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Summer Reading Program 2018
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Just Arrived

Check out one of the new books added to the library’s collection this week:

A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh by Dr. Joseph Parent and Nancy Parent.

The authors tell us that mindfulness is a state of awareness that is achieved by paying attention to all of the details, both internal and external, that we are experiencing at a particular moment. The benefits of this include stress relief, the ability to work through our worries and difficulties, and calmness. These benefits are even greater when we experience mindfulness in nature. They use the beloved children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh to demonstrate this process.

The stories in the book follow Pooh through the course of one day. Pooh’s day begins with waking up and performing morning exercises, mindfulness practice, and a contemplation on kindness. His experiences during the day inspire him and the friends he meets to focus on being confident, considerate, fearless, cheerful and relaxed. The day ends with reflection and setting aspirations for the future.

Each of Pooh’s mindful experiences is accompanied by a tips on how you can deepen your own mindfulness. The stories show how everyone can benefit from mindfully exploring nature and engaging with friends. While Winnie-the-Pooh is considered to be a children's character, this book is written for adults. If the book interests you, it can be found in Dewey number 158 in the adult non-fiction section of the library.

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Posted Saturday July 14, 2018 02:00pm

Teen Tuesday: Graphic Novels

Hey, there! Did you know that the library has a great selection of graphic novels and comics for your reading pleasure? Located in the nonfiction section (Dewey decimal number: 741.5), our graphic novels boast a wide array of genres. Comics are not limited to superheroes! You can also find titles like...



Romeo and Juliet: The Graphic Novel - The classic play by Shakespeare, transformed into an easy-to-read graphic novel.

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks - Maggie feels out of place at high school because she was homeschooled her whole life. With her mother missing, and her brothers avoiding her, Maggie finds new friends eventually. But this story has a twist - there is a ghost following Maggie.

The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley - When 13-year-old Jimmy has to stay home from the basketball championship game due to a bout of smallpox, he begins to feel like his life is over. His grades keep getting worse, and he can't quite land a date with the cutest girl in school. Will Jimmy's dumb decisions actually turn out to be the best decisions he's ever made?

Robot Dreams by Sarah Varon - This graphic novel manages to portray the fragility of friendship bonds without a single word.

Through The Woods by Emily Carroll - Five short horror stories. The grotesque images and terrifying stories might make you afraid to take a walk through the woods.



Stop by your library to check out these, and many other, graphic novel titles!

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Posted Tuesday July 10, 2018 09:00am

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COMEDY CRACKUPS-Part 1

Freegal (the free music website) not only has music from every genre you can think of but comedy monologues of all the classic as well as modern comedians. Need a laugh? Try listening to any of these comedians for a chuckle, guffaw, or a great big belly laugh.

Archie Campbell-You may have seen him on Hee Haw but did you know he was also a comedian? Hear the story of “Rindercella” and how she went to the bancy fall and slipped her dripper. Also, the story of “Beeping Sleauty”. Also, “Pftt! You Were Gone!”, “The Martians and the Coys”, “Rome on the Hange”, “I Want My Rib”, and “The New Marriage Ceremony”.

Bob Newhart-He had his own show for years called The Bob Newhart Show (the library has the first two seasons). You can also see him on re-runs of The Big Bang Theory playing Professor Proton. But before all of that he was a comedian with great stand-up acts such as: "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue", “Driving Instructor”, “Introducing Tobacco to Civilization”, “The Grace L. Ferguson Airline (and Storm Door Company)”, “Bus Drivers School”, “Defusing a Bomb”, “Retirement Party”, and “Ledge Psychology”.

Rowan & Martin-If you don’t remember these crazy guys you can check them out at the library on the first four seasons of Laugh-In. Or hear Dan Rowan and Dick Martin on The Humor of Rowan & Martin with bits like: “Girls”, “Camp Sunny Sunshine”, “The Birds and the Bees”, “Mates, Inc.”, and “The Doctor Interview”.

Use your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music to hear some funny stories. All free from Freegal Music and paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library.

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Posted Monday July 9, 2018 06:00am

Just Arrived

Check out one of the new books added to the library’s collection this week:

A Life Less Throwaway: The Art of Buying for Life by Tara Button.

Many of us can become overwhelmed by the constant pressure to buy things. We are bombarded by commercials and advertisements for all sorts of products guaranteed to make our lives better and more satisfying. However, the more we spend, the more cluttered our lives become and the more stressed we are. This book, written by an advocate for the global movement to change the way we shop, shows how we can overcome this problem.

Tara Button was once a shopaholic. She has developed a system of “mindful buying” that allows readers to curb the impulse to buy unnecessary things. She shows how to ignore trends and buy only those things that are best for us. She stresses buying things that will last and then taking care of them rather than going for the cheaper, disposable things. She examines that tricks that advertisers use to make us buy more than we need. She also shows how to de-clutter our spaces and find happiness and fulfillment in ways other than buying more “stuff”.

If this book interests you, it can be found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 381. Check it out and see if it can help you de-clutter and de-stress your life.

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Posted Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00pm

Staff Pick - Scourged

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.

Scourged by Kevin Hearne

Satisfying end to a good urban fantasy series. We have the other books and short stories in print, audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook. I listened to the audio for this, read by the masterful Luke Daniels, who has been the narrator for the entire series. Daniels is in terns exciting and hilarious, and by now I wonder if the Hearne writes some of this books with the narrator in mind.

With the Iron Druid Chronicles, we have a 2000 year-old Druid, Atticus, who is on the run from the gods. By the time we get to this last book, he's got to stand and face his reckoning, even if it's Ragnarok itself. We get plenty of scenes with Owen, Granuaile, and the very funny Irish wolfhound Oberon. If you're at all a dog lover, Oberon might end up being your favorite character in the entire series.

This book is for those who love reading adventure, enjoy mythology and world religions, love dogs, and who don't mind the occasional bout of dude humor beside their Shakespeare references.

If Scourged 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 July 5, 2018 10:00am

Early Closure for Singer Branch

The Singer branch has closed for the day due to loss of electricity. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Posted Tuesday July 3, 2018 03:40pm

Closed for the 4th!

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Happy 4th of July!

All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed on July 4th in commemoration of Independence Day! Nothing will be due on this day, and normal hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

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Posted Tuesday July 3, 2018 09:00am

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Free Music for the Fourth of July

Want free music for the Fourth of July? Freegal Music, the free and legal website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library has a lot of free patriotic music. You can download and keep the songs forever or simply listen. You can create your own playlist or choose those created by Freegal. You have 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music.

Try:

"Stars and Stripes Forever"-John Phillip Sousa

"Washington Post"

"Into the Fire"-Bruce Springsteen

Freegal has more patriotic songs in many different styles and it's all free. So try some free music this week and all year long.

And have a happy Fourth of July!

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Posted Monday July 2, 2018 06:00am

Just Arrived

Check out a new book that was added to the library’s collection this past week:

Fail Until You Don’t: Fight. Grind. Repeat. by Bobby Bones.

Bobby Bones is the host of a popular radio program, a bestselling author, a comedian, and a dedicated philanthropist. He is the youngest person ever inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and has reached the top of his profession. But he reveals that much of what made him so successful were mistakes and and embarrassing failures. He shows how he was able to use the humility they gave him to find the motivation to get back out there, learn from them, and ultimately succeed.

The author says that his mantra is Fight. Grind. Repeat. By refusing to give up and being determined to overcome all obstacles, including your own failures, you can achieve your goals. He shares many of his biggest mistakes and how they helped him. He also shares stories from many other successful people showing their failures and how they used them to grow and prosper. He then gives ideas and strategies for anyone looking to overcome seemingly impossible odds and succeed whatever the goal or dream may be.

Check out this book in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 791. As always, our helpful staff is there to assist you in finding this or any other material you might need.

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Posted Saturday June 30, 2018 02:00pm

New Site Preview

Test our New Website!

Watermelon crawl on over to visit the staff of the Beauregard Parish Library at the Beauregard Watermelon Festival this weekend! This annual family fun event will be held at the parish fairgrounds in DeRidder on Friday and Saturday, June 29 & 30.

You can help the library staff test our new website and get a chance to win a stylish giant watermelon pool float. We'll draw a winner on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and post the winning ticket to our library Facebook page, so follow us to see if you are a winner!

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Posted Friday June 29, 2018 10:00am

Staff Pick - A Column of Fire

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.

A Column of Fire [Pillars of the Earth series, book 3] by Ken Follett

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire. I greatly enjoyed reading this book.

If A Column of Fire 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 June 28, 2018 09:00am

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

This summer as you are surfing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and other wild things, plan your playlists with Freegal Music or use one of their various playlists.

Try:

"Wild Thing" by The Troggs

"Wild World" by Cat Stevens

"Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed

"Wildfire" by Michael Murphy

"Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf

Use any of your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music. And Freegal has plenty of music for all your summer parties.

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Posted Monday June 25, 2018 06:00am

Library Closed for Staff Training

All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed from Friday, June 22, 2018 through Tuesday, June 26, 2018 while our staff participate in various training activities. We look forward to serving you better and bringing you the best library experience possible.

At times when the library is closed to the public, no items are due and no fines accrue. The library will return to regularly scheduled service hours on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

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Posted Friday June 22, 2018 06:00am

Staff Pick - The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is a controversial author these days, and her most commonly recommended book is Atlas Shrugged. However, I feel that this book, The Fountainhead, is a much better introduction to her thinking.

The Fountainhead is the story of an architect, kicked out of college, who fights to keep his artistic integrity. It's also the story of a newspaperman who panders to the uncritical, and the collision between the two over a woman results in some unexpected discoveries.

This book challenges people to think carefully about what integrity really means and the power of art. It questions assumptions we make about the value of helping someone indiscriminantly and the reasons for doing things. Anyone who appreciates a challenge to their assumptions should definitely read this book.

If The Fountainhead interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We have it not only in paperback, but you can use Overdrive to get it in audiobook format, as well as the 1949 movie on DVD starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday June 21, 2018 09:00am

Teen Tuesday: Blind Date With A Rockin' Book!

The library will be closed for staff training from June 22nd - 26th. But there's still time to pick up some reading material!



There's an old addage that goes: There are plenty of fish in the sea. Well, here at the library, we like to say that there are plenty of books on the shelf! Swing by the library before Friday to check out a Blind Date with a Rockin' Book! These books are looking for adventure seekers, romantics, or thrill partners. You never know what you're going to get, and that is part of the fun!

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Posted Tuesday June 19, 2018 09:00am

♬ The Music Minute ♬

The Bubblegum Beat

Ready for more fun bouncy music? Freegal Music has more Bubblegum music for you. Use your 5 free downloads and your 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music to enjoy Bubblegum or any style of music.

  • Do you remember The Brady Bunch? Of course you do. The first season's theme song was sung by The Peppermint Trolley Company. They had other songs like: “Little Miss Sunshine” and many others from Beautiful Sun.

  • Do you remember a cartoon called The Archies? Archie, Jughead, Veronica and Betty. Freegal has their music. I’m sure you have heard “Sugar Sugar”. How about “Melody Hill”, “Everything’s Archie”, “Bang-Shang-A-Lang”, “Sugar and Spice”, “Sunshine”, “Feelin’ So Good (Skooby Doo)”, “Jingle Jangle”, “Bicycles, Roller Skates, and You”, and “Inside Out”.

  • Another Bubblegum group, The Ohio Express had much success (although some of their music was deeper than Bubblegum). Hear are some of their hits: “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (I Got Love in My Tummy)”, “Chewy, Chewy”, and the melancholy “She’s Not Comming Home”.

  • Another group, The 1910 Fruitgum Company had such hits as: “Simon Says”, “May I Take a Giant Step”, and “1,2, 3 Redlight” found on The Best of the 1910 Fruitgum Co.

  • And last, teen star Bobby Sherman with hits like: “Easy Come, Easy Go”, “ Julie Do Ya Love Me”, “Seattle”, “Cried Like a Baby”, and “The Drum”.

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Posted Monday June 18, 2018 06:00am

Just Arrived

The library adds new DVDs to our collection every week. We have movies that will appeal to all viewing tastes. We try to stay current with the latest releases. Here are two of the popular titles we added this week.

Black Panther (Rated PG-13) This blockbuster hit based on the Marvel Comics character was one of the top grossing films of the year so far. It received high praise from critics and fans alike for every aspect of its production, from screenplay to acting to costume design. It was also recognized for its cultural significance, becoming the highest grossing film ever by a black director.

The kingdom of Wakanda is an African nation that poses as a typical third world country, but actually is a highly advanced society due to a rare metal called vibranium, which gives them special powers. When the king dies, his son T'Challa returns to claim his place on the throne. However, soon old enemies reappear and endanger both Wakanda and the entire world. T'Challa must call on his allies and his powers as Black Panther to defeat this evil and save the world.

I Can Only Imagine (Rated PG). This is the inspirational story behind the hit song of the same name by Bart Millard of the group MercyMe, which is the best-selling Christian single of all time.

Bart Millard had a difficult childhood with an abusive father and a mother who left the family. He discovered a talent for music following a severe football injury. He eventually leaves home to pursue a music career. He is discovered by successful people in the Christian music industry and is invited to join a band. However, they encourage him to resolve the issues with his father. He returns home and discovers that his father has become a Christian and wants to reconcile with him. He is skeptical and rejects him. He then finds out that his father has terminal cancer and they are able to form a deep bond before his father dies.

Following his father’s funeral, he writes the song. It is sent to many successful artists, including Amy Grant, who wants to record it. Millard attends the concert where she is planning to debut the song, but Grant has decided that he should be the one to sing it. She calls him up to sing it and his unexpected performance is widely praised. His band releases the song as their first single and it becomes a hit.

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Posted Saturday June 16, 2018 02:00pm

Find It Friday - Renew Your Books

Out and about this summer? Remember that you can easily renew books either online through the online catalog if you have an Electronic Services Account (and if you don't, you should! They're free, and open up all kinds of opportunities!). If you're not letting yourself visit the Internet as a way of getting away from it all, you can still call the Library at 337-463-6217 and renew things by phone. And of course, if you're using Overdrive, you can renew books through it as well. However, remember you can only renew books and similar items once, that laptops and hotspots cannot be renewed, and that items are never due on a day the Library is closed.

So get out and have fun in the Sun!

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Posted Friday June 15, 2018 09:00am

Staff Pick - The Wife Between Us

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.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The book, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, was an excellent book. I liked it because it was a book similar to a Lifetime movie with all the twists. At first, you think it is about a jealous ex-wife, but it is not what you think.

I love the twists and turns in this book, and just when you think you almost got it figured out, something changes.

If The Wife Between Us 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 June 14, 2018 09:00am

Public Notice: Board of Control Meeting

Public Notice

The Library Board's of Control will meet in special session at the DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (La R.S. 42:14), all regular meetings of this board are open to the public, except as noted as Executive Session.

Agenda

  • Call to Order & Attendance
  • Review and approve sets for East Beau branch
  • Thomas Hughes and Melissa Poche of Architects Beazley Moliere
  • Public Participation
  • Update on other rural branches
  • Adjourn
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Posted Wednesday June 13, 2018 09:00am
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