Evangeline Parish Library

Evangeline Parish Library We are the main library and headquarters for the parish library system, with five branch libraries, one in each of the other incorporated towns.
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Operating as usual

09/30/2020
09/30/2020
09/30/2020
09/30/2020

Mrs. Kelsey Reading "Fall Friends" Author: Mike Curato
Virtual Storytime

09/28/2020

Mrs. Keishia Reading "Tiny goes to the library" Author: Cari Meister & Illustrated by Rich Davis

09/28/2020
09/28/2020
At the Library for 9/27/20The Evangeline Parish main library in Ville Platte will host its annual BOOKFEST on Saturday, ...
09/27/2020

At the Library for 9/27/20
The Evangeline Parish main library in Ville Platte will host its annual BOOKFEST on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10 am until 2 pm on the grounds of the main library! Social distancing and mask wearing will be included in the planning. We are reaching out to authors, cooks, craft/product vendors and non-profit groups to make this event an opportunity for our parish patrons to share their talents! Unfortunately, the Friends of the Library will NOT be offering their usual used book sales because we gave all our inventory away during the recent COVID 19 period. To hold your spot for the festival, a Participation Form is required. Please pick up your form at any library branch around the parish. This festival is free for the public and vendors will not be charged a fee to sell or promote their products. I am delighted to share that we will have three grant-funded performers who will delight kids and adults alike: Storyteller Sylvia Davis, Magician Mitch Richard and Musician/Storyteller Brian Sivils. Additionally, we have invited the awesome antique appraiser, Michael Wynn, to join us again! Also, KVPI will be live from 10 am – noon! Keep an eye out for updates.



Next bit of good news is that all the meeting rooms at the main library will be opened again but with limited occupancy and a requirement of wearing masks. So, in our multipurpose room the following groups can begin to meet again! The French Table group meets on Mondays @ 3pm; the Quilters meet on Thursdays at 1 pm; the Crochet group meets on Wednesdays at 4 pm; the Mystery Book Club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am and the Evangeline Genealogical & Historical Society meets on a Saturday morning of their choice @ 9:30 am. We are so happy to be able to invite these groups back to the way it was before COVID!



The Pine Prairie branch library will begin offering BINGO to its patrons on the last Wednesday of each month. Contact the new manager, Angie Henry, for more information at

337-599-3179.



The staff genuinely appreciates the never-ending understanding, patience and support it continues to receive from all patrons! Please get updates at evangelinelibrary.org or on our page and continue to request books and other materials by phone or by email at [email protected]. Never forget that libraries do change lives... even through the Cloud! Main library: 337-363-1369

09/23/2020

Goodnight, little dancer / by Jennifer Adams ; illustrated by Alea Marley

Agenda for Board MeetingSeptember 24, 2020
09/22/2020

Agenda for Board Meeting
September 24, 2020

Forms are also available for pickup at the main library in Ville Platte.
09/22/2020

Forms are also available for pickup at the main library in Ville Platte.

09/22/2020

Mrs. Keishia Reading "There's a dragon in your book" Author: Tom Fletcher & Illustrated by Greg Abbott

09/21/2020
09/21/2020
At the library for September 20thMore good news! Tomorrow, Monday, 9/21/20, the main library and all branches will resum...
09/20/2020

At the library for September 20th
More good news! Tomorrow, Monday, 9/21/20, the main library and all branches will resume their normal operating hours with the exception of our late night on Tuesdays. The main library will be opened Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday 8am – 6 pm and Wednesdays from 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday mornings from 8 – Noon. Branch hours are basically 8am – 5 pm however some of the days differ. See operating hours for all branches on our website.



Next bit of good news is that all of the meeting rooms at the main library will be opened again but with limited occupancy and a requirement of wearing masks. So, in our multipurpose room the following groups can begin to meet again! The French Table can meet on Mondays @ 3pm; the Quilters can meet on Thursdays at 1 pm; the Crochet group can meet on Wednesdays at 4 pm; the Mystery Book Club can meet the last Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am and the Evangeline Genealogical & Historical Society can meet on a Saturday morning of their choice @ 9:30 am. We are so happy to be able to invite these groups back to the way it was before COVID!



The Library Board of Control will meet on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the main library at noon. The public is invited to attend.



And the big news is that the library will indeed host its annual BOOKFEST after all on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10 am on the grounds of the main library! I will be reaching out to authors, vendors, and entertainers to make this event an opportunity for our parish patrons to share their talents! Details will follow in the next few At the Library articles. Please share this news with any crafters, cooks, and clubs that would like to participate. We have a form to be filled out so we can plan accordingly. Social distancing and mask wearing will be included in the planning.



With school children either returning to their classrooms or taking classes online from home, we’d like to encourage parents to visit our website link for tutoring assistance through Homework Louisiana. The benefits of this FREE resource are incredible. The link is located at the bottom of our webpage, www.evangelinelibrary.org. If you need a direct link then go to http://homeworkla.org.



The staff genuinely appreciates the never-ending understanding, patience and support it continues to receive from all patrons! Please get updates at evangelinelibrary.org or on our page and continue to request books and other materials by phone or by email at [email protected]. Never forget that libraries do change lives... even through the Cloud! Main library: 337-363-1369

09/18/2020
09/16/2020

Mrs. Keishia Reading "Momma, can I sleep with you tonight? : helping children cope with the impact of COVID-19" AuthorJenny Delacruz Illustrations by Danko Herrera

WE ARE JOINING THE MOVEMENT STARTED BY KVPI TO SHOW OUR LOVE FOR VILLE PLATTE!
09/16/2020

WE ARE JOINING THE MOVEMENT STARTED BY KVPI TO SHOW OUR LOVE FOR VILLE PLATTE!

At the Library September 13Good news! Phase 3 is allowing the main library to begin opening to the public again on Satur...
09/13/2020

At the Library September 13
Good news! Phase 3 is allowing the main library to begin opening to the public again on Saturday mornings from 8 - Noon on September 19th! We sure look forward to being opened on a weekend day to help the displaced families and our patrons. Also, our Chataignier branch will reopen for their regular hours this Tuesday, 9/15/20. They will resume their normal hours which are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8 – 5 and Wednesdays 10 – 5 pm. Please share this good news. UPDATE: The Turkey Creek Branch opening will be delayed because of access issues due to unresolved Hurricane damages in the park that we just learned about! We will keep the public updated.



A few new fiction and non-fiction books that just arrived:

Books: “The Book Charmer” by Karen Hawkins, “Plaque of Corruption-Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science” by Dr. Judy Mikovits & Kent Heckenlively, JD, “Tiny Habits-The Small Changes that Change Everything!” by BJ Fogg, PHD., “Live Free or Die-America(and the World) On the Brink” by Sean Hannity.



The library is now an official Keeper of Memories! We are offering the public the opportunity to “Leave a Memory” about anything that they’d like others to remember about them, their loved ones, a life event, etc. on a form that can be picked up at the main library or at a branch near you. Nicknames are also being collected since they are so unique to our Parish. The card catalog can be viewed at the main library in Ville Platte, but we want to collect memories from patrons around the parish and simply store them there. Additionally, if writing is uncomfortable, one can send in a photo with a short bio of a person, pet, or event. In fact, some folks have already sent in their old library cards because they wanted to be remembered as long-time library patrons. See below a few of the cards already on file. Please call the main library for more information at 337-363-1369.



With school children either returning to their classrooms or taking classes online from home, we’d like to encourage parents to visit our website link for tutoring assistance through Homework Louisiana. The benefits of this FREE resource are incredible. The link is located at the bottom of our webpage, www.evangelinelibrary.org. If you need a direct link then go to http://homeworkla.org.



The staff genuinely appreciates the never-ending understanding, patience and support it continues to receive from all patrons! Please get updates at evangelinelibrary.org or on our page and continue to request books and other materials by phone or by email at [email protected]. Never forget that libraries do change lives... even through the Cloud! Main library: 337-363-1369

09/11/2020

Books & Beyond Club
Take & Make at home crafts are now available at the Ville Platte Library!
For Ages 8 - 16 *While supplies last*⁣
Craft tween & teen bag is "Throw Art"
Bags come with supplies and instructions
(Share your photos with us for a chance to be featured on our social media outlets & website.)

09/11/2020
Evangeline Parish Library

September 11, 2001 We Will Never Forget
Ms. Pat reading "September 12th We Knew Everything Would Be All Right" Written and illustrated by first-grade of H. Byron Masterson Elementary in Kennett, Missouri

Ms. Pat reading "September 12th We Knew Everything Would Be All Right" Written and illustrated by first-grade of H. Byron Masterson Elementary in Kennett, Missouri

09/10/2020

Mrs. Keshia Reading "Hooray for Grandparent's Day!" by Nancy Carlson

Pam’s retirement party!
09/09/2020

Pam’s retirement party!

Pam’s retirement party!

At the Library for September 6, 2020The Board of Directors and staff extend wishes of a safe and memorable Labor Day hol...
09/06/2020

At the Library for September 6, 2020
The Board of Directors and staff extend wishes of a safe and memorable Labor Day holiday! The main library and all branches will be closed Monday, September 7, 2020 for the holiday.



We’ve rescheduled the retirement event for retired Pine Prairie branch manager Pam Guillory for this Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 10 am to noon. The public is invited to attend. The main library and all branches will be opening at 11AM to attend Pam's retirement event.



The library Board of Control will meet this Thursday, September 10th, at noon at the main library in Ville Platte. The agenda is posted and the public is invited. Reminder: masks are required while in the library.

Our Fine Free period is extended to September 30, 2020. Please take a look around your home and utilize this opportunity to return books to the library and / or to come by and resolve any lost book issues.



With school children either returning to their classrooms or taking classes online from home, we’d like to encourage parents to visit our website link for tutoring assistance through Homework Louisiana. The benefits of this FREE resource are incredible. The link is located at the bottom of our webpage, www.evangelinelibrary.org. If you need a direct link then go to http://homeworkla.org.



The staff genuinely appreciates the never-ending understanding, patience and support it continues to receive from all patrons! Please get updates at evangelinelibrary.org or on our page and continue to request books and other materials by phone or by email at [email protected]. Never forget that libraries do change lives... even through the Cloud! Main library: 337-363-1369

09/04/2020

Mrs. Kelsey Reading "Labor Day " Author : Bredeson, Carmen

Brilliant ButterfliesTake & Make at home crafts are available now at the Ville Platte Library. For ages 3-8 years old, a...
09/03/2020

Brilliant Butterflies
Take & Make at home crafts are available now at the Ville Platte Library. For ages 3-8 years old, along with parents help. What a great way to start off your kid’s school year with their personal fall bookmark. While supplies last.
(Share your photos with us for a chance to be featured on our social media outlets & website.)

09/03/2020

Address

916 W Main St
Ville Platte, LA
70586

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 08:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(337) 363-1369

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About The Library

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Evangeline Parish Library to provide informational, cultural, educational, and recreational materials to the people of Evangeline Parish.Although the Library places an emphasis on the selection of books and other print materials, it also acquires appropriate audio and visual media, as well as electronic resources.

The Evangeline Parish Library is the local center for continuing self-education and can provide assistance to students at all levels. The Library strives to maintain an active collection, meeting current and foreseeable needs.

History of the Library

The Library began June 27, 1940, when a group of Ville Platte citizens met in the Knights of Columbus hall and voted to set up a subscription library in the hall. Initial prices to subscribe to the library were one dollar a year or ten cents a month or one penny a day. To give you an idea of the significance of the amounts, in 1940 Ville Platte Gazette ads offered new ladies’ suede coats for $1.50, and new men’s coveralls for 35 cents each.

The Library officially was founded as a part of parish (i.e., county) government in 1948, and from then on it has been funded by parish ad valorem property taxes rather than subscriptions. Many library board members, library directors, and staff have worked throughout the years to provide quality services to this parish. (See parish ordinance of 8-13-45 and resolution of 7-12-48.)

Board members are appointed by the police jury (similar to a county council), and the library board hires the system director.

Currently (September 2014) the staff consists of twenty-one full and part-time employees, who operate and administer the system and the six facilities. The library system runs with a total operating budget of about one million dollars, which must stretch to cover all facility needs and all debt service. The bulk of library funding comes from ad valorem property taxes. Other sources of funding are grants, Erate reimbursements, state aid (when available), donations, and fines and fees.

From 2004 through 2008 the Mamou and Basile branches were renovated, the Pine Prairie branch enlarged, and the Turkey Creek branch built. All of the debt from these projects was paid off nearly three years early (with a significant interest saving!).

We have just moved from our former main library, a 6,200 sq. ft. three-level former post office building constructed in 1937. Our new location is 916 W. Main, Ville Platte. The new building is about 9,100 sq. ft. under cover. We are particularly proud that this was a locally funded project.

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The Opelousas Walgreens is offering Veterans free flu shots! No appointment is needed. Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday 7am-11pm. Saturday’s and Sunday’s 9am-9pm. Come see us!
The Opelousas Walgreens is offering Veterans free flu shots! No appointment is needed. Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday 7am-11pm. Saturday’s and Sunday’s 9am-9pm. Come see us!
More Ladies who are part of the Friends of the Library!
Paulette Paula Lafleur with Friends of the Library and Margaret Mealer, Library Director want to Thank Everyone for coming to BookFest on Saturday! You can continue to come throughout this week to shop for books if you did not make it on Saturday!
Shoppers arrived early for the great sale at the Book Fest which is taking place today from 8 to 2!
2018 EVANGELINE PARISH LIBRARY BOOK FEST INVITATION! Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8 am to 2 pm With the help of the Friends of the Library, we are going to make this Book Fest very festive! Book Fest was designed to offer our patrons an annual opportunity to purchase used or withdrawn books to build their own libraries at home. It is also our way of saying “Thank You” for all of the support over the years. We would like to extend an early invitation to our local authors, community partners, social clubs, youth clubs, etc.to join us on Saturday, October 27th from 8 am to 2 pm to set up a tent or claim a spot with a table on the library grounds to promote and / or sell your products or services or to do some fundraising and there is NO vendor fee!! We are in the very early planning stages, but basically, we’d like anyone interested in participating to contact us for details and to book a spot by OCTOBER 10TH. If you chose to join us you will be asked to set up in an area around the front and east side of the library (with or without a tent) to promote or sell your items. The library will function as it usually does until regular closing time at Noon but the Book Fest in the Mary Foster-Galasso Multipurpose Room and the outside activities will continue on the grounds of the library until 2pm. For updates, visit our website in the next few weeks; email Suzy Lemoine with questions; or call the main library for more information @ 337-363-1369. Suzy Lemoine, Outreach Director [email protected] - PLEASE SHARE! THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS OR PROMOTE YOUR SERVICES OR RAISE FUNDS FORYOUR GOOD CAUSES J
Look who's coming to BookFest on Oct. 7th.... Tee Cotton Bowl Cook Jesse Muse!
Are y'all doing the summer reading program this year? If so, what's the schedule for Turkey Creek?