It’s a bustling weekday afternoon in the McGovern Stella-Link branch of the Houston (Tex.) Public Library, which reopened in May after it became one of 12 branches in Houston and Harris County that closed because of damage from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Of the 12 libraries, one Harris County branch and seven Houston branches remain closed, many with indefinite reopening dates. The city estimates $1–$5 million will be needed for repairs, but library officials say they’re stuck in limbo waiting for recovery funds from FEMA and other federal grants. Meanwhile, temporary libraries and mobile bookstores help satisfy the patron needs.
Houston (Tex.) Chronicle, Oct. 10