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Friends of the Washington Parish Library

News for Members

News for Members
About Us
Constitution & Bylaws
Our Library
Washington Parish Tales
Bogue Chitto Pearl Cook-Off
Disbursement Committee Report
Poetry Contest
60th Anniversary
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Parking around the center is limited, but if you enter the park at the drive just west of the center (where the big Cassidy Park sign is) there is lots of parking with a sidewalk that leads right into the room where Don Fuhrmann will lecture.

Coming Events

March 16 - Deadline for posters for National Library Week to be turned in at libraries.

March 25 - Decorate tables at Senior Citizens Center in Bogalusa after lunch.

March 26, 1:00 p.m. - Lecture by Don Fuhrmann at Senior Citizens Center, 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa's Cassidy Park. This lecture is FREE TO ALL. FWPL is co-sponsoring this event with Friends of the Pioneer Museum.  The museum will be open after with refreshments served there.

Lunch will be free to senior citizens at 12:00. Others may eat for $3. Pay at the door.

All must make reservations by March 21 for lunch. For reservations call FWPL Vice President Sylvia Johnson at 601-876-5602 or 601-303-0113 or FWPL President Marianne Smith at  985-732-8469.

National Library Week April 12-18

Decorate library last week of March or first week of April.  Exact day and time will be announced later.  Please check back.

Tuesday, April 14, treat library staff to lunch at the Bogalusa Country Club.  All Friends are invited to attend.  Please check back here for further information later.

Saturday, April 18, a possible reception for authors of Washington Parish Tales.  Please check back.

FWPL Donates $2500 for Children's Computer

At the February meeting of Friends, members voted to contribute approximately $2500 to the Washington Parish Library System to cover the cost of a computer for children which the library had purchased. This was later presented to Library Director Joe Sbisa.

Tell your friends about our site!
Our FWPL site has had over 420 hits in February.  Please be sure to tell your friends about our site, so they can keep up with our news and join in the fun activities we will be having to support the Washington Parish Library System this year.

Reserve your seat now for the first FWPL Lecture on March 26!
March will see the start of the FWPL Lectures with Rev. Donald L. Fuhrmann's presentation on the battle of Rappahonock, Virginia, and the men from Washington Parish who served in the Civil War. 
Rev. Fuhrmann will speak at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at the Council on Aging Senior Citizens Center, 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa's Cassidy Park.  Those who would like to come for lunch at 12:00 noon must make reservations by March 21.  To make reservations, please contact FWPL Vice President Sylvia Johnson at 601-303-0113 or FWPL President Marianne Smith at 985-732-8469. The lunch will be free for seniors, but others must pay $3 at the door.  The lecture is free to all.
Be sure to attend this interesting presentation.  Rev. Fuhrmann gives an intriguing account of how the soldiers from Washington Parish fought at Rappahonock.
Rev. Fuhrmann, who was born in Bogalusa in 1935, is the author of five selections featured in Washington Parish Tales. The son of Ernest and Nell Williams Fuhrmann, he grew up in the Lakeview area. Many local residents will remember Rev. Fuhrmann and his brother, Rodney Fuhrmann, from their Bogalusa High football days. 
Rev. Fuhrmann attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College and Southeastern Louisiana College, where he completed his B.A. in business administration.  He is married to the former Sandra Rae Mizell, and they are the parents of five children.
He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency both on the U.S. mainland and in Okinawa.  After his 35-year career with Southern Bell/South Central Bell/Bell South, he worked as an abstract contractor and oil landman and taught high school English. In 2003 he became an ordained Southern Baptist minister.
Rev. Fuhrmann has done extensive research on the Civil War in connection with Washington Parish and has written a book on his early years growing up in Bogalusa. 

More Copies of Washington Parish Tales on Their Way
FWPL Vice President Sylvia Johnson is still busy taking orders and distributing Washington Parish Tales, the anthology of stories about the parish published by Friends of the Washington Parish Library.
Sylvia reports that 100 more books have been ordered.  They were shipped from the printer in California on February 12 and should arrive at the library in Franklinton by February 18.  They will be available for purchase at the Bogalusa Branch Library,  the Franklinton Branch, and at Leader Printing, 1044 Main Street in Franklinton.

Plans for National Library Week Are Under Way
FWPL is busy making plans for National Library Week, which will be April 12-18, 2009.  Please check out our home page on this site for details of the poster contest for students.  Posters will be displayed in the library branches during National Library Week.  Questions about the contest may be directed to FWPL President Marianne Smith at 732-8469 or FWPL Secretary Anne Tate at 732-3600.
FWPL Vice President Sylvia Johnson reports that a luncheon during the week and a reception for authors featured in Washington Parish Tales also may be scheduled as part of the celebration.  Please check back here for further details.

FWPL Meeting Held January 22 in Bogalusa
Friends of the Washington Parish Library held their January meeting at the Bogalusa Branch Library January 22.
The upcoming membership drive was discussed briefly.  Several members have volunteered to assist with the drive, and plans for this year's approach to the drive are still underway.  If you have any good suggestions for the drive and publicity efforts for the organization, please get them in to President Marianne Smith or Vice President Sylvia Johnson.  The people of our parish have shown great support for FWPL and our library system since the start of FWPL only a few short years ago.  We expect continuing support to come in from all over the parish, so we want to have a great membership drive to let folks know how they have helped our library and what needs to be done in the future.  Your comments are needed and welcomed!
After much discussion of the Bogue Chitto Pearl Wild Game Cook-Off, it regrettably was decided not to go ahead with it this year for lack of time to organize adequately.  It is unfortunate that the organization can not proceed with the cook-off, but we can direct the efforts we have been putting into it toward other worthy but perhaps smaller projects as we decide on them.  Many thanks and much appreciation again goes out to all the wonderful Friends and other volunteers who have made the cook-off so successful in the past two years.  Their efforts were a tremendous boost to FWPL and to our parish library system, both in raising funds and in raising awareness of needs and resources of our library.
We are hoping to have some activities for Library Appreciation Month.  Please check back on this page for upcoming news about this.
Thanks to all Friends who came out for our January meeting!  Your support of the Washington Parish Library System is much appreciated!

New Year Starting for FWPL

FWPL enjoyed a very successful year in 2008, including projects like the Annual Bogue Chitto Pearl Wild Game Cook-Off and Barbecue in Bogalusa's Cassidy Park and the completion and sales of the book, Washington Parish Tales.  We expect much success in 2009 also.

At the January 22 meeting at the Bogalusa Branch, we begin the year with our newly elected officers: President Marianne Smith, Vice President Sylvia Johnson, Treasurer Judy Rabuffo, and Secretary Anne Tate.  Our directors for the year are Lorraine Bourn, George Domas, and Jack Harry.

Two very important discussions at this meeting will focus on the Wild Game Cook-Off and the upcoming poetry contest.  Your input is needed, so come out and give your ideas.

Please attend the meeting, volunteer when you can, and enjoy this year's events and projects.

Book Sales Are Great!
Sales of Washington Parish Tales are going great.  350 have been sold, so others probably will be ordered from the printer soon.  Thanks to Vice President Sylvia Johnson for the tremendous job she has done overseeing the sales and distribution of the books.  With the books weighing what they weigh, some of this work has been far from easy.  Many, many thanks, Sylvia!
Also, thanks to library staff, particularly Franklinton Branch Manager Bobbie Jones, Bogalusa Branch Manager Emmett Guy, and Winola Holiday and Phil Lupo of the Bogalusa Branch for their great help with sales.
Thanks to treasurer Judy Rabuffo for the extra work she is putting in to help keep track of the financial end of the project, also to outgoing president, Jean Wales, and our current president, Marianne Smith.
Library staff members have reported many complimentary remarks about the book from patrons, so we know there are some people out there who are pleased with this FWPL project.  Many thanks to all members who have helped!

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2007 Cook-Off Funds Disbursements Included:
  • Book Drop for Thomas Branch
  • Enhancements to DVD and Music Collections
  • Purchase of Digital Cameras for Branches
  • Enhancements to Language Tape Collection
  • Weather Alert Radios for Branches
  • Battery Back-Up for Computer Server
  • Permanent Storage Building for Library System
  • Landscaping Improvements

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Friends of the Washington Parish Library
c/o Library Headquarters
825 Free Street
Franklinton, LA 70438