Monday, July 17, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – After months of construction, Parish President Natalie Robottom, her Administrative staff, Councilmen Larry Sorapuru and Kurt Becnel, joined Library Director Trina Smith, Asst. Director Tammy Houston and board president Virgie Johnson and library staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Roland Borne Sr., Memorial Library in Edgard. Also on hand for the celebration were Sheriff Mike Tregre, Assessor Lucien Gauff, long-time Library Board Member Norris Millet, Thomas Brown from Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects (design engineer for project), and a host of residents and patrons.
Renovations, constructed by M & H Builders, included an additional 1,957 square foot area to the existing library equipped with a new spacious lobby and circulation desk, study rooms, computer space, fresh carpet, bathrooms, and a new portico.
“Great job to the entire team involved in this successful project,” said Parish President Robottom. “Our library system is top notch, and these new amenities will only accommodate more children on the Westbank and give them better access to the tools they need to succeed.”
Upon completion, the new addition was outfitted with furniture, computers and bookshelves. “I hope everyone takes advantage of this priceless gift,” said Councilman Becnel. Councilman-At-Large Division A, Larry Sorapuru also shared his appreciation for the project, “I know Roland Borne Sr. would be extremely proud of the progress here today.”
Residents are invited to visit the library during business hours. More information and a calendar of events can be found at http://stjohn.lib.la.us/ or by calling (985) 497-3453. “Libraries stand for freedom, knowledge and a healthy exchange of ideas which are all reflected in this project,” said Carlos Diaz, Edgard Library Supervisor. “Seeing a child grab a book and read it cover to cover gives me hope, hope for tomorrow.”