Thibodaux, LA – The Lafourche Parish Public Library has won the James O. Modisette Award for Public Libraries, a state award given in recognition of continued improvement in public library service.
The award is presented every two years, if merited, to a public library system that demonstrates continuous improvement in public service in a two-year period.
Laura Sanders, Director of the Lafourche Parish Public Library, and members of the Lafourche library staff accepted the award at the Louisiana Library Association’s annual conference in Baton Rouge on March 9.
The Lafourche Parish Public Library last won the Modisette award in 1955.
In announcing this year’s award, the Louisiana Library Association noted that the award, when given, is typically awarded to a library system that has recently completed a physical building project. In Lafourche Parish Public Library’s case, however, it “has focused on a different type of building: a solid foundation of services, community interaction, and staff involvement.”
The award focuses on the library system’s growth in a multitude of areas from 2013 to 2014.
During the past few years, the library system implemented technological advances for all ages on a variety of platforms, from web-based advances to hand-held gaming and learning opportunities to STEM and STEAM activities and much more.
The library also oversaw a marketing and user services campaign and programming overhaul that, in 2014, resulted in a 16 percent increase in library visits; a 63 percent increase in the number of library programs offered; and a 43 percent increase in program attendance over those of the previous year.
Sanders called the award a “tremendous honor for Lafourche and a reflection of our amazing communities, enthusiastic staff members, and dedicated library board.”
“We’re constantly striving to make the Lafourche Parish Public Library a stronger library system for our residents by providing programming, activities, and centers that support learning, education, and entertainment opportunities,” she continued. “We also want to create a fun and friendly atmosphere for all ages. This award is an indication that we’re on the right track.”
Posted on Tue, March 29, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette