B.J. sent this E-mail out the other day:
“The Lincoln Parish Library (my employeer) is in danger of losing 1/3 of our building to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. The LPPJ and CVB want to use this unfinished space for a convention center. The library would like to use this space for a larger meeting room, additional restrooms, genealogy room, and an exhibit space. The Library, though connected to the Police Jury, is actually run by a Library Board of Control. The Police Jury is seeking to side step the LBC and take direct action on the Library grounds and facilities against the desires and wishes of the LBC. When the library moved to the present location the voters approved our purchase of this property for library purposes. The Police Jury and Convention and Visitors’ Bureau want to use our voter-approved property for non-library purposes. Please read the attached flyer [which I was unable to open at present: I’ll try to get it up here later], take action by calling your juror and/or coming to the next Police Jury meeting, and by all means, tell your friends about this situation A.S.A.P.”
If you live in Lincoln Parish, call your police juror to express your opposition to this. Our library only needs to grow, not shrink: it’s not big enough as it is. (For those of you outside of Louisiana, a parish’s police jury is roughly equivalent to a county commission or a county board of supervisors.) The next police jury meeting is on December 12 on the third floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse (call for the meeting time).
So, save the library and save Christmas!