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Newly Retired Director’s Message: Library Celebrates 75 Years!

Lafayette Public Library Celebrates 75 Years! What does the Lafayette Public Library have in common with the books Scuffy the Tugboat and Animal Farm? We’re all celebrating 75 years in existence in 2021!

On August 6, 1946, the Lafayette Public Library opened as the Lafayette Parish Demonstration Library, only the 23rd demonstration library in the state. Once funding was secured by the passage of a two mill tax in 1947, branch libraries were established in every community in the parish.

A community library was important in 1946, and it is still just as relevant and important today. While many things have changed, the parish library system still has books, story times, and a staff to help you find information or great books to read. Obviously there have been a lot of technological changes since 1946, though! We can now answer questions and send personal reading recommendations via email; and while we still have physical copies of Scuffy the Tugboat and Animal Farm on our shelves to check out, you can also download those titles to your personal reading device as well. Some things never change, though–children and parents still enjoy stories, songs, and fun activities at story times; adults still like to talk about their favorite author and book; and teens still need help with homework. We still offer our personal assistance with finding information, only now we use a computer instead of a big, heavy reference book.

Just like 75 years ago, library services are still offered to everyone without charge as part of a commitment by our community to provide the tax funding necessary to provide services to meet the needs for information, life-long learning, recreation, and cultural enrichment to all.

The fun might be a little subdued this year, but we still have plenty of activities planned around our big anniversary event, so stay tuned for more information in the coming months. We are so excited to celebrate 75 years of service to the community with the community!

Teresa Elberson,
Newly Retired Director

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