Librarians to give behind-the-scenes tours in Sterlington and Richwood

Get a behind-the-scenes look at two Ouachita Parish Public Library branches this December at The Librarian’s Tour. Sterlington Memorial Branch Manager Sandra Smith Robinson, MLIS, and Ollie Burns Memorial Branch Manager Jade Wheeler, MLIS, will lead a special tour of their respective branches at 3:30 p.m. December 4. All members of the public, and especially community leaders, are invited to learn the ins and outs of their neighborhood Libraries, as well as offer feedback on what they would like to see in the future from their Libraries.
Robinson and Wheeler were both recently promoted to branch manager, and are actively seeking ideas from community members themselves.

“This is your Library. I want to show you everything the Library has to offer, and I want to hear what you want from your Library,” said Wheeler. “I’d like to show everyone in Richwood and southeast Ouachita that the Ollie Burns Branch is here for you to read, learn, and more.”
Robinson, who previously split her time managing both the Sterlington and Ollie Burns Branches, is now at the Sterlington Branch full-time.

“The Sterlington community is thriving, and this Library branch has been here every step of the way for the past 12 years,” said Robinson. “I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and ideas of how the Library can even better assist your families, schools, and businesses.”

Both branch managers will lead the public through a complete tour of their branches and then will sit down for a conversation with the community.

“The bottom line is, the Library wants to inform the public about all the resources we have to offer, and the Library also wants to learn how to better serve individual branch communities,” said Library Director Robin Toms. “Part of our mission is to strengthen our community, and we need your input on how we can do this..”

About the Ouachita Parish Public Library

The mission of the Library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish. The Library serves a diverse community of approximately 160,000 people. The Library has 10 branches throughout the parish, plus a bookmobile, outreach services and e-services online at