Jennings – Carnegie
Public Library

Jennings, LA

Since 1885, the earliest established library in the State of Louisiana.

The Jennings Carnegie Public Library, which was originally formed by the Ladies Library Society in 1885, holds the great distinction of being the earliest established library in the State of Louisiana.  Touting a multitude of services in a user-friendly and inviting environment, both old and new co-exist in the way of a large selection of reading, viewing and listening materials.  Patrons also have access to an extensive genealogically-related and archival collection containing original records, documents, newspapers, maps, postcards, photos, and even yearbooks.  These items aid the genealogist in tracing family history.  Shown at left are patron, Avia Broussard, and Harriet Schultz, Director. Jennings native, Dr. Ron Wilkinson, has donated to the library his personal collection of postcards.  These can be viewed, beautifully-framed in the new library annex. Regarding their photo collection, the library has images dating back to its founding in the 1950s.  This collection is partially contained in a book that they have for sale and can be purchased on the Store link on their website. During the summer months of June and July, the library focuses on encouraging children to read by offering a reading program with prizes awarded as an incentive to the children who participate.  (At right, are Harriet Schultz and staff member, Barbara Owen.)  When they have read 100 books, they receive a certificate.  After earning the certificate, they receive a star on the certificate for every 10 additional books that they read.  Then, in August, a party is thrown for all of the readers.

Additionally, “Story-Time” is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for children ranging from 2 to 5 years of age.

In an interview, Harriet Schultz, who is the Director, said, “We began our digitization conversion project with OCI and now are with American Digital Memories.  This has been a tremendous help to us in our ability to provide our community, and beyond, with yet another means of access to our city’s rich and interesting history.  We are grateful for OCI and ADM and their service to our library!”

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