Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Evangeline Parish Library to provide informational, cultural, educational, and recreational materials to the people of Evangeline Parish.Although the Library places an emphasis on the selection of books and other print materials, it also acquires appropriate audio and visual media, as well as electronic resources.

The Evangeline Parish Library is the local center for continuing self-education and can provide assistance to students at all levels. The Library strives to maintain an active collection, meeting current and foreseeable needs.

History of the Library

The Library began June 27, 1940, when a group of Ville Platte citizens met in the Knights of Columbus hall and voted to set up a subscription library in the hall.  Initial prices to subscribe to the library were one dollar a year or ten cents a month or one penny a day.  To give you an idea of the significance of the amounts, in 1940 Ville Platte Gazette ads offered new ladies’ suede coats for $1.50, and new men’s coveralls for 35 cents each.

The Library officially was founded as a part of parish (i.e., county) government in 1948, and from then on it has been funded by parish ad valorem property taxes rather than subscriptions. Many library board members, library directors, and staff have worked throughout the years to provide quality services to this parish.  (See parish ordinance of 8-13-45 and resolution of 7-12-48.)

Board members are appointed by the police jury (similar to a county council), and the library board hires the system director.

Currently (September 2014) the staff consists of twenty-one full and part-time employees, who operate and administer the system and the six facilities.  The library system runs with a total operating budget of about one million dollars,  which must stretch to cover all facility needs and all debt service.   The bulk of library funding comes from ad valorem property taxes. Other sources of funding are grants, Erate reimbursements, state aid (when available), donations, and fines and fees.

From 2004 through 2008 the Mamou and Basile branches were renovated, the Pine Prairie branch enlarged, and the Turkey Creek branch built.  All of the debt from these projects was paid off nearly three years early (with a significant interest saving!).

We have just moved from our former main library, a 6,200 sq. ft. three-level former post office building constructed in 1937.  Our new location is 916 W. Main, Ville Platte.  The new building is about 9,100 sq. ft. under cover. We are particularly proud that this was a locally funded project.  The new building opened to the public on Sept. 22, 2014 and has its grand opening/building dedication scheduled for Friday morning Sept. 26th.  This will be followed by a special family fun morning on Sat. Sept. 27th.

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Upcoming Events
Dec
12
Thu
1:00 pm Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Lean how to quilt! Ages 16- 99 (classes or offered as six week classes)
3:30 pm Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 12 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Ms. Pat’s Mother Goose Story Hour with crafts, movie & activities.
Dec
16
Mon
8:00 am “Fine Free” December 16 through... @ Evangeline Parish Library
“Fine Free” December 16 through... @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 16 2019 @ 8:00 am – Jan 16 2020 @ 6:46 am
"Fine Free" December 16 through January 16 @ Evangeline Parish Library
“Fine Free” Period is from December 16, 2019, through January 15, 2020.   For more information, call 337-363-1369 or the branch nearest you.
3:30 pm Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 16 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
We’ve heard from many adults who speak local French that they would like to have a place to gather to speak French while visiting. So, we are offering an opportunity for folks to join Mrs.[...]
Dec
17
Tue
3:30 pm Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Ms. Pat’s Mother Goose Story Hour with crafts, movie & activities.
5:00 pm Crocheting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Crocheting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Crocheting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Tuesday Crocheting (when Ms. Pat Fontenot is available) @ 5pm. (This is a drop in class offered by a volunteer and may not occur every week.)
Dec
19
Thu
10:00 am Basile Pre-K Storyhour @ BASILE BRANCH LIBRARY
Basile Pre-K Storyhour @ BASILE BRANCH LIBRARY
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Basile Pre-K Storyhour @ BASILE BRANCH LIBRARY
Basile Pre-K Story Hour Ages 0-5 December 19th – Merry Christamas!  Come take your picture with Santa!          
1:00 pm Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Lean how to quilt! Ages 16- 99 (classes or offered as six week classes)
3:30 pm Mamou Christmas Craft @ Mamou Library
Mamou Christmas Craft @ Mamou Library
Dec 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mamou Christmas Craft @ Mamou Library
Mamou Library is hosting Christmas crafting Thursday 12/19/2019 @ 3:30pm
3:30 pm Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Ms. Pat’s Mother Goose Story Hour with crafts, movie & activities.
Dec
23
Mon
3:30 pm Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
We’ve heard from many adults who speak local French that they would like to have a place to gather to speak French while visiting. So, we are offering an opportunity for folks to join Mrs.[...]
Dec
24
Tue
8:00 am Library system (main library and al... @ Evangeline Parish Library
Library system (main library and al... @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 24 @ 8:00 am – Dec 26 @ 6:00 pm
Library system (main library and all branches) closed Tue. Dec. 24th through Thur. Dec. 26th for Christmas break @ Evangeline Parish Library
The main library and all branches are closed Tue. Dec. 24th through Thur. Dec. 26th for Christmas break.  We wish everybody a very merry Christmas.
Dec
30
Mon
3:30 pm Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 30 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
We’ve heard from many adults who speak local French that they would like to have a place to gather to speak French while visiting. So, we are offering an opportunity for folks to join Mrs.[...]
Dec
31
Tue
8:00 am Library closed Dec. 31st through Ja... @ Evangeline Parish Library
Library closed Dec. 31st through Ja... @ Evangeline Parish Library
Dec 31 2019 @ 8:00 am – Jan 1 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Library closed Dec. 31st through Jan. 1st @ Evangeline Parish Library
The Main Library and all branches will be closed Tuesday Dec. 31st through Wednesday Jan. 1st due to the New Year’s holiday.
Jan
2
Thu
1:00 pm Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Jan 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Quilting @ VILLE PLATTE LIBRARY
Lean how to quilt! Ages 16- 99 (classes or offered as six week classes)
3:30 pm Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Jan 2 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mother Goose Story Hour @ Evangeline Parish Library
Ms. Pat’s Mother Goose Story Hour with crafts, movie & activities.
Jan
6
Mon
3:30 pm Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
Jan 6 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Allons Parler En Français? @ Evangeline Parish Library
We’ve heard from many adults who speak local French that they would like to have a place to gather to speak French while visiting. So, we are offering an opportunity for folks to join Mrs.[...]