Main library in final three months of construction
The parish’s new main library is coming together inside and outside, most recently with landscaping, as the anticipated opening is three months away. The landscaping is planned so that the plants reach their peak at different times of the year. The plants include sweet gum, bald cypress, crape myrtle, oriental magnolia, stokes dwarf and gardenia. Uniquely designed pavers that will allow water to pass through will be installed between the two large oak trees. Grass will grow in the middle opening of the pavers, which will provide support for a portion of the front parking area between the oak trees. “We are trying to work with what’s here,” Mary Foster-Galasso, parish library director, said. Inside the library, bathrooms, storage closets and most other rooms have lighting with motion detectors that automatically turn off after people leave and turn on when people enter. All of the exterior and interior doors and windows, and some of the cabinets, have been installed. Windows extend nearly the entire length of the east wall, where the book stacks will be located. The stacks should be installed in late November, after a drop ceiling is installed in early November, and then the carpet is laid. Beyond the windows on the east wall is a covered and fenced patio area where library patrons will be able to sit.