An exciting Friday for the St. Martin Parish Community of Cecilia, which celebrated the re-opening of a newly renovated public library.
Officially opening the doors to a brand new facility had staff members feeling overjoyed and even a little bit emotional.
Charlar Brew fought back tears while trying to describe the impact she thinks the new library will have on the community.
“This library is a vital part of the community,” said Brew.
A win for both the library and the community, the library director can’t wait for people to see what the updated facility has to offer.
“We have added on a meeting room, study rooms,” said Brew.
On-top of a modernized space for children, the revamped library also includes additional computers. A god-send for many residents in rural areas.
“We have so much need for online access, ” said Paul Ardoin, Technology Coordinator.
Ardoin says they now have 8 public access computers.
“We’re finding the trends not only with the computers we have and people using them but a number of people are using our WiFi,” said Ardoin.
To better accommodate those with smart phones and laptop devices, the library also upgraded their wireless networking capabilities.
“There is a copy station, there is a fax machine that is open to the public to use,” said Christophe.
Kytara Gaudin Christophe with the State Library of Louisiana says this library has it all.
“It’s the people’s library, everybody in this community is welcomed in these walls,”said Christophe.