Welcome to the Evangeline Parish Library web site. I hope you will enjoy your visit here and also visit our main library in Ville Platte, Louisiana, or our five branches in the other incorporated towns of Evangeline Parish. If you live nearby (or even if you don’t), I hope you will consider joining our Friends of the Library group.
Evangeline Parish as a whole has a population of over 35,000 people, and the incorporated towns range in size from about 9,000 people (Ville Platte) to about 400 (Chataignier and Turkey Creek). Our parish seat, Ville Platte, is the home of Chicot State Park. The parish is also home to the State Arboretum, adjacent to Chicot Park, and to Crooked Creek Recreational Area near Pine Prairie. Ville Platte has the Smoked Meat Festival, the Cotton Festival, a wonderful Swamp Pop Museum, the Tournoi (a knights of old ring jousting tournament that is part of the Cotton Festival), and of course “Squirrel Day” (when many families take to the woods to begin hunting season). Basile has the Swine Festival, and Pine Prairie has the Boggy Bayou Festival. Mamou has its Cajun country Mardi Gras (including masked riders on horseback and fleeing chickens), its Veteran’s Day parade, and Saturday morning KVPI broadcasts in French from the “famous Fred’s Lounge.” Overall, this parish knows how to have fun, and pretty much wherever you go the boudin is excellent.
Evangeline Parish is the proud home of industrial plants for Cameron Corp. and Cabot Corp., as well as home to Mercy Regional Medical Center, Savoy Medical Center, Pine Prairie Energy Center storage facility, and stores for a number of large chains such as Wal-Mart and Dollar General. We are also very fortunate to have many fine local businesses, an active Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Tourism commission, dedicated service organizations, many churches, and strong public and private schools. There are a couple of prisons, too, and they are good neighbors and job sites as well.
Board members are appointed by the police jury (similar to a county council), and the library board hires the system director. I became director in November 2002. A native of Louisiana, I am also an “Army wife” (husband now retired) and came to the library field after raising two children on or near a variety of military posts. I have taught and also worked in other fields. I have an MLIS (Master’s of Library and Information Science) from LSU and am certified by the Louisiana State Board of Library Examiners. I also have an M.A. in literature and an M.B.A.
In 2014 we moved into a new main library, and in January 2015 we turned the old building over to the Police Jury. This move was the result of over 10 years of hard work, planning, and saving by many people and would not have been possible without the strong support of Evangeline Parish residents and of caring friends and family members of our residents throughout the country. We have cherished memories of the old building, which was the post office from 1937 to the early 1970’s and then the library until summer of 2014. However, we are glad to be moving forward in a new facility better equipped to serve this parish.
We welcome volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with us, or would just like to learn more about the Evangeline Parish Library, or if you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call at (337) 363-1369 or cell (337) 831-4281, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a fantastic dedicated Friends of the Library group, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to the Friends are tax deductible and help fund many Library projects. The Friends have an ongoing book sale area at the main library. They also are doing a paver fundraiser. You can see examples of the pavers on display in the courtyard of the main library. For more information, please check out the Friends page on this website. The pavers are an impressive way to leave a permanent message of support for the library and also honor family members if you wish.
Finally, we hope you will “like” both the Library’s page and the Friends’ page on Facebook.
On a personal note, in early March of 2015 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As of Nov. 2015 I have had about six months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery, and am now taking radiation therapy. I continue to work, and the Library Board, staff, Police Jury, and public have been very supportive, which I deeply appreciate.
Thank you again so much for your visit!