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Shreve Memorial Libraries Act As Cooling Centers During High Summer Heat

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COOLING CENTERS - Record high temperatures throughout the area have an impact on people’s activities forcing many to stay indoors and close to the air conditioner. But for many people, inside air conditioning simply isn’t available. And for those living in Shreveport—there is some respite to the heat available at one of the many local branches of the Shreve Memorial Library. Samantha Bonnette is marketing and development manager for Shreve Memorial Libraries.

“With the temperatures reaching triple-digits constantly, all of our library branches are certified cooling stations, they are air conditioned. And we have bottled water available for anyone that needs a break from the heat,” Bonnette said.

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Shreve library offers free computer use as well as access to books, newspapers, and magazines.

Libraries aren’t just a place for books but also serve as community centers. And while books and magazines are a great way to pass the time, libraries offer special programs for all ages and interests. Many activities and resources are free and people can find out what the different activities and programs the library has to offer. Shreve Memorial Library fulltime branches in the city are open Monday-Wednesday 9am to 8pm and Thursday through Saturday 9am to 6pm. To learn more, go to www. shreve-lib.org.

And if you’re living outside of the city of Shreveport, you might check the local libraries in your area as they too can likely provide a cool place to spend some time in to beat the summer heat.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.