3 new libraries, destroyed after Katrina, reopen in a week's time
It was a dizzying week for those who love libraries -- and those who work in them. "We've accomplished the impossible: three libraries in six days. I'm sure this is unprecedented," said Jessica Styons, the branch services manager, after the ribbon-cutting March 22 at the new Robert E. Smith Branch public library in Lakeview.
Working seven days a week for a month, often past midnight, staffers from libraries all over the system shelved books and installed equipment at the Rosa Keller Branch in Broadmoor, which opened March 16; the Norman Mayer Branch in Gentilly, which opened March 20; and finally the Lakeview branch. All were destroyed in the flood after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.