The library Board of Directors and staff extend warm wishes to our patrons around the parish for a happy, healthy, Easter Celebration! Monday, April 1st, the Mamou Branch library will host an Easter Egg hunt that was cancelled last week due to rain at 2 pm for kids ages 1 – 12! At the main library on Monday, April 1st,  a “Chair Exercise” program will be offered at 10:30 am in the multipurpose room. We will offer it again on Wednesday, April 3rd at  the same time but this time we will host a Food Coach speaker from Ville Platte, Neil Ortego.  Mr. Ortego will talk about a concept called “Primal Living” and introduce his program called “Making Peace with my Plate”. You can visit his website @ buildhealthcoach.com. Please share this good news! The public is invited. 

Tuesday, April 2nd, the main library will host another “Adults Only Bingo” at 10:30. It will be followed by our “Let’s Talk French” @ 1 pm and “Coffee Talk” @ 2 pm. Then on Saturday, April 6th, the main library in Ville Platte will host an “Author Talk” with Dr. Phyllis Donatto who will share her new children’s book called, “Mom, There’s a Rooster in the House”.  Please share this good news too!

We just had a grand opening for the “Nurturing Nook”. This service is provided by Family Tree’s Healthy Start program. The Nurturing Nook is a free community pantry for mom and baby items to be available for residents of Ville Platte “as needed” for those moments when stores are closed or not available to the moms. Please share this good news.

Get ready for a new program at the main library that will encourage kids and adults to learn about planting vegetables and flowers! Staff member Madeleine has set up a “Seed Library” using an old card catalogue cabinet. It will house a variety of seeds donated by seed companies. We will partner with LSU Ag and Evangeline Soil and Water Conservation and over the next few months and offer educational workshops! Keep an eye out for updates. We will kick this program off on Earth Day, April 22nd.   We are offering this program to anyone with a valid library card.

EARLY NOTICE: Our Spring Library Fest is slated for Saturday, May 4, 2024. Please The deadline for submitting vendor participation forms for all types of participants is April 19, 2024. Contact Keishia Ford or any employee of the library for more information. This is a FREE family fun event and is a way for the Library to say Thank You to its patrons and to show support for local cooks, artists, performers, authors and civic organizations! Look who is coming so far: AUTHORS: Debby Lawson, Patricia Williams, Kristal Ben, Pam Ardoin Funderburk, Jasonnaye Wilson, and Rhonda Brasseaux. VENDORRS: Jalaina Freeman & Adrienne Griffith, Betsy Pitrie, Barbara Batiste, and Lori Butler. COMMUNITY: The Henry Farm Petting Zoo,  the St. Landry / Evangeline United Way, Evangeline Parish Library “Show Me The Money” – Unclaimed Money Table, Children’s Tent with lots of crafts and The Seed Library table.  COOKS: Natasha Edwards, T’Nay – Ha U Want It, and John Vidrine aka Earth Angels Honey. WE’D LOVE TO PROMOTE MORE PARTICIPANTS!! We will also have our usual Book Sale and this year we have lots of Audio Book sets to sell! KVPI will be with us for a live show from 10 am – noon.

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.

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