The newest member of the Lafayette Public Library Board of Control wants to remove “recreation” and “cultural enrichment” from the library’s mission statement.

Robert Judge says Lafayette Consolidated Government already offers recreation services to citizens. He says any recreation and cultural enrichment programs offered by the library are a duplication of services and a waste of tax dollars. He pointed to the Clifton Chenier branch's M.I.Brary program, which loans out musical instruments to library patrons, and the East Regional Library's fishing program as examples of those excesses.

Judge noted that the Heymann Center, the Lafayette Science Museum, and the Acadiana Park Nature Station provide similar recreation offerings. However, Lafayette Consolidated Government has cut funding for all of those programs.

To hear Judge's full comments and to view the full library board meeting, watch the video below.

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