Good news to kick off 2023 with…. plans are in the works for a new Basile Branch Library! 

The Evangeline Parish Library Board of Control met on January 9, 2023 for their first meeting of the New Year. One of the exciting bits of business was the announcement that the vacant property located at 3026 Stagg Street (corner of E Stagg and S. Ryan St.) in Basile has finally been purchased and the plans for designing a new branch library will begin! We will keep the public posted on the progress of this building project. Also, an election of officers was conducted: the new president is Ms. Sandra Salazar and the new vice-president is Ms. Rella Joseph. Many thanks were offered to past president Ms. Katy Marcantel and past vice-president Gaynell Coates who remain on the board. The minutes of the meeting are posted in the Board of Control Meeting Minutes (-2023) section of our webpage. Also, please visit our Pine Prairie branch library to see the huge new fenced in limestone parking lot that will soon be available to the public when they attend  the wonderful programs that branch manager, Angie Henry, puts on! Also, thank you to Mayor Quint West for his support in our efforts to serve the interests of the public safely. 

Closure Notice: The main library and all branches will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 16th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All branches resume their normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 17th.  

Wednesday, January 18th, the main library will host a “Books & Beyond” Craft event. There is limited space so please contact Keisha @ 337-363-1369 to reserve a spot. Leave a message if necessary.  

Saturday, January 21st, the Evangeline Genealogical & Historical Society will have its first meeting of 2023 @ 9:30 am in the multipurpose room of the Ville Platte main library. Their guest speaker is Carla C. Deville who will present information about the Grange-Fontenot family. New members are always welcomed.  

There are programs going on at all of our branches around the parish on various days at various times, so please visit their Facebook page to see the latest postings! 

You can always call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or send an email to [email protected] for more information 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 CURRENT BASILE BRANCH LIBRARY LOCATED AT 3036 STAGG AVENUE

The Evangeline Parish Library Board of Control met on January 9, 2023 for their first meeting of the New Year. One of the exciting bits of business was the announcement that the vacant property located at 3026 Stagg Street (corner of E Stagg and S. Ryan St.) in Basile has finally been purchased and the plans for designing a new branch library will begin! We will keep the public posted on the progress of this building project. Also, an election of officers was conducted: the new president is Ms. Sandra Salazar and the new vice-president is Ms. Rella Joseph. Many thanks were offered to past president Ms. Katy Marcantel and past vice-president Gaynell Coates who remain on the board. The minutes of the meeting are posted in the Board of Control Meeting Minutes (-2023) section of this webpage.

MONDAY, JANURARY 9, 2023 @ 12 Noon

916 West Main Street, Ville Platte, Louisiana 70586

  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. Basile Project purchase agreement is complete. Discuss billboard promotion.
  3. Turkey Creek ERATE Fiber project contract is signed
  1. New Business
  1. Election of officers
  2. Acknowledgement of the resignation of p/t employee, Riana Perrodin effective 1/13/23
  3. Approval to move Phyllis Green from part-time to fulltime for 28 hrs (no insurance)
  4. Approval to move Jane Vidrine from part-time to fulltime for 28 hrs (no insurance)
  5. Approval to name Matthew Hebert as Assistant Branch Manager for Pine Prairie Branch Library.
  6. Consideration of naming Emily Fontenot as Branch Manager and Suzy Lemoine as Assistant Branch Manager of the Ville Platte Main library continuing the Team Director concept with Wesley Saunders continuing  to serve as Assistant Director for the next 6 months. This model assures that every library has a Manager and Assistant in place with one Assistant Director to oversee system operations.
  7. Acknowledgement of the purchase of a new 8’ utility trailer to service the needs of all locations
  8. Cancellation of the “Flipster” online magazine subscription (found on our webpage) due to lack of usage. Savings: $3,100.
  9. Recognition of the library being featured in the January 2023 edition of a national magazine, American Lifestyles, compliments of local author & motivational speaker Linda Fontenot.
  10. Financial reports
  11. % of Surplus funds disbursement into the Capital Improvements Fund and the Main Library Expansion Fund.
  12. 2023 Ethics training for Board members (reminder).
  1. Reports
  1. Facilities Report
  2. Outreach Report

    iiv.          Adjournment

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