Board of Directors
Chris Waddell serves as director for the library. She started working for the library in May 2001. She attended KPLACE (Kansas Public Library Administrators Continuing Education Program). She started out cleaning the library and then joining the staff as preschool story hour lady in 2001. She became director in 2004. Chris has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce and the Swan Fest projects in town. She serves on the Ray of Hope Community Impact Board that helps with children in need. She started the once a month Saturday night movies for families.
Janet Reynolds began working at the library in June 1979, just after her junior year in high school. She has worked in every aspect of the library during her 43 years as part of the staff. In 2002, she returned to school and got her Library Media Specialists degree, as well as completing Level 6 of the State Library certification program. Janet is involved with the Historical Society. Summer Reading, Summer Library Camp, Story Hour on the Road, and collaboration with the local schools to do Dr. Seuss and Kansas Reads to Preschool are some of her favorite library activities. In May 2018, Janet retired from Prairie View High School Library and began working full-time at the library. Toddler Time and Senior Lunch and Geri-Fit are some of her new programs.
LaVeda Riggs began working at the library in July 2006. She is known to the children as Ms.Veda as she hosts preschool story time @ 9:30 Tuesday morning. She enjoys reading Janet Evanovich, other mysteries, and local history. She is an avid Andy Griffith trivia and movie fan. She keeps the display cases changed regularly and during the summer hosts art camp for the children.
Angel Waters started working as a library assistant in May 2021. She is primarily works at the new circulation desk in the children’s room, but you may see her working the other circulation desk also. She is responsible for keeping the bulletin boards updated each month, the new display case changed and copying and organizing obituaries, births, and marriages for our genealogy collection. She also helps with the preparation for many of the children’s program activities.
The Historic Story of La Cygne
The story of the naming of the river, from which La Cygne took its name, is here related as it was told in 1881 to W. A. Mitchell, author of “Linn County, Kansas–A History,” by John Roubidoux, head chief of the Miami tribe.
There has always been a curious inquiry into the origin of the name of our river. It is an Indian legend based in part on a pathetic chapter in American history. The story is authoritatively given as follows: In 1756 the British carried away bodily the French people in the settlement of Grand Pre in Acadia, a colony since peopled by English and called Nova Scotia, a tragedy of such great pathos and beauty that it was used by Longfellow as the theme of his poem “Evangeline,” the heroine being a real character in life who came into the western country in search of her lover Gabriel Lajeunesse, who with others of the Acadian village had been carried to the shores of Louisiana on the Gulf coast. She bewildered and wonderingly, set out through the Canadian wilderness, past Quebec, on to Pierre Marquette and down the lakes and the Illinois River to the Mississippi, up the Missouri to the Osage.