DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — Renovations at the Donaldsonville library will propel the facility into the 21st century as the remodel focuses on new technology.

The remodel will expand the facility by 2,700 square feet and introduce new technology to the community, according to the parish library director.

“We’ll still have quiet areas, but there will also be a buzz of activity here,” said Ascension Parish Library Director John Stelly. “This remodel is about the library evolving with collaborative spaces where people can connect and create in a technology-driven society.”

New additions will include technology and tools promoting creativity and STEAM-based learning, according to library officials. Specifically, the building will house a new audiovisual recording studio and virtual reality room where people can record podcasts, songs and make videos using a green screen, the library added in a news release. Other tech tools that will be offered are digital design software, 3-D printers and a laser cutter.

Renovation plans will also expand the children’s area, build a new space for teenagers and a curated display of the history of Donaldsonville.

“The library will be a place where people can develop new skills that can lead to a career path or encourage a new hobby. It will be a space to innovate, read, create, and learn. An entry point into the future while also celebrating the past,” said Stelly. “We are excited to be moving forward today.”

A temporary library location is at 420 Mississippi Street where it will remain until renovations are finished, which is estimated to be in the first quarter of 2024.