The Mystery Book Club meeting will on Wednesday, August 31st, at 10:30 am to discuss their book, “The Investigator”,by John Sanford. New members are always welcomed.

A new program at the main library: Monthly Family Bingo” on the last Wednesday of each month @ 4 pm. The first will begin this Wednesday, August 31st. This is a free, family fun event with prizes!

One of the featured weekly events at the main library and a few branches is our French conversation with coffee programs.  At the main library in Ville Platte it occurs on Tuesdays as a program called, “Allons Parler En François” and it is growing! If you miss it in person, you can listen to it on our Facebook page! Check it out sometimes! If you live in the area of the Pine Prairie branch library, you can join them on Friday mornings at 9:30 am. Or, if you live in the Mamou area, you can treat yourself to the same at 9 am every Monday morning at the Mamou branch library! Coffee is always provided too! The branch that can brag of having the longest running and most attended French conversation programs every other week is the Basile branch. Check them out next on Tuesday, September 6th @ 9 am.

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 some Library Fest updates. We are happy to report that some authors and vendors are already booking their spots by returning their participant forms for our annual Library Fest slated for Saturday, November 19th! They are: Authors Christopher Fontenot, Edward Gauthier, Debby Lawson; Sweets by the Catholic Daughters; and Information by the Evangeline Genealogical and Historical Society. 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 Keishia Ford @ lford@evangelinelibrary.org. It’s still early, but we’ll begin promoting our participants now.

Programming continues at the main library in Ville Platte and every library branch in the parish. Because there is such variety 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!

Early closure notice for Labor Day: The main library will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd. All branches and the main library will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022.

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.

There’s a buzz about a newly discovered author everywhere that books are loaned out or sold – Colleen Hoover! We recently bought additional copies of many of   her books that are available to libraries because the demand is unusually high and the wait time is quite long! Please visit a website that is valuable beyond discovering the works of Colleen Hoover called Fantastic Fiction (fantasticfiction.com) where you will discoverMrs. Hoover’s genres of romance, mystery and romantic suspense and also that many of her books are available in digital and Eaudio format through Overdrive. And, please note that we have many new titles from a variety of accomplished and notable authors on the New Book shelves at the main library and at all of our branch libraries. Visit your favorite library to choose your new book!

Reminder: August is FINE FREE month at all of the libraries around the parish. Return 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.

Programming continues at the main library in Ville Platte and every library branch in the parish. Because there is such variety 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!

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). 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.  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 Keishia 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.

LIBRARY BOARD OF CONTROL SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA

Friday, August 19, 2022

3:00 p.m. at Ville Platte Main Branch

 916 W. Main Street, Ville Platte, Louisiana 70586

I   Opening Business

  1. Call to Order, Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval/Amendment of Agenda
  4. Public Comments on Agenda Items

II    New Business

  1. Motion to accept resignation from Dr. William D. Holmes. (See attached Exit form)
  • Motion to remove Dr. William D. Holmes from Evangeline Parish Public Library Special Fund Checking Account & Passbook Savings account and cancel credit card effective August 19, 2022.
  • Proposed plans by staff to continue operating the library system with the following administrative personnel:
    • Wesley Saunders – Assistant Director will sign off payroll & monthly bills
    • Jo Anna Miller – Business Manager Note: Made a request to the Policy Jury and received permission to get assistance from Mindy Lalonde for the 2023 Budget.
    • Emily Fontenot – Circulation Manager / Scheduling LL / Payroll
    • Suzy Lemoine – Outreach/Promotion Coordinator
    • Ted Lavergne – Facilities/Security Manger

With the increase in duties, would the board consider a pay increase of 6.5% for these staff members?  This would cost the library approximately $750 / month for all five employees.

       III   Adjournment

August is FINE FREE month at all of the libraries around the parish. Return 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 more FREE resources that they can access with their library cards. The following are for the preschoolers, middle schoolers, teens and homeschoolers: The TumbleBooks Collection which includes TumbleBooks (preK), TumbleBooks Cloud Jr (middles schoolers) and Tumble Book Cloud (teens). TumbleBooks for pre-K are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TumbleBooks Cloud Jr (middle schoolers) is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to read beyond the picture book collection. These databases include educational videos from National Geographic, combined with lesson plans and online quizzes that are a perfect addition to your Common Core Curriculum initiatives. In fact, it includes FREE access to your very own Common Core Portal which includes lesson plans and quizzes aligned to Core Standards. TumbleBooks Cloud Teens (teens) includes the most current YA books, graphic novels, AP English novels and so much more. Please check out this valuable FREE resource! The reading experience using any of these databases is not only educationally sound but fun and customizable! You can access these databases from our webpage 24/7 (www.evangelinelibrary.org).

Visit the Facebook page of any library to learn about the unique programs that they are offering!

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 Keishia 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.

  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 Keishia 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.

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