On Thursday, March 31, 2001 the Johnson Bayou branch of the Cameron Parish Library hosted a grand opening celebration with guest speakers Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton, and New Orleans Saints ambassador Michael Lewis. More than 150 people came out to celebrate the new library branch's grand opening!
The original Johnson Bayou branch was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Since then, the library branch was housed in a stationary bookmobile to temporarily serve the community's needs. The Johnson Bayou community is very enthusiastic about getting a new building in an area where rebuilding is so desperately needed.
The new building, which resembles a beach house, was built to the new stringent building code and was made to withstand rising waters and strong winds. Its raised outdoor reading porch has beautiful marsh and gulf beach views.