Lafourche Parish Public Library Director Laura Sanders has been named the 2020 Louisiana Public Library Director of the Year by the Louisiana Library Association (LLA) for her work in advancing the services the library offers to residents.
She received her Director of the Year award on July 7.
Each year, if merited, the Louisiana Library Association recognizes the outstanding contributions of a current Louisiana public library director. This year, Sanders was nominated by a group of her peers for her work as Lafourche’s library director.
Sanders began working for the Lafourche Parish Public Library in 2012 and became its director less than six months later. In 2016, under Sanders’ leadership, the Lafourche Parish Public Library was awarded the state’s highest honor for public libraries, LLA’s James O. Modisette Award for Public Libraries, for the second time in the library’s history. The library had last won the award in 1955.
Sanders is a native of Claremore, Oklahoma and a resident of Thibodaux. She is married to Bill Sanders, and the couple has three children, William, Ian, and Addisyn.