Large print books are popular with many of our patrons. Some readers have visual difficulties that make reading regular print impossible. Others just prefer the larger type and feel that it makes reading more enjoyable for them. Either way, the library is constantly adding new books to our large print collection. Check out a few of the ones we added this past week.
Bridged by Kendra Elliot. This is the latest romantic suspense book from an award winning, bestselling author. It tells the thrilling story of FBI Special Agent Ava McLane and police detective Mason Callahan, the man who has stolen her heart. Ava is recovering from a bullet wound when she is called to help in the investigation of a congressman whose tortured body is found dangling from a bridge. When two more bodies are found, they realize they are dealing with a serial killer and the public is desperate for answers. Then Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, which makes her worry that maybe she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak. Ava and Mason have their work cut out for them.
Lost Rider by Harper Sloan. Rodeo star Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after multiple injuries force him to leave the circuit. Now he is attempting to help his father in the horse farming business, something that has never interested him. He is mourning the loss of his dream and trying to reconcile himself to fulfilling his family duty. Then Leighton Elizabeth James comes back into his life. She was his sister’s best friend who had a crush on him. He broke her heart years ago when he rejected her. But now she has become a beauty and Maverick can’t help but notice her. Sparks fly between them, but Leighton may not be able to get past the long ago hurt he caused her.
Once an Heiress by Renee Ryan. After giving up her wealthy lifestyle in Boston for the sake of love, heiress Gigi Wentworth discovers that the man she planned to marry is a thieving scoundrel. She finds herself abandoned and penniless in New York City. She takes a job as a lady’s maid and keeps her identity secret. Until a former friend with a hidden agenda discovers her. Christopher “Fitz” Fitzpatrick is determined to return Gigi to her rightful place in society. But the more he sees of the new, changed Gigi, the more he realizes that this is a woman he could grow to love. When secrets are revealed, will they be able to find the trust they need to confront the past and open their hearts?
Remember that large print novels are shelved separately from regular print and have a green dot on the spine. Happy reading!
Find It Friday - We Love Tech - Smartphones and Tablets
February is the month of love, and all month, we've been showcasing loving our tech! This week, we love the tech of tablets and smartphones!
The coming of smartphones and tablets has made us always connected. It's become rather like carrying a huge part of your brain, filled with the collected knowledge of the world, right by your side. Books, videos, music - it's all in there, ready at nearly any time.
And of course, the library works to make your access to these things better than ever, with products like Freegal for music you can download and play even if you're way away from civilization with no cell phone or wifi connection, Overdrive for ebooks and audiobooks, Zinio for magazines, and dozens of databases for looking up factual information, all made available just by having a Beauregard Library card. Many of these products have apps for your phone or tablet to make them even easier to use.
Love My Job - Testing
Sometimes to get a better job, even if you stay in the same organization, you have to take a test. Job testing doesn't have to be hard, and Beauregard Parish Library can help make it easier for you with these digital resources.
As always, we encourage users to try Homework Louisiana and Tutor.com if you need any assistance on basic skills. You can work confidentially with a tutor who can help you master skills. The best part is these have mobile apps, and you can download your session materials to study later.
We also strongly encourage patrons to try Learning Express Library 3.0. Learning Express has a Career Center that is full of career information and various tests employers might require. In other parts of Learning Express, it also has standardized tests. We do recommend creating a personal login with Learning Express to keep track of your own testing information.
We invite you to explore all our resources, both digital and physical. As always, if you need any help, don't hesitate to ask one of our friendly Beauregard Parish Library staff.
Public Notice: Library Board of Control Meeting
The Library Board's of Control will meet in regular session at the DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (La R.S. 42:14), all regular meetings of this board, excluding executive sessions, are open to the public.
I. Call to Order & Attendance
II. Review and accept Minutes from last regular & special meetings
III. Public participation
IV. East Beauregard Capital Project
- Architect Albert Moliere updates board on East Beau project
V. Discuss and approve contracts / renewal / changes
- Extend Merryville lease
- Security / facility guard – approve change to employee rather than contractor
VI. Board matters
- Set meeting dates for rest of 2018 & Feb 2019
- Appoint officers
- Review trustee annual requirements
- Conference reminders
VII. Approve final amendment to 2017 budget & amend 2018 budget
VIII. Audit & Policy matters
- Approve letter of engagement for FY 2017 audit & AUP
- Approve policy relating to incurring debt
IX. Early 2017 plans & update
- After school STEM programs at Child Care Centers
- Homebound Outreach
- College & Career Readiness Training
X. Review quarterly statistical, financial, and activity reports
Library Open for Mardi Gras
While many businesses and public institutions in southern Louisiana are closed for Mardi Gras, all branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be open their regular Tuesday hours. You can visit DeRidder branch from 9:00-5:30, Merryville from 9:00-1:00, and Singer from 1:30-5:30.
The library is here to serve you. Stop on by and enjoy your parish library today!
❤♬The Music Minute♬❤
Free Valentine's Day Music
Freegal, the free and legal music website, has a lot of songs for Valentine's Day. Use your 5 free weekly downloads or your free 3 daily hours of commercial-free streaming music to listen to love songs or relaxing instrumentals.
Free Mardi Gras Music
Freegal also has plenty of free music for Mardi Gras. All music is paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library.
This week the library received a new book that is perfect for the “deep thinkers” among our patrons. The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann is a study of two different schools of thought concerning the future of our planet. The author says that in just forty years the Earth’s population will reach ten billion and many are wondering if it can sustain that many people. If so, they ask what type of a world it will be. People who attempt to answer these questions generally fall into two categories, each inspired by the conflicting views of scientists who researched the issue.
Prophets follow William Vogt, an environmentalist who advised that the Earth has limits as to what is is able to provide, and exceeding those limits would be disastrous. He says that we must reduce our consumption and cut back, or we will overwhelm our planet’s ability to support us. Wizards, on the other hand, follow Norman Borlaug. He believed that science and technology are capable of discovering ways to solve the problems of an increasing population. He says that we must produce more, rather than less, in order to secure a prosperous future.
The author presents both sides of the argument and helps readers understand how they address the main challenges of the future – food, water, energy, and climate change. He does not judge which approach is better, but provides an in depth analysis of each and allows the reader to better understand the issues facing us.
If this topic interests you, check out this book which can be found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 363.
Find It Friday - We Love Tech! - Patron Computers
These days, you can't escape computers. They're everywhere! But sometimes, your computer at home doesn't work, or you don't have internet at home, or even just your printer isn't working.
For those cases, we love to have you come in and use our patron computer lab! Each branch has computers available for patrons to come in and do homework, type up documents, do research, communicate with friends all over the world, or even play some games. You want to write the next Great American Novel? Come in and do it surrounded by books on our computers.
The patron computers come equipped with a wide variety of software, including word processors, spreadsheet, graphics programs, web browsers, educational programs, and even software for designing electronics and creating your own programs.
We love our patron computers, and we love to see our patrons come in to use them! If you don't have an account, check at the circulation desks - each account comes with a free e-mail address! We can even do guest login codes for users who don't live in the area.
Love My Job - Skill Building
For February as we focus on loving our jobs, we remember that the job you love isn't always the job you have. If you want to change jobs, whether by getting a promotion or changing employers, you can't go wrong with skill building. Beauregard Parish Library gives you several free digital resources that will help you learn skills that can improve your job performance.
One of our favorite skill building resources is Universal Class. Patrons can take as many as five courses at a time, all for free, in a variety of disciplines (accounting, writing, software, hobbies, more). For course with a pass rate of 70% or more, patrons get certificates of completion to use with employers or in other situations. If you want to try out Universal Class, remember to create your personal account so you can keep track of your own learning.
One skill that usually goes with better jobs is the use of foreign languages. We have both Mango and Pronunciator to help build conversational skills and English as a Second Language. Patrons may take as many courses as they want, but both of these products require personal logins to keep track of personal skills. For ease of use, they also have mobile apps available.
There are other skills out there to learn and different library resources to help you. Don't hesitate to look at our digital resources or talk to one of our very friendly library staff next time you visit the library.
Internet Maintenance Alert
Our Internet Service Provider has given us advanced warning of a potential interruption in service Friday night, February 9th, between Midnight and 6am. They expect the actual work to take about 3 hours, and this will likely interrupt services at all library branches, including the library website.
This is not expected to affect library services during normal working hours, but users who visit our branches and try to connect via WiFi may not be able to connect.
♬ The Music Minute ♬
Did you know Freegal the free music website has comedians? That’s right. Hear monologues and comic sketches from classic to modern comedians. Use your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 free daily hours of commercial-free music streaming to hear these funny people. Today The Music Minute would like to highlight the zany Phyllis Diller. She wore outlandish clothes and wild, highly teased wigs. She once said that she didn’t mind it if her kids wrote in the dust on her furniture but she wouldn’t let them write the date.
Hear the eccentric Phyllis Diller or any other comedian all free from Freegal (paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library).
It’s that time of year when many people are getting ready to do their taxes. If you are one of these people and want to be sure you have the latest information, check out a new book that the library received this week – EY Tax Guide 2018.
Each year the tax professionals of Ernst & Young prepare their best-selling guide for people who want to do their own federal income taxes. The 2018 edition is fully updated to reflect all of the changes for this year to help you file the most accurate return. It will also help you identify all of the deductions and breaks that can lower your tax burden. It is divided into easy to follow sections that will allow you to find the answers you need quickly. There are even hints to help you avoid common mistakes that people make that could cost you money.
While no book can address every possible issue, and is no substitute for a qualified tax professional, the EY Guide has long been considered one of the most comprehensive and trustworthy resources for taxpayers who want to file their own returns.
Please remember: the library tries to keep a supply of common tax forms for our patrons. We put them out in all of our branches as soon as the IRS sends them to us. We are also able to help you print whatever forms you need from the IRS website. However, we are not able to answer any tax questions or advise you on any tax topic including which form or forms you need.
Find It Friday - We Love Tech - The Card Catalog
This February, we'll share with you why we at the library love technology!
This Friday, we're going to remember the Pre-Google days:
and love the Electronic Card Catalog, which can easily be accessed online from our home page, or from dedicated card catalog computers located around the main branch. They've certainly made the jobs of the library staff easier, but they also provide more accurate and inclusive results for our patrons!
Love My Job - Resumes & Cover Letters
During the month of February, we will have a 4-article series in which we share resources that will help you Love your Job! Whether you're changing employers or seeking a promotion, Beauregard Parish Library has free resources that can help you.
For most jobs, a seeker needs a resume and sometimes a cover letter. We have two great resources to share that will help you get great resumes and cover letters: Cypress Resume and Homework Louisiana/Tutor.com.
You can use Cypress Resume in the library or at home. You can save resumes and cover letters in a variety of formats as well as being able to share them as web links. Cypress Resume helps you because it provides some of the key phrases and language associated with different professions. It helps you look polished, which is what you want when you're seeking a different job or a promotion.
Homework Louisiana and Tutor.com are the same product. You can access Tutor.com in the mornings, but HomeworkLouisiana becomes live at 3:00 pm on weekdays. It has resumes and samples, and best of all, it has a resume checker. If you want a professional second opinion on your resume before you submit it for your dream job, you can share it with a tutor who will keep your information private and give you an evaluation in a timely manner.
Upcoming Internet Maintenance
Our Internet Service Provider has given us advanced warning of a potential interruption in service between Thursday, Feb. 1 at 10pm and Friday, Feb. 2 at 6am. They expect the actual work to take about 3 hours, and this will likely interrupt services at the Merryville, Singer, Ragley, and Fields branches.
This is not expected to affect library services during normal working hours, but users who visit those branches and try to connect via WiFi may not be able to connect.
Further work is expected for Friday, Feb. 9, that will affect all branches. We'll post more closer to that time.
News For You Weekly Paper
Beauregard Parish Library has subscriptions to local newspapers (Beauregard Daily News, Lake Charles American Press) and financial newspapers (Barron's, Wall Street Journal), but we also have a subscription to a unique paper, News For You.
News For You is a weekly paper in simple language. It breaks complicated topics down to understandable pieces. This paper is ideal for people learning English as a second language, native English speakers who are not confident readers, and anyone who would appreciate information on the topics. "The articles on News for You are based on reports from The Associated Press and The Washington Post news services. All content is thoroughly reviewed by adult education professionals and editors to ensure accuracy, low-level readability, and appropriateness.*"
If you want to take a look at this paper, you can find it in the newspaper rack at the DeRidder Branch.
♬ The Music Minute ♬
8 for the 80's
It’s time for the 80’s, so put on your jam shorts, pull up your high-tops, and crank up your jam box. Freegal, the free and legal website that gives you 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music, has all the 80’s music you need. Big time.
How about some jammin’ good tunes?
❶“Who Can It Be Now?, “Be Good Johnny”, “Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive”-Men at Work
❸“The Way It Is”-Bruce Hornsby and the Range
❹“Eye of the Tiger”-Survivor
❺“Walk Like An Egyptian”-The Bangles
❻“Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau
❼“Together Forever”-Rick Astley
❽“Total Eclipse of the Heart”, "Holding Out For A Hero”-Bonnie Tyler
And remember it’s all paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library. Bodacious!
The first month of the new year is almost over. For many of us, the resolutions we made have kind of fallen by the wayside. But if you are one of those who is still on track – good for you. If your resolution was to lose weight and get healthier, a couple of books the library added to our collection this past week could prove helpful.
Target 100: the world's simplest weight-loss program in six easy steps by Liz Josefsberg. The author is a weight loss coach who has helped many celebrities like Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Katie Couric, as well as thousands of regular people drop pounds and become healthier. She is a success story herself, having lost and kept off over 60 pounds. She knows what works and what doesn’t. She says that weight loss has become too complicated and it doesn’t have to be that way. She boils it down to just six easy-to-follow guidelines and shows how to personalize them to fit any lifestyle. They are things as simple as drinking 100 ounces of water a day, exercising 100 minutes a week, adding 100 minutes of sleep a week, and more. By following these simple steps, she claims that everyone can transform their lives, lose weight, and become healthier and happier.
The Bikini Body Motivation & Habits Guide by Kayla Itsines. This author was named the world’s number one fitness influencer by Forbes. She shows how to harness the power of motivation and build good habits around health and fitness. Using years of experience as a trainer as well as extensive research, she shows what keeps us from following through on our fitness goals. She helps us see what we can do to overcome these obstacles and stick to a long-term plan for better health. The book contains recipes, shopping lists and menus that provide nutritious and delicious meals to keep us on track. There are sections identifying common bad habits that sabotage our resolve to be healthy and hints for eliminating them. There is a workout guide with instructions for great exercises to help us get the most out of our time spent on fitness. The book is colorful and just looking at the motivational pictures is enough to get you in the mood to make healthy changes.
These books, and other fitness and nutrition books, are located in the 613 area of the non-fiction section. As always, please consult a health professional before making any changes in diet or exercise routines.
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.
Staff Pick - As the World Dies Trilogy
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.
As the World Dies [Trilogy] by Rhiannon Frater
This trilogy follows the friendship between Katie, a lawyer, and Jenni, a housewife as they flee a horde of zombies taking over the world. This trilogy kept me reading and reading. If you are a fan of 'THE WALKING DEAD', you will enjoy these books.
The titles in this trilogy are:
- The First Days
- Fighting to Survive
If As the World Dies trilogy interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.
In Memoriam: Ursula K LeGuin
Science Fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin has passed away this week at 88 years old. Her influence on both readers and writers has been felt far and wide even in genres outside of science fiction. Some of her most famous works were the Earthsea Trilogy, the short story "Those who Walk Away from Omelas", and The Left Hand of Darkness. Not one to rest on her laurels, Le Guin was continually writing and had published No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters in 2017.
If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with Le Guin, you can read a brief biography about her from WorldBook Encyclopedia Online and you can check our online catalog for books, ebooks and movies inspired by Le Guin's works.
♬ The Music Minute ♬
70's Song Set
The 70’s: Mood Rings (they changed color with your mood), Freakies Cereal (cute little monster-like creatures with names like Boss Moss and Snorkledorf-hear their commercial on YouTube), Shag Carpet and the Shag Hairstyle, Bell Bottom Jeans and rainbows. It was a fun time!
Use any of your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 daily free hours of commercial-free streaming music to hear music from the 70's, all from Freegal (provided by your Beauregard Parish Library).
☻“Rock the Boat” by The Hues Corporation from Rockin’ Soul
☻“I Honestly Love You” by Olivia Newton-John from Greatest Love 1
☻“Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks from Radio Hits of the 70’s
☻“Arizona”, “Silver Bird” by Mark Lindsay from The Complete Columbia Singles
☻“Knock Three Times” , “Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Ole Oak Tree)” by Tony Orlando & Dawn from The Definitive Collection
☻“The Hustle” by Van McCoy from Disco Baby. This song had its own complicated dance that swept the country.
☻ Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Demo), “Time in a Bottle”, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”, “Photographs and Memories”, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” by Jim Croce
☻“Ballroom Blitz (Alternate Take)” by Sweet from Sweet Greatest Hits (Alternate Versions)
☻“Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra from All Over the World: The Very Best of ELO
☻“The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace from The Night Chicago Died from Classic Records
It looks like the cold snap might be ending, but curling up in a cozy chair with a good book still sounds pleasant. We are constantly adding all types of books to our collection to satisfy readers of all interests. Check out a couple of the new books from bestselling authors we received this week.
Danielle Steel is known as one of the most popular authors of all time. Her latest, Past Perfect, will thrill her loyal readers once again. The Gregory family moves to a beautiful, historic mansion in San Francisco. After an earthquake shocks them the night they arrive, they meet the family who lived in the home a century earlier, the Butterfields. The spirits of this large and lively family are only visible to the Gregorys. As the families get to know each other, they become friends and realize they have much to teach one another.
If the thrillers of W.E.B. Griffin are more your style, check out Death at Nuremberg, the latest in the best-selling Clandestine Operations series. Special Agent Jim Cronley has just won the Legion of Merit and is now assigned to protect the U.S. chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Trials from a Soviet NKGB kidnapping plot. He must also track down and dismantle the infamous Odessa, an organization dedicated to helping Nazi war criminals escape to South America. The deeper Cronley pushes, the more he finds, including a Nazi gold scheme, a religious cult, a Mossad agent, and an attractive newspaperwoman who is asking a lot of questions. It is hard to decide which will be the most dangerous.