Season 1, Episode 1: Before The Storm

Recorded on 06/22/2020
Posted in Patron Driven

Anne, Allison, Mikha, and Jennifer navigate their last day in the Lone Star College Kingwood library before Hurricane Harvey hits.

About Season One: The Heart of the Campus

Hurricane Harvey drowned the city of Houston under 51 inches of rain. Forty-two of those inches flowed down the San Jacinto river on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, flooding the Lone Star College – Kingwood library. The flooding impacted six of the campus’s nine buildings, but hit the library hardest, destroying everything on the first floor. This season tells the story of that flood and the library’s recovery through the experiences of four library workers. It follows them through the hurricane’s slow windup and stall over Houston, details the flooding, and informs listeners about what it takes to build something extraordinary out of the wreckage. Along the way, four library staff go from being colleagues to survivors to dreamers to family. It’s an epic journey covering more than two years, and it’s not over yet.