Ascension Parish Library Begins Renovations to Donaldsonville Branch

Excerpts from The Advocate March 7, 2023

An article published in The Advocate entitled “Ascension Parish Library begins renovations to Donaldsonville branch.” Multistudio is the design architect for the library’s renovation, which is planned to be completed in Spring 2024. The Donaldsonville branch of the Ascension Parish Library system sits at the corner of Mississippi and Lessard Streets in the downtown corridor.

The Ascension Parish Library Donaldsonville branch began writing its next chapter as a modern library during a groundbreaking ceremony last week. For many residents, the library in Donaldsonville represents a place in the community for families to spend time together, learn, engage, and grow, a news release from the library said. Recently, libraries have begun transforming into multipurpose centers — providing connections to digital learning and technology to spur creative thinking.

“When this building is finished, it will reflect the reinvention of libraries in the 21st century,” said Library Director John Stelly. “We’ll still have quiet areas, but there will also be a buzz of activity here. This remodel is about the library evolving with collaborative spaces where people can connect and create in a technology-driven society.”

With the addition of 2,700 square feet, the renovated Donaldsonville library will be 15,350 total square feet. It will feature technology and tools to promote creativity and STEAM-based learning. A new audiovisual recording studio and virtual reality room will allow users to record podcasts and songs and create videos using a green screen. A maker space will offer digital design software, 3D printers, and a laser cutter.

The library will also have an expanded children’s area, a new dedicated teen space, and a new collection centered on the African American experience — The Jeannette Jefferson Collection — to reflect African Americans’ history, culture, and interests. Renovations will include a professionally curated historical display to tell the story of Donaldsonville.

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