What an exciting time to be a part of the Jefferson Davis Parish Library System. Technology has changed so many tasks we have performed for our patrons through the years. Databases for research materials have allowed fact-finding to literally be found at one’s fingertips. Literacy Stations set up for the children of our parish allow for developmental games that provide an enjoyable manner for children to learn numbers, colors, concepts and much more. FYI classes (For Your Information) have informed patrons on a variety of subjects to include growing plants to attract butterflies and birds, massage therapy, drawing, home décor and so many other enjoyable and entertaining topics. Besides the latest titles of books available via the McNaughton Book Plan, books can be obtained from other libraries for patrons via interlibrary loans. We are constantly reviewing materials and patron needs as we select new items for our library system.
Recently, the addition of Overdrive (digital library) to our collection has aroused the interest of the patrons. Overdrive is a consortium consisting of seven parishes who are sharing their online holdings. These holdings include e-books, audio books, music and videos. Calcasieu Parish Library invited six parishes to join the digital library program and named it the Libraries Southwest Digital Library. All patrons may utilize their library cards to access the LSW Digital Library on our Jefferson Davis Parish Website located at: http://www.jefferson-davis.lib.la.us/
Our library system is composed of the Headquarters Branch located in Jennings, Louisiana and four branch libraries located in Welsh, Elton, Lake Arthur and a traveling Bookmobile. Elton and Lake Arthur Libraries were opened in 2006 after new buildings and furnishings were provided for library services. McBurney Memorial Library in Welsh was completely renovated and reopened in June 2010. The Bookmobile circulates throughout the parish visiting nursing homes, homebound patrons and patrons in rural areas. It has a monthly check-out rate equal to branch libraries. We are honored to offer services that meet the needs of all patrons of our parish.
All of our work is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the State Library of Louisiana, the Jefferson Davis Police Jury, the Jefferson Davis Parish Library Board of Trustees, and the Director and staff of Jefferson Davis Parish Library. We strive to assure that the work accomplished today will leave a legacy of excellence that will enhance the lives of future generations. Come visit us!