Our feelings of outrage for Americans are overwhelmed. So much so that closing school libraries to replace them with "detention centers" doesn't phase us. For background, Houston is on of the "bluest" cities in Texas (only Austin and San Antonio rival it). So the Texas legislature has tried hard to screw the city and county. Preventing early voting. Reducing the number of drop boxes to 1 (one) a city of over 3 million people. And so we think "of course this is fucked up, but it is Texas - who is losing the Crazy Town race to Florida."
By the by, the new "CEO of Houston Schools" is a knee-jerk Republican appointed by the state of oversee and change a school board elected by Democrats.
But for those of us, like me, that found the library a sense of joy, surprise, and safety are kind of screwed now in Houston. Here is the full Guardian Story (parts pulled out below).