Parish Library Board of Control meeting, Nov. 17, 2021

By Jim Wilkerson

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control met for the first time since the passage of the library millage renewal on Saturday. Unlike the other meetings since December 2020, the Board could discuss business as usual without fear of being shut down.

“I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to all the public, and I think they deserve that. 71 percent is amazing,” Board Chair Dr. Augusta Clark said, citing the percentage of voters who voted in favor of the millage renewal.

Vice Chair Amy Miller also expressed her gratitude: “I’m just thrilled. I thank the public for their support, their vote, and their trust. And I look forward to the next ten years with this library in this Parish.”

“I think we need to thank the ‘Friends of the Library’ too,” Police Jury Ex-Officio Richard Durrett added.

Among the topics discussed were designated holidays (paid and unpaid), upcoming events for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and starting the search for a new library director.

Clark ended the meeting by acknowledging the public’s role in shaping the Library: “We made promises to the public, and we’re going to keep those promises. They gave us a second chance, and we’re not going to mess it up.”

Agenda items included:

  1. Public Hearing – 2022 Library Budget
  2. Call to Order

III.                 Approval of Agenda

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approval of Minutes
  • October 20, 2021
  1. Correspondence and Communication

VII.               Acknowledgment of Library Tax Vote Results

VIII.             Approve 2022 Budget

  1. Approve 2022 Holiday Calendar/Library Closures
  2. Appoint New Chair for Recognition Committee
  3. Statistics

XII.               Interim Director’s Report

  • Request for Volunteers (December 5 – Santa at the Library 1p-5p and December 11 – Ruston Christmas Parade 5p – 8p)

XIII.             Adjournment

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