The library system will be closed for Good Friday and the Easter weekend.  We wish everybody a happy Easter. The main library and its branches will open on their regular schedules Monday April 25th.  The Library Board meeting orginally scheduled for that day has been canceled.  It will be rescheduled in May.

Early voting for continuation of the library’s existing parish wide property tax is April 16-23 at the courthouse, from 8:30 to 6 (closed Friday the 22nd for Good Friday).  For more information, please click on the “Tax Election” icon to the right of this message.

The Evangeline Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at the Main Library on Saturday April 16 at 9:30.  Guest speakers are Suzy Lemoine and Janis Landreneau.  Everybody is invited.

The Library Property Tax continuation election will be held April 30.  All registered parish voters are eligible to vote at their regular polling places.  The proposition is to continue the existing library tax at 5.21 mills (the same rate property tax payers are currently paying) for 15 more years.  For more information about the tax proposition, please see the informational flyers at the library branches, or call 337.363.1369.  This is a continuation of the existing tax, not an additional tax.  It is the only tax to fund the library system and all of its existing facilities.

Early voting for continuation of the Evangeline Parish Library’s existing property tax will take place April 16-21 from 8:30 to 6 at the courthouse in Ville Platte, and Saturday April 23 from 8:30 to 6 also at the courthouse.  The voting is closed on Friday the 22nd for Good Friday.  Here are some facts about the library system and about the tax proposition:

  • This is a continuation of the existing tax rate at its current rate, not an additional tax. 
  •  It is the ONLY tax to fund the library. 
  • It funds the ENTIRE system: headquarters in Ville Platte and five branches in Basile, Chataignier, Mamou, Pine Prairie, and Turkey Creek.
  • It is for the same millage that property tax payers are now paying (5.21 mills).
  • It is the primary funding source for operations, maintenance, supplies, renovation, construction, etc. for all of the six library facilities.
  • While in some cases it is supplemented by grant funding, it cannot be replaced by grant funds.

Who uses the library?  We had over 20,000 registered patrons (library card holders) in 2010.  The library is used by:

  • Families: mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians
  • Toddlers
  • Grade school children
  • High school and college students
  • Homeschoolers
  • Young adults
  • Job seekers
  • Retirees
  • Researchers
  • Local historians
  • Visitors and tourists (for example, visitors to Chicot Park)

Informational flyers about library use are available at the library branches.  You can also find out more by calling the main library (363-1369).  In addition, there will be a presentation about the tax proposition at the Friends of the Library meeting on Tuesday April 12th at 6 p.m. at the main library (Ville Platte).

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