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Grand Opening Date Set.

 You are invited to the

 Grand Re-Opening of the

Jefferson Davis Parish Library Headquarters Branch

 118 W. Plaquemine St.

Jennings, LA 70546

 October 20, 2014

 3-5 p.m. – Tea Time

5-7 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies & Ribbon Cutting

 Refreshments will be served.


Jefferson Davis Parish Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting



Jefferson Davis Parish Library

Board of Trustees

Regular Meeting

August 11, 2014


Janice Esthay called the regular meeting of the Jefferson Davis Parish Library Board of Trustees to order at 5:30 p.m. at the Jennings Headquarters Branch.  Leavon Ladner led the invocation.  Janice Esthay dispensed with roll call.  It was noted that Rose Lafosse was not present for the meeting. 


John Marceaux motioned to have the 2013 Auditor’s Report given by Auditor Mike Gillespie before proceeding with other business.  Vicki Broussard seconded the motion and all approved. 


Bettye Johnson motioned to accept the minutes of the June 9, 2014 meeting.  Leavon Ladner seconded the motion.  All approved.


No Executive Session was held.


Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello gave the Director’s Report.  Each Board Trustee received packets of information.


Communications:  None


Old Business:  Updates were given by Dr. Linda Corbello, Danielle Manuel and Gary Davis on the status of the renovations ongoing at headquarters branch and paint jobs at the Elton and Lake Arthur branches.


New Business:   Dr. Corbello presented a Joint Service Agreement approved by both Jefferson Davis and Allen Parish Police Juries announcing that the Mobile Branch would begin serving the Coushatta Tribe during 2015 Summer Reading Program.


Dr. Corbello presented the Resolution to adopt the Tax Millage for the 2014 Tax Year.  Betty Robicheaux made a motion to accept the resolution as read.  Leavon Ladner seconded the motion.  All approved.  Janice Esthay called for a roll call vote to adopt said Tax Millage.


Members present voted as follows:


Yeas:     Janice Esthay, Vicki Broussard, Brenda DeWolf, John Marceaux, Bettye Johnson, Leavon Ladner and Betty Robicheaux

Nays:     None

Abstained:  None

Absent:  Rose Lafosse


Brenda DeWolf motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Bettye Johnson seconded the motion.  All approved.  The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.  The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is October 13, 2014.






Linda LeBert-Corbello                                                                                                                                   Janice Esthay

Secretary                                                                                                                                                             President


Headquarters Library in Jennings to Close For Renovations


Jefferson Davis Parish Library Headquarters Branch

Will be closed for renovations

Beginning May 5, 2014.

Mobile Branch available to the parish @ 118 West Plaquemine Street on May 19, 2014

Monday & Tuesday   9AM-6PM

Friday      11 AM -6 PM

  • Materials can be returned daily to the Book Drop.
  • Great time to check out e-books, audio and online magazines using Overdrive & Zino

from your home computer or digital device.

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

September Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

The time has finally arrived.    The Jefferson Davis Parish Library Headquarters will open officially on October 1, 2014.   The months may have been long in passing for each of you.  For those of us who work here, it has both been long and quite challenging.   After so many years waiting to be ‘the library’ that would be renovated (the last in the parish), the staff and I were eager to begin a project that allowed all of us input.   Many thanks to Ms. Suzanne Young, Headquarters Manager, for her thoughtful decisions regarding colors of paint, end panels for the shelves, granite and  a selection list that goes on and on! Assistant Branch Manager Wendy Prather also assisted in making choices and offered boundless energy in working during these changing times.   The remaining members of the headquarters staff played a very important role in the organizing of various aspects to make the project move forward.  Staff from other libraries also assisted at different times in packing or unpacking books.   Last Thursday all parish libraries were closed so that the entire parish staff could participate in the process of ‘reading shelves’, cleaning and organizing the Headquarters Branch.  What a lively time was enjoyed by this group of dynamic, dedicated employees!

We welcome all of you on October 1, 2014 during regular library hours.  We have purposely scheduled the official Grand Re-Opening for Monday, October 20, 2014 to insure that everything is in top order.  We will begin that event with TEA TIME that will occur from 3-5 PM.   Refreshments and tea will be served.   Beginning at 5 PM there will be a formal ceremony followed by additional refreshments.  

The historic information for this building remains so fascinating to us.  In the fall of 1914, construction began at the corner of Plaquemine and Cary Streets for the new Jennings post office.  The building was completed by 1915 for approximately $45,000.   In 1967, Jefferson Davis parish was the last of the sixty four parishes in the state to approve the establishment of a parish-wide library system. The following year (1968) the Jefferson Davis Parish Demonstration Library was opened at 526 North Main Street in Jennings in a storefront building.  Alice Porter served at the first Parish Librarian.  The demonstration library proved to be a successful project.   The parish then assumed the responsibility for operating the library system.  It is interesting to note that the library opened its doors on Main Street on October 20, 1968.  The Grand-Reopening scheduled this year on October 20 marks a 46 year anniversary.

The Post Office was later relocated to a new location in 1976.  The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury purchased the vacant facility on March 23, 1977 for a price of $60,000.  The building has seen many patrons, activities, children’s programs and lectures.  ‘If the walls could talk’…oh, the stories we would hear.  The Police Jury, the Board of Trustees and the library staff are honored to be a part of the history of our parish.  We are privileged to work for the betterment of our community by providing services that enrich the lives of the people of our parish.  Come, please, and join us during this momentous time in the history of our parish by visiting our library and/or attending our opening ceremonies.


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