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Lafayette libraries are filling the community's needs during the pandemic

Lafayette libraries are filling the community's needs during the pandemic

Posted: Aug 21, 2020 10:22 AM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 5:24 PM

During a natural disaster like a hurricane or flooding, public school library’s across the state are there to help.

Well during this pandemic they’re doing just that.

“The library system for 75 years we’ve been meeting a need in Lafayette Parish,” said Keith Guidry with the Lafayette Public Library, part of the city-parish and funded by two millages.

The system has nine library locations throughout Lafayette Parish.

“We’re wearing masks or social distancing but all of our services are still the same,” said Guidry.

The library has a lot to offer from computer access to even board games and they’re always adding more.

“What we’ve been doing recently is actually watching for the community's needs especially right now the student,” said Guidry.

So if your child is needing help with school classes they got you covered on their website

“We have homework Louisiana, which offers online tutoring or you can tutor by phone,” said Guidry. “We have learning express which is a lot of tests exams too.”

If you need a mask they got you covered as well they’ve passed out more than 15,000 masks at their five drive-thrus.

You can still get a mask at the drive-throughs and you don’t even have to get out of your car.

“We have five drive Throughs at a regional library where people can come through you never have to get out of your car and you can get one mask per person”

With kids going back to school some having to go virtual, parents face the problem of lack of internet here in Lafayette, but the library is working on fixing that problem as well.

“We’re about to get 20 hotspots for Wi-Fi that people can actually check out if you don’t have Internet access,“ said Guidry.

And if it’s after-hours all you have to do is park in their parking lot for free WiFi 24-7.

The parents who were at the library Wednesday say couldn’t be more grateful and Guidry says that’s what it’s all about.

“There are countless needs that people have and we’re only going to survive as a community,” said Guidry.

For more information on what the library has to offer you can go to their website here.

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