ABOVE: Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex Tatum
The residents of the City of Houston’s District K and the community at-large are being encouraged to “Name Your Library”!
Houston Public Library Executive Director Rhea Lawson, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum and the library naming committee are inviting the community to participate in the naming of the new state-of-the-art library in District K, which will be located at 5505 Belrose Drive, Houston, TX 77035.
Construction of the new library is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021 and will be completed by the end of 2022.
Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum, who represents the district where the newest library is scheduled for construction, is excited to provide this naming opportunity to the surrounding community.
“The naming of this library is an opportunity to define the personality and character of a space that will ultimately become a beloved community hub,” said Castex-Tatum. “Names have significance and we want an ideal name for this highly anticipated building that will foster learning, gathering, and exploring.”
Individuals may submit one name for the library accompanied by their support statement. The naming suggestion period will last until 5pm on Monday, May 24, 2021. The library naming committee will narrow the suggested names to 3-5 choices and conduct a city-wide poll of the top choices to assist with the narrowing of the name suggestions. The top 3 names will be sent to the library board of directors for review and a final decision will be announced shortly thereafter.
The Library Naming Committee is made up of area residents from Westbury, Brays Oaks, Hiram Clarke and Meyerland. Two members of the Houston Public Library system, District K and District C City Council staff are supporting the committee.
Library Naming Committee Members are:
- Susan Shafer, former librarian at Parker Elementary School
- Katherine Wingfield, Secretary Westbury Civic Club, resident and parent
- Shawn Rushing, Hiram Clarke resident and community education advocate
- Sheronda Sweet, Brays Oaks resident and parent
- Art Pronin, Civic Leader in Westbury and Meyerland
- Jennifer Edmondson, Westbury Civic Club office manager, resident and parent
- Barbara Kile, Former librarian at Rice University, Meyerland resident
- Elaine Britt, Board Member of Meyerland Community Improvement Association
Libraries are invaluable to communities by bringing people together and connecting them to a wealth of resources. Libraries offer more than just books; they provide FREE access to technology and computers, classes and events, and along with other vital services, they provide a place for people to connect with their neighbors.
If you have a suggested name for the library, the Library Naming Committee wants to hear from you. Your suggested name, and a support statement in 250 words or less, can be submitted using the form link: https://forms.gle/sbriBubKuKKTgFvVA.