Parish Library Board of Control meeting, Oct. 20, 2021

By Jim Wilkerson

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control convened for its scheduled monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. The meeting was brief and lasted less than 30 minutes. Absent was Board Chair Dr. Augusta A. Clark, who recently underwent surgery and is now recovering.

This meeting will be the last scheduled public meeting before the vote for the library millage renewal on Nov. 13, and all the board members were well aware. Vice Chair Amy Miller concluded the meeting on a comical, yet anxious note: “Our next meeting in November will either be fabulous, or it will be very difficult.”

Two citizens, Bobby Rabor and Earl J. Griffin, spoke at the meeting, voicing their support for the library. Rabor began by pleading Parish citizens to vote for the renewal in November.

“We need to support the library as much as possible,” he said. “Please vote for the library tax.”

Griffin, a pastor in Grambling, followed by giving a brief history of the local public library he frequented while growing up in North Carolina.

“When I was in Grifton, North Carolina, we only had a small library, but it was important and critical for poor people,” Griffin said. “I think the value of the library is very significant and we should do all we can to support it.”

Early voting for the library millage renewal begins Saturday, Oct. 30, and the date of the actual vote is Saturday, Nov. 13.

Board Trustee Sandra Dupree stressed at the end of the meeting that Louisiana Tech and Grambling both have home football games that day, so citizens should keep that in mind when planning to vote.

Agenda items included:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda

III.                 Public Comments

  1. Approval of Minutes
  • September 15, 2021
  1. Correspondence and Communication
  2. Review of News Articles on Library Vote

VII.               Request for Volunteers (Date, Time TBA)

VIII.             Preliminary Budget Submission

  • Discuss Budget Subcommittee and Take Action if Nececssary
  1. Statistics
  2. Interim Director’s Report
  3. Adjournment

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