The original Young Library opened in 1957 with a contemporary structure that complemented the adjacent Palm Center. In 1996, the building suffered water damage and was forced to close. The library had a temporary site at Houston Community College until the new library opened in 1999 (see the image below).
To provide a larger and more state of the art library building, the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 7 (OST/Almeda Corridor) purchased property near the Palm Center to build the more than 16,000 square foot building. The new Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library at 5107 Griggs Road, 77021, will replace the existing library and serve as a beacon to the community. The increased size of the library offers the community more programming and meeting spaces as well as more technological resources. Advantageously located next to Metro Light Rail, the new site located on the northwest corner of Griggs Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) will become a destination in its own right with vibrant civic art and community programming.
Ground Breaking for the New Building December 2014
About Alice Young
Active in politics all her life, Alice McKean Young was one of the first in Texas to campaign women's right to vote. Mrs. Young worked tirelessly on behalf of improving the lives of others by being active in civic and political organizations. She was a strong advocate for better government, education, suffrage for women and building more libraries to make them more easily accessible to more readers. Appointed to the Houston Public Library Board by Mayor Oscar Holcombe, she was the dean of the Library Board. Her final meeting with the Library Board was held at her bedside during her final illness. Three years after her death, Mayor Oscar Holcombe and Sterling Hogan donated land to the city for a branch library, stipulated that it be named for Alice McKean Young. Also in her honor is the University of Texas School of Law’s Alice McKean Young Regents Chair Emeritus.
Highlights of the New Young Library
Young Neighborhood Library’s Storytimes, craft times, computer classes, Open Job Labs, Gaming and Homework Help sessions utilizing the Brainfuse platform will be joined by a plethora of new programs and technology. Three 3-D printers will be center stage at the new Young! There will also be multimedia space for photo editing, Bamboo Spark for imaging for drafting and drawing, a VCR DVD combo for converting VCR tapes to DVD and iPad Pro for Kids to learn coding. Osmos encourages hands on play on iPads for children ages 5 to 12. Children will learn coding, words, numbers, tanagram puzzles, and games. Children may explore individually or in groups. Children can learn and play using a flat computer table. In addition, there is an iPad Crayola Kiosk that has 4 iPads loaded with fun, educational applications for ages 2 to 8.
Nine Waycom tablets loaded with Corel Painter 2016 provides drawing and painting for doodling, sketching or painting for scratch or a photograph. A variety of styles of painting from a photo can be generated with a single click. Another option has the individual paint by hand with the program choosing the color palette. There are learning tutorials available on the tablets for how to use them. A photo scanner is also available for customers.
We hope to see you at the grand opening this Saturday, November 5 starting at 10 AM. We will be updating this blogpost and our social media feeds during the ceremony.