Tech Tips

This weeks Tech Tip should be good news to those of you who have Iphones. In the latest round of Linux updates it looks like the fine folks at Gnome fixed their bug that was preventing Iphones from being recognized under normal circumstances. This means that if you plug your Iphone into one of our lab computers it should display correctly, allowing you to retrieve pictures from the device etc.

We hope this tip makes your time in the computer lab a little more enjoyable and that you will check back next week for another Tech Tip!

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Posted Tuesday September 1, 2015 12:00pm

Public Notice

Board Meeting


The Library's Board of Control has rescheduled it's regular meeting for the 2015 3rd quarter to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 16. All regular session meetings of this board are open to the public.

An agenda for this meeting will be posted on the front door of the DeRidder branch no less than 24 hours before the meeting.

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Posted Tuesday September 1, 2015 06:00am

Mango Monday: Romanian

Romanian

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Romanian.

Romanian is a language spoken by 24 million speakers in Romania and Moldova. It is part of the Romance language family that includes Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. It may not seem related at first, but that is because the language has borrowed vocabulary from the Slavic languages of Romania's geographical neighbors. The language is written with a Latin script that includes a few extra letters than the 26 used in English, but the writing is basically phonetic (sounds as written), which is great for new learners.

For tourists and language learners, Mango has this enticement:

Oh, Romania; you’re romance epitomized. The language itself captures the deep beauty and culture of the country’s diverse range of attractions; rich in history and ever-evolving to contemporary times. Sail along the Danube River straight to the shores of the Black Sea, where the fine sand beaches offer hours of sun-soaked relaxation with stunning views. Explore medieval towns and traditional villages; visiting stunning fortresses, historic castles, and bustling villages blissfully oblivious to the demands of modern times. Spend your days in Bucharest indulging in fine wines and enjoying authentic Romanian cuisine like ghiveci, mititei, and Papanaşi for dessert.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first dialogue about food and drink you can learn from Unit 4: Chapter 17: Let's Eat.

  • May I help you? Vă pot ajuta?
  • I would like to order sarmale. Aș dori să comand sarmale.
  • Can I bring you something to drink? Vă aduc ceva de băut?
  • A pint of beer and a glass of water. O halbă de bere și un pahar de apă.
  • No ice please. Fără gheață, vă rog.
  • And I'll have some bread, too. Și aș dori și niște pâine.

    Romanian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday August 31, 2015 09:00am

Sunday School: Social Work

Social Work

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will present three classes under the umbrella of Social Work. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Child Abuse Recognition, Investigation and Protection
"Preventing child abuse is everyone's responsibility. This includes law enforcement personnel, educational personnel, medical personnel as well as family, friends, and neighbors. Child Abuse education is important so that students may recognize various aspects of child abuse, including neglect, sexual and physical abuse, and other forms of maltreatment. This course helps students understand the typical profiles of child abusers as well as the definitions of various forms and aspects of neglect and abuse."
[20 lessons]
Domestic Violence 101
"Domestic violence, sometimes called domestic abuse, is reaching epidemic proportions and affects men, women and children of all races and social and economic levels. In order to stem the tide of domestic abuse we have to not only stop the abuse and protect the victims, we also have to understand what triggers the abuse so that the next generation of families can learn to live abuse-free."
[11 lessons]
Healthy Relationships 101
"In this course you will learn about these skills and gain insight into why people misunderstand us or respond the way they do. We will also examine belief systems and their effect on relationships, as well as discuss unhealthy relationships, what to avoid, relationship games and traps that frequently occur, how a life script is developed and plays a role in forming long lasting relationships, the study of transactional analysis and other skills we can develop to help create more positive relationships. If you think people are impossible to understand, you may change your mind after working through this course. This study of relationships gives you the knowledge to improve all relationships in your life both--personal and professional."
[12 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday August 30, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina landing in New Orleans and the devastation it caused. So that we don't forget the damage a natural disaster can, and did, do to our beautiful state, take a look at this short video detailing the aftermath of the hurricane.

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Posted Saturday August 29, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Now that school is back in session we have received quite a few questions about Accelerated Reader books. Many of our school aged patrons will be required to read a certain number of AR books throughout the school year, so we wanted to share a valuable resource for finding AR titles and the points assigned to each book.

AR BookFinder is a website that was designed to be a one stop source for finding information about AR books. This site allows you to do a quick search for a title, author, or series and then see how many points each book will be worth to read. Students can rate a book after taking a Reading Practice Quiz on the website and others will be able to see how well the book was rated. Another helpful feature of this website is the AR BookBag, which allows you to save books titles and access them again at a later time.

Another option is to use the Advanced Search and filter your search by interest level, type of book (fiction or nonfiction), language, or topic. This is a great tool to use if your child doesn’t have a specific book in mind, but has a subject they are interested in or a certain reading level they would like to stick with. Happy reading!

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Posted Friday August 28, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

The library added a new book this week that will appeal to those who love apples and are looking for new ways to enjoy them. Check out The Apple Cookbook: 125 Freshly Picked Recipes by Olwen Woodier. This book celebrates the all of the diverse things that can be made using one of nature’s favorite fruits. Enjoy crisp salads, warming soups, hearty entrees, and of course delicious desserts. There are descriptions of the many varieties of apples as well as tips for buying them throughout the year. There is even a history of the apple and its development.

The recipes have detailed instructions and many are accompanied by color photographs. They are divided into categories including breakfasts, drinks, salads, meals and desserts. There is a section on ways to preserve apples including canning and freezing.

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Posted Thursday August 27, 2015 09:00am

Staff Picks

With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The story begins with the life of an elderly man that has just had a car accident. He is pinned in the car at the steering wheel with minor injuries and can't get out. His life flashes before him as he is in and out of consciousness. He carries on conversations with his deceased wife, remembering, together, how they met and grew to love and cherish each other through the years.

A few miles away at a rodeo arena, on a 'get-away' trip, a college girl is introduced to a totally different lifestyle than her own. She meets an honest, true life, gorgeous cowboy with a passion for bullriding and a love for family and its traditions. In spite of their different upbringing and indivdual problems, they date and fall crazy in love.

The lives of these two couples come together in an unexpected and unconventional happening and change the future of the young couple in a miraculous legacy of love and fortune.

I think this story is a very good read because I love a 'rags to riches' kind of tale. Also, the romance and mystery thats inside left me satisfied in a way that only a great book can.

If this title interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday August 26, 2015 09:00am

Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip we just want to give a quick reminder that we have Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers installed on all workstations at the library. If you are using Firefox and something seems to not work properly give it a shot in Chrome, it could help. The same goes for something behaving strangely in Chrome. And remember, if you just can't seem to get something to work, go ahead and let us know. We would be happy to try and help out.

That's it for this week but please check back next week for a brand new Tech Tip!

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Posted Tuesday August 25, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Punjabi

Punjabi

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Punjabi.

Punjabi is spoken by about 100 million speakers in India and Pakistan, and it is the 10th most widely spoken language in the world. It is part of the Indo-European language family, as English is. That means in the distant past the languages had the same origin. Unlike English, Punjabi is written with a different script. For ease of learning, Mango presents the language in both teh real script and a phonetic transliteration--writing it out in Latin script how it sounds to most of us native English speakers.Punjabi is truly a world language as it is widely spoken in England, Wales and Canada. With the increasing popularity of Bollywood cinema, the language will only grow into a new audience.

Here is a snapshot of Punjabi according to Mango:

This language is spoken in an incredible place that contains every kind of natural landform—waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, deserts, forests—something for everyone! The scenic vistas create the perfect backdrop for the beautiful cities. Pick up a delicious mango in the marketplace, haggle with a local over the price of the pottery, indulge your eyes at a wondrous mosque. The people are friendly and warm wherever you turn. If you are invited to a private home for a feast, don’t forget to say مہربانی (MEHr-baani), which means “thank you”, to your host!

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about asking for assistance you can learn from Unit 4, Chapter 19: Help! Please note that the examples below are written in Mango's transliteration.

  • Excuse me. I need help. maaf karna maynoo madad chaahidi ay
  • What happened? ki hoyaa ay
  • I can't find my purse and wallet. maynoo apnaa batvah tay tayla nahi mil rayaa
  • Was it stolen? ki ay chori hogaiyaa
  • I don't know. Maybe. maynoo nahi patah khabray
  • Where were you last? tusi aakhri vaar kitay si
  • I was on the subway. may subvay tay saa
  • Let's go to the station and file a report. chalo taanay jaanday aa tay rapart kaday aa

Punjabi is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday August 24, 2015 09:00am

Sunday School: History

History

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you brush off what you know or learn new things on the topic of history. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

History of the Universe
"This course will explore the very beginnings of our Universe and examine its fundamental components. We will explore the formation and basic elements of our own solar system, and we will reach out from there--deep into the darkness to explore the sometimes exotic and always fascinating elements of space. We will also peer into other worlds in search of life on other planets, and we will learn about the exciting discoveries that have been made throughout the centuries by some of our greatest thinkers."
[13 lessons]
American Civil War
"This course attempts to briefly summarize and present the major events and battles related to the War Between the States in chronological order. In addition, this course will set forth the major political issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Civil War, sustained the conflict, and continue to linger on to this day in the hearts and minds of most Americans. Finally, a list of the major figures related to the Civil War will be presented to highlight each notable person's contributions to the struggle itself and to the overall development of our nation."
[12 lessons]
World War I
"In this course, the major issues and causes of the First World War will be discussed, along with a summary of the major battles, powers, and personalities (both military and political) that shaped the events and ultimate outcome of this epic struggle. This information should give the student a working understanding of the basic history of the war and how it helped set the stage for the next tragic global conflict."
[11 lessons]
World War II
"World War II was a conflict like no other in human history. Everything that had made the First World War such a monumental event was soon eclipsed by the colossal scale and impact of the next. World War II involved more nations and soldiers than any major war before or since. The technology was grander and more deadly. The villains were easily identifiable, worthy adversaries bent on global domination. The resistance to the Axis Powers; comprised of Germany, Japan, and Italy; was pushed to their limit in terms of providing soldiers and war materiel. The epic battles of World War II on land, through the air, and at sea were waged with ferocity unlike any other war--on two fronts. The effects of World War II cannot be underestimated, as they still impact lives and nations to this very day. Clearly, the impact of this greatest of wars cannot be emphasized enough."
[17 lessons]
The Vietnam War
"This course will examine the history of the Vietnam War. It will provide the student with the historical background that set the stage for the conflict, the events that led directly to the war, the major issues involved at home and abroad, and an overview of the major battles. Further, this course will also cover the non-military aspects of the war, such as the changing political climate in the United States during the late 1960s, that had a profound impact on the outcome of the struggle."
[12 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday August 23, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Be an Angel Day! It's a day to do an act of kindness, big or small, to make a difference for someone else. To emphasize the goodwill and spirit of this day, take a look at this video on Angel Island and think about how far we have come since these dark days.

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Posted Saturday August 22, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

As promised last week this Find It Friday has tips and tricks for searching MEDLINE. MEDLINE is a scholarly medical database offered by BPL that could provide patrons like you with the latest scholarly medical and pharmaceutical information; MEDLINE is perfect for nursing students, medical professionals, or interested patrons. To access MEDLINE click here.

It is important to note that MEDLINE will not be the easiest, or best database to use if you just want to do a quick search for a disease or medical condition. In the following weeks we will walk through some online databases that offer more basic platforms!

Advanced Search option. While it may take more time to set up an Advanced Search, it will help you receive more accurate search results in the end. There are so many ways to use the Advanced Search, but the best way to start is at the top and work your way down. There are plenty of boxes to check to filter your search, you may use one or fifteen depending on how in depth you want the results to be.

First Step: Enter a keyword for your first concept in the search box at the top of the screen. Use the drop down menus to the right of the search box to select what type of search you entered. As you will see there are many options in the drop down including Title, Subjects, Author, Date of Publication, Exact Subject Heading, and Issue.

Second Step: Work your way down to the search options. You can choose the “linked full text” option which means that all of your results will have the full text available for you to read. Or, if you are a nurse or medical professional looking for Evidence Based Medicine Reviewed articles you can check that box. Take the time to read through all the filtering options and keep them in mind for the future!

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Posted Friday August 21, 2015 11:00am

Just Arrived

Many people enjoy watching old classic television series on DVD. The library has many of the old favorites and they are very popular. This week we added a couple that you might want to check out.

Dr. Kildare: The Complete First Season, parts one and two. This was a medical drama that launched the career of mega-star Richard Chamberlain. He played a young, handsome intern working at a large metropolitan hospital. Dr. Kildare must learn to deal with his patients and their illness, while earning the respect of the older doctors. The series dealt with real medical conditions that were not widely discussed at the time and the American Medical Association provided technical assistance to keep it all realistic. The show lasted five seasons and influenced many later medical dramas.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. : The Complete Season 1. You may have seen the current movie based on this classic series. The series ran from 1964-1968 and featured actors Robert Vaughn and David McCallum (NCIS fans will recognize a very young Ducky!). They are secret agents, one American and one Soviet, working for an international counter espionage and law enforcement agency dedicated to stopping the evil organization T.H.R.U.S.H. in their attempt to conquer the world. The series combined suspense with some light fantasy, making it very popular with viewers. It had elements of James Bond as well as Alfred Hitchcock films.

As more of the old classic shows are released on DVD, we will continue to add them to our collection. Be sure to browse our shelves and our online catalog to see if your favorite is available.

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Posted Thursday August 20, 2015 09:00am

Staff Picks

With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

This is a story of family, a story that questions the ethics of scientific study. This is a story of loss and one of gain. It is the story of one chimpanzee's impact on a mid-western family.

If looking for a novel that makes you feel and simultaneously question societal "norms," check out We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Fowler's easy-to-read novel packs a punch covering intense topics.

If this book interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday August 19, 2015 09:00am

Tech Tips

Today we would like to remind you how to change your email address from the docucolor device in Deridder when sending an email. After typing in the address you want to send the message to, on the right hand side you will see the from address as help@beau.org. You should click here to change that address to your own email address. This will help the person you are sending the message to if they need to reply.

We hope this tip has been helpful and that you will be back next week for another handy Tech Tip.

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Posted Tuesday August 18, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Hungarian

Hungarian

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Hungarian.

In honor of St. Stephen's Day and the founding of Hungary on August 20th, this time we bring you Hungarian. While the people are European, the language itself is not. It's nearest related languages are Finnish and Estonian, but the speakers do not easily understand each other. The language can be a challenge for English-native speakers, but with Mango's tools it is easy. You will be speaking in no time. The language uses Latin script as English does, but there are more vowels in Hungarian than English. They are marked with diacritical marks (dots, slashes, etc) that indicate a specific pronunciation. Once you have it, though, Hungarian is regularly phonetic.

The people behind Mango have this to say about Hungarian

You can be the envy of your friends when you brag about knowing one of the world's most unique languages—Hungarian! Hungarian is almost completely unrelated to any other language in Europe and as such, it commands a great deal of respect from natives when a foreigner speaks it well. And natives abound: Hungarian is spoken by over 13 million people in Hungary, Transylvania, Slovakia, and Serbia. If you want to see Buda Castle, the beautiful blue Danube, or the amazing Chain Bridge, speaking Hungarian is a sure-fire way to maximize your Hungarian travel adventures.

Fun fact for rock music fans: Gene Simmons, famous for Kiss and other music endeavors, speaks Hungarian. It is a heritage language for him because his mother was born and raised in Hungary.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about family and meeting people that you can learn from Unit 1, Chapter 2: Family.

  • She is my sister, Erika. Ő a húgom, Erika.
  • Do you also have a brother? Van bátyád is?
  • Yes. He is over there. Igen. Ott van.
  • He is with our mom and dad. Anyával és apával van.
  • Does he live here, too? Ő is itt lakik?
  • Our whole family lives here. Az egész családunk itt lakik.

Hungarian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday August 17, 2015 09:00am
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