Tuesday, March 25, 2014



 Donors and members of the St. Tammany Library Foundation were treated to an afternoon gathering in the Walker Percy Room of the Madisonville branch before the opening of "The Big Read."   Wine, appetizers, and an opportunity to chat with the keynote speaker, Julie Rivette, was sponsored by the Foundation as a way to say "THANK YOU" for your support, encouragement and loyalty. 

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the St. Tammany Parish Library a $ 10,000 grant to launch the celebration of "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett.  Julie Rivette, an author in her own right, spoke on her grandfather's life.  It was a rivetting talk.

The activities are still going on in all branches of the Library.  If you wish to see the John Huston's 1941 motion picture, The Maltese Falcon, featuring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, come to the Madisonville Branch  on Wednesday, April 9th at 5:30 p.m.

Go to the Library's website - www.sttammanylibrary.org for more information on other films, activities for children, teens, and adults, and a Film Noir series on Wednesday evenings in April.

The Foundation hopes to have more informal gatherings for our members in the future!


Two weeks ago, Donald Westmoreland, the Director of the St. Tammany Library, received a call and a letter from United for Libraries, the division of the American Library Association for Friends and Foundations.  He beamed when he heard that the President of both the Library Board of Control and the St. Tammany Library Foundation, Argiro Morgan, won the 2014 Trustee of the Year Award.  This Award is given annually to an outstanding community leader who has given exceptional service to a public library system.  Argiro has served for four years on the Board of the Louisiana State Library with distinction and has recently been reappointed to the Board by the Honorable Lt. Governor of Louisiana, Jay Dardenne.

Her leadership was evident in getting the library system up and running after Katrina, in working assiduously with others to construct the St. Tammany's system newest state-of-the-art library, in helping other branches improve their footprint in their communities, in lobbying for libraries at the State Capitol,  in working with the Director of the State Library, Rebecca Hamilton, and in undertaking the permanent memorial for the Northshore's most esteemed writers of the second half of the 20th century - Walker Percy.

There are over 60,000 trustees in America, all of which work to improve the services and the status of public libraries by voluntary leadership.  Argiro was totally surprised by the honor.  She will receive the Award in July in Las Vegas at the Annual Convention of the American Library Association.

Just another kudos for your St. Tammany Library Foundation.