libraries or giving them to friends.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Umesh,

      Thanks for sharing your story with us.

      When I was still in school, I spent a lot of time in our local library looking up items for research, etc. Our school also had a small library, but nothing like the much more extensive public library. Like you, I developed a voracious reading habit from my early years.

      In the U.S., libraries are free. In the past, they functioned to primarily let people read on site and lend books out to be returned. Now, they do many other things, such as the ones mentioned in this post.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no problem with this social distancing thing, but I do miss going to the library. I would love this place you have highlighted.

      Happy Tuesday my friend!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      A beautiful building and I prefer a smaller library, as some of the libraries I have used in the past are so impersonal due to their size. I love the quote by Paul Sweeney and I can certainly relate, however, I often re-read the books that I miss. Another enjoyable and interesting read Peggy and I would definitely spend a lot of time in this library.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      15 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      This appears to be a fascinating library. So many facilities and functions under the same roof. We can not imagine such a place in India or many other developing countries. I am very fond of libraries.

      When I was in my high school (about 55 years back) the only thing available to us was a Govt library eqipped with all sort of books mainly in English and Hindi languages and it was also a surprise for me to see that translations of some world classics were also there. I was immensely benefited by that treasure as I belonged to a lower middle class family and had nothing except to go to a state Govt school and state Govt library where no fee was charged. We were given two books a day for reading and we had to return them within 15 days. I usually returned them within 3-4 days only.

      It went on like that for 6 - 7 years till I moved to a city for my Post Graduation. Today whatever little I am able to contribute is the outcome of that voracious reading habit.

      I like libraries and your article has touched me to my soul. Thanks.

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