Welcome to the Evangeline Parish Library website. I hope you will enjoy your visit here and I also hope you get to visit our main library in Ville Platte, or one of our five branch libraries in Basile, Chataignier, Mamou, Pine Prairie, or Turkey Creek.
Evangeline Parish as a whole has a population of about 34,000 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 the new Allegiance Health Medical Center, Savoy Medical Center, Pine Prairie Energy Center and stores for a number of large chains such as Wal-Mart, Family Dollar, and Dollar General. We are also very fortunate to have many fine local businesses, the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and, the tourism commission, dedicated service organizations, many churches, and strong public and private schools.
Evangeline Parish Library welcomes 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 and several branches.
The Friends of the Library have become famous for hosting our annual BookFest! This started out as a book sale but has grown to so much more. Vendors and entertainers of all kinds now participate. It is held each year in the fall, and this year promises lots of good things!
Friends of the Library are also 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 to honor family members if you wish.
Board members of the Evangeline Parish Library Board of Control are appointed by the Evangeline Parish Police Jury (similar to a county council), and the library board hires the Library Director and sets library policy.
I just took over director in August 2018. I am a native of New Jersey. (Yes, I am officially a Yankee, but have come to love the southern ways!) My family and I have lived in Louisiana since 1989. I have an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) from LSU, a B.G.S., (Bachelor of General Studies, with a Concentration in Business) from LSU-A, along with an Associate of Arts in English from LSU-A.
The Evangeline Parish library celebrates 70 years of service this year, and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful organization and the wonderful communities of Evangeline Parish.
Finally, I hope you will “like” both the Library’s page and the Friends’ page on Facebook. We will be highlighting more events on there soon.
Thank you again so much for your visit, and we hope to see you @the library!
Margaret Mealer, MLIS
Evangeline Parish Library