This summer, we’re celebrating a very special anniversary for one of our parish treasures—the 75th anniversary of our Tangipahoa Parish Library.
Established as a “demonstration project” by the State Library near the end of WWII, Tangipahoa Parish opened five small book depositories in the summer of 1944. In April 1945, parish residents were so pleased with the project, they voted in a modest 1.75 mill tax to support a local library and Miss Elizabeth Cammack was named the first director of the new Tangipahoa Parish Library System.
Throughout the years, our libraries have modernized to meet the needs of a growing and changing population. From bookmobiles to a local history archive, genealogy station to computer terminals, and 24/7 access to free downloads, the library has evolved to meet increasing needs.
Younger residents also find the library special. Over the last 75 years, children have met award-winning authors, watched theatrical performances, and enjoyed the written word come to life, thanks to many dedicated librarians.
Today’s TPL System not only houses printed materials but also hosts a wide-ranging selection of digital and broadcast media available for public use. Because our citizens continue to support the system with a modest millage, every Tangipahoa resident is entitled to a free library card and all the services associated with it.
The Tangipahoa Parish Library is one of our many local treasures. We’re proud to join the TPL System in celebrating this incredible milestone and invite you to check out everything our six library branches offer.
Happy Anniversary, Tangipahoa Parish Library, and here’s to many more years of service!
If you’d like to learn more about our great parish, visit: tangipahoa.org, or our Facebook page at: facebook.com/tangipahoagovernment/.