The Friendswood Library has always been a place to soak in knowledge, connect with the world near and far, be educated and informed, and access and check-out materials. Now, thanks to some generous donors working with the volunteer group “Friends of the Friendswood Library,” there is an outdoor space which includes a continuously pleasing audio and visual experience.
A new multi-tiered fountain has been installed in the courtyard space on the Friendswood Drive side of the Library. During regular Library hours, patrons can use a nearby bench, or table and chair to continue their reading or other activity while having the calming sound of gently flowing water and view of the fountain as a backdrop.
The Friends of the Library initiated the “Calm in the Courtyard” project partially as a response to Library use restrictions during COVID-19. The goal was beautification of the Library’s outdoor areas where members of the community can continue to enjoy their surroundings regardless of other restrictions. Funding came from the Friends of the Library through a Memorial Fund in honor of Gordon Davenport, Jr. Members of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff completed installation of the fountain in mid-October.
“We are fortunate to have the Friends of the Friendswood Library as a group of constant supporters for our Library. I’m grateful for their ongoing work, some of which is not always as visible as this fountain,” said Matthew Riley, Director of the Friendswood Library.
The Friends of the Friendswood Library have also been instrumental in the purchase of a portable document scanner, Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System, a display case, Wi-fi hot spots, and other library equipment, said Riley. They also sponsor many library programs and events throughout the year including ZakiCon, May the Fourth Be With You, the Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, Summer Reading, and others.
You can enjoy the Library’s new fountain during regular hours. Information and details are at the Library’s webpage, http://www.friendswood.lib.tx.us/
Everyone is welcome to become a Friend of Friendswood Library for as little as $10 per year. The Friends meet the first Tuesday of the month for an hour to discuss initiatives, outreach, and fundraising activities. Meetings are optional but the Friends would love to hear from you. Become a Friend online through the Friendswood Library website or at the Library’s Circulation Desk.