A timeless comedy of manners–refreshing as a summer breeze and bracing as the British seaside–about a generation of young women facing the seismic changes brought on by war and dreaming of the boundless possibilities of their future, from the bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Whip-smart and utterly transportive, The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club is historical fiction of the highest order: an unforgettable coming-of-age story, a tender romance, and a portrait of a nation on the brink of change.

And across the sea in Ireland…

Rainey’s grandmother makes a startling request: Take me home. To Ireland, the country she fled post-World War II. Though they’re inseparably close, Rainey knows few of her grandmother’s secrets. Until they arrive at Aisling–the majestic estate on the southern coast of Ireland where her grandmother was raised–and Rainey discovers a collection of seventy-year-old letters in a trunk.

Dublin, 1945. The Germans surrender, celebrants crowd the streets, and fourteen-year-old Evie meets her best friend, the spirited Harding McGovern. Years on, they are more like sisters when rumors begin that Harding works in the black market trade–a source of wealth that could give her a dream life in America but could also cause great danger. Evie is uncertain of the truth but will stand by Harding, whatever the cost.

As Rainey uses the letters to reunite her grandmother with the past, what unfolds is a never-forgotten story of family, friendship, and love, and the healing that comes from letting go of secrets.



MONDAY, JULY 15, 2024

4:00 pm Board of Control Meeting

Ville Platte Main Library

916 West Main Street, Ville Platte, Louisiana 70586

(If you have a disability, please notify us ahead of time for accommodations)

  1. Opening Business
  1. Call to Order, Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval/Amendment of Agenda
  4. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting
  5. Public Comments on Agenda Items
  1. Old Business
  2. Update about the new Basile library project. See minutes from the Special Meeting on June 6, 2024
  1. New Business
  1. Introduce the new maintenance hire who replaced retired Ted Lavergne, Chris Hogue.
  2. Review LA HB 974 which amends laws relative to the library boards hiring library directors.  See attached. See proposed policy changes.
  3. Review insurance quotes submitted for the library BOP insurance policy
  4. Review quotes submitted by Acadiana Security Systems and Information Solutions Systems to replace the analog security camera DVR and cameras.
  5. Review a new policy for a Meeting Room in the Main library. 
  6. Request to amend the part-time employee holiday policy to allow them to be paid for holidays.
  7. Request to increase the cost of copies from $.15 to $0.25.
  8. Permission to sell card stock for $1 per page and envelopes for $.25 each.
  9. Request to transfer funds out of the General Fund into the Capital Improvements Fund.
  10. Set a date for the ground breaking event at the site of the new Basile Branch Library
  11. Reminder that yearly ethics training, cyber security, and sexual harassment training must be completed before December 31, 2024.
  1. Reports
  1. Financial Report
  2. Facilities Report
  3. Outreach Report
  • Next Board Meeting September 16, 2024 @ 4 pm
  • Adjournment  

What a treat is in store for our patrons this week with two artists with the Evangeline Arts Council offering the craft programs around the parish! Tuesday, July 9th, Jan Veillon and Neva Ardoin will be at the Turkey Creek branch @ 10 am and then the Chataignier branch @ 2pm; Wednesday, July 10th, they will be at the Pine Prairie branch @ 10 am then the Mamou Branch @ 2 pm; Thursday, July 11th, they will be at the Basile branch at 10 am then the Ville Platte main library at 2 pm. Please share this good news!!  I’d like to remind the public that we designed our summer programs to offer the same entertainment   at each branch each   week so if you can’t make one at your usual library then go to another library at a time that works for you. Additionally, if you really like one program then you are welcome to go to the same program that week at each library! The calendars are posted on our website, Facebook page and available for pickup at all libraries. These programs are free to the public and funded with generous donations from these local sponsors: Cabot Corporation, Evangeline Bank & Trust, Paul’s Meat Market, Ardoin’s Funeral Home, Henry Farm Petting Zoo, Lakeview Park & Beach, Bon Aimee’ Insurance & RE Services, Basile State Bank, JD Bank-Ville Platte, Vidrine Ace Hardware, Teet’s Food Store, Kary’s Roux, Hancock Whitney Bank and the Friends of the Library.

Registration for Summer Reading will continue through July at all branches. Calendars are available at the main library and all branch libraries and are posted on our website. Children are invited to log the number of books they read and those who read at least 10 books will receive a prize each time up to 12 times. When our summer reading program ends, we will look at our top readers and they will be presented with a grand prize! Summer Reading programs aren’t just about receiving prizes but, in fact, it helps children to continue developing their reading and social skills. This is a gentle reminder that parents with children from 0 – 17 are now required by a new law, Act 436, to RE-REGISTER their child (children) to allow or disallow them to have access to books, eBooks and the internet.

New this Saturday, July 8th, at Ville Platte main: We will host the second “Dog Adoption Days at the Library” at the main library in Ville Platte @ 8 am to noon. This opportunity is being offered by the Ville Platte Dog Pound manager. Call 337-363-1369 for more information.

Visit the Facebook page of your favorite library branch to see information about programs unique to them. Also, visit our website www.evangelinelibrary.org for updates. You can always call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or send an email to [email protected] for more information and never forget that libraries do change lives…. even in the cloud! Suzy Lemoine.

How do you raise a happy, healthy, and emotionally resilient dog? Full of actionable guidance, Puppy Brain will show you how to create a harmonious, fulfilling relationship with your pet, from Kerry Nichols, founder of Nicholberry Goldens.

With irresistible photos, clear guidance, and engaging humor, Puppy Brain reveals the best training practices based on how your dog’s mind works. As her hundreds of thousands of followers can attest, Kerry’s guidance will help you raise dogs who are confident, loving, and happy. The perfect gift for dog lovers and psychology enthusiasts alike, Puppy Brain is the definitive resource for anyone looking to raise their puppy with respect and love.

In this beautifully illustrated guide, the authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Forever Dog show how to create a thriving, sustainable lifestyle and environment to help your dog live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

Learn to prepare healthy, homemade meals your dog will love, with more than 120 nutritionally packed recipes for delicious food bowls, fresh food toppers that supercharge any type of pet food, and nourishing broths and stews that entice the pickiest of eaters. And don’t forget DIY training treats, cookies, jerkies, and chews. Accompanying the recipes are science-rich tips for the best ingredients, food hacks, and tools to use in the kitchen.

This cutting-edge science narrative, chock-full of heartwarming case studies, is one woman’s quest to learn the true meaning of dog intelligence.

This delightful narrative takes readers on a powerful search to unlock the secrets of dog cognition, based on evidence from trainers, owners, behaviorists, and the animals themselves. With in-depth reporting and more than a few personal adventures, bestselling author Jennifer S. Holland digs into what intelligence really means.

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