- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

GIBSON, La. (AP) - Gibson is getting a new library with more computers and parking space.

Terrebonne Public Library officials say the library, which will face La. Highway 182 and be located behind Gibson Elementary School, could be built by next year.

The Terrebonne School Board is partnering with the Library Board to use up to one acre of school property for the project.

Library Director Mary LeBoeuf told The Courier (https://bit.ly/1cwP2Gb ) the library will have about 2,500 square feet and cost about $700,000 to $800,000, which will be paid from local sales tax money designated for the public library system. The cost will cover construction and equipment such as tables, chairs, shelving and computers.

LeBoeuf said the old library, which was built in 1983, needs to be updated and moved to a busier location so that more people have access to it.

“We have a tiny branch that’s not on a very well-traveled road, and it’s to the point that we need to add technology, we need to modernize it,” LeBoeuf said. “It’s going to be in back of the school so the kids can easily walk there, and they can use it as an addition to their current school library.”

The old library caters to about 45 people a day and has two computers. LeBoeuf said she plans to add at least six computers to the new building and hopes the new location will increase traffic by at least 30 percent.

The Library Board is awaiting approval from the School Board and parish attorney to begin construction, which LeBoeuf hopes can begin sometime this summer.


Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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