Founded in 1921, the Harris County Public Library system celebrated its 100th anniversary in June with virtual parties hosted across its 29 branches. The Harris County Commissioners Court also dubbed 2021 the “Year of the Library.” In 1921, the first library of the system was established at Harrisburg School in Harrisburg, and other locations were housed in post offices, businesses and private homes throughout the county, according to the Harris County Public Library. Lucy Fuller was named the first head librarian in 1921. As of this January, HCPL has more than 1.8 million print and digital works in its collection. 713-274-6600. www.hcpl.net
Harris County Public Library system honored on 100-year anniversary
In 1921, the first Harris County Public Library opened at the Harrisburg School in Harrisburg, where students could access free books. (Courtesy Harris County Public Library)
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Reporter, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood
Emily joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021 after working for a small town newspaper in El Campo, TX for two years. Before that, she interned and freelanced for the Houston Chronicle and worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the Houston area. A controversial fact about Emily is that she prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip cookies. She graduated with a print journalism degree from the University of Houston in 2018.
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