|New Orleans Public Library|
African American Resource Center
Black History Month 2008|
Louise Lamothe Day,
February 13, 2008
On February 14, the library gathered to honor Ms Louise LaMothe, who had worked for NOPL for 37 years, eighteen of which were spent as the Branch manager of the Hubbell Branch Library. A hands on individual, Ms LaMothe was a fixture in the Algiers Point community and made the library a central gathering place for many Algiers Point residents.
Valencia Hawkins, Head of the African American Resource Center, began the program by giving a brief history of Ms. LaMothe's 37 year career with the New Orleans Public Library, which began in 1956 as a staff member on one of NOPL's two bookmobiles.
George Hubbell, widower of Cita Hubbell, the namesake of the Hubbell Branch, shares his memories of working together with Ms. LaMothe.
Jennifer Turner, a former volunteer and patron of the Hubbell Branch recalls conversations she had with Ms. Lamothe while serving as a volunteer at the branch.
Lisa Lombard, a cousin of Ms. LaMothe reveals Ms LaMothe's philanthropy as a supporter of the Junior Daughters of All Saints Catholic Church.
City Councilwoman at large Jackie Clarkson gives a proclamation to the LaMothe family in honor of Louise LaMothe (l-r) Aldwin LaMothe, Clarkson and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin LaMothe.
Linda Marshall Hill, Supervisor Main Public Services, gives a plaque to Seale Paterson, Branch Manager, Hubbell Branch to hang in the library which honors Ms. LaMothe.
Following the program the audience mingled and talked about their fondest memories of Ms. LaMothe.