On November 6, 2018, voters of Calcasieu Parish will be asked to renew the Calcasieu Parish Public Library's millage.
This renewal is vital for your library!
It accounts for 96% of of the library's funding and it provides the funding for books and all materials in the collection, all public services, utilities, maintenance of buildings, all operational costs, and the cost of facility improvements.
Without passage of the tax, there is not a Library.
There is no substitute funding.
Here is some information about the renewal:
Is this really a renewal? • Yes. It is a continuation of an existing millage for 10 more years. It is 5.99 mills, which is the same rate last approved by voters for the past 20 years! (in 2009 and in 2000.) The renewal of the millage comes before the voters every 10 years.
Are there other taxes to fund the library? • No. This is the ONLY tax.
What happens if the tax fails? • If the tax fails, the entire Library system would be affected. The library is granted two more attempts to pass the tax. In the meantime, there would be reductions in spending, service levels, and possible branch closures. Operations would be paid out of the Catastrophic & Operating Reserve Fund which covers operating expenses for three months. If the tax fails on the last two attempts, all libraries would have to close.
I've looked at your Annual Report, and I see you have a Fund Balance.
Why do you need this? • Like every good business, a fund balance is the Library’s reserve fund for financial emergencies, major replacements and repairs, and capital improvements. It includes a three-month catastrophic & operating reserve fund (see above) and monies to cover insurance deductibles. It also includes reserves for a security system upgrade, designated improvements to Central and Sulphur libraries, and expansion at Iowa, Vinton, and DeQuincy.
When I go into the voting booth, the wording is always confusing. What is the proposition for the library going to say exactly? • Parishwide Proposition (Library Tax Renewal): Shall the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, governing authority of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, be authorized to renew, levy, and collect a special tax of five and ninety-nine one hundredths (5.99) mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all property subject to taxation in the Parish of Calcasieu, for a period of ten (10) years from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2029, with collections from the renewed levy estimated to be $12,837,819 for one entire year, for the purpose of maintaining, constructing, equipping,operating, and supporting the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System and its facilities?
This sounds great and all, but what is it REALLY going to cost me?
For more information, please visit our Millage Renewal page.
Do you have the most incredible card there is?
September is Library Card
Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
As honorary chairs, The Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.
Calcasieu Parish Public Library Cards are FREE to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or attends school in Calcasieu Parish.
Speaking of Science, speakers will take us from "Silly Putty to Superconductors: Careers in Materials Science and Engineering.” Join us for some fun activities using science, technology, engineering and math.
Speaking of Science (SoS) speakers are counted among the State’s finest teaching and research talent in the STEM disciplines.
Meet author, Donovan Sinegal. Behavior Health Specialist, mentor to young men and author of the book, A Change of Heart: From Broken to Mended. His book is a spiritual road map to finding happiness in life through difficult situations.
Dr. Janet Allured, a historian of the New South and the Modern United States, will discuss changing interpretations of southern history, the public commemoration of that history, and why it matters.Revealing the historical background and political implications of the South's monuments to the Confederacy, she will discuss why it is important that sites of public history be sensitive to contested versions of that past, and that they recognize differing interpretations that take account of the race, ethnicity, gender, and social class of all who were a part of that history.
Join us for an art exhibit and discussion with local artist Heather Boston. View some of her colorful paintings, discover what inspires them, and learn about some of her upcoming community projects. Refreshments will be served.
Do you have a small business? Are you thinking about opening a business? Central Library has you covered! Join us as we review various online and print resources for small business owners. Learn how the library can be your business's number one fan and help you restart or jump start your business! This event is being offered in partnership with Southwest Louisiana SCORE.
"In His Father's Footsteps" By: Danielle Steel
In this powerful novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel tells the story of two World War II concentration camp survivors, the life they build together, and the son who faces struggles of his own as a first generation American determined to be his own person and achieve success. When U.S. troops occupy Germany, friends Jakob and Emmanuelle are saved from the terrible fate of so many in the camps. With the help of sponsors, they make their way to New York. In order not to be separated, they allow their friendship to blossom into love and marriage, and start a new life on the Lower East Side, working at grueling, poorly paid jobs. Decades later, through talent, faith, fortune, and relentless hard work, Jakob has achieved success in the diamond business, invested in real estate in New York, and shown his son, Max, that America is truly the land of opportunity. Find it in the catalog.
"Flight or Fright"
By: Stephen King
Stephen King hates to fly.Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like gulp! a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents. Find it in the catalog.
"The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of
Fred Rogers" By: Maxwell King
Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. Find it in the catalog.
"Live Long and..:What I Learned Along the Way" By: William Shatner
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In "Buzz," the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. Find it in the catalog.
Have you checked out the Central Library Innovation Studio lately?
The CPPL Innovation Studio provides a space for everyone in Calcasieu Parish to learn about emerging technologies and bring their creations to life.
The Innovation Studio was made possible by a $24,892 IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant, allowing us to purchase all of the technology inside of the room!
Graphic arts design, film editing, 3D design, app creation and coding are just a sample of what this space holds for you!
The studio is located inside Central Library on 301 West Claude Street in Lake Charles.
1. View the CALENDAR for maker hour events as well as other activities occurring in the Innovation Studio. Anyone is invited during these times to use the studio and its equipment.
Space is limited to 16 people at a time and is based on a
first-come first-serve basis.
Children ages 10 & under must be attended by an adult.
2. Need to schedule an appointment? This option is open to organized groups and schools, as well as individual adults who already know how to use the equipment. Contact the Central Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (337) 721-7116.
Can't make it to the Innovation Studio, but need something printed? Request it.
How much does it cost?
Everything within the studio is FREE except for printing.
Printing Costs are:
Black & White Prints: $.20
Color Prints: $.50
3D Prints: $1.00 per file regardless of object size/weight.
Objects that require multiple files will be charged accordingly to the number of 3D files submitted.
What technology is in the room?
Makerbot Replicator 2
Adobe Creative Suites w/ 27” Touchscreens
Two 27” Dell XPS Touchscreens
Sharp Aquos 70” Smart Screen Smart screen technology on portable stand
Camtasia Studio 8
Cube Pro 3D Printer
Laptop & iPad Mini Labwith 16 Dell laptops and 10 iPad Minis
Canon Powershot Digital Camera
Samsung High Def Camcorder
Blue Yeti Microphones
Sound Cancelling Headphones
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Be sure and mark your calendars for these upcoming closure dates!
Friday, October 5th
Staff Development Day
Thursday, November 22nd-
Friday, November 23rd
Calcasieu Parish Public Library
301 W. Claude Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605