Anna Ruth Slade Meyer: The Mother of Monroe’s Public Library System

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

Ouachita Parish Public Library is much older than we think!

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!