If you stop by, walk by, or drive by the Houston Public Library anytime soon, you’ll notice we are coming to the end of a little exterior renovation project. Over the few years, we’ve experienced some periodic interior water damage due to the deteriorating brick and mortar on the south and east sides of the building, a situation aggrevated by a lack of an overhanging roof protecting those walls. As a result, we’ve long been planning to strip, insulate, add in a moisture barrier, put up siding, and extend the roof-line! The Library Board has been putting aside funds out of our operational budget for the past six years for this project — and our Friends’ group contributed as well. Back in February, Caledonia Lumber officially got started on the rehab, finishing up a few weeks later. This past weekend, thanks to some beautiful weather and a hard-working volunteer, our outside storage shed and metal doors on the south and west sides all got a fresh coat of paint. We still have an overhead panel to paint brown on the west side and we’d like to get another sign with our hours of operation posted on the east side, but the bulk of the work is finally completed, whew!. With kids at storytime planting our Community Container Gardens early in May, we’ll bring this project to an end just in time to focus our energies on our 2017 Summer Reading Program.