John LaFleur II is the author of several hundred articles published on Facebook, some Louisiana newspapers, and in Kreol, an international cultural magazineHe is a Louisiana French-speaking Creole-métis, gourmet, a prolific writer and author of now fifteen books pertaining to Louisiana food, culture and identity. He continues to deliver public lectures, and has appeared on television and radio show interviews.

       Their Words, Their Hands & Their Gifts: Louisiana’s Creole Food & Culture: A Menu of Diversity was generated from a chapter he was invited to write for an international scholars group of academics interested in exposing the long-neglected background of Louisiana’s oldest culture-Créole-métis which remains foundational to understanding the genesis and evolution of contemporary and historical Creole and Cajun culture. His paternal ancestor, Jacques Andre’ Barza dit LaFleur (Tapske was his Choctaw name) was Governor Bienville’s high interpreter for the Choctaw and Creek nations of Fort Toulouse at what is now the present-day state of Alabama before the founding of New Orleans in 1718, when Mobile was the first capitol of the lower Louisiana Purchase territory. Mr. LaFleur was born and reared in the upper, northwest center of Louisiana’s French-speaking triangle where the Alabama Creoles settled along with their Choctaw-Creek cousins who joined them in forsaking Alabama after the Seven Years War. These prairielands, or “vâchéries,” were ideal in supporting cattle-raising, a lucrative Creole-métis tradition.

FINE FREE MONTH continues until January 15, 2019. Library materials (books, CD’s, audio books, etc) must be returned in good condition to the branch nearest you or the main library in Ville Platte. Please call 363-1369 if you have any questions.T

Our usual afternoon programming will resume next week, January 7th due to our holiday schedule. Please note that Ms. Thelma Fontenot is now officially retired so there will be no more Wednesday afternoon Spanish programs, however, there will be a young adult program in that same afternoon time slot. Details next week.


The Evangeline Parish Library Board of Control will meet on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Main Library in Ville Platte.  The meeting is open to the public.  An agenda is available below.  This notice and agenda will be posted at the circulation desk of the Main Library, along with a copy of R.S. 42:4.1 through 13, regarding public policy for open meetings.

Draft Amended 2018 budgets for the library’s operating fund and sinking fund, and initial 2019 budgets will be reviewed.

The budgets, following adoption by the Library Board, will be submitted to the Police Jury for inclusion in its next public budget hearing on December 20, 2018 at the courthouse in the Police Jury meeting room.

With kids crafting and older folks knitting and crocheting, our Tuesday Crafting Corners are loads of fun! These Tuesday afternoon to early evening programs are for kids 6 and older and, of course, adults. Please fell free to drop in sometime to participate or observe. Brecky Thomas-Lavigne’s art class schedule:  12/4/18, Decoupage, Collage; 12/11/18 -Painting:  12/18/18 , Jewelry Making. All programs are subject to change or cancellations. Reservations are not required for this event but space is limited. 



Knitting & Crocheting! 





Santa will be at ALL of the branches so mark your calendar for the branch nearest you! 

  • Saturday, 12/1/18       Main library in Ville Platte 8:30 am
  • Monday, 12/3/18        Pine Prairie Branch Library @ 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 12/4/18       Chataignier Branch Library @ 4 pm
  • Thursday, 12/6/18     Mamou Branch Library @ 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 12/11/18      Basile Branch Library @ 3:30 pm
  • Thursday,12/13/18    Turkey Creek Branch Library @ 4 pm

(Photos will be available for pick up during the week of December 19th)

 Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library

For more information contact the main library @ 363-1369, see our webpage or ask at the branch library near yo


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