In the spirit of promoting summertime, family fun and a desire to help folks discover the wonders of “Staycations”, a concept being strongly promoted by the office of  Lt. Governor Nungesser, here are a few books that might encourage families to explore Louisiana: “Back Road Tours of French Louisiana: by Joan Williams, “Weekend Getaways in Louisiana” by Mary Fonseca, “Canoeing Louisiana” by Ernest Herndon, “Off the Beaten Path – Louisiana- A Guide To Unique Places” by Gay N. Martin, “Cajun Country Guide” by Macon Fry, “The Pelican Guide To Plantation Homes of Louisiana” by Anne Butler and “The Top 50 Tourist Attractions of Cajun Country” by Editors of Acadiana Profile.

The main library in Ville Platte and the branch libraries in Basile and Pine Prairie remain open to the public during their regular opening hours and we’d like to remind our patrons that masks are now required to enter. Our Fine Free period continues until further notice and fines for lost books that are returned will be reduced by half price of the replacement cost. Note: Until further notice, the Chataignier, Mamou and Turkey Creek branches remain closed.  Please get updates at or on our Facebook page and continue to request books and other materials by phone or by email at

At the main library and branches in Basile and Pine Prairie, we continue to hand out free “Welcome Back Goodie Bags” filled with reading incentives to the kids to encourage them to READ!  The only requirement to receive the “goodie bag” is that at least two books are checked out. Each bag will also have a writing activity that could help them win ONE additional prize if they use the “Imagine Your Story” form to write down their memories of how the COVID 19 pandemic is affecting them and then return it to the library with their name and phone number! I’m excited to say that we have received a number of unique stories and the kids really enjoyed their extra prize! These goodie bags and the writing activity will continue through the summer months.

The staff truly appreciates the never-ending understanding, patience and support it continues to receive from all patrons!  Never forget that libraries do change lives… even through the Cloud! Main library: 337-363-1369.

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