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 discover a new favorite.

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

As youngest daughter to the Spanish monarchs and crusaders King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Catalina, princess of Wales and of Spain, was promised to the English Prince Arthur when she was three. She leaves Spain at 15 to fulfill her destiny as queen of England, where she finds true love with Arthur (after some initial sourness) as they plot the future of their kingdom together. Arthur dies young, however, leaving Catalina a widow and ineligible for the throne. Before his death, he extracts a promise from his wife to marry his younger brother Henry in order to become queen anyway, have children and rule as they had planned, a situation that can only be if Catalina denies that Arthur was ever her lover.

Gregory's latest (after Earthly Joys) compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her utter belief in destiny to reclaim her rightful title. By alternating tight third-person narration with Catalina's unguarded thoughts and gripping dialogue, the author presents a thorough, sympathetic portrait of her heroine and her transformation into Queen Katherine. Gregory's skill for creating suspense pulls the reader along despite the historical novel's foregone conclusion.

If The Constant Princess interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday May 4, 2016 09:00am

Public Notice

Board Meeting


The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 4:30pm. 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 Monday May 2, 2016 03:00pm

♬The Music Minute♬

Pop 80’s Icon Prince

The artist Prince has died at 57. A prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Prince was well loved and respected in Minneapolis where he resided. Prince was known for his love of purple and a unique style. Prince will be missed by his many fans.

Prince recorded with 94 East in the 70’s and Freegal has several of their albums including: Symbolic Beginning, Prince-The Early Years CD 1 and CD 2, Prince With 94 East’s You Can Be My Teacher.

  • The funky songs: “Just Another Sucker”, “You Can Be My Teacher”, “Love, Love, Love”
  • The Disco Songs: “Dance to the Music of the World”, “One Man Jam”, “If We Don’t”
  • The mellow Songs: “Lovin’ Cup”, “I’ll Always Love You”, “Better Than You Think”

    Freegal has many artists covering Prince’s songs like: “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Purple Rain”, “Kiss”, “Raspberry Beret”, “When Doves Cry”, “1999”, “Delirious”, and “Little Red Corvette”.

    Other Tribute Albums include: The Synth Plays Prince by Purple Reign, A Tribute to Prince: Welcome to America by D, Memories Are Made of These: The Best of Prince by the Twilight Orchestra, An Instrumental Tribute to Prince by The Hit Crew.

    Remember , you can use your free 3 daily hours of commercial-free streaming music from Freegal (the free and legal website) to sample music or just listen or use your 5 free weekly downloads to keep the songs forever.

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    Posted Monday May 2, 2016 06:00am

    Moms Checkout Books for Free in May

    Mothers, we know your day is next Sunday, and the staff of Beauregard Parish Library wish you a Happy Mothers Day all month long!

    To celebrate with you, Moms* get to check out books** for free every day in May!***

  • * And Dads, Sons, Daughters and all card holders with a library card in good standing
  • ** And DVDs, Magazines, Audiobooks, Ebooks, Digital Magazines, Digital Audiobooks, etc
  • *** And the rest of the year, too!
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    Posted Sunday May 1, 2016 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    World Book: DISCOVER

    The Discover Section of the World Book online database offers in-depth information covering a variety of people, places, and things. With a user-friendly layout and the information separated into topics on the homepage this is great tool for school aged kids who want to do some online research. Users are given the option to enter a specific search for information or images, or they can simply browse by topic and follow their interests. We will warn you now that you may find yourself reading about anteaters instead of Pluto because it is very easy to get yourself lost clicking from one topic to another! Like many other databases you can use an Advanced Search to better narrow down your results. By selecting Advanced Search you can search by phrase, date, and even the location of the information within World Book.

    The Topics Are: People, Places, Science and Mathematics, World Religions, Plants and Animals, History, Arts, and Sports and Hobbies. Take some time to check out World Book Discover today!

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    Posted Friday April 29, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    All of us often look at successful people and wonder how they are able to accomplish so much. This week we received a new book that may shed some light on that subject and help us to become more successful in our own lives - Smarter Faster Better : The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

    The author, an award-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times, looks at what successful people have in common. He finds that there are eight key concepts that separate truly productive people from those who are merely busy. These concepts range from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics – as well as the experiences of CEOs, generals, and other highly successful people, he explains how they are able to view the world differently and make choices that enable them to rise above others. He show how we can apply all of this in our own lives in order to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done while becoming smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.

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    Posted Thursday April 28, 2016 10:00am

    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 discover a new favorite.

    Life is short (no pun intended): love, laughter, and learning to enjoy every moment by Jennifer Arnold, MD, and Bill Klein

    Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired many—family members, close friends and coworkers, as well as the millions of people who have followed theirs lives on TLC’s hit show The Little Couple. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive attitude.

    Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life: to make the world a better place. They talk honestly about their families, friends and Doctors who have been there for them all along. They tell us about their romance, the joy they’ve found as parents.

    If you believe in true love and many hardships that a couple can overcome, this is the book to read.

    If Life is Short interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday April 27, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    FREE MUSIC from Glen Campbell on Freegal

    In honor of Glen Campbell’s April 22 birthday we’d like to tell you about the many free songs from Glen found on Freegal (the free and legal music service provided by the Beauregard Parish Library).

  • You can choose from his early guitar instrumentals like “Cherry Beat”, “Greenback Dollar”, “Walk Right In”, and “The Man With a Golden Gun”.
  • Or try his famous vocal songs: “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Southern Nights”, “Gentle on My Mind”,“Galveston”,“By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Country Boy”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Try A Little Kindness”, “It’s Only Make Believe”, and “True Grit” from the movie True Grit starring John Wayne and Glen Campell (Yes, the library owns it).
  • Or his Christian albums: Show Me Your Way, The Boy in Me, Wings of Victory, and Jesus and Me: The Collection
  • Or his Christmas albums: Christmas with Glen Campbell and Home for the Holidays.
  • Or try his album of more recent works Love Songs with cover tunes like “Time in a Bottle”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’Feeling”, and “Only Love Can Break a Heart”.
  • He even has a song on a Sesame Street album called “Keep Smilin’” singing with Oscar the Grouch found on Sesame Street: Sesame Country.

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    Posted Monday April 25, 2016 06:00am

    Check Out an Ebook

    Remember: Even when the doors of our physical library are closed, our digital library is available 24/7. We have several sources for ebooks, digital audiobooks, music and movies. Why don't you look through our Electronic Library link to see all that you can download or stream? Some of it, like Freegal audio, you get to keep!

    We know you'll find something you like. Check out an e-book this weekend, and treat yourself to more of what the library has to offer.

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    Posted Saturday April 23, 2016 01:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    Life Skills: provided by the World Book Online Reference Center

    The Life Skills section of the Reference Center is a unique collection of information, advice, and how-to’s for basic life skills. This section contains eight subsets that cover different aspects of adult everyday life: Stepping into the Working World, Taking Care of Business, Gaining Financial Know-How, Setting Up your Home, Maintaining the Basics, Eating In and Dining Out, Becoming a Savvy Consumer, and Staying Connected.

    If you are looking for a reliable resource for the ins and outs of apartment hunting the Setting Up your Home section will have great information. Or, if you are considering purchasing a car but don’t know where to start the Becoming a Savvy Consumer section would be a valuable resource. The Gaining Financial Know-How section provides helpful advice regarding savings plans, living debt free, and establishing emergency funds.

    You can save the information to your computer or your World Book account online, which is a helpful feature. This allows you to gather your research and make informed, knowledgeable decisions when the time comes.

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    Posted Friday April 22, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we received an interesting book by a nutritionist who claims that it is possible to use food therapies to help combat many of the health issues that we face. Fast Metabolism Food RX: 7 Powerful Prescriptions to Feed Your Body Back to Health by Haylie Pomroy with Eve Adamson gives targeted eating plans that the author claims can restore the body and return sufferers of many conditions to vibrant health.

    The author began investigating the power of foods when her life was threatened by multiple health challenges. She developed food programs based on her research and credits these methods and philosophies with saving her life. She shares her personal story and shows how she has used her program for decades in her clinics to help people learn to listen to the clues their bodies give them about what foods they need. She shows how symptoms such as fatigue, elevated cholesterol or blood sugar, mood or cognition difficulties, and autoimmune issues can often be treated with food rather than drugs.

    So, if you want to see how your food choices could benefit your health, check out this new book. Please remember that this book is not a substitute for the advice and care of a medical professional and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific conditions. Always consult your physician before changing your nutrition or fitness routine.

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    Posted Thursday April 21, 2016 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 discover a new favorite.

    Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

    After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

    The author pulls out all stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish. I have read other works by this author and I find her a talented writer. I prefer Inspirational reads. Thin Ice is a touch of romance, suspense and inspiration in one book. If you like light suspense and don't mind a little romance, you too may want to read Thin Ice.

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

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    Posted Wednesday April 20, 2016 10:00am

    This Saturday

    Video Makes the Library Stars!


    Join us at the DeRidder branch this Saturday at 10 a.m. for your chance to learn how to make awesome digital videos.

    Get hands-on experience with amazing videographer Julian Quebedeaux!

    Space is limited so be here early and get your film on!

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    Posted Tuesday April 19, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Country and Western singer Merle Haggard gone but not forgotten

    Merle Haggard (1937-2016) is gone from this world but his music will play on. His career spanned many years starting in the 1960’s and his many hits include:

  • “Mama Tried”
  • “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
  • “Okie from Muskogee”
  • “If We Make it Through December”
  • “Daddy Frank”
  • “Silver Wings”
  • “The Fighting Side of Me”
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star”
  • “The Bottle Let Me Down” and
  • “Are the Good Times Really Over for Good”

    Freegal the free music service paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library has all of the above songs and more. You can use your 5 free downloads a week or use your free 3 daily (commercial-free) hours of streaming music. To see his full collection, just click on the Merle Haggard billboard on the Freegal website that says, "See the Collection".

    ✦On a side note: Anything labeled Explicit Content on Freegal has previously been accidentally blocked. It is now unblocked and Patrons can choose whatever they wish as it is the library’s policy to allow Patrons to choose what they think is suitable for themselves.

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    Posted Monday April 18, 2016 06:00am

    Introducing: Global Road Warrior

    Beauregard Parish Library is proud to bring its patrons a brand new digital product, Global Road Warrior!

    Perfect for students or armchair travelers, Global Road Warrior has extensive profiles for over 170 countries. The information is perfect for countries of the world reports, but it includes details that are not often found in other places. For example, with Global Road Warrior, a user can find a basic introduction to a country's language, profiles of typical food with recipes, business and social culture pieces, and more. All the topics are easy to navigate with links at left.

    If you want to research a different country, that is easy. Click the Global Road Warrior in the upper left corner of the web browser, and it returns you to the alphabetical listing of all countries that have profiles.

    Use it today by clicking this link: Global Road Warrior

    Please note that if you are using the product from home, you may need to provide your library card number before you can get full access. You will also find Global Road Warrior as part of our Online Research page of our Digital Library.

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    Posted Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week we continue our tour through the World Book Online Database with a look at the Reference Center. The Reference Center is a one stop shop for researchers who are looking for a consumer friendly way to find information on many different topics. This online collection offers thousands of encyclopedia articles, a Life Skills section, Computer and Web Tutorials, a Dictionary, and Government Resources.

    Using the Advanced Search Feature: As mentioned above the Reference Center has a lot of information to sort through. To make sure that you don’t end up with too many results the best way to start is by using the Advanced Search. The link is located under the search box of the Reference Center homepage. The Advanced Search allows you to search by word, phrase, and date of publication. Additionally, you can filter which type of text you are looking for by clicking the box next to the options. You are able to check multiple boxes to ensure the search field is large enough.

    For example: If you are only looking for literary criticism of an article or literary work you will only want to check the box for literary criticism. Or, if you are interested in the the history and location of the African country of Sudan you would select Encyclopedia Articles, Special Reports, Timelines, and Maps. Remember, the more filters that you select when building your search, the less results you are likely to receive. If you continuously receive few or no results you may want to widen your search filters.

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    Posted Friday April 15, 2016 09:00am
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