With a single cut, the Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library on Fairview Point Road in Koran officially opened.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held May 14 at Bossier Parish’s newest library. Bob Brotherton, grandson of Anna Tooke and a member of the Bossier Parish police jury, said the library ribbon cutting might just be the second biggest piece of news to hit the small south Bossier community in decades.
“The biggest news event happened in 1979. It’s reported, it’s recorded, it’s on the Internet. If you go to the Internet you can pull up ‘Koran Sighting’ and you will see Bigfoot was sighted running across an open field in Koran, Louisiana. That was exciting news,” Brotherton said. “I don’t know who saw him or what they had been drinking.”
“This library is the next biggest thing that has happened for this community, and I’m proud that our family has a little something to do with it,” he added.
Brotherton and five other family members each donated one-half acre for a total of three acres to get the library project off the ground. He said the library is something his grandmother, a retired school teacher, would have been delighted to see bear her name.
“She knows what we’ve done and I know she’s happy so many people will enjoy it,” he said.
Heather McEntee, director of the Bossier Parish library system, said the Tooke family’s donation removed the major obstacle standing in the way of bringing the library project from dream to reality.
“We thank you for believing in and supporting the library’s vision, mission and value, and allowing us the opportunity to build this library in honor of your grandmother,” McEntee said to the family members attending the event.
“We thank you for giving us the opportunity to give to the parish a state-of-the-art community center where patrons can imagine, explore and discover their worlds,” she added.
“It is a new and exciting program for this part of the parish, this permanent library,” said Dr. Tom Carlton, president of the parish library board. “I am appalled when I drive by and see the old building. This is a building which will last well into the 22nd century.”
“One of the major parts of the police jury is economic development and community involvement. This is a great example of what can happen in a community as we work to attract new families and get new businesses to set up shop,” said Jack Skaggs, president of the Bossier Parish police jury.
“I don’t know of another library where you can get a cup of coffee, check out a book and sit in a wooded environment to read while your children play in a playground,” he said.