Patrons use computers at the Texas County Library's Houston location. (File photo)

The Houston branch of the Texas County Library has reopened after remodeling that includes new tile floors, drywall and paint.

Library Director Audrey Barnhart said there also is an updated kitchenette and employee bathroom.

Workers are busy this week completing a new children’s section that includes kid-friendly bookcases and a colorful aquatic mural.

The library system has been the recipient of several recent grants to assist with its operation, Barnhart said.

They are:

  • $500 was received from the Walmart Distribution Center to be used for books and equipment at the Licking branch. No local grant match required.
  • $1,000 was awarded from the Intercounty Charitable and Educational Foundation to be used for purchase of books for the new Summersville library.  No local grant match required.
  • $4,000 LSTA Nonfiction Collection Makeover grant to be used for new nonfiction books within the Library district. No local grant match required.
  • $9,976 LSTA Technology Ladder grant for the purchase of computers, printers and software.  A local grant match is required.

The two LSTA grants are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the office of the secretary of state.

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