City officials broke ground Tuesday morning on the Friendswood Public Library expansion. The $2.5 million expansion will increase the library's meeting and classroom space as well as renovate the interior and exterior. Pictured from left: Library Director Mary Perroni, Library Board Chairman Mike Czarowitz, Councilman Billy Enochs, Councilman Jim Hill, Councilman Pat McGinnis, Mayor Kevin Holland, Councilman Steve Rockey, Library Board Vice Chair Pamela Beeth, and City Manager Roger Roecker.

Friendswood Public Library breaks ground

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The ceremony took place Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m., outdoors, next to the Friendswood Public Library, 416 South Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546.

The City celebrated the ceremonial beginning of the $2.29 million dollar bond expansion and renovation project, which will add approximately six thousand square feet of space for the Library’s collections and programs, plus extensive renovation of the existing facility.

“The project is going to take a little more than a year to complete,” Library Director Mary Perroni said. “It is going to be worth the wait.”

Perroni and the rest of the Library Staff have been making detailed plans for how they will keep many of the Library’s programs and operations going during the construction and renovation.
“Sure, there will be some inconvenience, but I think most users of the Library will be pleasantly surprised at how things continue to operate during this phase,” Perroni said.

As part of the renovation and expansion, brick pavers will be installed around the Library’s exterior. The Library is inviting anyone to purchase a brick paver. They will be installed in either the new main Courtyard or Children’s Courtyard.

The pavers are four inches by eight inches. Purchasers choose the installation area and specify the personalized message to be laser-engraved on the paver. All bricks will be placed randomly throughout the designated areas. The cost for paver is $100, and is tax deductible. All proceeds go to benefit the Friendswood Public Library.

For more information about the pavers, or anything related to the Friendswood Public Library, visit their webpage, www.friendswood.lib.tx.us.

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