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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.

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

Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

August 2014


Summer was so fast and furious that I cannot believe the wonderful days of hearing all the children laughing, singing and participating in our many programs throughout the parish are done!  The programs were so incredible and the crowds were the largest ever!  There were over     2080       children attending 56 programs throughout the parish.     Since Jennings Headquarters branch was in the process of renovations, we were pleased to have been given permission to stage performances at The Strand and at the Jeff Davis Parish School Board Media Center.   Vera Abraham worked with the library to coordinate a program that allowed for the community children in Jennings, Elton and Fenton to receive a meal after attending a library program!   What a dear Ms. Vera is to us …and of course to the people of this parish.  She is always searching for a way to help another individual.   There were plenty of community sponsors that assisted each library branch in some way or other.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the parish for supporting the 2014 Summer Reading Program.  Thank you so very much.  Every employee in our system assisted in some way for the Summer Reading Programs carrying food, assisting with children, cleaning after a program or performing for the children.    Jeff Davis Parish employees are outstanding!  Thank you to Theresa Campbell, Children’s Coordinator, for organizing various components of the Summer Reading Program.


The library programs could not run effectively without the outstanding work of all employees.   I am grateful for employees who work tirelessly to reach the needs of the patrons of this parish.   Our Mobile Branch continues its very excellent work as an “Outreach” of the library.  Recently, Ms. Kathy LeJeune and Ms. Kay Hebert extended their services to Bayou Villa by providing an FYI class.   They will provide a class once a monthly.   Our employees stated that the people at Bayou Villa were so appreciative for the program entitled:  “Homemade Hand Lotions.”   The fun and fellowship brightened everyone’s day.


In speaking about employees, I am always amazed at the talent and the generosity of spirit I witness in our employees.  Recently our McBurney Memorial Branch Assistant Librarian Jean Stoute, who also works at the Hampton, was given special recognition by being awarded the Spirit of Hampton Award from Hilton Worldwide.  Ms. Jean was considered a gem as one customer stated:  “…people like this wonderful Ms. Jean are rare these days.  It is almost impossible to get a smile from some.  There are so many duds that when there is a gem among them it should be acknowledged.”  A co-worker stated, “Every time I come to work, if my mood isn’t what it should be, it quickly changes when I converse with Ms. Jean.” Yet another stated, “We wish the world had more people like Ms. Jean.”   We as a library family are proud of Ms. Jean’s accomplishment.  More than that, we are so grateful that she is one of us…a daily inspiration of hope and good will.


Renovations are incredibly beautiful.  Completion date is set for September 2, 2014.   New shelving and furniture will be delivered beginning next Friday, the 29th of August. After all shelving is in place, the tedious task of moving books out of storage will begin.  September will be filled with much hard work and it will all be done in the spirit of joy for our newest work environment.  The decisions about colors, furnishings and other changes were made after much discussion and input from employees.    All employees are eager to share this wonderful renovation.   A Grand Re-Opening will take place in October.  Please watch your newspaper and our new digital sign that will be posting the upcoming event.

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