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August 2016 Librarian Lines

Librarian’s Lines
August 2016
Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello
“Louisiana Libraries: Shaping the Future.” This is this year’s theme for the Louisiana Library Association. My first job working in a library was the summer of 1969 when I graduated from high school. I worked at Calcasieu Parish Central Library on Pujo Street in Lake Charles while attending McNeese State University. Upon graduating from McNeese I was a school librarian for a period of twelve years! So much has changed. I actually typed catalog cards and meticulously filed them in those wooden card catalog cabinets. Teachers actually were using 16mm films to enrich classroom learning. There were no computers and no one knew what the Internet was! Encyclopedias and reference books of all types were what students used to complete research.
How incredibly fast have our society and our libraries moved into shaping the future. Besides the age old supply of books and materials, libraries are core centers for all types of information science. The databases offered via our connection to the State Library of Louisiana are amazing sources of information for people of all walks of life…the student, the researcher, the teacher, the citizen, the children, the explorer, the traveler, the adventurer…the list is endless. Jefferson Davis Parish Library continues to provide as many sources of information and books and materials as is humanly and financially possible. Please enjoy your local library!
Welsh Branch Manager Denice Sonnier has been promoted to Cataloger/Technologist. Ms. Sonnier is an eleven year employee of the library system and was welcomed with open arms by all members of the Jennings staff. Ms. Sonnier will be working with the process of cataloging our library materials as well as providing all services regarding technology! Jean Stoute has been promoted to Welsh Branch Manager. She worked in a variety of capacities for the library to include children’s programming, teen programing, nursing home and assisted living visits and a number of other ‘job roles’ for the library system since 2014. Lisa Royer, our new Assistant Branch Manager in Welsh, comes to us with many skills as an educator and is certainly going to be an asset to the Welsh community.
A FAX Machine will be installed at Jennings Headquarters within the next few weeks. After continually having numerous calls regarding fax services, Denice Sonnier, one of our staff members delved into a study determining what would be available. After her research and discussion, it was decided that we will have a self –serve FaxScan24 Kiosk set up. All other library branches do offer fax services! A phone line connected to the Fax Machine will instruct the patron on how to utilize the Kiosk. Debit cards or credit cards will be the only method of payment for faxes. One may ask the question, “What if I don’t have either card?” Many stores offer debit cards for a small fee. The cost for faxes will be $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. I certainly hope this service will assist our patrons in situations in which a fax is needed.
Another service that is available is personal tours and demonstrations for teachers or librarians requesting such services. Denice Sonnier recently provided a tour for students from Bethel Christian School. The students were able to work on the computers to ‘tour’ the Jefferson Davis Parish website and databases available to include:
? Pronunciator-“Learn one of 80 languages, practice English as a Second Language or study for the citizenship test.”
? Learning Express- “A comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, software tutorials, and career preparation for students and adults.”
? Louisiana Gumbo-historic Louisiana photographs
? Louisiana Homework
? Freegal- E-Music
? Overdrive- E-Books
? Zinio- E-Magazines
? Cypress Resume
? Accessing books using the online catalog (OPAC) was also introduced. Finally, a history of the historic post office that became our wonderful library was shared. Teachers and librarians are welcome to visit and learn more about the tremendous opportunities that await them and their students at the library.


Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

Gratitude! I am in complete awe of the amount of work and organization that went into the Summer Reading Program at Jefferson Davis Parish Library. With the assistance of Kay Hebert and the fantastic efforts of children’s personnel: Myra Spears, Lake Arthur Assistant Branch Manager, and Jean Stoute, Welsh Assistant Manager and with the help of Branch Managers: Kitty Marsh, Denice Sonnier and Deanna Lemaire, the programs were scheduled and organized to enrich the lives of all who participated. The office staff to include Tiffany Theunissen and Iris Hollier-Holland provided assistance as well by preparing the booklets and the refreshments for the summer activities. Joyce Hull took care of many details for the program with her energy and vitality. Headquarters Manager Suzanne Young and Wendy Prather, Assistant Manager, provided guidance in books and technology for the children of Jennings. I am grateful to all employees for a productive summer.

We all enjoyed great entertainers! However, there were so many other educational facets of the program. Some of the programs enjoyed include:
• Anti-Bullying from Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Department & the Jennings Police Department
• Protecting our Cranes & Other Louisiana Birds from Wildlife & Fisheries
• 911 Emergency from Acadian Ambulance
• Stranger Danger: Techniques to Escape Abductors from Elton Police Department
• P.E. Gym: Mixed Martial Arts/Anti Bully Program
• Drawing with Louisiana artist Ronnie Collins
• Caldwell’s Therapy Dog
• Moving, Grooving & Diet

The newspapers that provided coverage produced many a photo and news articles to keep the public aware of the programs. The children and adults that participated expressed deep appreciation for the planning and the outcome of the programs. I certainly hope that as you meet with your local librarians and any of our staff that you let them know the gratitude you have for their efforts. All efforts are provided with much energy and delight in the quest to provide children’s enjoyment and educational benefits.

Zinio! If you have not utilized our e-magazines yet, now is the time to do so. Originally we provided 31 magazines for our patrons. Recently, Tiffany Theunissen worked with the company to provide 67 magazines at a lower cost. How is that for efficient use of taxpayers’ monies? There is a comprehensive listing of the new magazines. A handout that explains how to create an account, browse, and check out magazines is also available in all libraries and on the Zino website..

For people in need of an updated resume, please visit any branch library. Cypress Resume is available for your use! Cypress Resume has been a valuable tool for so many. In just a short time one can type in one’s current information, select the title of a desired job, highlight talents and skills and simply copy and paste to the new resume. Cover letters and reference pages can also be created quickly. The capabilities to download, edit, save and update are all aspects of the Cypress Resume program. Our patrons especially like being able to choose from over 20,000 statements that enhance the quality and professionalism of their resume.

Final improvements on the second floor of the Jennings Headquarters building has been ongoing! The second floor houses the director’s office, the financial representative’s office, the book processing and cataloging area, the Interlibrary Loan personnel, the Secretary’s area and the employee break room. The changes were desperately needed. Care has been given to bring the second floor into a more organized area for the most efficient productivity. Appropriate wiring for the newest technology is also being installed. Every effort is made while keeping in mind the historic qualities of the building. Look toward September for the Open House so that the public can see and enjoy the renovations. If you see a Board of Control Trustee please thank him or her for their visionary view of the Jefferson Davis Library System. Their vision and leadership have led the way to all areas of our parish having new or updated buildings that house excellent collections. The library system belongs to you…the taxpayer. We also appreciate your continued support. If there are any suggestions contact me: Linda LeBert-Corbello at our library (824-1210). Yes, gratitude is a good thing. We all have so many wonderful experiences for which we should be grateful!

May 2016 Librarian’s Lines

Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

May 2016


A recent quote I found regarding butterflies reminds me about life’s moments:  “The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.”  (RabindranathTagore)  Mr. Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 “ because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West”.  http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1913/tagore-facts.html


I am continuously amazed at the many gifts of wisdom from writers from our distant past.  This quote speaks volumes to me.  We seem to live in a state of constant rush!  We meet friends and everyone states that the days, months, and years are flying by.  Our jobs, families and our participation in organizations, church functions and other varied activities fill our days to overflowing.    What is important?  I understand my priorities and most people do too… but how do we stop the mad rush?


I think that the reason I am moved by this quote is that I really like the idea that moments are what counts.  Do you ever stop during a day when you do see a long-lost friend and stop to think how special that moment is….or do you ever see a sunrise, sunset or a lovely spring day and think of how very beautiful our world is or have you ever traveled to another locale and noticed every facet of its uniqueness?  If you have, you are among those who know that this moment is “time enough.”   


In my daily work, I am more than fortunate to have moments that are time enough.   Having spent over thirty years in the field of education prior to coming to Jennings to serve as Director of Jefferson Davis Parish Library, I have come to realize that there were so many moments that gave me time enough to learn, grow and experience the best of the people and situations in which I worked.


Speaking about moments and time enough, I cannot underestimate the enjoyment we have had during these past thirteen years as we have worked at building and renovating the facilities that comprise our library system.  We are still working diligently to complete all the projects necessary to facilitate effective organization and use of our libraries.


We are now undergoing the renovation of the second floor of the Jennings Headquarters Library.   It was a purposeful decision of the Library Board of Trustees to first make sure all outlying  libraries were completely rebuilt or renovated before undergoing the renovations of our 1914 historic building.   I can express to you that every moment is definitely and joyfully ‘time enough.’  As I see walls and floors stripped down to original work, I am excited.  When I notice the intelligence and skill that architects exhibit as they redesign and reverence the historic presence of this building, I am impressed.  The whole process is giving me moments that are time enough…time enough to enjoy the process and time enough to appreciate every detail.  We look with anticipation to the day when our patrons can see the efforts not just at beautification but at preservation of an historic building that will live longer than any of us to serve future generations of patrons!


Speaking of moments that will be ‘time enough.’ Summer Reading programs are planned and will begin in June.  Four thousand brochures are being delivered to all schools to insure that parents and children are aware of the many guest artists and librarians that have planned interesting and entertaining programs.  The brochure lists all programs at all venues.   We discovered last year that parents enjoy traveling to various libraries as the programs may differ from one library to the next.   Area newspapers will be keeping you abreast of our activities and always provide excellent coverage of our events.   We publicly thank the Jennings Daily News and the Lake Charles American Press for devoting an interest to the many moments that we use to provide ‘time enough’ to enjoy entertainment, absorb new ideas and simply participate in community activities that are free to all.


Enjoy your summer and find the moments that are ‘time enough.’  Teach your children to appreciate moments that are time enough.’






Librarian’s Lines

National Library Week 2016 @ Jefferson Davis Libraries –April Librarian’s Lines

For immediate release:

April 6, 2016

Contact: Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello, Director of Jefferson Davis Parish Library, 337-824-1210

Transform your ideas about the library: Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

Jennings, Louisiana –This week, the Jefferson Davis Parish Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. 

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but are also creative and engaging community centers where agencies assist citizens, people can utilize new technologies, or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including many online resources that students can access from home with a library card, including e-books, online homework help, online databases, etc. that can be accessed at the library or online on a home computer..

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At Jefferson Davis Parish Library we are transforming by providing digital resources as well as print resources and offering educational and recreational materials and programming.

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello, Director stated, “The focus of service to the citizens of Jefferson Davis Parish has definitely changed during my tenure of thirteen years as Director of Libraries.” “Our libraries provide more than materials and technology.  For instance, we have computers and have had them a number of years, but their use is entirely different.  As state agencies close local offices, patrons access their offices via computers.   Job applications for a number of local businesses can no longer be completed at the job site.  Instead, computer generated applications must be accessed to apply for jobs.  Another area of growth is OUTREACH to the undeserved.   The Mobile Branch services provide ‘hand delivered’ books, audio tapes and DVDs to local nursing homes, the Veterans’ Home, the residents of Westminster and to home-bound patrons. Additionally, FYI classes are provided at Bayou Villa.  These classes offer a variety of topics.   Our days are immensely busy !”

Libraries are many things to many people. They collaborate with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond in the most positive and productive manner possible.

The Jefferson Davis Parish Library Headquarters branch in Jennings is celebrating National Library Week with a focus of transforming lives of our patrons.

On Monday, April 11th, we will offer an opportunity for people to transform their health care with a short presentation on “Staying Young for 100 Years.”  A light lunch will be provided free of charge for all attendees  at 11 o’clock in the morning in the Jennings Headquarters Meeting Room.

On Tuesday, April 12th, patrons can pick up a brochure  that will give pointers in transforming family finances.  Library workers will be recognized for the jobs they do and the efforts to maintain professionalism in all areas of their work.

On Wednesday, April 13th, patrons can pick up a brochure containing job search websites and an explanation of our database entitled Cypress Resume.  Thus, an effort  to transform career opportunities.   Wednesday is also National Bookmobile Day.  As stated earlier, our own Mobile Branch services are outstanding.

On Thursday, April 14th, families are invited to visit the library for cupcakes and punch from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. during open house hours. Thursday is School Librarian’s Day and we want to publically thank our local school librarians for the opportunity to collaborate with them to help students and parents.  We have continuous opportunities through books that travel to libraries, co-sponsoring the Young Reader’s Choice with the Registrar of Voters Lorraine Dees, participating in Louisiana Days by providing Louisiana storytimes,  and providing research materials when requested.

Every visitor to Jennings Headquarters will receive a coupon for each visit during National Library Week to fill in and deposit into a drawing for a $50 gift card sponsored by  Shoney’s & General Manager Sherwin Thomas & an anonymous donor to be given on Friday, April 15th to conclude our celebration.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. 


For more information, visit the Jefferson Davis Parish Library at 118 W. Plaquemine, call 337-824-1210 or see the library’s Web site at http://www.jefferson-davis.lib.la.us . Library hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.



February Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

Jefferson Davis Parish Library


Finally, it is time for the renovation of the Administrative Offices on the second floor of the Jennings Headquarters Branch.   Bids were read at the February 10, 2016 meeting of the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury.  Ribbeck Construction was awarded the bid for the amount of $299,600.  I am usually asked when a project is underway, “What will this mean for library service?”  The offices on the second floor were initially set up as efficiently as possible.   The original set-up has served the library and its employees well.  However, as time has moved on we have witnessed different ways in which to accomplish and organize tasks.  It is imperative to both update and protect the beauty and the historic value of our building.  Planning was done keeping these ideas in mind.


The renovations will serve us now and for future generations.  As with the first floor renovation, much time and study was spent in determining how to effectively utilize space with an updated plan while preserving the historic aspects of a treasured building.


The following projects will be included in the renovations:

  • All paneling will be removed and the walls will be refinished.
  • All carpets will be removed and the floors will receive new treatments.
  • Ceilings will be refinished (it will be nice not to have parts of the ceiling falling periodically).
  • The storage areas will be enlarged and will have doors to protect contents.
  • Built-in workstations will be provided for employees who process and catalog books.
  • The technology equipment will be housed in units that are appropriate for care, ventilation and maintenance.
  • The bathroom facility will be re-organized and updated.
  • The employee break room will be enlarged to include a small kitchenette to serve as a comfortable break & lunch area for employees.


All administrative staff will be relocated to the building’s basement for the approximate time period of four months.  The employees that are moving to the basement are busy packing and planning our move.

This is one more process we must complete to secure the significance of our Historic Register building.


A selection of library employees will be attending the Louisiana Library Association meeting in March in Baton Rouge.  The Board of Trustees understands the importance of keeping our employees abreast of innovative techniques, books and other related library news.


Just a reminder……do you know we have Auto Repair Reference Center available for patrons on our computers or accessible from home with the use of your library card.  If you have a car or truck in need of repair, you have immediate access to both maintenance and repair information for most domestic and imported cars. Updates are added regularly for the latest in car or truck repair.  Certified technicians created the content for this website. Over 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present are covered with step-by-step- photographs.  Wiring diagrams provide for ease viewing and printing.  Diagnostic information and Quick Tip are available as well.  Handouts are available at all library branches to assist you in utilization of the valuable database.


Thank you for supporting your libraries.  Employees value the time they are able to assist you in finding answers to your questions.  Encourage all family members who are searching for answers and tell them what we as librarians believe.  “Yes, you can find a quick answer on the computer BUT you can find other sources that will enhance and increase your knowledge about most any subject.”  Please ask for me, Linda LeBert-Corbello, Director, if you need any additional assistance.



January 16 Librarian’s Lines

January Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello



What a great way to begin a new year!  We are having some clear brisk days filled with plenty of sunshine.  It certainly makes life seem brighter, doesn’t it?  Although, I must say, the rainy days do provide for great indoor reading time while enjoying hot chocolate.  Yet, for all book lovers reading time is anytime.


The State Library of Louisiana has informed us of a webinar for parents that will be available on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 PM Central Standard Time.  The webinar will introduce Credo Literati, a database that can be found on our website.  Parents will be introduced to types of materials available to parents in assisting their children with appropriate content for research (ages 9-17).


Jefferson Davis Parish Library patrons can access Liberati by going to our website.   Patrons can then look toward the right under Louisiana Statewide Databases and then scroll down the alphabetical listings to Literati.  The ad posted by the State Library of Louisiana as provided by Credo Literati reads:


“Parents:  Your public library offers online databases that present an alternative to conducting research on the open web.  Join us for a 45 minute online tour of your public library’s Credo Reference e-book collection! See the best reference e-books to help your student with their studies.  We’ll highlight content appropriate for ages 9 through 17-all fully accessible from home with a library card.”


To register visit the site below:


I encourage all to participate in this free webinar.  If forty-five minutes of your time increases your knowledge base to aid parents in working with children & their research, what a powerful way to spend 45 minutes.

Our R & R classes scheduled at Jennings Headquarters include:

January 21-Floral Presentation by Julie

February 11-Budgeting Basics

March 17-Safety and Usage of Essential Oils

April 14-Homemade Soaps with Kay

May12-Downloading Books to your Kindle

June 9-Make Your Own July Wreath


To register please contact Ms. Iris Holland at 824-1210.  Classes begin at 5:30 PM.



Branch libraries FYI Classes are scheduled as follows:

Welsh-January 14, 2016-Adult Craft Time:  Drink Coaster Craft

Elton-January 19, 2016-Kick Starting the New Year:  Health Tips & Fun

Lake Arthur-February 4, 2016-Making Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards with Cheryl Ogea

To register call the library sponsoring the class:  Welsh  734-3262,  Elton  584-2640 and Lake Arthur  774-3661.

For the past thirteen years the Jefferson Davis Parish Library Board of Trustees & the Police Jury has focused its visionary efforts in many areas.   In 2006 new library buildings were opened in Elton and Lake Arthur.  In 2010 the McBurney Memorial Library in Welsh was renovated.  In 2011 a new Mobile Branch was purchased to satisfy a need for library services in the rural areas.   In 2014 the first floor of the historic Jennings Headquarters was renovated.  In 2016 the second story of the Jennings Headquarters will be renovated.


All building projects completed were the result of thorough planning and diligent budgeting.    The buildings, the library materials, and the furnishings have been provided to increase the services and the effectiveness of the library system.   The Jefferson Davis Board of Trustees and the Jefferson Davis Police Jury have been truly amazing in their vision of the best library services possible for the people of this parish.   If you see your police jurors or your library board members, stop and tell them thank you for their vision, patience in planning, and dedication!






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