OPPL Summer Reading program just finished up over the weekend. On a related note, I found this copy of a summer reading certificate from 1953 in my files yesterday. I scanned it and erased the name for privacy issues. Look! It was even signed by Miss Flanders!
The original look of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. Did you ever wonder why the Main Branch Library on 18th street has a Stubbs Avenue address? When the building was first built in 1958, it's entrance faced Stubbs Avenue. As you can see in the photo, it has been extensively remodeled over the years. The … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Public Library
The above photo is another one from the collection of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. It shows Library Director Frances Flanders reading Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to a group of children at storytime. It shows the interior of the Anna Ruth Meyer home on Jackson street that most area baby boomers remember from … Continue reading Miss Frances Flanders
Ouachita Parish Public Library's second home on Jackson Street. The above photo was taken probably in the 1940's in front of the former home of Anna Ruth Meyer. She had donated it to the city of Monroe for use as a public library. It was eventually torn down in the 60's and a new facility … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Public Library
The above painting hangs in the Anna Meyer branch of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. It was created from an actual photo of Anna currently housed in the Library's collection. Anna was a philanthropist whose legacy still impacts today. Anna grew up as an orphan. She found employment as a maid in one of the … Continue reading Anna Ruth Slade Meyer: The Mother of Monroe’s Public Library System
I wrote this for LA Road Trips back in 2011: Everyone is familiar with Lamy Lane and Louisville Avenue in Monroe, but very few know anything about the family they were named for. No descendants of that illustrious name remain, but the family’s legacy has an impact still felt today. On May 7, … Continue reading The Lamy Family
Last week, while researching the old Monroe City High School, I stumbled across this article in the New Orleans Times-Democrat. I knew that Louisa Lamy McGuire had donated her husband's law office and books to form a library in 1885. There were articles in the Ouachita Telegraph about how they were trying to get money … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Public Library is much older than we think!