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Happy Halloween to one and all! The main library and all branches have wonderful Halloween books waiting to be checked out and many have wonderful backdrops for family pictures! Visit “your library” to discover some surprises too!

Library Fest is a few weeks away on November 19th!

New participants this week are: Food by “Trio Sweets” and craft items by vendor Gioconda Olivas who will sell angel crochet and macramé plant hangers. Please note that October 31st is the last day to sign up as an artist or vendor for the festival. 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! Please get the word out that participant forms can be picked up at any library in the parish and by emailing Suzy Lemoine: slemoine@evangelinelibrary.org or Lakeishia Ford @ lford@evangelinelibrary.org. It’s still early, but we are promoting our participants now.    

Because there are so many different programs going on at all of our branches with different dates and times, Facebook is the place to visit for all the current happenings at the main library and all branches We encourage our patrons to visit the Facebook page of their favorite library to learn about the unique programs being offered!

You can always call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or email evangeline_parish@yahoo.com for more information.  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.   

VILLE PLATTE MAIN: On Tuesday, October 25th, Attorney Allison Vidrine will provide free individual consultations on legal issues from 11am to 1 pm and on Wednesday, October 26th, Attorney Alex Chapman.

MAMOU: Thursday, October 27th, Attorney, Pamella Hall will provide free individual consultations on legal issues from 11am to 1 pm at the main library. Signing up is required to book your consultation.

We have discovered a unique way to bring the story of “Evangeline” to Evangeline Parish through a scholarly  program developed by Dr. Elista Istre called “Evangeline: The Myth and the Maiden.”   This FREE program will help our patrons appreciate the unique fact that the namesake of our parish is Evangeline, the heroine in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie”.  The details of her mythical journey exemplify much of the cultural and historical experiences that shaped southern Louisiana and we feel that offering this particular program to our patrons will be of great interest, particularly to those who are unaware of Evangeline’s story or the reason her name was chosen for our parish.  

Beginning on October 18, 2022, Dr. Istre will present a lecture at each library branch dressed in period costume to answer the question, “Who was Evangeline?” In an engaging program that blends historical research with personal experiences, Dr. Istre will shed light on the creation and enduring legacy of Evangeline, the Acadian exile’s best-known heroine who never lived.  Retracing the literary evolution of Evangeline and her local iterations, this program will address how and why Evangeline became such an important character in the Acadian saga, as well as how Louisiana Cajuns have both adopted and rejected her as one of their own. Additionally, she will illuminate why our Founding Fathers chose that name for a parish that they fought to wrestle from Imperial St. Landry in the early 1900’s.

DATES & TIMES:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 @ 10 am:  Ville Platte Main Library

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 @ 10 am: Turkey Creek Branch Library

Thursday, October 20, 2022 @ 10 am: Basile Branch Library

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.    

    

LIBRARY BOARD OF CONTROL MEETING AGENDA

SPECIAL MEETING

****** REVISED 10/13/22

Monday, October 17, 2022

12:00 p.m. at Ville Platte Main Branch

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. Public Comments on Agenda Items
  1. Special Business
  1. Approval to postpone the main library expansion project until a new director is in place.
  2. Update on the progress of the purchase efforts of the Fournerat property in Basile to build a new library.
  3. Approval to accept the revised lease with Quint West for use of property located adjacent to the Pine Prairie branch library.
  4. Discuss the proposed fiber broadband extension by Conterra Networks from the Bayou Chicot area to Turkey Creek library. The estimated cost to the library would be $40,000 reflecting a 90% discount of $400,000 through the Erate program. We could amortize the cost over 4 year to provide fiber to the branch.
  5. Approval of the promotion of Mrs. Emily Fontenot to Business Manager / Administrative Assistant / Circulation Manager, Step 19, 40 hours per week, with a rate of pay of $16.85 per hour, effective at the beginning of the next pay period.
  6. Approval of the purchase of 2 uniforms for each staff member at the main library and all branches for an approximate cost of $750.
  1. Adjournment      

Facebook is the place to visit for all the current happenings at the main library and all branches because there are so many different programs going on at all of our branches with different dates and times! We encourage our patrons to visit the Facebook page of their favorite library to learn about the unique programs being offered! Here are a few that are new:

October 12, 2022, Wednesday, “Family Bingo” will be hosted at the main library in Ville Platte @ 4pm. The seating is limited and the prizes are great so come early and check out some good books while you’re here.

October 15, 2022, Saturday, the Evangeline Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at the main library in Ville Platte @ 9:30 am. Their guest speaker is Mr. James Douget and Mr. Warren Lafleur. New members are always welcomed.

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”. Dates: 10/18/22 at Ville Platte main @ 10 am then Mamou branch @ 2 pm. 10/19/22 Turkey Creek branch @ 10 am then Pine Prairie branch a@ 2 pm. 10/20/22 Basile Branch @ 10 am then Chataignier branch @ 2p.  Her website is (www.BelleHeritage.com). This program is funded with a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

October 25-27, 2022, the main library and the Mamou branch library will host the annual Lawyers in Libraries again!  Attorney Allison Vidrine will be at the Ville Platte main library on Tuesday, October 25th from 11 am – 1 pm. On Wednesday, October 26th, Attorney Alex Chapman will be at the main library in Ville Platte from 11 am – 1 pm and in the Mamou area, we have a third attorney, Pamela Hall, who will be in the Mamou branch library on 10/27/22 from 11 am to 1 pm. There are sign-up sheets available now at the main library and the Mamou branch to book your free consult.

Early Notice: Here are some November 19th Library Fest updates:  New participants this week are: Author Veni Harlan with her book, “Evangeline Rediscovered”, Vendor Kayra Guillory selling “Wrist Candy”, Adrienne Griffith with “Bath Bombs & Shower Steamers by Lain”, Lorenzo Richard with Krewe Evangeline Coalition, Cook Natasha Edwards aka Saucin With Tashh, Author Janeva Wilson with her biography, and Author Starla Jones with her many books. 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! Please get the word out that participant forms can be picked up at any library in the parish and by emailing Suzy Lemoine: slemoine@evangelinelibrary.org or Lakeishia Ford @ lford@evangelinelibrary.org. It’s still early, but we are promoting our participants now.

You can always call the main library @ 337-363-1369 or email evangeline_parish@yahoo.com for more information.  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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