Enrichment, education, refreshment, and recreation. These are common goals of two very different institutions joining forces to provide an extraordinary experience for Harris County residents. Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and Harris County Public Library are proud to announce plans to rebuild Baldwin Boettcher Library at Precinct 4’s Mercer Botanic Gardens more than a year after the library closed due to Hurricane Harvey.
Baldwin Boettcher Library and Mercer Botanic Gardens will transform into one destination with shared resources and a new entrance spotlighting the library. Additionally, Precinct 4 will restore Mercer’s Botanical Information Center, also damaged during Harvey, and open the facility to Baldwin Boettcher staff for library programs and classes.
“As Baldwin Boettcher Library and Mercer Botanic Gardens worked to recover from the devastation, we realized we could collaborate, instead of remaining separate, and integrate library services with the experience of the gardens to benefit the whole community,” said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle.
Collaboration began in the summer of 2018 when Baldwin Boettcher Library hosted library services and programs, such as the Kids Café summer feeding program, at Mercer. Today, Baldwin Boettcher offers a full line-up of adult and children’s programming in the gardens.
Construction on the new Baldwin Boettcher Library and Mercer’s Botanical Information Center could begin by the end of 2019. Until the new library opens, patrons can continue visiting the Little Blue Library at Mercer to check out and return books.
“We believe Baldwin Boettcher and Mercer will be stronger together,” said Harris County Public Library Director Edward Melton. “We understand that we are both here to serve the public through the resources of the library and the beauty at Mercer. It is our privilege and desire to work together to serve the needs of the community.”
With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble, 77338. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone seeking additional information, or requiring special assistance to participate in any program, should contact Mercer at 713-274-4160 or online at www.hcp4.net/mercer.