The Library Board of Control and Staff wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! Also on Tuesday, May 29th, the main library in Ville Platte will host a Summer Reading Kick Off event @ 6 pm with the phenomenal Lady Chops aka Elizabeth Vidos, who is originally from north Louisiana. Ms. Vidos performed with the New York City STOMP Troupe for 10 years. This is a FREE event for the public that is funded in part by the Friends of the Library, Cabot Corp. and Pine Prairie Energy.
The draft minutes of the May 22nd Library Board of Control meeting have been posted to this website. To view them, click on”Agendas and Minutes” link on the right side of this page.
At its May 15th Library Board of Control meeting, the Board selected Margaret (“Margie”) Mealer to be the next library director. Ms. Mealer will begin by assisting the current director, Mary Foster-Galasso, in June and will gradually assume full responsibility by the end of July. (Mary retires August 4th.) Margie’s first day with the library is June 4th. She looks forward to going to each branch and meeting library patrons during the first weeks of Summer Reading. Margie is currently head of children’s services for the Lincoln Parish Library (Ruston), a position she has held for the past three years. From 1999 to 2015 she was with the Rapides Parish Library, most recently (April 2009 to June 2015) as Branch Manager for the Boyce Branch Library.
Margie has the following degrees: associate’s degree in English (LSUA 2006), bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in business (LSUA 2010), and master’s of Library and Information Science (LSU 2014). Originally from New Jersey, Margie is also a military spouse who lived and raised her family in many places before her husband retired from the military. She has sound management and library experience, a love of public libraries, and dedication to providing quality library service to everyone.
The agenda for a meeting of the Library Board of Control on May 22nd at 11 a.m. at the main library has been posted on this website. This is a follow up meeting to approve the minutes of the May 15th meeting, to receive an update on the Chataignier building project, to request the renewal of one board member’s term on the board, and to set a mid-year budget hearing to amend the library’s operating budget to reflect the impact of the Chataignier building project. The meeting is open to the public. To view the agenda, please click on the agendas and minutes link on the right-hand side of this page.