Mary Montgomery of the Bridge City Library was hoping to get the okay from the city council to start on a 50x 65 foot library expansion project. Montgomery, who is the library director said the Friends of the Library have been raising funds for the 3,250 square foot expansion, which would more than double the current 2,500 square foot building.

“We’re just asking for the outside of the building. We would come back later and put in the electrical and plumbing,” said Montgomery. The construction would be done in phases as money became available through fundraising.

According to City Manager Jerry Jones the city council approved the move forward to have plans drawn up for the expansion at Tuesday night’s meeting. Once the plans are excepted and approved by an architect, they will be able to start the bid process.
The library currently services an average of 150 patrons a day.

Selections include books on many subjects, large text books, children’s books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, and some electronic games. Bridge City also offers Internet access with eight computers.

Ginger Tuttle runs the Lap-sit program for preschoolers on Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Little ones listen to stories, make crafts and share refreshments. The two sessions are limited to 20 participants each. Currently there are five spaces in the morning available, but the afternoon session is filled.

During the summer the library has story time 11 a.m.-noon for five to six weeks. “We’re working on that now,” said Montgomery. Contact Montgomery or Michelle Watson, the children’s librarian for more details.

Four to five volunteers also work at the library as needed.

“An ongoing book sale is in the lobby,” said Montgomery. Donated books that the library doesn’t need are sold for
50 cents. DVDs are $1 and magazines are a dime.

A quilt will be raffled for Mother’s Day, May 3. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10 and can be purchased at the library.

Cash donations are always appreciated and can be mailed to 101 Parkside Drive, Bridge City, TX 77611 or dropped off at the library.

Operating hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; 1-7 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday; and closed weekends. For more information call 735-4242 or check out their Web site at

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.