Season 1, Episode 5: Learning Commons

Recorded on 07/20/2020
Posted in Patron Driven

Twenty-two months after Hurricane Harvey Anne, Allison, Mikha, and Jennifer begin offering services at their completely rebuilt–and reimagined–learning commons. But the new space and its wealth of technology mean new challenges for the staff. How will they adapt? And most of all, what does it mean to them to have worked so hard and achieved so much, only to have the coronavirus change their day-to-day yet again?

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.