QUESTION: Why did the library lease space to store its books during the new downtown library renovation on Third Street, when it purchased earlier this spring the building across from the Baton Rouge General Medical Mid-City hospital at the corner of North Boulevard and South Acadian Thruway? Why didn’t they just use the newly purchased North Boulevard building to store books and save rent?

ANSWER: Assistant Library Director Mary Stein says: “The building at 3434 North Blvd., purchased earlier this year, will house the Outreach Services department, which includes the staff and all circulating collections for the library’s bookmobiles and Outreach Service vans. They have been housed in a rental facility and are eager to move!

“However, it is not yet ready for occupancy; we must first complete asbestos remediation and then address flooring and a few other necessary renovations to plumbing and electrical.

“Therefore the timing will not work.

“Additionally, this new Outreach facility is not quite large enough to store the bulk of the River Center Branch collection as well as the Outreach Service collection, which is currently spread out in a number of different library locations.

Good job mowing

QUESTION: What is the name of the private mowing service that the city has contracted to maintain Kenilworth Parkway and Staring Lane (and perhaps others)? They are doing a fantastic job and should be commended publicly!

ANSWER: Chris Burnett, director of the city-parish Department of Maintenance, says the kudos need to go to Green Seasons, which has been mowing Staring Lane, and H&O Investments LLC, which handles Kenilworth.

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