Just Arrived

In the next few weeks many young people (and some not so young) will be graduating from college. If you are one of those people – Congratulations! You are probably thrilled, excited, and proud of your achievement. You may also be a little stressed with all of the details and planning for the future. The library has many resources to help with all of the planning. But this week we received a new book that may help with the stress part by bringing you some much needed humor.

Check out Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To! A Parody by Dr. Suits. Most of us remember the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This book uses the same type of illustrations and quirky rhyming verses to capture all of the joys and stress of beginning this new chapter in life. You will relate to the descriptions of the job search and the difficulties of landing that first real job. Then, in true “Dr. Seuss style” verses you will learn that your dream job can sometimes seem like a nightmare. There will be setbacks and difficult people to deal with. But in the end, with lots of hard work and determination, things will work out and you will succeed.

This book can be found in the adult literature section of the library – Dewey number 818.602. This might seem confusing since it looks just like one of the Dr. Seuss children’s books. But rest assured that it is written for adults and can be enjoyed both by new graduates and those who remember this exciting, but stressful time in our lives.

Posted Saturday April 22, 2017 02:00pm

Find It Friday - The New Alphabetical Resource List

The library has a huge list of resources available online to our patrons. It's not always easy, though, to see just how much we have, as they're spread out on various pages. Today, we're introducing the Alphabetical Resource List, available from a new button over on the left side of the webpage.

This massive list links all of the databases we offer, as well as identifying any that can only be accessed from within the library (something we try to avoid), and any with mobile apps available for those on the go. Take a look through, and we expect you'll be surprised at some of the things you didn't know we had!

Posted Friday April 21, 2017 09:00am

Staff Picks: Bacon Freak

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.

Bacon Freak: 50 Savory Recipes for the Ultimate Enthusiast by Rocco Loosbrock, Sara Lewis and Dawn Hubbard

Do you like a side of bacon with your bacon? Do you crumble it on salads, pasta,...ice cream? Do pigs run when you are nearby? Maybe you are a bacon freak! This cookbook is filled with delicious recipes made especially for those who like their pork fatty, salty, and crisp.

From the mouthwatering photos to the easy-to-follow directions, this is the perfect book to checkout in preparation for a memorable brunch...or dinner...or second breakfast....

If Bacon Freak interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

Posted Thursday April 20, 2017 09:00am

Today in History

Today is Independence Day for Zimbabwe!

According to Global Road Warrior

The British gained a firm foothold in the territory (formerly known as Rhodesia) after the British South Africa Company established a settlement in Salisbury (now Harare) in 1890. Southern Rhodesia declared its independence from Great Britain in 1965 and became a republic in 1970. Nonetheless, the country remained under a conservative, white minority government. With economic sanctions and growing discontent within the black majority, the government consented to multi-racial elections won by Robert Mugabe. On April 18, 1980, following a century of British rule, and under the new name, Zimbabwe declared its independence.

If you want to know more about Zimbabwe or other countries of the world, Global Road Warrior is available through our free Research resources 24/7. You can find it grouped with Encyclopedias.

Posted Tuesday April 18, 2017 10:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Come On, Get Happy!

Do you remember the TV show that had your head bobbing along with the theme song? I’m talking about The Partridge Family, a show in the 70’s about a single mom who is in a band with her five musical children. Teen Idol David Cassidy played lead singer and oldest son Keith Partridge. In honor of David Cassidy’s April birthday, The Music Minute will highlight his music and that of The Partridge Family. Enjoy music of The Partridge Family and David Cassidy by using your 5 free weekly downloads and/or your 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music from Freegal (the free and legal website paid for by The Beauregard Parish Library).

  • “I Think I Love You”, “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat”, “Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque”, “Somebody Wants to Love You” from The Partridge Family Album
  • “I Woke Up In Love This Morning”, “Twenty-Four Hours A Day”, “Summer Days”, “I’m On My Way Back Home”, “Rainmaker” from Sound Magazine
  • “I’ll Meet You Halfway”, “You Were Always On My Mind”, “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted”, “Umbrella Man” from Up to Date
  • “Sunshine” from The Partridge Family Crossword Puzzle
  • “Maybe Someday” from The Partridge Family Notebook
  • “Hello, Hello” from The Partridge Family Shopping Bag
  • “Roller Coaster”, “How Long is Too Long” from The Partridge Family Bulletin Board

    David Cassidy's music:

  • “Cherish”, “Ricky’s Tune”, “I Am A Clown” from Cherish (1972)
  • “Sing Me”, “Daydream”, and a new arrangement of “Summer Days” from Dreams Are Nuthin’ More Than Wishes (1973)
  • “Rock Me Baby” from the album Rock Me Baby (1974)

    Other albums: Cassidy Live! (1974), The Highter They Climb (1975), Home Is Where The Heart Is (1976), Gettin’ In The Street (1976), Romance (1985)

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    Posted Monday April 17, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    We have just finished celebrating National Library Week with several fun events showcasing all the exciting things the library has to offer. In that spirit, check out a new installment in the Library Lover’s Mystery Series, which was added to the collection this week.

    Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinley. In this cozy mystery, the Briar Creek Public Library is having its first overdue book amnesty day – no fines for late materials. The response is overwhelming. But one late book catches the attention of library director Lindsey Norris. It is a copy of The Catcher in the Rye, which is twenty years overdue. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she is shocked to discover that it was a teacher who was murdered on the very day she checked the book out. Her murderer was never found and Lindsey wonders if the book, and its return could provide a clue to the old case. No one noticed who returned the book, but Lindsey is determined to catch the killer and provide long overdue justice for the victim.

    Our new copy of this book is a Large Print edition, perfect for those who prefer bigger print. However, we also own this title in a regular print hardback, an eBook, and an eAudio.

    Posted Saturday April 15, 2017 02:00pm

    Library Closed for Easter

    Beauregard Parish Library will be closed from Friday, April 14, 2017 until Monday, April 17, 2017. On Monday, April 17, our staff will be participating in staff training to help us bring you the best library service possible.

    We will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

    We apologize for any inconvenience. Drop boxes are available to return items even when the library is closed, and our digital collections are available online 24/7.

    Please note: During holidays and closures, no items are due and no late fees accrue.

    Posted Thursday April 13, 2017 03:00pm

    Staff Picks: Be the Miracle

    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.

    Be The Miracle: 50 lessons for making the impossible possible by Regina Brett

    Be the Miracle is a story of ordinary people, who believe change is possible and making a difference in there own neighborhood.

    Each of these 50 stories has a life's lesson of how ordinary people made a miracle of change. Telling me the little things we do for others can bring about a miracle.

    If you want to be uplifted and inspired to be that miracle in someone's life I recommend this book.

    If Be the Miracle interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

    Posted Thursday April 13, 2017 09:00am

    Happy National Library Week

    This week BPL joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable resources they offer.

    The Beauregard Parish Library is celebrating National Library Week in a variety of ways.

  • While supplies last, each patron who checks out a physical item from any of our branches receives a Library branded tote bag.

  • Everyone is also invited to a “Drop Everything and Read” read-in event at all open branches on Wednesday, April 12. Find a cozy corner and curl up with a good book!

  • Our DeRidder branch is also hosting a reception on Thursday April 13 from 6 to 7 pm. We'll have a few words of welcome at 6:00 followed by refreshments, library themed give-aways, a digital presentation on our Library's history, and, at 6:20, families are invited to bring the kiddos by for a special pajama story-time.

    First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. We invite you to join us in celebrating National Library Week!

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    Posted Wednesday April 12, 2017 08:00am

    April Fools Day Fun Recipes

    For those of you who attended or missed the April Fool’s Day fun, here are the recipes to the slime and Cow Patty cookies/candy that we made.

    The slime is sometimes called flarp – since it makes noises, too. The website for the slime recipe is www.marthastewart.com/267929/green-slime.

    Flarp Cow Patty Candy

    The recipe for the Cow Patty Candy is really easy. Melt one package of chocolate almond bark in the microwave for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add chopped pretzels, peanuts, and/or oatmeal to the consistency of your choosing. Eat immediately or allow to harden. Enjoy!

    We enjoyed hearing and sharing about April Fool’s pranks. One such joke our staff experienced when they thought they were being treated to jelly filled donuts. Instead, they actually ate ketchup and mustard filled donuts! YUCK! Thank you mysterious librarian prankster who makes working here a blastl!

    Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Easter Music

    Freegal the free website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library has plenty of Easter music. Use your 5 free weekly downloads or your 3 free hours of streaming commercial-free music to download or just listen to many sacred and secular songs.

    ✞Three different songs with the same title: “The Easter Song” (made famous by Keith Green) sung by Glad from Glad Collector Series or sung by The Faith Crew from A Time to Rejoice and Inspire. “Easter Song” for kids by Mark Frieman from Behold the Lamb. Or “Easter Song”, an upbeat song with guitar by Aaron Thompson from The Promised One: Savior and Servant.

    ✞Two different songs with the same title: The popular “Via Dolorosa” by Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Madeira & Sprague from Coming From Somewhere Else. “Via Dolorosa” by Leeland from Love Is On The Move.

    “Love Crucified Arose” by Michael Card from The Early Works.

    ✞The powerful “Crucified” by John Angotti and Noelle Garcia from The Promised One: Savior and Servant.

    “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” by Glad from The Acapella Collection.

    “Were You There?” by Mahalia Jackson from Mahalia Jackson In Concert Easter Sunday 1967.

    Freegal also has plenty of children's Easter music like “The Bunny Hop”, “The Chicken Dance” and more. From Peter Cottontail: The First Easter Record for Children: “Peter Cottontail”, “Sonny The Bunny”, and “The Funny Little Bunny (With The Powder Puff Tail)” by Gene Autry. Or “Eggbert, the Easter Egg” and “My Choc’late Rabbit” by Rosemary Clooney. And “A Thump. A Twinkle and a Twitch” by Art Carney (the story of how to make a rabbit). Or try “Easter” a funny monologue by Bob Hope from Vintage Easter Music.

    Posted Monday April 10, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Many of our patrons are interested in obtaining a high school equivalency certificate, previously called a GED. Passing the exam required for this can open up many new career opportunities. This week the library received some new books that can help in this endeavor: Cracking the GED Test /With 2 Practice Tests by The Princeton Review. (Even though the test is now called the HiSET Exam, the skills needed to pass it are the same.)

    The experts at The Princeton Review have helped millions of people pass exams for many years. Their study materials include practice questions and strategies to use in order to do your best. There is a chapter on habits of effective test takers that shows how to boost your score with key skills. There is a skills assessment to help you decide which subjects you need to concentrate on most. Then, in each subject area, you will see the formats of the questions and learn tips to help you answer the different types of questions.

    The book concludes with two complete practice tests. When you complete them, there is an answer section that provides detailed explanations for each question. This is especially helpful so that you can learn from any mistakes and discover how to get the correct answer.

    The library has this type of study guide for many exams including the ACT, GRE, ASVAB, and others. In addition, check out the amazing online resource, Learning Express Library, available from our Digital Library under Life Skills (look on the left side of this page.)

    Posted Saturday April 8, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - The Tax Man Comes

    The Deadline is approaching. Most people must file their Federal Income Tax returns, and pay any taxes due, by April 18, 2017 (the Easter Holiday means extra time!). If you need forms, the IRS website has them available for printing out at IRS.gov. If you need help printing them, we can help you print them at any of the Library branches, for a nominal cost.

    Please note: the Library staff can not help you actually do your taxes, or answer tax-related questions. The most they are allowed to do is to help you find the forms and publications that the IRS provides. If you need help actually preparing your taxes, please consult a bookkeeper or one of the commercial tax preparation services. (Music of the week: The Taxman, originally by the Beatles, covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan, brought to you by Freegal, a free music service provided by the Library.)

    Posted Friday April 7, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks: The Clearing

    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.

    The Clearing by Tim Gautreaux

    Dark, brooding and sinister...and that is just the landscape. Travel to a sawmill town deep in the Louisiana swamp where two brothers struggle with their demons and with the brutality of life. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it paints an evocative picture of life for those who worked at the mill.

    If you love books with tense family ties, danger, and gut-wrenching realism, this is the book for you. While relatively short, the novel’s impactful descriptions and loaded narrative make for a memorable read.

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

    Posted Thursday April 6, 2017 09:00am

    National Car Care Month

    April showers may bring May flowers, but April also brings National Car Care Month. There are many things you can do to ensure good car care, and Beauregard Parish Library helps you with resources like Chilton Online for all your car diagnostic needs. Chilton also has ASE test prep quizzes.

    To find this resource on our website when you want it, click our Research button under the Digital Library section at left and look for the following clickable icon:

    Posted Wednesday April 5, 2017 10:00am

    National Poetry Month

    April is National Poetry Month, and Beauregard Parish Library is proud to bring you different poetry-related resources year round.

  • We have a classic collections of poetry in our non-fiction sections at at Dewey numbers 808.81 and 811. Librarian tip: The numbers are the same whether you find a book or DVD or other format.
  • We have a subscription to Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, the essential poetry collection. The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry contains 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations, numbers that will continually expand with each update. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
  • If you want help with literature and criticism, we have that, too, with our poetry materials in Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • OverDrive users can find both E-books and audiobooks for poetry in the digital collection.

    We have several more things to discover at the library, but we'll leave you with this short video ("The Power of Poetry") from our Access Video on Demand collection [Note: home users may need to type in their library card numbers to view the video.]

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    Posted Tuesday April 4, 2017 12:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music from Roy Clark

    For years country singer/guitar player Roy Clark played the club circuit entertaining the crowds with his guitar and his personal brand of humor. Then he had a starring role on the long-running TV show Hee Haw, that featured many guest country music artists and cute skits. (The Library owns a few DVDs of The Hee Haw Collection). Freegal the free website paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library has free music from Roy Clark. Use your 5 free weekly downloads or 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music to listen to or own Roy Clark’s music. Roy Clark also celebrates an April birthday.

  • Dance to the instrumentals “Weepin’Willow Twist” and “Wildwood Twist” from 60’s Party Dances and “Texas Twist” from Boys of Country.
  • Listen to the fast and frantic instrumentals “Under the Double Eagle” from Legends of Country Music: The Best of Austin City Limits, “Black Sapphire” from Roy Clark Live!, and “Twelfth Street Rag” from Classic Folk Masters.
  • Hear Roy play violin (otherwise known as the fiddle) on the lively “Orange Blossom Special” from Roy Clark Live!.
  • Enjoy Roy’s vocals on this beautiful, melancholy song called “Yesterday When I Was Young” from The Best of Roy Clark. It is a song about being young and full of life and yet never thinking to stop and fall in love until it is too late.
  • Laugh along with “Too Pooped to Pop” from Roy Clark Live!, a cute song about a kernel of corn who is too tired to turn into popcorn.
  • And last “Thank God and Greyhound” from The Best of Roy Clark, a tongue-in-cheek song about a man done wrong by his woman and suddenly she’s leaving and he looks sad but inside he couldn’t be happier.

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    Posted Monday April 3, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we received a new book that will appeal to animal lovers. - Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes by Amy Sutherland.

    Amy Sutherland is a best-selling writer and lifelong dog lover. Through conversations with leading shelter directors, researchers, adoption counselors, and caretakers across the country, she shows us a complete picture of the animal rescue system. She discusses the challenges these organizations face as well as the triumphs they celebrate when loving homes are found for their charges. There are moving stories of dogs considered hopeless and the people who decided to take a chance and open their hearts and homes to them. There are also some stories that do not have such happy endings.

    Sutherland also shares the stories of her own rescued shelter dogs and how much they have contributed to her life as well as her experiences volunteering with shelters. She even discusses the history of homeless dogs going back to Sadie, the who braved the battlefield at Gettysburg.

    There are always dogs who need homes and compassionate people who work tirelessly to save them. In fact, there are several rescue organizations in our local area doing everything they can to help dogs and cats in need. If reading this book inspires you, please check them out to see what you can do to help.

    Posted Saturday April 1, 2017 02:00pm
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