We are so proud of our readers across the parish who checked out 10,005 books this summer!! Our Summer Reading Wrap Up will be in the August edition of the Bonnes Nouvelles to highlight our top readers at each library, performers, sponsors and the incredible number of books that were checked out this summer! Congratulations! For the kids who visit the Ville Platte Main library during the month of August, they will be able to Adopt-A-Play Pet when they check out 10 books (one pet per kid during the month)! Please share this good news.

      August is FINE FREE monthReturn any item in good condition to the main library or any branch and have all fines on the item (s) waived.   We will also take 50% off existing fines and charges for lost/damaged items if the balance is paid in full in one lump sum payment during this period.

      With school starting soon it is important for students of any age to be aware of a few FREE resources that they can access with their library cards. The LearningExpresss library found on our webpage is a resource that can help one study for exams, find out skills needed for a job, or brush up on technology skills. Using Learning Express’s Computer Skills Center, you can learn about computer basics, popular software including Microsoft Office and Adobe products, and basics about the Windows operating system. To connect to this resource visit our website and search the Louisiana Library icon. The next resource is found on our website right under this icon: Homework Louisiana for FREE online tutoring, online test preparation and so much more.

     Early Notice: October 18-20, 2022, we are bringing a scholar, Dr. Elista Istre, to the libraries to share her research  about the namesake of our parish, Evangeline. Her program is titled, “Evangeline: The Myth and the Maiden”. Details will follow. Her website is (www.BelleHeritage.com). Also, our annual Library Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th from 8 – 1 pm. This is a FREE outdoor event for our patrons to meet new authors and vendors; sample new Food Truck dishes; and to buy Friends of the Library books! Authors and Vendors can begin emailing Suzy Lemoine: slemoine@evangelinelibrary.org or Keisha Ford @ lford@evangelinelibrary.org to sign up or to get more information.

You can always call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or email evangeline_parish@yahoo.com for more information or too. Visit our main library and branch library Facebook pages or www.evangelinelibrary.org for all of the weekly, monthly and upcoming events and never forget that libraries do change lives…. even in the cloud! Suzy Lemoine, Outreach Coordinator.

Keep an eye out for our Summer Reading Wrap Up in the August edition of the Bonnes Nouvelles. It will highlight our top readers, performers, sponsors and the incredible number of books that were checked out this summer! Also, for the kids who visit the Ville Platte Main library during the month of August, we still have a few surprises! While supplies last, kids will be able to Adopt-A-Play Pet when they check out 10 books (one pet per kid)! Please share this good news.

Regular weekly programs continue at the main library and all branches but there are too many to list here. Please visit the Facebook page of the library you use to find out what’s going on!

We are promoting a new challenge for middle and high school students on behalf of Congressman Mike Johnson! The Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code, through annual districtwide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Starting Wednesday, June 15, 2022, you can register at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. The Challenge will run until November 1, 2022. Do you want to create a game? Do you want to create an app to solve a problem? There is no limit to what you can create for the Congressional App Challenge. Drop by the main library or any branch to pick up a flyer or visit the main library Facebook page for details.

NEW: The main library and all branches will begin accepting payments for fines, copies, faxes and other library related services using a CREDIT or DEBIT card for a minimum payment of $1.00. A service fee of $.50 per transaction will be applied.  

Early Notice: Library Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th from 8 – 1 pm. This is a FREE outdoor event for our patrons to meet new authors and vendors; sample new Food Truck dishes; and to buy Friends of the Library books! Authors and Vendors can begin emailing Suzy Lemoine: slemoine@evangelinelibrary.org or Keisha Ford @ lford@evangelinelibrary.org to sign up or to get more information.

You can always call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or email evangeline_parish@yahoo.com for more information or too. Visit our main library and branch library Facebook pages or www.evangelinelibrary.org for all of the weekly, monthly and upcoming events and never forget that libraries do change lives…. even in the cloud! Suzy Lemoine, Outreach Coordinator.

The Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code, through annual districtwide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Starting Wednesday, June 15, 2022, you can register at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. The Challenge will run until November 1, 2022. Do you want to create a game? Do you want to create an app to solve a problem? There is no limit to what you can create for the Congressional App Challenge. Drop by the main library or any branch to pick up a flyer

Summer Reading fun continues this week with programs at the main library and all branches on the same date and times as last week: Tuesday, July 19th, Turkey Creek branch @ 10 am for “Ocean Bingo” and Chataignier branch at 2 pm for “Decorate Planter Pots and add Flowers”;  Wednesday, July 20th, Pine Prairie branch at 10 am for “Kids Bingo” then Mamou branch @ 2pm “Shark Craft & Storytime”; Thursday, July 21st , Basile branch at 10 am for “Kids Bingo” then Ville Platte main at 2 pm for “Birthday Bingo”. The main library and each branch library have a Facebook page where you can find out about all the current programs unique to each branch. There are too many to post here! Once again, thank you to our sponsors for continuing to help us make this the best summer ever: Friends of the Library, State Farm Eric Gil, Bon Aimee’ Insurance & Appraisal Services, Lakeview Park & Beach, Healthworks Rehab, Basile State Bank, Lyons Market, Paul’s Meat Market, Vidrine Ace Hardware, Adrion’s Funeral Homes, Buller Family Dentistry, JD Bank, Peter Strawitz Edward Jones, Reed’s Pharmacy, Investar Bank & Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau. 

“Happy Retirement, Tina” party is planned for this Friday 22nd from 10 am to noon for our longtime fellow employee Tina King. The public is invited to attend to celebrate her 22 years of service!

 The new Evangeline Parish Writers Guild will meet on Saturday, July 23rd at 10 am at the main library to meet and organized. All published authors, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in learning more about the organization are invited.

NEW: The last Tuesday of each month the main library in Ville Platte will host a GRIEF COUNSELING opportunity at 2 pm for anyone in need. This counseling will be free of charge and is offered by the Louisiana Hospice & Palliative Care. The counselor is Delilah Elmore. Date: Tuesday, July 26th, at 2 pm in the Genealogy Room on a first come first serve basis. Also, effective July 14th, the main library and all branches will begin accepting payments for fines, copies, faxes and other library related services using a CREDIT or DEBIT card for a minimum payment of $1.00. A service fee of $.50 per transaction will be applied.  

For more information call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or email evangeline_parish@yahoo.com. Visit our main library and branch library Facebook pages or www.evangelinelibrary.org for all of the weekly, monthly and upcoming events and never forget that libraries do change lives…. even in the cloud! Suzy Lemoine, Outreach Coordinator.

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