By Ben Myers for UptownMessenger.com
The Milton H. Latter branch library on St. Charles Avenue will close for about three months for the second half of a two-phase renovation project, officials said, possibly leaving New Orleanians short two libraries at the same time.
The first phase of the $2.1 million Latter renovations was completed in October 2013. The project includes interior and exterior finishes and electrical replacements.
The Latter branch is scheduled to close Nov. 6. The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library book sale will temporarily move to the Algiers Regional Library while the Latter branch is closed.
Meanwhile, the Mid-City branch library is also facing closure Nov. 1, after its landlord in the American Can building opted not to renew its month-to-month lease after October. City Councilwoman Susan Guidry is seeking an extension for the library, she told Mid-City Messenger today.
Ben Myers is a New Orleans-based freelance journalist who previously reported for The Times-Picayune and New Orleans CityBusiness, specializing in business, government and politics. This story was reported in partnership with The Gambit.