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Houston Library Branch Will Offer Latest Tech Concepts

The neighborhood library, set to open in February, will offer a podcast studio, music tech and up-to-date study spaces for its community.

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The new Dr. Shannon Walker Neighborhood Library, named after NASA's first native Houstonian astronaut, will replace the Meyer Library, which flooded during Hurricane Harvey, and the Frank HPL Express Library.

The 23,000-square-foot space, which will officially open in February, is expected to be “the most advanced library of its kind,” said John Middleton, assistant director of spaces for the Houston Public Library System.

The next-generation library will feature a library podcast room, a full recording studio and a video recording room with a green screen to produce a video blog or music video. The teen space will have computers and lounges for homework and study. The space will include multimedia-focused PCs, 3D printer access and interactive devices.

The library will also feature a meeting room, a conference room, computers and devices for borrowing, and a futuristic cafe area that will include new robotic vending machines pumping out various food and drink options.

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