Eunice Library

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The The Eunice News dated July 7 is the last one the reading rack at the Library. The Eunice Board of Aldermen voted July 9 to recreate the standalone Eunice Library and on July 10 a closed notice was on the library door. The rack was photographed Friday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Books wait to be placed back in the stacks at the Eunice Library on Friday.

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A photo in the Eunice Library of its dedication.

Library may reopen this week

The Eunice Library will reopen this week following its split from the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library in July.
On Friday, Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “We are going for a soft reopening the end of next week.”
The library has been closed since July 10, the morning after the Eunice Board of Aldermen approved breaking away from the Opelousas-Eunice system created in 1967.
A meeting was held in Opelousas on July 24 where it was voted to separate the assets, he said.
The city owns the building and has changed the locks on the doors.

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Mayor hoping library reopens in August

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said he plans to reopen the Eunice Library by August.
The library on 2nd Street has been closed since July 10, the morning after the Eunice Board of Aldermen approved actions to create an independent library.
The action was greeted with a note on the door of the library stating, “... due to City Council & Mayor’s decision. We will gladly fill your library needs in Opelousas until 8-1-19.”
On Friday, Fontenot shared a lettter sent to Estelle Perrault, Opelousas- Eunice Library Board chairwoman.

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Library, strategic plan on city’s agenda

Public hearings are scheduled ordinances to open the way for the city of Eunice to form its own library and break away from the Opelousas-Eunice Library, which was formed in 1967.
Mayor Scott Fontenot explained at the June meeting the split was discussed when Rusty Moody was Eunice mayor.
Moody’s death and other events kept the city from acting, he said.
Fontenot believes the city can run its own library and save money.

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From left at the Eunice Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday are Alderman Chad Andrepont, Germaine Simpson, legal counsel Vernon McManus, City Clerk Ginny Moody, Mayor Scott Fontenot, Adlerman at-large Marion “Nootsie” Sattler, Alderman Ernie Blanchard and Alderwoman Connie Thibodeaux. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Board moves on library breakup

A move to reestablish the Eunice Public Library gained traction at Tuesday’s city meeting as aldermen approved a pair of ordinances — one to repeal an ordinance forming the Opelousas-Eunice system and the other to reestablish the Eunice library.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “This came up a couple of years back. When I was on the council I brought this up to Mayor (Rusty) Moody and unfortunately we didn’t get far with that.”
Fontenot said, “In my personal opinion I believe the city of Eunice can run a library on its own.”

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