Opening of new Vinton library celebrated

Published 9:00 am Sunday, October 30, 2022

Special to the Daily News

The new Calcasieu Parish Vinton Library at 1601 Loree Street celebrated its opening on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

The new, larger branch will include a variety of features that are new and unique to the community such as a reservable meeting space, study/conference rooms, convenient drive-thru and dedicated adult/teen/children’s areas.

In 2013, the Calcasieu Parish Public Library Board of Control adopted a strategic plan with a “Library as a Place” initiative and began working on assessing and prioritizing capital improvements.

In early 2017, the Buildings and Properties Committee of the Board began exploring expansion opportunities in the Vinton, DeQuincy, and Iowa areas.

About a year later, Capital One banks in each of these regions became available for purchase and the library soon invested in these buildings as part of its expansion.

In 2019, the library sought the public’s input to help plan what services, programs, and spaces they would like to see inside these new facilities.  Denelle Wrightson, a library and design consultant, facilitated these meetings.

“With the acquisition and renovations of these new properties, residents can expect community meeting rooms, study rooms, additional restrooms, programming spaces, drive-thru pick up service, adequate parking, larger collections, and various furniture and space upgrades” mentioned Christy Comeaux, Public Information Officer for the Library. “I’m excited to see the ideas that the community shared finally come to life!”

In addition to the Vinton Library opening, the Calcasieu Parish Public Library system is also excited to announce that the community meeting rooms at the Vinton, Sulphur Regional and Westlake branches will be open to the public.

The rooms, which can be reserved online at www.calcasieulibrary.org or by calling the branches, are free to use by area non-profit organizations.

“It’s a great feeling to know that after the setbacks of 2020, the library is making a strong comeback!” Comeaux added.  “We appreciate all the patience and dedication that our patrons have practiced over the years. 

“We can’t wait to show everyone what we have coming.”