Photos reveals Jackson Parish Library past

When you walk into the comfortable, air conditioned building of either the Jonesboro or Chatham Branch of the Jackson Parish Library it is easy to forget about how it used to be before there was computers, internet searching and social media networks. Back when a person came to the Library to get a book. The discovery of some old photos spawned the idea to document the history of the Jackson Parish Library up to modern day. 

Establishment of the Jackson Parish Library

The Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Library Commission in 1920, a time when there were no libraries in the state offering parish-wide services. In 1925, the Louisiana Library Commission joined with the great philanthropic Carnegie Corporation to create a network of libraries across the state.

The passage of the Library Law (Act 36) of the 1926 legislature provided for the establishment of financing parish libraries by local Police Juries and stimulated interest in libraries all over the state. Three-quarters of a century later, Louisiana boasts public libraries in each of its 64 parishes.

The Jackson Parish Library Board was established in May 1937 with the original members including F.H. Riggs, Mrs. Head, W.H. McLaurian, Mrs. Dr. McBride, J. C. Shows, and S. D. McBride serving as ex-officio member as the Police Jury President at that time. Located on the corner of 4th Street and South Polk Avenue for many years in 1972 it was moved to the current location just one block down the street. 

Chatham Branch offering canvas painting on Tuesday / Fitness on Wednesday


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