Best Library - 2012
Heights Neighborhood Library
The Heights Neighborhood Library takes the nod for Best Library on two counts: first as an architectural gem, and second as a center of culture and entertainment as well as education for the area. The original structure was built in 1925 by J. M. Glover. It has impressive Italian Renaissance details executed in cast stone and a tile roof. In 1979, Ray Bailey Architects rehabilitated the then 59-year-old building and added a large, modern extension that perfectly complemented the original structure. The library is a busy, bustling place with programming including book clubs, play dates for toddlers, crafts, film screenings, and talks by local groups such as the Houston Ballet and the Audubon Society. There are also job-skills clinics, computer classes and, of course, shelves and shelves of books and multimedia resources.