Live coverage of Jungman Neighborhood Library's Reopening | Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 10 AM
Houston Public Library's director, Dr. Lawson greeted the opening ceremony guests by welcoming everyone and thanking the staff of Jungman Library. She also congratulated the architects (Energy Architects) and Turner Construction company. She remarked that it was a heartfelt and warm reopening due to support from the community, thanking the local businesses who donated refreshments for the reception: Beck's Prime, Dish Society, Starbucks and Cliff's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. She concluded by thanking the amazing staff of the Library.
City Council Member for District G, Greg Travis also spoke about how far libraries have come from stone tablets, this library represents the future of libraries and how proud he is to have Jungman in his district. It's a unique facility that has a lot to offer to its community including spaces for children and toddlers and teens and gaming!
Dominic Spinelli, manager of Jungman Neighborhood Library also thanked the guests and pointed out that his staff are unique yet diverse but they all share one common trait and that is to serve their library customers with their collective knowledge. Helping library customers is what they do best. He encouraged guests to take some time to explore the building and reminded everyone about the community event happening this Saturday, October 15 from 10 AM - 5 PM.
Among the distinguished guests were John Jungman, Mr. J. Frank Jungman's grandson and his daughter.
Your brand new Jungman Neighborhood Library is finally reopening this Thursday, October 13 at 10 AM! We know you've been waiting patiently. Well the wait is now over and soon you will be able to see the beautifully renovated new building!
The building was named afer J. Frank Jungman who was active in the diverse businesses of cotton, oil, banking and real estate. Throughout his life, Mr. Jungman devoted time and energy to the betterment of Houston's civic, religious and cultural life. It was our first regional branch in the system, opening on October 20, 1975. It was built to combine the convenience of a neighborhood branch library with many services of the Central Library. As a result, Jungman had a large collection of books in specialized areas such as petroleum, electronics, physics and business administration.
Here are some photos of the way Jungman Neighborhood Library used to look:
You will notice new designated youth areas as well as use of latest technology. A dedicated children's area will have iPads for Kids Crayola Kiosk; a Teen area with cool seating and living room style leisure reading spaces for adults.
In recent years, community needs changed and the library's collection shifted to popular bestsellers, audiobook and music CDs, foreign films, economics, global politics and current events. Jungman was one of the highest circulating locations until its closure for renovation in May 2014. Before renovation, Jungman hosted a variety of programs that are similar to any neighborhood library such as book clubs, computer classes, storytimes and seasonal AARP tax assistance.
Exciting new programs are in the works for the new Jungman: Veterans Day celebration, teen gaming contests, family trivia nights, book clubs for different age groups, student artwork and many different types of classes. .
Share your memories. Tell us what you're looking forward to in the new Jungman Library.