Kingwood Library reopens after $1.5 million in renovations

Kingwood Branch Library reopened May 29 after months of renovations  following flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Kingwood Branch Library reopened May 29 after months of renovations following flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Kingwood Branch Library reopened May 29 after months of renovations to repair damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey last August.

The library took in more than 3 feet of water, which destroyed books, technology, furniture, flooring and drywall, Branch Manager Ryan Fennell said. The repairs cost about $1.5 million, he said.

During the nine months of renovations, Fennell said library staff hosted pop-up library events twice a week at the Kingwood Community Center. During this time, library staff hosted childrens’ programs and classes for adults.

Fennell said it was always his goal to have the library reopen before summer, which is the branch’s busiest time of year.

“We have a little more flexibility in what we can do because you can offer something to kids at a different time other than the short period after school,” Fennell said. “It was always our hope to be open by the summer.”