Friendswood’s library expansion, one of the city’s most anticipated bond projects, continues to move toward construction.
City staff reports the library project is now getting required permits from the Texas Department of Transportation for driveway.
City Council last March approved a $190,000 contract for architectural services related to the planned $2.5 million city library expansion, a project placed in the first round of bond financing by the city. Construction is now expected to begin in spring 2015.
The $2.5 million project will add 6,000 square feet to the library’s current 15,000 square-feet. Among the many additions will be a computer classroom and community meeting rooms. The former office building at 416. S. Friendswood was transformed into the library in 1994.
Users of the expanded and updated library can put their support in stone through brick pavers being installed around the building’s exterior. Donors may choose the location of the 4 by 8-inch pavers, along with a personalized message to be laser engraved. The bricks will be placed randomly throughout designated areas: the Friendswood Drive courtyard or children’s courtyard. Each paver is provided in exchange for a $100 tax deductible donation.
Santa is scheduled to visit the library on Monday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Celebration Bell Choir presents a concert Dec. 8 at the library, under the direction of Hope Lutheran Music Director Stephanie Poyner. The 7 p.m. performance features Christmas music with bells, harp and vocal ensemble.
The book club hosts a holiday party at its Tuesday, Dec. 9 meeting, and the library hosts a book sale Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who shop the sale will be treated to wassail, cookies and holiday music.