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Fields Branch Closed Today

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Fields branch is closed today, December 15, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience. If any of our Fields patrons need any library assistance, such as item renewals, please call or stop by one of our other Beauregard Parish Library branches.

Our DeRidder, Merryville, and Singer branches remain open today for their regular Friday hours.

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Posted Friday December 15, 2017 11:00am

Staff Picks: Wild Things, the Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

Wild Things : The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

Wild Things : The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult authored by Bruce Handy was not exactly what I was expecting. It was a revisiting of some classics of childhood reading, from fairy tales to The Cat in the Hat. Mr. Handy helps us to understand how some of the creative and witty authors and illustrators created their masterpieces.

It is a little bit biographical, a little bit educational, a little bit funny but altogether entertaining.

If Wild Things interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday December 14, 2017 09:00am

Christmas Around The World

Christmas Around the World

In our teen Christmas around the World program we learned how other countries celebrate Christmas. We made Christmas crackers from England, saw a pinata, and had a gingerbread house competition. All of our gingerbread house participants were winners. They all received a stocking of goodies to take home. However, there were some that were fabulous in their decorative style and that were still standing. Some made Christmas trees as well as houses. Here are some photos of the fun things we made:


If you missed our Christmas around the world, you have not missed all of the fun. Please join us for our Winter Celebrations around the world on:

Thursday, December 143:30 p.m. South Beauregard
Friday, December 15 10:00 a.m. Merryville
11:30 a.m. Singer
2:30 p.m Hyatt
and
Saturday, December 1610:30 a.m. DeRidder media room
for more holiday activities.
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Posted Wednesday December 13, 2017 09:00am

Come to the Best of Beauregard

We at the Beauregard Parish Library cordially invite you to the Best of Beauregard Open House & Anniversary at the DeRidder branch of the library on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

What is the Best of Beauregard? It's an open-house and anniversary celebration featuring local artwork and refreshments throughout the event and holiday music at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

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Posted Tuesday December 12, 2017 10:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Christmas and Hanukkah Music

Need Holiday music? Want it free? Well, try Freegal, the free website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library. Use your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music.

Hanukkah is starting soon and Freegal has a lot of music to help you celebrate like "In the Window", "I Have a Little Dreidel" and "Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah".

Freegal also has plenty of Christmas Music.

    • In 1953 Oklahoma native Gayla Peevey had a hit with “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” when she was only 10 years old. According to the Chicago Tribune, the song got enough attention that someone gave Gayla her own 700 lb Hippo for a present which she donated to the zoo. Freegal has this song as well as “Got A Cold in the Node for Christmas” and “77 Santas”.

    • Interested in something a little different? Try Tiny Tim on “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” from Christmas Oldies Rock! You may remember him from Laugh-In in which he sings “Tip-Toe Through the Tullips”, if not checkout the library’s dvd Laugh-In Season 1.

    • Gladys Knight & the Pips- “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “That Special Time of Year”, “The Lord’s Prayer”, “When a Child is Born” and the funky disco version of “Jingle Bells” from The Classic Christmas Album.

    • Vanilla Fudge- “Silent Night”

    • The Three Suns- Instrumentals from 1959, “Russian Sleigh Song”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and “Jingle Bells” from A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas.

    • The Brothers Four-Enjoy the male harmony and minimal instrumentation of “Christmas is a-Coming”, “O Holy Night”, “Christmas Bells”, “The Borning Day”, and “Medley: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Angels We Have Heard on High” from Merry Christmas (Expanded Edition).

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Posted Monday December 11, 2017 06:00am

Just Arrived

This week we received a new book that will be helpful for all of those adventurous folks who enjoy traveling the country in their RV.

Check out The Good Sam 2018 North American RV Travel & Savings Guide. This book is the ultimate resource for RVers who want to make the most of their travels. It contains thorough evaluations of over twelve thousand campgrounds, RV parks, and services. All of the evaluations were completed in the last year in person by consultants in the field. You will get detailed descriptions of the parks themselves, along with the amenities, services, restrictions, rates, and more. The contact information is included in case you have other questions.

In addition to the park information, there are also chapters on everything else you might need to know when traveling in your RV. For example, there are tips for financing and protecting your RV. There is a section on planning the best RV vacation for all types of campers, including families with children. There is even a section on the rules of the road and towing laws.

So, if you are a seasoned RVer, or someone who is considering this fun and exciting vacation option, check out this new book in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 647.

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Posted Saturday December 9, 2017 02:00pm

Staff Picks

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

Sweet and Simple: Dessert for Two by Christina Lane

My staff pick is Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two by Christina Lane. It is a book filled with cupcake and cookie recipes just enough for two people. You would think you could just half a recipe but it doesn’t always work. It’s not about the math but about the science.

This book is great because it has done the math and science for you. So when you want just a little something you can have a cookie or cupcake batch of about 6.

The recipes include: Coconut Sugar Cookies, Gooey Butter Cake Cookies, Mini Moon Pies, Maple Syrup Cupcakes, and Pecan Pie Bars. Every recipe has an inviting picture to inspire you to try it.

If Sweet and Simple: Dessert for Two interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday December 7, 2017 09:00am

Public Notice: Hearing & Meeting

The Beauregard Parish Library Board of Control will hold a public hearing and special meeting in the meeting room of the DeRidder library branch, 205 S. Washington St., on December 6th at 4:30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and voice comments or concerns regarding the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. The meeting will continue as outlined below. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (LA R.S. 42:14), meetings of this board are open to the public.

Agenda

I. Call to order & roll call

II. Hearing of public comments

III. Budget for FY 2018

  1. Discussion of budget proposal
  2. Revision of budget proposal, if necessary
  3. Adoption of budget for FY 2018

IV. Architect for the East Beauregard branch project

  1. Hear recommendation for selection of an architect
  2. Discuss and, if desired, assign next actions in selection process for an architect
  3. Possible selection of an architect

V. Adjourn

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Posted Monday December 4, 2017 04:00pm

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Christmas Music

Christmas is coming! Time to start collecting Holiday music. It's easy with Freegal, the free music website brought to you courtesy of the Beauregard Parish Library. You get 5 free downloads weekly that are yours to keep. You also get 3 daily hours of commercial-free music streaming. You can even create a playlist on Freegal.

    • John Schneider-You may remember John Schneider from his days playing Bo Duke on the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard (the library has the 5th season) or maybe you may know him from his role as the earthly father of Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman) on the hit TV show Smallville (the library has all 10 seasons). Or perhaps you know John from his roles in Christian movies such as WWJD What Would Jesus Do? (yes, the library owns a copy). But you may not know how well he sings. He had some hits on the country music stations in the 80’s and Freegal has his Christmas album White Christmas from back in the day. Enjoy John Schneider’s smooth vocal style on songs like the title song “White Christmas”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, and “Silent Night”. Or the lighthearted “Winter Wonderland” or “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer”.
    • Tom Wopat, John’s Dukes of Hazzard co-star has a Christmas song on Freegal, “Away in a Manger”
    • Kelsea Ballerini, another Country Music Star sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
    • Heart Christmas Single 2013- “Please Come Hone for Christmas” Ann Wilson and Aaron Neville
    • Sonny Bono & Little Tootsie’s cute song “Comin’ Down the Chimney”
    • Santa’s Gnomes-in elf voices- “Christmas Land” and “Christmas Magic”
    • Garry Ferrier’s peppy song “Ringo Deer”
    • Seymour Swine & The Sqeelers-”Blue Christmas” in a Porky Pig rendition

    Have fun exploring your own style of music. And remember it's all free!

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Posted Monday December 4, 2017 06:00am

Just Arrived

One great way to get yourself in the Christmas spirit is to watch some of the many, many Christmas movies that come out this time of year. Some of the most heartwarming films are part of the Hallmark Channel’s Holiday Collection. Each year the library adds many of these DVDs to our own collection and they remain very popular with our patrons. Check out a few of the ones we received this past week.

A Nutcracker Christmas. A former ballerina is forced to come to terms with the life and love she left behind. Lilly Jamison gave up a life of dancing and is raising her sister’s daughter. Her niece is offered the lead role in The Nutcracker and it turns out that the director is none other than her ex-boyfriend. She must discover if there is a second chance for her both in ballet and in love.

A Christmas to Remember. In this movie, a harsh TV personality needs a break from her stressful life and decides to drive to a small town mountain retreat. On the way a blizzard causes her to crash. When she comes to, she has lost her memory. A friendly man takes her in. He is a recent widower with young children, who is still grieving for his late wife. They share a magical holiday that will heal and transform them all.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Jackie is a single mother and an Assistant District Attorney who is looking forward to wrapping up her latest case and spending a fun Christmas with her daughter. But then her estranged father shows up at her door. Jack is a retired police officer who has not seen his daughter and granddaughter in years. Now they all will have to confront old wounds and reconnect with each other.

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Posted Saturday December 2, 2017 02:00pm

DeRidder Branch Closed Tomorrow

DeRidder branch of Beauregard Parish Library will be closed, Saturday, December 2, 2017 in conjunction with Miracle on Washington.

All other braches of the library will be open according to their normal Saturday schedules.

If you need any assistance on Saturday, you can still call us at (337) 463-6217 [or 800-524-6239 inside Beauregard Parish] or send emails to help@beau.org.

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Posted Friday December 1, 2017 01:00pm

Staff Picks: Dancing with Demons

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

Dancing with Demons: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland [eBook] by Peter Tremayne

This story has several layers: assassination of the King; conflict between the old faith of the Druids and the new faith of the Christians; political unrest among the tribes of Ireland; and detailed challenges to the system of law.

Dancing with Demons is a great novel. It is well written, is full of historical detail, and has an abundance of suspense and intrigue. I highly recommend this book.

If Dancing with Demons interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday November 30, 2017 09:00am

Help us: Flipster Magazines Trial

Beauregard Parish Library continually strives to give our patrons the best resources possible. We have a free 30 day trial for Flipster Magazines, and we want to know what YOU think about it!

Many of our patrons already use Zinio, so you are familiar with how digital magazines work. Flipster also brings you magazines, and it specializes in bringing the most popular ones right to your devices.

To test it out, you need to ask for the login information from one of our friendly clerks. We're sorry, but we can't post the URL or login credentials on our library blog. Once you have it, use it all you like over the next thirty days.

As you use Flipster, tell us what you like and didn't. For example:

  • Was it easy to navigate?
  • Were the issues easy to download?
  • Do you like the variety of magazines available?
  • How does using Flipster compare to using Zinio?
  • Would you use Flipster, Zinio or both for your digital magazines?

    Please feel free to share any feedback with our staff or by email to our selection team acqteam@beau.org

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    Posted Wednesday November 29, 2017 10:00am

    Happy Birthday, William Blake

    William Blake, one of the beloved English poets, was born this day in 1757. Blake wrote many poems, including Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Columbia Granger's World of Poetry describes Blake thusly:

    Few poets can match Blake's tremendous scope in writing verses that a three-year-old can learn to verses that still baffle the most intelligent critics. Through it all, Blake kept up a splendid sense of humor and an equally splendid sense of indignation and exasperation.

    If you are curious about William Blake, Beauregard Parish Library is proud to give its patrons access to Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. A list of Blake's works is available here.

    For an example of Blake's poetry, here is the first stanza of "A Cradle Song" from Songs of Innocence

    Sweet dreams, form a shade
    O'er my lovely infant's head;
    Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
    Be happy, silent, moony beams.

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    Posted Tuesday November 28, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Remembering AC⚡DC's Malcolm Young

    Co-founder and guitarist of AC/DC Malcolm Young has passed away. I remember many discussions of AC/DC's music at my lunch table in high school. And their music playing on the radio. Scottish born songwriter, Malcolm was known for his dedication and commitment to performance.

    You can listen to the music of AC/DC on Freegal, the free music website. They have many of their songs including "Highway to Hell", "Back in Black", and "Hells Bells" from Back in Black. Also, "Thunderstruck" from The Razor's Edge. And "Let There Be Rock" and "Problem Child" from Let There Be Rock. Freegal has many other albums as well as live albums.

    Remembering David Cassidy

    And another Rock Star has died, David Cassidy. You may remember him from his days on the Partridge Family or from his solo career or his stint on Broadway. For many he was their teen idol back in the 70's (my sister included). And I was sitting there in front of the TV, bobbing my head to the beat of The Partridge Family Theme Song. Freegal has The Partridge Family albums and David Cassidy's solo albums as well.

    Both rock stars died surrounded by those they loved and who loved them. Fans of both men will surely miss them.

    Use any of your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 free daily hours of free streaming music. I know I'll be listening to David and Malcolm's music this week.

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    Posted Monday November 27, 2017 06:00am
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