The Southern Food & Beverage Museum’s partnership with the New Orleans Public Library has just been made official, this means that our Culinary Library will be a branch of the New Orleans Public Library with NOPL services, such as access to the entire collection, available to the community. Opening in 2013 at 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, our current collection of 9,000 volumes (cookbooks, food history books, reference books etc), will be available for the public. People will also be able to request and check out any book from the Public Library here at our Culinary Branch.
In addition to being good news for food scholars, culinary students, and chefs it will also be a vital resource for the Central City community. The area hasn’t had a library in this area for at least 40 years.
This is a project we’ve been working on for a while, and we’re excited to have the New Orleans Public Library be a part of it!
So far construction on the building has begun, many thanks to students from Howard University who volunteered with us as part of their alternative spring break program back in March. I worked with the students to paint the building and cut the grass on the bit of land behind the library, which now we’re working on turning into a demonstration garden. I’m excited about all the possibilities for this space, such as a brick oven, beehive, and fruit trees. We’ve already had lots of volunteers help us build 2 raised garden beds and plant some avocado, lime, fig, and lemon trees. Once our library is open it will also be a great place to sit and read!
Read more about it in an article from the Times Picayune:
New Orleans Will Have Largest Culinary Library in the South, written by Judy Walker July 18, 2012