'Little Free Library' Coming to Katy Heritage Park, Dedicated to Memory of Local Teen


March 18, 2021

By Jennifer Miko

14-year-old Celia “CiCi” Ray Rico passed away in January, and members of the Katy community have organized a tribute to her. The Katy Junior High eighth grader will be honored with the installation of a Little Free Library in the Katy Heritage Park.

Photo: Lizz Woods, @LizzLynnPhotos

Members of the community will be able to take a book or share a book at the new Little Free Library at Katy Heritage Park, 5990 George Bush Dr. The unveiling of the lending library, dedicated to Celia “CiCi” Ray Rico, will take place on Friday, April 2, around 10:15 a.m.

The Katy Heritage Society Easter event will follow, at 11 a.m.

“Celia always had a book in her hand – it was either a novel book or poem book,” recalls her mother, Deana Davidson-Maikranz. “This library means so many things to me and our family. It helps to keep her name alive for many years to come and to help suicide awareness.”

Plans for the Little Free Library

Adrienne Davitz is the President of the Katy Heritage Society and a chairperson of the Katy Heritage Parks board. She said the idea for the lending library was approved by both boards with overwhelming support. They have been collecting books for a few months and have hundreds already.

The actual structure, provided by XXL Construction, will be 16” wide and 21” tall, and will be able to hold 20-30 books depending on their size. Davitz said the library will feature books for young adults, but they will rotate a variety of books to meet the needs of all ages.

The exact location of the lending library hasn’t been determined yet, due to sprinkler and underground electrical lines.