Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lemonade @ the Library - Folsom Branch

Members of the St. Tammany Library Foundation had a great time meeting with about 20 members of the Folsom community before our Board meeting. The Folsom branch manager, Lynne Moore, gave us a tour and an overview of the small but vibrant branch. Thank you to the staff for the delicious lemonade and cookies and to everyone for their interest and support.
Join us next month for Lemonade @ the Library at the Madisonville branch. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sips and Small Plates - September 26, 2015

The Sips and Small Plates celebration of Phase 1 of the Walker Percy Serenity Circle was held on September 26, 2015. The setting under the oak tree was lovely and a good time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who attended and who supported the establishment of this historic spot! Thank you also to our generous food donors: Sam's Club of Covington, Abita Roasting Company in Madisonville, Deli 22 Catering and Stephanie Jones, and Nancy Anderson and Patsy Bonneau for the flower arrangements. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lemonade @ the Library Covington Branch Tuesday June 16th at 6 p.m.

Slidell Lemonade @ the Library was a great success.
Join us next Tuesday at the Covington Branch at 6 pm
and then stay for the Foundation Board Meeting. 

The Pavers Have Been Installed!

The pavers for the Walker Percy Serenity Circle were installed this past week. We are still waiting for the markers to arrive and be installed. Finally the dream is coming to life! Be on the look out for an announcement for the ribbon cutting. Thank you to everyone for their support and their patience!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lemonade @ the Library

Coming to the Slidell Branch Meeting Room
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6 p.m
Come take a library tour and hear about happenings at the Slidell library.
Followed by the St. Tammany Library Foundation Board meeting at 6:30.
All are welcome!

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Friday, March 20, 2015


This coming Tuesday, March 24, members of the Saint Tammany Library Foundation will elect their officers for the coming 2015-2016 term. Our General Meeting of Membership will begin at 5 PM in the Conference Room of the St. Tammany Library in Madisonville.

Nominated Officers are:

Ann Shaw, President

Suzanne Myers, First Vice-President

Sharon Lo Drucker,  Second Vice-President

Sue Zaunbrecher, Corresponding Secretary

Michele Avery, Treasurer

Steve Stefancik, Parliamentarian

At-Large-Members of the Board of Directors include:

The Honorable Lane Carson

The Honorable Mayor Peter Gitz

Dr. Argiro Morgan, Immediate Past President

Nancy Thompson, Membership Chair

The position of Recording Secretary at present is vacant.

Nominations will be accepted from the floor to fill the position of Secretary and for all positions.

Immediate after the General Meeting, our annual “Sipping through the Stacks” reception from 6 PM to 8 PM will be held. Do come! Meet other Library devotees.

We would love to see you there!            


Thursday, March 12, 2015


The Board of Directors of the St. Tammany Library Foundation is mourning the death of one of its founding members – Rose Marie Manchon.

Rose joined the Board at its first reorganization. She brought to it her passion for community service. No matter how small or large the job, Rose did it with gracefulness and aplomb. She shared her talents, which were many, as well as her time. Rose wrote the St. Tammany Library Foundation’s first funded grant. She was ever ready to assume any responsibility that would serve the St. Tammany Library, its patrons and the wider community.

Rose received her MSN from LSU Medical School and held many important community nursing positions. She served as the Director of East Jefferson Hospital’s Elder Advantage Program. In St. Tammany she worked to establish the parish’s first hospice program. In Tucson she held leadership positions in community health outreach programs throughout Arizona and served on many a Board. Generous with her talents and her time, loving to all she encountered, Rose will be remembered by all who were fortunate to know her.

Vade in pace, Rose. We are forever grateful.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hats off to our members!

St. Tammany is a special place! It is known for its natural beauty. Even more importantly, it is known for its commitment to education and to children.

The St. Tammany Public Library is one of the treasures supporting our parishes’ mission. The library offers outstanding workshops, fun adventures, and creative programs throughout the year for children and teenagers. And the St. Tammany Library offers numerous classes that continues the education of all in our community in many areas – dance, music, books and authors, computer skills, business support, art…

Members of the St. Tammany Library Foundation are special people. They support the library in many ways.

And many of our members are notable in many areas. Just glance down this recent list to see whom we commend.

Marie Louise Guste Nix – who recently published another book of poetry, Being There: Reflections from the Scenes of the Mysteries of the Rosary – her fifth;

Pamela Binnings Ewen – who has published six books , her latest being An Accidental Life;

Chatwick Hall – an author whose first novel just recently was published Water Lessons;

Deborah Burst – whose works include Louisiana’s Sacred Places and  Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals and Sanctuaries;

Sandra Scalese Juneau – whose article in Inside Northshore on the Madisonville Lighthouse is making waves;

Renate Hardwick – who writes under the name of Andrea Ritter, Sunflower of the Third Reich.

Carrie Lee Schwartz – whose her deep magenta red cultivar, the Vogthorstar, has recently been registered by the American Camellia Society.

Check out the book titles in the Library catalogue. Most are there, and if not, make a request to have them added! And before they are on our shelves, request them from an interlibrary loan. You can get any book you want from our library through this service very quickly.

We’d love to brag about our members. Send news of your creative endeavors to and you’ll be in our newsletters.

You’ll get a chance to chat with these and many others at our annual meeting on March 24 in Madisonville and our social that follows - “Sipping Through the Stacks. ” We'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Remembering 2014

Who would have thought that a newly reconstituted organization, inactive for many years, within just two short years achieve so much. 2014 was an outstanding period of growth and accomplishments for the St. Tammany Library Foundation. Thanks to your support we were able to undertake the following :

~ A “Sipping through the Stacks” gathering held for our members in the Walker Percy Room in Madisonville prior to a talk by Julie Rivette, granddaughter of Dashiell Hammett.

~ An exquisite and fun celebration under the spreading limbs of the Seven Sisters Oak, one of the oldest live oak tree in America – with music by the Bob Ellis trio, delicious food, congenial company, an auction filled with books by St. Tammany writers, art, decorative objects, tea from the English Tea Room of Covington served in exquisite bone china cups, wine from Acquisapace and other merchants, and all featured on pastel tablecloths adorned with bouquets of spring blooms. All proceeds were dedicated to the funding of a statue of our St. Tammany muse, Walker Percy. Three of our members – Nancy Anderson, Jamie Eason, and Patricia Bonneau created the magnificent flower arrangements. Thanks go to the Chairs of the Event: Ruthann Hilker, Mary Beth McGinnis, and Suzanne Myers.

~ A partnership began with the Lakeview Regional Medical Center culminating in the first ever Northshore Men’s Wellness Seminar. Seven physicians were on hand to give talks and to meet privately with any attendees.

~ Our activities of 2014 culminated with the completion of our first campaign for the engraved stones of the Serenity Circle on the side of the new St. Tammany Parish Library in Madisonville. Within six weeks they should be installed. We are planning a celebration after their installation. All donors will be honored at a special reception the Friday night before a Saturday celebration for our entire community. At that time we will also begin our second order campaign.

~ New members were welcomed to our Board of Director: Suzanne Myers, Sue Zaunbrecher, Mayor Peter Gitz, and Nancy Thompson.

~ And last, but not least, our President was honored to have been chosen by the American Library Association as the most outstanding leader of library foundations in the United States. This would not have been possible without the help of the entire membership, Board, and support of community leaders.

Our plans for 2015 include grant writing, expansion of our library space in Slidell, support of special library programs, completion of our campaign to fund the Percy Walker statue, the funding of a mural to set off the children’s center in our new library, and the continuation of our educational mission featuring workshops, seminars, lectures, and creative classes.

JOIN US! St. Tammany Parish needs you.


The St. Tammany Library Foundation is delighted to announce that the first order for the engraved bricks of the Walker Percy has been placed!

On Monday the Director of the St. Tammany Parish Library, Donald Westmoreland, and the President of the Foundation traveled to St. Rose, Louisiana to place our order for 86 engraved bricks and for six large stone markers featuring the names of Percy’s six award winning novels. We are so proud that we could begin 2015 with the first major achievement of our nascent foundation - a gift to the parish Library and a gift to the entire St. Tammany community.

We are so thankful to our donors! They hail from several states and include members of the Percy family, religious centers, literary clubs, a variety of organizations, university faculties, area hospitals, avid readers, grateful writers, artists, students, friends, and residents from every part of St. Tammany Parish.

We are planning a celebration after the engraved bricks are placed in the patio. Within six weeks we expect the first order will be installed. All donors will be honored at a special reception the Friday night prior to a Saturday celebration open to Foundation members and the larger community.

The second campaign for an additional order will begin shortly afterwards. We feel assured that once the community sees the progress on the Serenity Circle and the celebration that follows, the second order will prompt many to play a part in the project.

We would love to have two of the benches installed at the same time. We need one more sponsor so that the two major benches will balance each other.

The benches will add to the Serenity Circles’s artistic and arresting beauty. And one of the benches will feature the statue of Walker we are working to completely fund. If you are interested in sponsoring the last bench within the circle, contact us right away! If you are moved to make a contribution – no matter how small – to help us finalize the statue by award-winning sculptor – Bill Binnings – also let us know.

The names of our sponsors and whom they memorialize are now a part of the history of St. Tammany Parish. Walker Percy was not only considered one of the greatest American authors of the latter half of the last century – but also a mentor to others, a gifted teacher, a community supporter, and a man of faith and vision.