Just Arrived

Halloween is approaching and if you are looking for something a little bit different and not too scary to watch this year check out a new DVD that the library received last week – Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors.

This DVD contains several episodes of the British series Shaun the Sheep. This is a very unusual series. Each episode is about seven minutes long and contains no real dialog. Shaun is the leader of a flock of sheep living on an English farm. In the title episode, the farmer is watching a horror movie on television and the sheep are watching through the window. When the farmer goes to bed, one young sheep sneaks into the house. He finds an open pizza box and eats some of the pizza, spilling sauce all over himself. When the other sheep come looking for him, they think he is a vampire due to his being covered in red sauce. They are frightened, but Shaun tastes the sauce and assures the others that it is just pizza. Their noise has alerted the dog and they are afraid that they are in trouble. However, the dog simply lets them all watch the end of the movie together and the young sheep falls asleep.

The other episodes are also "spooky" stories. This DVD is not rated, but according to commonsensemedia.org, the series is appropriate for virtually any age viewers. However, parents may want to preview in order to determine if it is suitable for their children.

Posted Saturday October 22, 2016 02:00pm

Internet Outage Singer and Hyatt

For our patrons in the Singer & Hyatt communities, we are sorry to report that our Internet services at those branches are currently down. It has been reported to our Internet Provider, and they are working on the issue.

Posted Saturday October 22, 2016 11:30am

Find It Friday - The Cyber Reading Room

Looking for something to read that you can take with you on your tablet, or just read on the screen while you're working on other things? While OverDrive has an incredible selection of books and audiobooks you can check out and read or listen to, these have to be returned, sometimes before you've finished them.

On the other hand, the Library also has a collection of works available for downloading and keeping permanently. Most of them can even be shared with others, though generally you're not allowed to sell them, or charge for copying them. Our Cyber Reading Room links to Project Gutenberg, an effort to collect computerized editions of all books no longer covered by copyright, the Baen CD-ROM Collection, which includes many commercially published science fiction and fantasy novels in a variety of formats, all without Digital Rights Management, and LibriVox, recordings by amateurs of a wide variety of material for download and listening to.

I hope you'll enjoy our collection of free books available for downloading and enjoying on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or other device. As a bonus, you might well find a lot of the much older books that are assigned by teachers for book reports in the Project Gutenberg collection! That means you don't have to wait for copies to be available, or to buy a copy, to get started on that book report early!

Posted Friday October 21, 2016 09:00am

History of Horror Part Three

In keeping with the spooky season, the Beauregard Parish Library presents for your consideration...

History of Horror

This feature is limited to the month of October with each Thursday's article containing information about the evolution of horror and items that you may be interested in checking out to learn more. Read on to learn more about the history of horror.

At the turn of the century, cheap periodicals became prevalent. These penny dreadfuls were filled with salacious tales of murder, horror, lust, and mystery. H.P. Lovecraft, often venerated for his wicked combinations of science fiction and horror, created wholecloth mythos using the serialized format. Other authors such as M.R. James used the increasing availability of fiction to break the molds and create modern forms of ghost stories, blending reality with horror.

In the 1950s and 60s, horror comics became popular, often outselling their more stereotypical hero-driven counterparts. These horror comics were able to depict the gore and overstep the bounds of what was allowable in movies. Because of the shocking material contained in some of these comics, they were often censored by removal or edit. These comics along with the horror fiction of the time would be seen as tame by many of today's standards, but they were critical in the creation of slasher and zombie movie tropes, inspiring (most notably) George A. Romero.

You can check out short story collections, e-books, and watch movies related to science fiction and horror by utilizing your library card. Some recommendations are , Rags and bones : new twists on timeless tales, Draculaby Bram Stoker, The Vampire Book : the Encyclopedia of the Undeadby J. Gordon Melton.

We know that not every horror 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.

Be sure to watch our website next Thursday to learn all about 20th century horror fiction and receive great recommendations for spooktacular reads.

Posted Thursday October 20, 2016 10:00am

Home Internet Access

BPL is changing up our home-internet access services to keep up with the times. Here are the changes you can expect:

  • After 20 years of service, dial-up access from BPL will no longer be provided in 2017. The content and structure of the internet has changed so much that dial-up speeds are practically unusable for most modern browsing. Because of this, usage of our dial-up service has dwindled over the past several years and will be discontinued January 1, 2017.

  • Individual WiFi Hotspots will be available for check-out. Our exact launch date is TBD but will be prior to the end of this year. An adult card-holder in good-standing from each household will be able to check out 1 HotSpot at a time for 1 week; each HotSpot can provide unlimited WiFi access simultaneously for up to 5 devices. HotSpots cannot be reserved and will be available on a first-come basis. Watch this page for more details in the near future.
Posted Thursday October 20, 2016 08:00am

Travel Tuesday: Kenya

For this week's Travel Tuesday we will visit Kenya. Kenya is a country known for a variety of physical beauty, and it's the home to many different cultures. Our own President Barack Obama can trace his lineage back to Kenya. One of the biggest tourist draws to Kenya is the wildlife and possibility for safaris. It is also known for many skilled runners with some of the fastest times on record.

There are many things travelers and curious folk can learn about Kenya by reading through the country profile in Global Road Warrior. Listed below are 5 more quick facts to get you started.

  • Language: "The official languages of Kenya are Swahili and English. They are both used as lingue franche (common languages) in a country with dozens of African and world languages. Kenya is home to numerous Bantu languages, of which the more widely spoken are Kikuyu, Kibet, Ekegusil, and Kimîîru. Less spoken Bantu languages incude Oluluhyia, Kipokomo, Kigiryama, and Kiembu. Several Nilo–Saharan languages continue to be used, including Dholuo, Kalenjin, Maasai, and Turkana."
  • Climate: "Kenya is an east African country that straddles the equator. The country has a diverse climate, with a marine climate on its Indian Ocean coastal plain, a tropical savanna climate in the south and west, and a steppes climate throughout much of the rest of the country. There are mountain ranges and isolated peaks in the interior. The country has two rainy and two dry seasons."
  • Greetings: "As in most African cultures, hearty and extended greetings are seen as obligatory and expected prior to all conversations, no matter how brief or inconsequential. Properly greeting someone communicates respect and personal concern, an extension of Kenyan warmth and affection. Greetings typically cover the general health and well-being of the person, his or her family, and any mutual acquaintances."
  • Holiday: Kenyatta Day: Yearly, every October 20. This is a "day commemorating the economic and political contributions of Kenya's first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. During Kenyatta Day, Kenyans reflect on their rich history and pay tribute to President Kenyatta and the Kenyan freedom movement. The holiday provides locals with an opportunity to spend quality time with families and loved ones. In school, teachers discuss the life of President Kenyatta and explain the importance of the day to students."
  • Religion: "Christianity is the predominant religion of Kenya. Protestants, the largest group, represent 45 percent of the population, Roman Catholics 33 percent, Islam approximately 10 percent, and Hindus and Sikhs each make up 1 percent of the population. Kenyans practice traditional indigenous religions alongside the major religions, but estimates of the number of followers of indigenous religions vary widely."

    Language Learners: English and Swahili are available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.

    Music Lovers: Visit our Freegal music service to explore more music options from Kenyan music artists.

    Recipe Corner: For an example Kenyan recipe, try Githeri.

    This high-protein stew consumed by a vast majority of the Kikuyu (the largest ethnic group of Kenya) is made of maize and beans, but may also include potatoes, greens, or meat.
    Recipe Serving: Serves 6

    1 lb (450 g) whole and dried maize kernel
    1 lb (450 g) dried legumes (kidney beans or any other variety)
  • Wash and soak the maize and beans for a few hours.
  • Put them into a pan of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 2 hours until they are tender and almost dry and season with salt and fat.
  • Serve hot as main dish or as an accompaniment to other dishes.
  • Variations:
    Cowpeas, peas, groundnuts, pigeon peas, or any other legume may also be used.

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    Posted Tuesday October 18, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Halloween Music

    Freegal, the free and legal website that gives you five free downloads per week and three free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music has many Halloween songs to choose from.

    Songs from 60’s Groovy Freaks, Monsters, and Geeks: “Surfer Mash”-a song that has Igor and Dracula surfing while Frankenstein plays in the sand and The Graveyard 6 use tombstones for surf boards. “The Creeper”-Boris Karloff type voice for intro then instrumental that’s a little sneaky and a little jazzy. “Frankie And Igor at A Rock ‘n’ Roll Party”- Boris Karloff type voice for an intro and vampire voice at a party with music and cracking jokes the whole time. “Strolling Spooks”- slightly spooky instrumental. “Down in the Basement”-creaking doors open this slightly spooky instrumental with a 60’s vibe. “Monster Surfing Time”- slighlty spooky instrumental with an occasional growl, vampire laugh, and howl. Or try “Spooky”, “The Boogie Man”, or “Cha-Cha With the Zombies”.

    “Night of the Vampire”-an instrumental that starts with a creaking door, a storm, and a screaming cat by The Moontrekkers from The Greatest Instrumentals 1934-1962. From the same album we have “Werewolf” by The Frantics which begins with the quote “Even a man whose heart is pure and says his prayers at night, can change to a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the full moon shining bright” (which can be heard on the Wolfman movies which the library owns) and has plenty of growls and snarls (that sound so real they creep me out) complete with a howl at the end.

    Or try:

  • “Love Potion No. 9”
  • “Little Red Riding Hood”
  • “Monster Hop” sung by Bert Convy from Halloween Songs of All Time
  • “I Put A Spell On You”-Screaming Jay Hawkins
  • “The Skeleton in the Closet”,“Nightmare”, two cute old timey numbers by Artie Shaw
  • “Witches’ Ride”, an old timey number by Charles Williams and The Queen

    Or maybe you would like something classical? “Try Toccata & Fugue in d minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach

    Or “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens which is based on a poem and instrumentally tells the tale of a skeleton playing a violin and waking the dead to have a dance and then as the dawn approaches playing them back to sleep.

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    Posted Monday October 17, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    Last week we received some new books that will interest all of our LEGO fans. Check out:

    365 Things To Do With Lego Bricks by Simon Hugo. This big book is full of new and exciting activities that will allow children to use their LEGOs in creative ways. There are projects that will only take a few minutes and require only a handful of bricks to complete, but there are also activities that will keep them occupied for hours. They can design their own LEGO pet, have a contest to build the highest tower, or even have a LEGO treasure hunt. Each activity is accompanied by a color photograph and general instructions, but there are not detailed directions. This allows them to be creative in completing each activity.

    Included on the front cover is a timer that is used in many of the activities. It also functions as a random number generator to aid in selecting activities. This timer is attached to the book, but parents are cautioned that it may be a choking hazard making the book unsuitable for very young children.

    Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World published by Scholastic. This is not an activity book, but rather uses pictures of LEGO scenes to illustrate all sorts of information about our world. Each entry uses a mini-story and colorful photography along with their favorite LEGO characters to keep children entertained while they are learning. There are entries covering everything from science and technology to history, geography and popular culture. Children can spend hours learning and having fun.

    Posted Saturday October 15, 2016 02:00pm

    Find It Friday-Gale Legal Forms With No Attorney Needed

    The Gale Legal Forms Library is a wonderful resource for various things you might need to work with your attorney on. These forms let you get things started, before you even go on the attorney's clock.

    However, there's a number of useful forms that won't actually need an attorney's touch. Among these are employment application forms, sample resume forms, cover letters, recommendation letters, and some wonderful Personal Planning forms that really help get everything in order should something major happen in your life. Take a look at the Personal Planning Information and Document Inventory Worksheets listed under Life Documents - it will make you think about some very important issues. Some of these documents would have made life easier for victims of the recent Baton Rouge floods!

    Posted Friday October 14, 2016 09:00am

    History of Horror Part Two

    In keeping with the spooky season, the Beauregard Parish Library presents for your consideration...

    History of Horror

    This feature is limited to the month of October with each Thursday's article containing information about the evolution of horror and items that you may be interested in checking out to learn more. Read on to learn more about the history of horror.

    In 1816, an artists' collective comprised of Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, and Dr. John Polidori met at Lake Geneva for a writing retreat. During that retreat, two distinctive forms of literature that remain popular today were conceived. Polidori's "The Vampyre" gave rise to the formula for the modern vampire story; Mary Shelley birthed the science fiction genre with Frankenstein. Frankenstein has seen numerous adaptations in a multitude of forms from movies to Broadway productions. In fact, it is often referred to as not only the ancestor of science fiction but a crucial philosophical work with impact for bioethics and other sciences of human exploration. Frankenstein is critically considered one of the great works of horror fiction

    A decade after the publication of Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, the first story by an author whose name would eventually become synonymous with horror literature was published in the Baltimore Saturday Visitor. Edgar Allan Poe's "MS Found in a Bottle" ignited public interest in Poe's work and with the support of a generous benefactor, Poe went on to create masterpieces of short horror fiction including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and many more short stories, poems, and a novella. Poe brought the Romanticism of Shelley's writing collaborative to the United States and became known as the father of the detective story during this time. Though he struggled with the demons of addiction, Poe was a prolific author with a flair for macabre description and psychological thrills.

    During this same timeframe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Frederick Marryat, Wilhelm Meinhold, and many other writers created still-relevant and oft-read works of science fiction and horror. Gothic horror began giving way to the scientifically-driven tales of the late nineteenth century, indicative of the social fears and hesitancies of the audience. Pseudo-scientific practices such as seances, psychics, and mediums became seen as education and entertainment. Horror fiction took a decidely realistic turn with the implications of monsters among us such as Jack the Ripper. This was a time of exhilirating fear and seismic uncertainty. Authors played upon these fears, creating memorable archetypes and pushing horror fiction to the forefront of literary fashion. Writers such as Jordan Sheridan Le Fanu, best known for his vampire novella Carmilla, sensationalized horror tropes within their work. Carmilla, the tale of a young woman beset by an insatiable female vampire, was published over 25 years before Bram Stoker's Dracula. It is an often overlooked but important salacious tale of the macabre. Modern interpretations of the "vampire mystique" can be traced back to this work by Le Fanu.

    You can check out short story collections, e-books, and watch movies related to science fiction and horror by utilizing your library card. Some recommendations are , Rags and bones : new twists on timeless tales, Draculaby Bram Stoker, The Vampire Book : the Encyclopedia of the Undeadby J. Gordon Melton.

    We know that not every horror 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.

    Be sure to watch our website next Thursday to learn all about 20th century horror fiction and receive great recommendations for spooktacular reads.

    Posted Thursday October 13, 2016 09:00am

    DeRidder AV Has Moved

    We have some changes in DeRidder branch for different favorite collections when you come to the branch today. This is what you'll find.

  • Juvenile Playaways (self-playing audiobook) are now in the Teen room on the shelves between JPBs (children's paperbacks) and YPBs (teen paperbacks).
  • Nonfiction audiobooks on CD and Playaway are now in the wooden shelves at the end of our nonfiction print collection.
  • Adult CD and Playaway audiobooks are now in the wooden shelves that are between the two sets of computers that make our DeRidder patron computer lab.
  • The DVD section has enough room to expand to all the media shelving. That will make it easier for you to find the DVDs you're looking for!

    We hope you like the changes and that it will make everything easier to find and use. If you need any help, don't hesitate to ask one of the friendly library staff for assistance.

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    Posted Tuesday October 11, 2016 09:00am

    Closed for Staff Training

    All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library are closed today for staff training and professional development.

    No items are due today, and no fines will accrue. All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will return to their regular hours of operation tomorrow, October 11, 2016.

    Posted Monday October 10, 2016 08:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Halloween Music

    It’s time to start collecting your Halloween songs. Freegal, the free and legal website that gives you 5 free downloads per week and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music has many Halloween songs to choose from.

    Don’t forget you can also make a playlist on Freegal and have your own Halloween songs playing without ever having to download them. Just login to Freegal, go to the left of the page and under Streaming click on My Playlists, then click on the + sign to create a playlist, a pop up box will appear so give your playlist a name and click on the blue Create Playlist button and you have made a playlist. You may add to it by looking up a song and then clicking the icon to the right of it and instead of downloading just click on Add to Playlist and choose which playlist if you have made several. Then go to My Playlists (under Streaming) and once there hit play and you’ve got music.

    From 101 Halloween Songs of All Time- “Vampires”-music loop interspersed with spoken words by Christopher Lee, “Somebody’s Watching Me”, “Bella Lugosi’s Dead”-a song with an 80’s feel by The 69 Cats, “Drac the Knife”-a play on jazzy Mac the Knife by Gene Moss and Fred Rice, “Werewolves of London”, “The House is Haunted” by Claire Austin-an old bluesy song, “Monster Shindig”-sung by Danny Hutton with a dancing 60’s vibe, “Boris the Spider”- another 80’s sounding song by The Kords, “I’m the Wolfman”-with a 50’s sound, “The Black Cat”-an old-timey number by Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra, “Skull Session”- with many interesting synthesizer sounds by Oliver Nelson, “The Ghost Walk” -another old-timey one by Borrah Minevitch, “If I Were A Witch”-and yet another old-timey song by Ann Williams, “Nightmare”-with a 60’s feel by The Velvets

    Or maybe you would like to play some Halloween sound effects for your party or outside your house to greet trick-or-treaters. There are plenty of albums to choose from with eerie dungeons, wolves howling, growling, screaming, ghostly chains, wind, thunder, spooky laughter, bats, a scary cemetery, a witch’s cottage, vampires, creaking doors, UFO’s, eerie footsteps, dancing skeletons, and monsters.

    Or how about some ghostly short stories like Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” told by the Basil Rathbone, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” or “The Masque of the Red Death”, Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House”, Charles Dickens' “The Queer Client” and “The Signal Man”, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”, H.G. Wells’ “The Country of the Blind”, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Body Snatcher”, Jerome K. Jerome’s “The Dancing Partner”, or Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” spoken by Basil Rathbone.

    Or perhaps you would like something a little darker? Try “Tubular Bells” written by Mike Oldfield from the movie The Exorcist (the library owns the movie). Or maybe “Dies Irae” featured in the movie The Shining (the library owns the movie). Or the theme from the movie Psycho (the library owns the movie). Or the theme from the Twilight Zone (the library has several seasons and the movie). Or maybe you might try the original soundtrack to Rocky Horror Picture Show with the music of Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and more. Or “This Is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas. Or the theme from A Nightmare On Elm Street (the library has the collection of movies).

    Posted Monday October 10, 2016 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Each week we feature items that have been added to the library’s collection in the past week. Usually these are physical items that you can come in and check out from one of our branches. However, we also offer ebooks and audios that you can check out on your electronic device right from the comfort of your own home. We are constantly adding to this collection as well. Check out a few of the the latest titles.

    Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron. This is the second installment in the Cajun Country Mystery Series that takes place in the fictional Pelican, Louisiana. Maggie Crozat reluctantly finds herself serving as Maid of Honor for her co-worker Vanessa, who is marrying Maggie’s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand. One of her many duties is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin Ginger. When Ginger’s lifeless body is found in the bayou just days before the wedding, Vanessa becomes the main suspect. A new duty has been added to Maggie’s list – keeping the bride out of jail.

    In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett. Carol Burnett is a comedy legend best known for her popular weekly variety show that won many awards and lasted for eleven seasons. She shares little-known stories of the show and its many guest stars. She tells about how the show almost didn’t air due to network concerns, shares anecdotes about her incredibly famous guest stars, and tells how she helped discover other comedy legends like Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway. This title is available both as a regular ebook and as an e-audio book read by Carol herself.

    Posted Saturday October 8, 2016 02:00pm

    Find It Friday-The Hamburger Menu

    More and more, on major websites such as CNN and Slate, and in some programs such as Firefox, users are starting to see something they might have become familiar with from their smartphones and tablets.

    This is the famous, or maybe infamous, "Hamburger Menu". It started out on phones and tablets as a way to keep the settings menu for apps from taking up extra space on the screen - and not even needing the word "Settings" to indicate where to click. The design takes off on the normal look of a drop down menu, with lines of text making neat rows. Eventually, most of the functions that would normally be in a menu in a regular application started hiding under there.

    From there, many websites, rather than maintain a special "mobile device" version of their website, added the "Hamburger Menu" to their regular website to help you navigate to different sections.

    Some love them, some hate them. But until a new design fad takes over, most everyone is going to have to live with them. Enjoy your hamburger!

    Posted Friday October 7, 2016 09:00am

    History of Horror

    In keeping with the spooky season, the Beauregard Parish Library presents for your consideration...

    History of Horror

    This feature is limited to the month of October with each Thursday's article containing information about the evolution of horror and items that you may be interested in checking out to learn more.

    The roots of what is now known as horror can be traced to numerous ancient cultures and their cautionary tales regarding respect for the dead, protection from darkness, weariness of strangers, etc... horror literature, though, can be traced directly back to the 15th century, the time of the Inquisition.

    During the Inquisition, the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) was the predominant text used to designate whether someone was a witch and how he/she should be treated. The book was filled with terrible tortures and descriptions of the possible works of witches. It heightened the frenzy of fear and created a climate of suspicion that led to numerous deaths over the course of several hundred years. It also fed the imaginations of horror storytellers and authors; in fact, it continues to do so to this day.

    In the late 17th and early 18th century, a group of poets known as the Graveyard Poets emerged with morose works of prose that explored death, tragedy, and other morbid topics. Their works spurred the creation of a particular style known as Gothic.

    At the same time, there were reports throughout Eastern Europe of creatures attacking people in the darkest hours of the night. These creatures were supposed to drink blood from their victims, leaving them weak or dead. One of the most popular of these stories was told by Arnold Paole. He was a farmer who lived in a small Austrian village; he claimed to have been bitten by what came to be called a vampire. After his accidental death several months later, several townsfolk died mysterious deaths, leading the other villagers to believe that he was a vampire. In a panic, they exhumed and burned his body along with all others who died in order to prevent future incidents. This was an integral event for the evolution of horror as it spurred the modern fascination with vampires.

    You can check out short story collections, e-books, and watch movies related to vampire lore by utilizing your library card. Some recommendations are , Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Storiesby Karen Russell, Draculaby Bram Stoker, The Vampire Book : the Encyclopedia of the Undeadby J. Gordon Melton.

    We know that not every horror 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.

    Be sure to watch our website next Thursday to learn all about the next period of horror fiction AND the creation of a new genre ***HINT***It's still alllliiiiivvvvveeee!

    Posted Thursday October 6, 2016 09:00am

    It Came From The Library

    Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Want to get into a spooky mood or enjoy some family-friendly seasonal thrills? Follow the library's Facebook page for daily recommendations.

    The "It Came From the Library..." series is a great chance to unearth some ghoulish fun and every day has a new featured item. We will have materials for all ages and interests leading up to a hair-raising Halloween feature.

    The library's Facebook page is accessible by clicking on the Facebook icon at the upper right of the library's homepage. In this location, you can also connect with the library's Pinterest and Instagram.

    Following the library on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram is a great way to stay updated on all of the great offerings the library provides, and to have some fun with your rad librarians. So, check us out today!

    Posted Wednesday October 5, 2016 09:00am

    Travel Tuesday: Iceland

    For this week's Travel Tuesday we will visit Iceland. To many Iceland may be seem like a cold country at the top of the north Atlantic, but it is a beautiful country with active geothermal activity. Fun fact: English adopted the word geyser from Icelandic. Several movies have been filmed in Iceland to take advantage of the unique scenery, and those who hunt the northern lights can find nights full of wonder on this northern island.

    There are many more things travelers and curious folk can learn about Iceland by reading through the country profile in Global Road Warrior. Listed below are 5 more quick facts to get you started.

  • Climate: "Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean with a cold oceanic climate. Although it is located just south of the Arctic Circle, a branch of the Gulf Stream, the Irminger Current, flows along the southwest coast greatly moderating its climate. Iceland also lies in the path most frequented by North Atlantic depressions, which track across the country in an easterly direction throughout the year. This can create unpredictable and highly changeable weather conditions in any season. From a climatic perspective there are two distinct seasons, which are also referred to as light and dark."
  • Spoken Languages: "Icelandic is the official language of Iceland, where it is spoken by 93 percent of the population. Mandatory study of English and at least one Scandinavian language is compulsory in public schools, making knowledge of these languages widespread. As the language of the former ruling class, Danish is particularly familiar. Additionally, students may learn French, German, or Spanish."
  • Sports: "Icelanders have one of the highest life expectancies in the world and are extremely health conscious. On an individual level, participation in some kind of physical activity is quite high and most people play soccer, handball, or golf. The popularity of the national soccer team and their successes on the international stage have greatly increased public interest in the game, and more and more players are moving out of the domestic competitions to join the international teams. As for golf, there are nearly 5,000 active members in the clubs and another 5,000 pursuing the game as a hobby."
  • Music Origins and Influences: "celandic music has been influenced by all of the Scandinavian countries, and at first listen it may seem as if Iceland has no music of its own. But the biggest influence on Icelandic music, and on the Icelandic spirit, is the land itself: vast wild landscapes of rock and ice and the tumult of sea and wind. This Icelandic soulscape and the mood of brooding melancholy it creates can be heard in the oldest rímur, in Icelandic art music, and in the latest productions of rock groups like Sigur Rós."
  • Hospitality Gifts: "When invited into someone's home for dinner, an Icelander usually brings a bouquet flowers in odd-numbered groupings for the hostess. A blend of colorful wildflowers (including roses) appeals to the Icelandic fondness for nature. Alternatively, the flowers can be mailed ahead of the engagement. A handwritten greeting card sealed in an envelope normally accompanies the present. One can also offer a bottle of fine wine or other liquor that will complement the meal, for most Icelanders like to drink alcohol. Local chocolates like Sirius—the national addiction—are welcome too."

    Language Learners: Icelandic is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.

    Music Lovers: Visit our Freegal music service to explore more music options from Icelandic music artists such as Bjork, Sigur Ros. and The Sugarcubes

    Recipe Corner: For an example Icelandic recipe, try fish balls.

    These unassuming appetizers are very popular and have numerous variations. Typically a white fish like haddock, pollock, or cod is used. The sauce should use fish stock if possible.

    Recipe Serving: Serves 6

    1 lb (450 g) skinned fish fillets
    1–2 onions
    2 1/2 tbsp (37 ml) flour
    1 tbsp (15 ml) potato starch
    1–2 eggs
    2–3 tsp (10–15 ml) salt
    1/6 tsp (0.5 ml) pepper
    1 pint (480 ml) milk
    Oil or butter for frying
  • Thoroughly mince the fish and onions together.
  • Gradually stir in the flour, starch, eggs, salt, pepper, and milk and mix well. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the mix into small balls and fry on all sides.
  • Variations
  • Can be served with a brown sauce, tomato sauce, or cocktail sauce.
  • If served as a main course, include potatoes and vegetables on the side.
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    Posted Tuesday October 4, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music from Lynn Anderson

    Lynn Anderson had hits in the 1960’s and 1970’s. She had a beautiful warble to her voice and an adorable accent in her early years. You can see a young, innocent yet spunky Lynn Anderson Saturday nights on The Lawrence Welk Show on LPB (PBS). Later in the 70’s her style matured as she did. Freegal, the free and legal website (paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library) gives you five free downloads a week and three free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music and has many Lynn Anderson songs and a lot of her albums to choose from.

    Some Hits:

  • “Rose Garden”- her biggest hit about how you have to take the good with the bad in a relationship, from The Essential Lynn Anderson
  • “Top of the World”- a positive feel-good song about how you feel when you’re in love, from Country Rose
  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads”- her rendition of John Denver’s classic, from How Can I Unlove You
  • “What a Man My Man Is”- a positive song singing the praises of her guy, from Country Rose
  • “How Can I Unlove You”- a song about how hard it is to move on after a break up and just stop loving someone, from How Can I Unlove You
  • “Fool Me”- how a fool in love never learns, her guy can keep fooling her even though she knows he is doing her wrong but she can’t give him up and the sadness of falling for his lies and needing him more than she has self-esteem, from 16 Biggest Hits
  • “You’re My Man”- a song about how much she loves her guy and how she feels about him, from Country Rose

    Some Early Hits:

  • “No Another Time”-a saucy little song about how her leaving man is not going to get another chance, it’s three strikes and he’s out because she’ll change the locks on her door, from The Essential Lynn Anderson
  • “Auctioneer”-a song about a young man who went to auctioneer school and learned to do the auction announcer patter (which is part of the chorus and a lot of fun to try to learn and sing along), from The Essential Lynn Anderson
  • “That’s A No No”-her man will have to give up his girl watching and his old girlfriends because she won’t be here when he comes back if he doesn’t, from 16 Biggest Hits
  • “Ride, Ride, Ride”-a classic song about telling someone to get on your horse and get out of here if they are just going to mistreat you, from Big Girls Don’t Cry

    Freegal has plenty of Lynn Anderson’s early, middle, and later works including a Gospel album called Bridges and a Christmas album called Home for the Holidays. Freegal also has plenty of greatest hit type albums and several live albums.

    ✿So, don’t let your 5 FREE downloads go to waste (they expire at 12 a.m. on Mondays-but then you get another 5 for the next week) and download something for free today.

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    Posted Monday October 3, 2016 08:00am

    More Downtime

    Partial service outage again

    Taking part of our network offline for troubleshooting. Same problem as before has recurred. Basic Internet should remain up, mail, personal webpages and some other services will be unavailable for a few hours.

    Posted Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00am

    Just Arrived

    The library has an extensive collection of cookbooks, which are very popular with our patrons. We have all kinds including those for special diets, for special occasions, using certain ingredients, and even for using certain appliances. There should be something for everyone.

    This week we received a new cookbook that will appeal to all cooks who want to make their food preparation more enjoyable: The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like it’s the Weekend by Daphne Oz.

    The author is the Emmy Award-winning host of the hit television show The Chew. She has a chef’s degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute and has written other best-selling books. In this book she shares her belief that every meal should be a celebration. She says that cooking should be love, adventure, and delicious fun. But often it can seem stressful. This book is about taking back the kitchen and making you feel happy when you cook.

    The recipes included are the ones her family loves. There are fast foods that will fill you up, comfort classics, lighter fare with added flavor, and some that are just plain indulgent fun. Each recipe is designed to be a little easier, healthier or more flavorful than the way the dish is usually made. All with the goal of making the cook feel good.

    Posted Saturday October 1, 2016 02:00pm

    OverDrive - Now With Chat!

    You might have noticed a new feature in OverDrive today! OverDrive has just gotten a brand new Chat feature, allowing our patrons to get real-time assistance while they're on the site to solve problems!

    You'll find Chat in a little blue box in the lower right corner of your screen or window. Clicking on it expands the tab to a larger box to type in. On the website, you can even detach it so that while you're chatting, you can be following the directions to get to what you need.

    Give it a try!

    Posted Saturday October 1, 2016 09:00am

    Find It Friday - Driving-Tests

    A couple of weeks ago, the Staff Pick concerned the Library's copies of the Louisiana Class D & E Driver's Guide and the Louisiana Commercial Driver's License Manual. These cover everything you need to know about the rules of the road, but it can be nice to get some practice at actually being tested on those rules.

    For that need, we have the Driving-Tests.org service on our Electronic Learning page. Driving-Tests.org provides sample tests to give you the feel of the official Louisiana DMV test, so that you're not as stressed when you go in. They also provide helpful information on where you can take your official tests, what you need when you go in, and other details regarding the entire licensing process.

    Give them a try! Even if you already have your license, it's worth giving it a look from time to time to remind you of the finicky details. It could save you from a nasty expensive ticket!

    Posted Friday September 30, 2016 09:00am

    Staff Pick

    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.

    God's Not Dead 2 [DVD]

    God’s Not Dead 2, another movie from Pureflix, the people who brought you the original movie God’s Not Dead. A teacher (played by Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s Melissa Joan Hart) is accused of proselytizing in class when she was comparing the historical similarities between Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr. The teacher is given a choice: renounce Jesus as an historical figure and admit wrongdoing and she can keep her job; or stand up and say she’s not guilty and risk loosing her job, her money (having to pay court costs and attorney fees), and loosing her teaching license. With the help of her court-appointed and wet-behind-the-ears attorney (played by the new Dallas’s Jesse Metcalfe) the teacher chooses to fight and an exciting yet informative court case ensues. We are taken on a journey and examination of the American Christian’s rights in society and whether they are given less rights for fear of offending someone. Also starring Pat Boone who provides comic relief and wisdom playing the teacher’s grandfather. With cameos from Fred Thomson, and the Newsboys and David A.R. White playing an un-lucky preacher who is being called to take his own stand (and a hint of a possible third movie).

    This movie is well-acted and inspiring. And personally speaking, I know someone whose atheist boss has hinted that they would not like her to wear a cross to work. This movie makes you think.

    If you like the music from this movie we have the album from Freegal, the library’s free and legal website that gives you five free downloads per week and three daily hours of commercial-free streaming music.

    If God's Not Dead 2 interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

    Posted Thursday September 29, 2016 09:00am

    Yahoo Password Hack

    Approximately 2 weeks ago, Yahoo admitted to having been hacked 2 years ago, with information on over 500 million accounts being stolen. As a result, they are requiring users who have not changed their password since then to change their password the next time they log in. They also offer the option to add a telephone number where you may be called or texted to verify your identity should you have trouble logging in afterwards. For more information on this event, check Google News for a list of articles on it.

    We encourage our patrons to be careful with their passwords, and to use strong ones. Strong passwords are at least 8 characters, and should be longer, and should have a mix of lower and upper case letters, as well as numbers and punctuation symbols. One common method of developing a fairly strong password is to take a favorite line from a poem or song, and mix in some of the other things to spice it up.

    For example: "America, America! God Shed His Grace On Thee" might turn into a,2!GshGo3 (Please do not actually use this one, as attackers may find it and start using it as one of the words they try.) The passwords the Beauregard Parish Library hands out for Patron accounts are fairly strong, but they should not be used on other sites!

    Posted Tuesday September 27, 2016 01:00pm
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