Back in 1967, Ms. Shirley Cross Russ wrote a thesis for her study at Atlanta University, documenting the movement in Monroe to give library service to the African American community. This is one of the most detailed accounts I have found about the founding of Carver-McDonald Library. You can read it online here: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/30605734.pdf .
From the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Photo Collection This is a rare shot of Monroe's first African American library. This building was formerly used as an office building at Selman Field. It was moved to Powell and opened as a library for the black community.