West Baton Rouge Parish Library Director Beth Vandersteen was recently chosen as the Essae M. Culver Award recipient by the Louisiana Library Association for her career achievements.

The association’s highest award is given to honor a librarian who merits recognition for: professional service and achievements, leadership in Louisiana association work and lifetime accomplishments in a field of librarianship in the state.

Vandersteen, whose career began in 1967, has served as president of the LLA, and in various offices, including the chairmanship of the Public Library Section and the New Members Round Table.

She has also served as a librarian at Ouachita Parish Public Library, Prescott Library at Louisiana Tech and assistant director at Rapides Parish Library.

Under her leadership, the West Baton Rouge Parish Library has automated bookkeeping procedures, reallocated staff to double the number of librarians serving the public inside the library and added the position of network administrator.

The library also now offers the latest in technology to users, including video conferencing capabilities in meeting rooms.

“I still love what I do,” Vandersteen said in a news release about the award. “The power of every library to touch and change lives still excites me. There is always more to do, always a way to do it better, never a time when everything is finished.”

Vandersteen received the award on March 25 in Shreveport at the annual conference of the LLA.

Market on the Mill

The city of New Roads will once again host its three-day spring shopping extravaganza Market on the Mill, this year April 9-11.

The event will take place at the historic cotton mill located three blocks north of Main Street, off Oak Street.

The event, in its fourth year, will spotlight a variety of local vendors, craftsmen and artisans selling antiques, fine gifts and hand-crafted items. Architectural pieces, collectibles and country furniture also will be on display.

This year’s event will feature a special preview party April 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The preview party costs $25 and will include a style show, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Admission for Friday and Saturday is $5 per day.

Easter cookie swap

We Are the Difference and The Comogo Room are having an Easter Cookie Swap at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Comogo Room in Plaquemine.

For every cookie, cupcake or treat you bring, you get to swap for someone else’s.

Bring a dozen cookies, go home with a dozen assorted treats. Soft drinks and milk will be provided.

For more information, call Rhonda Harrell at (225) 687-2029.

Church hosts festival

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will host its annual family festival on April 12.

Barbecue chicken dinners will be on sale for $7 a plate from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and there will be a raffle for $1,000.

The festival will also feature face painting for children.

For more information, call the Iberville Parish office at (225) 625-2438.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.