Find It Friday - Playaway Launchpads

On a shelf in the children's area at both the DeRidder and Merryville branches are some bright orange empty cases. Each branch has its own different collection of titles.

However, if you take one of those cases to the circulation desk and check it out, the clerk will place in it a Playaway Launchpad tablet. These tablets have educational software aimed at young children. They cannot connect to the Internet and have rubber bumpers to keep children safe while they explore and learn.

Each comes with a charger as well, so that your kid can play for two weeks of exploring and learning. Give your child the active learning experience soon! They do circulate on a first come, first served basis, so you cannot reserve one, but from time to time, the two collections get mixed around so you can find new ones.

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Posted Friday December 9, 2016 09:00am

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.

Murder at the Courthouse by Ann H. Gabhart

Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. What a welcome to Hidden Springs. 'Murder at the Courthouse' written by A.H. Gabhart is a cozy mystery complete with charming and quirky characters. Small town America at its best. A few twists will keep you wondering "whodunit". I hope you will check this book out and enjoy it as I did. This is Book 1 of 'A Hidden Springs Mystery' Series. I have put in a request for the second book in this series and am looking forward to visiting Hidden Springs again.

If Murder at the Courthouse interests you, feel free to request or check it out.

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Posted Thursday December 8, 2016 09:00am

Merryville and Singer Closing Early

The Merryville branch is closing early today (10:00) due to urgent maintenance needs.

The Singer branch is also closing early today (1:55) due to a large-scale power outage and subsequential lack of heat.


We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes and expect to be back to our normal branch schedule tomorrow. If you need assistance, please call us at 337-463-6217.

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Posted Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:05am

♬The Music Minute♬

FREE CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Free Christmas music from Freegal, the free and legal website that gives you 5 free downloads per week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library. Freegal has many of your favorite artists singing new music and old classics. There are also many albums with different artists for a varied Christmas play-list. Or you could make your own play-list by downloading songs or create a play-list on the Freegal website.

From Sing-Along with the Very Best of Christmas Music:

SACRED:

❄For a beautiful sacred carol try “The Star Carol” sung by Simon & Garfunkel. This soft and gentle song tells the story of the manger scene.

“The Little Drummer Boy” sung by The Harry Simeone Chorale-the song about the boy who had no gift for baby Jesus so he played his drums.

“Silent Night”- a powerful, exquisitely expressive version sung by Mahalia Jackson.

“O Holy Night” sung by the Ray Conniff Singers.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” sung by Bing Crosby.

“Mary’s Boy Child” sung by Harry Belafonte.

CLASSIC:

❄You can hear the traditional instrumental “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson or on this album try the Rockin’ surfer sound of The Ventures.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” sung by Andy Williams.

“Here Comes Santa Claus” sung by Gene Autry.

“White Christmas” sung by Rosemary Clooney. (The library owns the movie.)

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” sung by Perry Como.

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” sung by the warbling folk sound of The Weavers.

“It’s A Marshmallow World” sung by Brenda Lee.

“Winter Wonderland” sung by Johnny Mathis.

“Happy Holiday” sung by Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme.

QUIRKY:

“All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” -a song where someone is imitating a child who whistles when he sings because he is missing his two front teeth-Spike Jones.

❄Elmo & Patsy’s “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. The title says it all. I would like to describe the song but I can't, and I shouldn't, so I won't.

“Monster’s Holiday” sung by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, a song of how the monsters want to rob Santa’s sleigh. But before they can, Santa’s down the chimney and giving them presents like werewolf fangs and bat wings and a new speed shaver for Wofman.

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (scandalous) sung by Molly Bee.

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Posted Monday December 5, 2016 06:00am

Just Arrived

Did you know that there is an entire cookbook devoted to bacon? Many people avoid this delicious food because of its reputation as being “unhealthy”. But recently several diet plans including the Atkins and Paleo programs have embraced it due to its high saturated fat content and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as its low carb protein. It will probably never be considered a health food, but it may not be as bad as previously thought.

If you are like the authors of one of the books we received last week and believe that bacon makes everything better, check out Bacon Freak: 50 Savory Recipes for the Ultimate Enthusiast by Rocco Loosbrock, Sara Lewis and Dawn Hubbard. This book shows how to use bacon in new and exciting ways for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and more. It even tells how to cure your own bacon, if you prefer that to buying it at the store. There are tips on how to cook bacon properly on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

And then there are the recipes! Check out: Bacon Weave Chorizo Breakfast Burrito, Candied Bacon, Bacon-Wrapped Fried Ravioli, Creamy Bacon Lasagna, Salted Caramel Bacon Pie Bites and even Bacon Apple Pie Nachos. Some of the dishes sound very unusual, but if you love bacon, and are a little adventurous, there is plenty here to keep you busy.

The book concludes with a section telling about how the bacon phenomenon has swept the country and gives a list of the many bacon-themed festivals that were held last year. There are also bits of “bacon trivia” and a guide to the types of bacon travelers might encounter on their journeys around the world.

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Posted Saturday December 3, 2016 02:00pm

DeRidder Branch Closed Tomorrow

The DeRidder branch of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed Saturday, December 3, 2016 for the Miracle on Washington festival. All other branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be open according to their regular Saturday hours.

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Posted Friday December 2, 2016 03:00pm

Find It Friday - Columbia Granger World of Poetry

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry is a wonderful resource for finding wonderful words that just roll off the tongue! Even though it's listed on our Online Research, poetry can be a relaxing way to occupy your mind and even help improve your memory.

Some favorites include:

See if you can find an old favorite of yours in their search engine. Try various song lyrics to find the poems the musicians used as inspiration!

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Posted Friday December 2, 2016 11:00am

WiFI at Home

Take WiFi Home for a Week!


Beginning Monday, December 5, BPL will have HotSpots available for checkout so you can take our WiFi home with you for a week.


A HotSpot is a device about the size of a deck of cards that uses T-Mobile's data network to provide unlimited wireless internet access for up to 5 devices at a time. While we cannot guarantee coverage everywhere in the parish, our tests show that most of the parish is covered by our provider's network.


Give the HotSpot a shot and, if it works in your home, use the free WiFi connectivity to prepare for important presentations or homework assignments, apply for jobs online, or just to enjoy online entertainment. Or, if you're taking the camper for a long-weekend trip or traveling for work, why not see if you can bring free internet access with you?


Supplies are limited as we test this new service and they are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please be patient. Adults who have had their card 6 months or longer and have an account in good standing are welcome to checkout a HotSpot (one per household) for a week at a time. For more details, call us at 337-463-6217 or 800-524-6239 within Beauregard Parish or drop by your nearest Beauregard Parish Library branch.

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Posted Thursday December 1, 2016 08:00am

Public Notice

Board Finance Committee Meeting


The Library Board's Finance Committee will meet at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm. This meeting is open to the public pursuant to La R.S. 42:14.


Agenda

I. Call to order & roll call

II. Review, discuss, and adopt a capital expense budget proposal

III. Review, discuss, and adopt a budget proposal for FY 2017

IV. Adjourn

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Posted Tuesday November 29, 2016 08:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Christmas Music

Start collecting your Christmas Music now! There is plenty of free Christmas music on Freegal, the free website paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library. You get 5 free downloads a week that are yours to keep on your computer or transfer to your devices. If you just want to listen, you also get 3 hours a day of streaming music commercial-free. You can even make your own play-list on Freegal without having to download. You can find Freegal on your library home page under the Electronic Library Icon.

Freegal has hundreds of Christmas albums and songs to choose from. Just put under Albums in the search bar the word Christmas and the artist name. For example: enter Christmas Elvis Presley and you will get several of his Christmas albums and his songs on albums with various artists. These albums include his hits “Blue Christmas” and “Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees”.

You will find both sacred and secular music from your favorite artists like: Jackie Evancho’s latest Christmas album Someday at Christmas, Loretta Lynn’s new Christmas album White Christmas Blue, Barbara Streisand with her frantic syncopated version of “Jingle Bells”, Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas with her 60’s type hits “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Or maybe you would like the groovy version of “Jingle Bells” by The Partridge Family on A Partridge Family Christmas. Why are you laughing? It’s a far out version of the song.

There are many other famous artists with Christmas albums like: Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Susan Boyle, Celtic Thunder, Dean Martin, Sean Kingston, Kenny Chesney, David Archuleta, Clay Aiken and R.Kelley.

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Posted Monday November 28, 2016 09:00am

Just Arrived

Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us are in the Christmas spirit. If you are in that frame of mind and are looking for a quick, fun, Christmas-themed book to read, we have some new ones that might interest you.

For fans of Inspirational Romance, check out His Holiday Matchmaker by Kat Brookes. Widowed builder Nathan Cooper’s six year old daughter wants only one thing for Christmas – a new mother. But Nathan doesn’t want to risk any more heartache for either of them. When interior designer Alyssa McCall comes to town, both he and his daughter are charmed. As they work together, Nathan and Alyssa form a connection, but Alyssa worries that she can’t be the mother little Katie needs. Katie, and her handsome father, are determined to prove her wrong and this could be a Christmas to remember.

If mystery is more your style, try Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers. Chef Rita Lafitte of Santa Fe’s Tres Amigas Cafe hopes that the twinkling lights and tasty treats of the season will charm her visiting mother. She has several fun activities planned, including watching her teenage daughter perform in an outdoor Christmas play. But she didn’t plan on murder. When she discovers a dead actor during the premier performance, she vows to stay clear of the case. Sleuthing would really upset her mother and there is already a prime suspect, caught red-handed in his bloody Santa suit. When Santa’s wife begs her for assistance and points out that the other actors, including Rita’s daughter, could be in danger, Rita can’t refuse. Will she be able to salvage her mother’s vacation, unmask a murderer, and stop the festive season from becoming more deadly?

Perhaps you prefer a western. If so, A Colorado Christmas by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone is for you. At the Sugarloaf Ranch, Smoke and Sally Jensen prepare to welcome their friend Preacher home for the holidays. But all sorts of troubles are brewing. Preacher is being chased by a gunfighter out to kill him. Bounty hunter Luke Jensen is after a different criminal. Ace and Chance Jensen have rescued an old trapper from some ruthless outlaws and another criminal mastermind is gathering a vicious gang of cutthroats to extract his final revenge on his enemies. Now with a snowstorm coming and a showdown ready to explode, these friends will be drawn together to try to forge peace on earth. But they will have to fight for it with their guns drawn.

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Posted Saturday November 26, 2016 02:00pm

Closed for Thanksgiving

All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2016; Friday, November 25, 2016; and Saturday, November 26, 2016 in observance of Thanksgivingl

For your convenience, no items are due during holiday closures, and no fines will accrue. All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will return to their regular hours of operation Monday, November 28, 2016.

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Posted Wednesday November 23, 2016 03:00pm

Do You Hear What I Hear

Are you dreading the "sounds of the holidays:"

the kids making a ruckus?

Uncle Jim talking politics?

Aunt Mabel's organ recitation?

Look no farther! We can help!

Stop by your library and check out a Playaway today and get a free kit including a lanyard, batteries, and card holder.

Playways are compact, self-contained audiobooks that are easy to use and even easier to check out at your library!

Branches are on their regular schedules today, so you can stop in and get help picking out your own sounds for the holidays.

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Posted Wednesday November 23, 2016 08:00am

Gobble Up Some Good Reads

The whole family is coming together this week. What could be better than a family story time?

Stop by your local branch or browse our e-book collection available here on our website.

We have children's books in a variety styles, formats, and reading levels. We even have Tumble Books which do all of the reading work for you as you follow along!

Tumble Books also offers games and puzzles to keep the family content and engaged.

And remember, the family that reads together waits patiently for turkey together!

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Posted Tuesday November 22, 2016 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Thanksgiving/Autumn Free Music

Freegal, the free and legal music service that gives you 5 free music downloads a week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music has some Thanksgiving songs and some Autumn music for your enjoyment.

There is the traditional Thanksgiving song “Over the River and Through the Wood” written in 1844 by Lydia Marie Child. Or the traditional Thanksgiving hymn “We Gather Together”.

For a nice autumn song there is “Autumn Leaves” sung by Doris Day with Paul Weston & his Music from Hollywood on the album Day By Day or an instrumental version by Les Baxter on 14 Unforgettable Songs.

Or there is the old song “Autumn in New York” by many people such as Tal Farlow from Jazz Relaxing, Claud Williamson Trio on Autumn in New York, Harry Happel on Solo Piano: Jazz at the Pinehill, Jo Stafford on The Best Songs 1940-1950, Frank Sinatra on The Complete Hits 1943-1962 Vol.2, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong from Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: 15 Unmatched Songs.

There is the album Songs for Thanksgiving which has many old-timey food songs. Some of them take place during the war rationing when you had to have ration stamps or tickets to get certain things like butter. The album features various artists on songs like: “Home Cookin’”, “Please Leave My Butter Alone”(that's right, someone keeps pinching her butter), “One Meat Ball” (a sad little blues song about a man with only .15 and all he can afford is one meatball), “Sunshine Cake”, and“Everything Stops for Tea”. There are also instrumentals that will bring a spring to your step as you cook (or defrost) those Thanksgiving pies such as “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy”,“Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie”, “Dunkin’ a Doughnut”, and “Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee”.

There are plenty of Thanksgiving Day albums for kids that have a variety of activity songs (that don’t have anything to do with Thanksgiving) that might keep the kids entertained.

Whatever your music needs or wishes try exploring Freegal and have a nice Thanksgiving.

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Posted Monday November 21, 2016 07:00am

Just Arrived

Even though it’s not Thanksgiving yet, many people are starting to get in the Christmas spirit. The Hallmark Channel has started showing its many holiday themed movies that many of our patrons seem to enjoy. Each year we add to our collection of these heartwarming films on DVD. Check out a few that arrived this week:

Christmas With Tucker. George, a thirteen year old boy, struggles to deal with the death of his father. He develops a friendship with a dog named Tucker that helps him in this struggle. When he is afraid he might lose the dog, he makes a poor decision in his attempt to hold onto him. He feels guilty and attempts to correct his mistake, but this may cost him the best friend he has ever had.

A Christmas Melody. Single mother Kristin and her daughter Emily move from New York back to her hometown in Ohio in order to start over in her parents’ old home. It’s a difficult adjustment for both of them, made worse when Kristin’s old high school rival makes trouble for them. With the help of the school music teacher and Kristin’s aunt, along with some holiday magic and music, they soon discover that home is where the heart is.

A Crown for Christmas. After being fired from her job as a maid, Allie takes a job in Europe as a governess for a young princess who lives in a castle. The child’s father, King Maximillian, tells Allie that his daughter tends to terrorize authority figures and has gotten worse since the death of her mother. Despite this, Allie and the princess manage to get along and become close. And soon a spark begans to develop between Allie and the king. But there is a countess who is expecting to marry the king. The king will have to stand up for his feelings if they are all to have a truly merry Christmas.

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Posted Saturday November 19, 2016 02:00pm

Find It Friday - The New Books Shelves

You're looking for that book that just came out a couple of months ago. Our card catalog computer says we have it, and that it's available for checkout at the DeRidder branch. You search the shelves top to bottom, but it's just not there!

Well, it's probably up in our New Books shelves, off to the side of the circulation desk. New books that the Library acquires are put there for 2-6 months, depending on the collection they belong in. They're also a nice place to just see what has shown up lately. Perhaps there's a new book by an author you adore that you didn't hear about!

Of course, you don't want to spend all of your time in the New Books shelves. There's a lot of hidden and forgotten gems in the regular stacks, just waiting to be discovered. You can find out about some of them from our Staff Picks, on this same blog.

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Posted Friday November 18, 2016 09:00am
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