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This item originally appeared in the June 24, 2004, issue of The Tech Talk.

By MELISSA WALKER

Staff Writer

Ruston is getting a new attraction to add to the list: a library.

At 9 a.m. July 17, the Lincoln Parish Library's address will change from 509 W. Alabama Ave. to 910 N. Trenton St.

Katherine Brown, director of the Lincoln Parish Library, said she is very excited.

"The new library will be a great introduction to Ruston."

Given its location near I-20, Brown said it will serve as a large building that welcomes people to Ruston.

Brown said area residents will be able to enjoy a bigger room for genealogy, a teen area, additional public meeting rooms, a coffee bar, quiet reading areas and "much needed" staff space.

The library hours will be extended to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Brown said this new and improved atmosphere of the library is the first to come in 30 years.

The current location of the Lincoln Parish Library was opened in 1965.

Renovations and additions were made to the library in 1976.

Brown said the staff is very excited about all of the new services the library will be able to provide to the Ruston community.

"The new location allows space for growth in the future," Brown said.

The new library will provide equipment that will cater to the hearing and visually impaired.

Also, software that allows material to be viewed in large print will aid those with difficulty with their vision.

Books on tape will be provided as well.

Like the current library, the new Lincoln Parish Library will cater to all ages. It will continue to offer popular information and reading to current DVDs.

Because the library is not necessarily research-based, the Prescott Memorial Library staff does not feel that it will face competition.

"Our mission statement is very different. Our goal is to meet the curriculum needs for our students," Sue McFadden, the university business reference librarian, said.

"We are more research oriented."

McFadden said students are usually the most interested in their research materials.

"We occasionally serve townspeople but mostly Tech students. I do not think there will be a conflict," McFadden said.

Emily Matthew, a senior family and child development major, said the new library may be a potential conflict for her.

"I live across the street from where the library is now. I used to just walk across the street. Now I have to go for a drive to get there," Matthew said.

Brown said she is not worried about the slight inconvenience.

"I think Ruston will love it."


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