The dream of a library system in Fort Bend County began 75 years ago – in 1947 – when 12 members of the Share-a-Book Club wanted books to be in the hands of every man, woman and child. County. Through their perseverance and determination, and the overwhelming support of the citizens of Fort Bend County, these 12 women have made their dream a reality.

From a modest beginning of 1,000 books, a temporary room at Rosenberg City Hall and a bookmobile, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) has grown into a state-of-the-art entity of several million dollars, with 11 libraries around the county. Could these 12 women – who decided to start a library as a service project for the year – have imagined the magnitude of their dream or the countless lives that have been touched by libraries over the past 75 years?

For its 75th anniversary, the SPFL wants to look to the future again – to the children whose hopes and dreams will shape the future of our communities. What do the children think the future will look like? Do they imagine flying cars or 3D video books? World peace or unicorns?

The library system invites children across the county to share their hopes and dreams for the future by writing or drawing a picture of what they hope the future will look like. Activity sheets can be found in the Youth Department at any SPFL location, or on the SPFL website ( by clicking on “Celebrating 75 Years and selecting “Youth Activity”. Completed activity sheets can be dropped off at any FBCL location, or they can be scanned and emailed to [email protected] The deadline for submission is September 17.

Entries will be collected and become part of the SPFL’s Hopes for the Future book. The book will be included in a time capsule that will be opened on the 100th anniversary of the SPFL in 2047! A copy of the book will also be kept at each SPFL location so kids can see their creations become part of a book in the library!

The time capsule will be officially closed during the SPFL’s 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 8 at the George Memorial Library in Richmond. It will be kept in the library’s genealogy and local history department until it reopens in 2047.

There is no charge to participate in SPFL anniversary activities. For more information, call the Library System Communications Office (281-633-4734).


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