Librarians in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes say the loss of $23,000 in technology money from the state is forcing them to put off plans for software upgrades, such as Internet security programs, and hardware purchases, such as electronic readers.
The Houma Courier reports that Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes lost $11,500 each from the State Aid to Public Libraries program, the same amount trimmed for Louisiana's other 62 parishes.
More than wireless Internet access is free at the Lafourche Parish Public Library System's new Wi-Fi Café. The coffee's free, too.
The Daily Comet reports the cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the old Thibodaux Library.
Patrons can buy snacks from vending machines or bring their own food. There are tables and easy chairs for individuals and small groups, and larger groups as meeting spaces for groups. And there are places to charge electronics.
Lafourche Parish officials say a restoration project aimed at rebuilding beach and dunes at West Belle Pass on Fourchon beach is nearly halfway done.
Progress has been made despite some damage from Tropical Storm Debby in late June.
Lafourche Parish Coastal Zone Administrator Archie Chaisson told The Courier that the restoration project was moving along smoothly with 66 percent of the beach and dune recreation finished. Sand fending to prevent erosion is 44 percent complete.