A month after its soft opening, the long-awaited Fulshear Branch Library has temporarily closed due to damage from the winter weather that hit the Houston region Jan. 15-16.

The gist

The library closed Jan. 15-16 in preparation of the below-freezing temperatures, according to posts on the library’s Facebook page. On Jan. 17, officials announced via Facebook the library would remain closed due to "weather-related issues."

This comes several days after library staff held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the library on Jan. 13.

Due to the issues, the library will remain closed temporarily while staff assesses damages, said Michele Pettigrew, communications specialist with the Fort Bend County Libraries, in an email. Library staff didn't provide answers on what damages occurred by press time.

The details

According to a news release from the Fort Bend County Libraries’ system, features of the two-story library include:
  • An outdoor patio with charging stations
  • A drive-thru book return
  • Community meeting and study rooms
  • A puppet theater for children
  • A computer lab
  • Book clubs
  • Craft groups
  • Introductory computer classes for adults
The background

The Fulshear library, located at 6350 GM Library Road, soft opened Dec. 18 to the public.

As part of the Fort Bend County Libraries’ system, the $14 million facility is meant to support the significant population growth in the area, officials previously told Community Impact.

It’s part of the last phase of the county’s $19.8 million bond referendum approved by voters in November 2015, according to the release.