Saturday, April 11, 2009


This is the main branch of the Osceola County Library system. It is the Hart Memorial Branch here in Kissimmee. There are a number of branches throughout the county. This one is located just on the other side of the Railroad Tracks and a block from the Kissimmee Train Station I posted yesterday.

After Hurricane Charley a few years ago the roof on this branch was damaged causing the interior to need extensive repairs. It was closed for many months and the lovely red tile roof was replaced with ordinary shingles. The round section in the front was glass block and now is solid walls.

Here is a link to our Library system and if you click on the links at the bottom of the page there are photos of the library. The first photo of the (H)art Memorial Library shows the way the exterior looked before the hurricane.

When I first moved to Kissimmmee the library was in a storefront downtown and was a branch of the Orange County (Orlando) library. The county paid a fee to belong and one of the benefits was being able to use the big downtown Orlando branch. We cannot do that now unless we go to Orlando and pay an individual fee.

3 comments:

Lois said...

What a beautiful library building! Definitely worth the investment for the community.

Cezar and Léia said...

Great shot Karen!Everything is so clean, beautiful in your city!
Léia

Jacob said...

A good library system is a tremendous asset to a community, so you're fortunate in that regard.

Sorry they replaced the tiles with shingles...yikes!