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January 2015

Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello


The New Year is off to a great beginning!


The students in Jefferson Davis Parish in cooperation with school librarians participated in the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award.   The schools that participated included:  Jennings Elementary, Elton, Lake Arthur Elementary, Hathaway, Welsh Roanoke, and Jennings Jr. and Sr. high school.  Three hundred and fourteen students read and selected the following books as their favorite:


  • Grades 3-5:  The Ghost Tree
  • Grades 6-8:  The False Prince
  • Grades 9-12:  The Selection


These choices were submitted to the State Library.   We are all eagerly waiting to see the outcome of the voting statewide.   Many thanks abound for the librarians who encourage the year-long process of reading books on the state’s selected list and the personnel at the Registrar of Voters, Lorraine Dees, Joann Blair and Holly Miller for determining a schedule for voting and for setting up voting machines for the students.   The process of reading and then voting allows students to participate in something that instills the appreciation of reading and allows for the democratic process to work effectively.


While visiting one school I asked about students’ favorite title.   I was deeply touched when a number of students named Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson and The Forgiveness Garden written by Lauren Thompson as their favorites.  Both books deal with life skills that should be instilled in all persons.   It seems that as parents, educators and society that in our world today much too much emphasis is placed on negative attributes.   I would just once like to watch the news (which I try to avoid) and hear thirty minutes of the many good and gracious acts happening throughout the world.  I realize it is important to know what is occurring in the world, I just want to hear more good than bad.  Perhaps, I am just being too much like a ‘Pollyanna.’  Yet, it does say something profound of our students when they select a book with such strong themes of goodness.  When the final list is published from the State of Louisiana, I will be sure to announce the winners.


Mr. Gary Davis has added a JOB RESOURCES link to our website:


Here are the sites you can access in your search of choices for work:    The Louisiana Workforce Commission is focused on transforming the state’s workforce system from a human service-focused culture into a demand-driven system.     CareerBuilder helps match the right talent with the right opportunity.      The State of Louisiana’s application process for civil service jobs is detailed.     This is a ‘One  Search All Jobs’ website.       The Teach Louisiana website serves as a one-stop shop for information regarding teacher certification.    Better Acadian Jobs helps to find jobs in Lafayette, LA.    When you work as a VA health care, administrative, or support professional, the career opportunities are virtually endless.     Monster is a global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people.  Quick  Job Search and Listings       Find Open Jobs at Any Company.              Government jobs offering listed in every state.       State Library’s Job Search and Career Search Center.

I certainly hope these links will be of use to you.  If you do not have a computer at home, we have laptop computers for check-out and computers available within the library.

Please be reminded that we want all people in Jefferson Davis Parish to own a library card.  The card is FREE and can be obtained at your local library.  Children should be encouraged by parents to have a library card and enjoy the wealth of materials available at all libraries.

Pronunciator is a database provided by the state library that can be accessed on our website.  You can reach the site by clicking on Louisiana Database Collection.  Next, you must scroll down the right hand side of the page listed as Statewide Databases.  A patron can learn one of eighty language programs offered.  I have experimented with the Spanish language program.  I started with the lowest level where I began by learning colors in Spanish.  The program is for active learning, is simple to use and can amazingly teach the learner effectively.   Information on this program is being provided for all schools in the parish.

We had a fabulous year in 2014 while completing renovations on the Headquarters branch, painting both Elton and Lake Arthur libraries (inside and outside), adding to our collections and providing programs for all ages.  We are challenged in 2015 to work even more diligently to provide the materials you want and need.   Check the collections in your libraries and check into the e-book collection (Overdrive) and the e-magazine collection (Zinio)!  If there are titles and/or subjects you need contact Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello at 824-1210.   Happy Reading in 2015!






DO YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE? The Navigators for A Healthy Louisiana will be at Jennings Public Library 118 W Plaquemine St. Jennings, LA February 2nd 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Giving a presentation on the Affordable Healthcare. Come meet with an Insurance Navigator and get information and enrollment assistance during this current open enrollment period. You will be able to see your options, ask questions, learn about the changes and get FREE/CONFIDENTIAL help navigating through the marketplace. Penalties for not having insurance will be higher this year. Let us help you be prepared for this current enrollment period. For more information Vallian Senegal at 337-989-0001

This event is open to the public. For more information on other events you can visit our website @

Jefferson Davis Parish Library is starting its new R&R Classes (formerly called FYI Classes)!

Jefferson Davis Parish Library  is starting its new R&R Classes (formerly called FYI Classes)!

Join us as Ms. Kay Hebert will show us how to make our own homemade detergent/cleanser.

There will be a $2.00 supply fee.

This R&R class is being held on November 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jennings Headquarters Branch.

Due to limited space, please be sure to call 824-1210 and register with Miss Iris Hollier.

December Librarian’s Lines by Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

December 2014

Librarian’s Lines

What a year this has been!!  Jefferson Davis Parish Library progressed through the year as usual with the ordering of books, the work with patrons in securing desired materials, and in providing a variety of educational as well as fun classes.  Our biggest challenge this year was the five month process of moving all books and furnishings to storage facilities and then patiently witnessing the renovation of the first floor of the Jennings Headquarters library location.  The process was an arduous one as we watched the meticulous craftsmanship of everyone who contributed to the final design.  The Grand Re-Opening was attended by over one hundred and twenty persons.   The library is now in full ‘swing’ once again attending to the needs of the patrons of our parish.  Please come by and see the changes.  I call the change ‘simple elegance.’


I want to encourage all who have not yet picked up your copy of our annual recipe book ‘Delicious Christmas’ to please go by your local library and do so.  The library staff and the Board of Trustees contributed a wide variety of recipes to share with you and your family during this holiday season.


I also want to encourage all to watch our digital sign at the Headquarters building.  We will utilize this sign to inform the patrons of upcoming programs, information about our e-Resources and other general library news.


ALL of our branch libraries will be offering FYI classes in 2015.  Jennings Headquarters Branch will be offering evening classes that were formerly named FYI.  The new name for Jennings classes will be R & R (Rest & Relaxation).We are especially excited that the classes we are offering are pertinent to the needs and desires of the community we serve.  


Currently, the Mobile Branch Staff Kathy LeJeune and Kay Hebert are providing monthly classes to Bayou Villa.  I have attended some of these sessions and find the residents who attend delightful.  They enjoy a lesson, refreshments and fellowship.  This is just one example of the continued efforts all library personnel offer to enrich the lives of community.


Parents, please check with your children regarding their school’s involvement in the Young Reader’s Choice Program.  The students from grades 3 to high school are offered a list of books to read in order to be able to vote for their favorite book.  This project is a statewide project that encourages both literacy and the enjoyment of reading.   Lorraine Dees and her most efficient staff will travel the parish in January with their portable voting machines.  Thus, we teach the democratic process as well as accomplish literacy goals.  All libraries have designated a location for the 2015 books that are on the Young Reader’s Choice list.  I have read some of the books and have found them to be most enjoyable.  Do come by our libraries to see the titles for your children from grades 3 to high schools. Participating schools include: 


Lake Arthur Elementary

Jennings Elementary

Hathaway High School

Roanoke Junior High

Jennings Jr/High School

Elton School


Before beginning our work on budget items and goals for 2015, we were reminded of the end of 2006 at our library.  We had just completed two new libraries in Elton and Jennings.  The buildings and the furnishings were all brand new.  A great deal of money was spent and, incidentally, was spent well.  


The Board of Trustees in their wonderful wisdom then guided us to take a few years to focus on library collections while putting aside reserve funding for renovations for the McBurney Memorial Library.  By 2010 that library was completely renovated to offer a modern, efficient and up-to-date library.


As we look to 2015, the Board of Trustees has provided leadership in requiring that we step back and determine how to adequately continue to provide the best services to the parish.   Continual acquisition of new materials to include books, magazine, newspapers and e-Resources to all the patrons is the number one priority.   Originally there was a tentative plan to renovate the second floor of the Headquarters branch in 2015.   That renovation has been put on hold. A systematic focus on providing services for patrons while reserving funds to enhance any future renovations or dealing with unforeseen catastrophic events is another priority for the upcoming year.  This is a visionary approach to the future growth of Jefferson Davis Parish Library.   Other measures have been taken to ensure responsible fiscal management.  I commend the Board’s Finance Committee for their planning and efforts to insure wise stewardship of tax payers’ money.  


We hope that all of you can readily see the focus the Board of Trustees has placed on the work they do in collaborating with me and with our most excellent staff.   We wish all of you a happy season filled with gratitude for America and for the many freedoms we enjoy, especially the ability to read any material we choose to read.  Not all in this world have had the privilege of this simple enjoyment in the past…and some not in the present.


Happy New Year.

2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominees

2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominated Title List


  1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kandare Blake, 9780765328656, 320 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.6 – AR Pts: 12.0 (horror, ghost story, first in a series, starred reviews, language, sequel is Girl of Nightmares)


  1. The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow, 9780061579684, 416 pgs. IL: MG+ – BL: 5.7 – AR Pts: 13.0 (WWII historical fiction, boxing, Jews, Nazi Germany, 2012 Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award)


  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, 9780316134026, 432 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 5.8 – AR Pts: 16.0 (supernatural adventure, five starred reviews, sequel is Days of Blood & Starlight, Amazon’s Top 20 Books of the Year, 2011 Kirkus Best Books for Teens,  2011 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year)


  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth, 9780062024022, 487 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.8 – AR Pts. 16.0 (dystopian adventure, sequel is Insurgent, being adapted into a movie, voted the “Favorite Book of 2011″ in the Goodreads Choice Awards, Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year)  


  1. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, 9780316129282, 282 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.2 – AR Pts: 9.0 (SLJ and VOYA Starred Reviews, humorous, bullies, some language)


  1. The Name of the Star: Shades of London Book 1 by Maureen Johnson, 9780399256608, 384 pgs. IL: MG+ – BL: 4.9 – AR Pts: 14.0 (Jack the Ripper copycat killer mystery, heroine from Louisiana, Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee)


  1. Shine by Lauren Myracle, 9780810984172, 359 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.4 – AR Pts. 11.0 (mystery, gritty realistic fiction, National Book Award nominee, 2012 Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults, edgy language)


  1. Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman, 9780385739399, 193 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.3 – AR Pts. 5.0 (juvenile justice system, gritty realistic fiction, edgy language, think of a girl version of a Walter Dean Myers book, winner of the Delacorte Press Award for a First Young Adult Novel, 2012 Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults)


  1. Trapped by Michael Northrop, 0545210127, 232 pgs. IL: MG+ – BL: 5.3 – AR Pts. 9.0, (realistic fiction, blizzard, kind of like the movie The Breakfast Club, some language)


  1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, 9781442413337, 228 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 5.7 – AR Pts: 9.0 (2012 Printz Award winner, 2012 Morris Award winner, Louisiana author)


Young Readers Choice 2014 Nominees

Grades 3rd-5th, Nominated Title List

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon. Illustrations by Katherine Tillotson

 America Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell – September 11, 2001 by Don Brown

 Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

 Bongo Fishing by Thatcher Hurd

 Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

 Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

 Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure by Laurie Myers. Illustrations by Amy June Bates

 The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

 Lots and Lots of Coins by Margarette S. Reid. Illustrations by True Kelley

 Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss. Illustrations by John Hendrix

 Olivia’s Birds by Olivia Bouler

 The Secret Kingdom: Chronicles of the Red King, Book 1 by Jenny Nimmo

 Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits. Illustrations by Michael Allen Austin

 Trundle’s Quest by Allan Jones. Illustrations by Gary Chalk

 Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrations by Amy June Bates


Grades 6th-5th, Nominated Title List

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Hidden by Helen Frost

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

Variant by Robison E. Wells

Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull