Next Reads Newsletter

Are you unsure what to read next after you've finished a book or audio? The library has many ways to help you find something new you'll like, and one of those is the Next Reads newsletter. We've just put a link on our site on the Library Research page under Books/Reader's Advisory:

The NextReads Newsletters, offered by Library Aware, provides a currated list of new books worth examining in various genres. Titles are linked to our Online Card Catalog, so you can easily see if we have a copy, and if so request it should you like the looks of it. Newsletters come weekly, bimonthly, or monthly, depending on the specific list.

Take a look at the most recent Audiobooks newsletter from Next Reads to see what it will look like.

You don't have to worry about being spammed or constantly emailed. We never share your email addresses with outside parties. You'll just get a list of what's new in your favorite genre. If you're interested, you can sign up here.

Posted Tuesday March 28, 2017 10:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Charley Pride and Chuck Berry Music

Freegal, the free and legal music website gives you FREE music downloads and streaming music. That’s 5 free downloads weekly and 3 free hours of commercial-free streaming music daily. Freegal has many songs of country music singer Charley Pride (who celebrates a March birthday).

His Hits:

  • ”Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’”
  • ”Is Anybody Goin to San Antone”
  • “Mountain of Love”
  • “Never Been So Loved (in All of My Life)”
  • “Kaw-Liga”
  • “Roll On Mississippi”

  • Charley Pride also had some live albums such as: Charley Pride Country Music Pioneer. He also recorded some Gospel songs such as “Angel Band”, “I’ll Fly Away”, and “Wings of a Dove” from Did You Think To Pray?

    And to mark the passing of Rock 'n' Roll legend Chuck Berry, who died at age 90, we would like to point out that Freegal has much of his newer and older music including his most famous: "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Maybelline". Or try "Guitar Boogie" or "Back in the USA".

    Posted Monday March 27, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    While we all know the necessity of cleaning our homes, sometimes it can seem to be an overwhelming job. One of the new books we received last week can help make this task less daunting.

    Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster – and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker. The author is the star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, where she shows viewers her methods of efficient cleaning. In this book she outlines her three-step approach to take the chore out of cleaning. The first step is identifying the most important areas in the home that need attention. Then select the proper products, tools and techniques for the job. Finally, implement these routines so that they stick. She gives many tips and “hacks” that make the whole process easier. She even gives recipes for making homemade cleaning products that are cheaper and environmentally friendly as well as working better than commercial products.

    There are chapters with detailed directions for cleaning each room of the house. She goes step-by-step through the process showing the most efficient and quickest way to make the room clean and orderly. She also gives tips on how to keep it that way in order to make the process easier in the future. Learn how to clean and maintain your kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, living and dining rooms, as well as other spaces you may have in your home. There are even storage tips to prevent clutter.

    The author says she hates to clean, and this method is her way of making it as painless as possible. If you feel the same way, be sure to check this book out.

    Posted Saturday March 25, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Policies and Confidentiality

    Our Policy page, found listed in the horizontal menu just below the Library logo on the home page, is a valuable resource for finding out how the Library can and cannot interact with our Patrons, the community around us, law enforcement, and other entities. It can be very useful to review.

    Just recently, it was updated to include a link to the Library Confidentiality Policy, explaining what records the Library keeps, who has access to them, and notes on other services offered through the Library which have separate privacy policies. There's also links to information on what to do should your information be stolen, whether it's stolen from a credit card company, your webmail provider, or even from a local or online retailer.

    It's a changing world out there, with new ideas coming and going, and old concepts of privacy and sharing being re-written. Be careful, and learn what you can to do protect yourself and recover from new problems like identity theft!

    Posted Friday March 24, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks: One for the Money

    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.

    One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

    This is the first book in the popular Stephanie Plum series. It introduces us to Stephanie, a young woman in Trenton, New Jersey. She finds herself unemployed and, desperate for money, takes a job as a bounty hunter at her cousin’s bail bonding agency. She has no experience in this type of work and her unsuccessful attempts to apprehend a cop who is accused of murder are quite funny.

    As it happens this suspect is Stephanie’s old boyfriend, Joe Morelli. Things did not end well in their relationship and there are some complicated feelings on both sides. Eventually, Stephanie’s toughness, resourcefulness and some lucky breaks overcome her lack of skill and she is able to resolve the case. Along the way we meet some very interesting characters including members of Stephanie’s family, a former prostitute named Lula, who becomes Stephanie’s friend and somewhat unhelpful assistant, and Ranger, a real bond enforcement agent who offers some much needed help.

    This series is now up to to number 23 (Turbo Twenty-Three) and the library owns the entire series. Although the books could be read out of order, they are best enjoyed in sequence. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good suspense or mystery story because of the cases Stephanie works. However, there is also an element of romance as she explores her relationships with Joe and the mysterious Ranger. And, last but not least, fans of humorous stories will be happy because some of the situations Stephanie gets herself into are hilarious.

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

    Posted Thursday March 23, 2017 09:00am

    Happy Birthday Randolph Caldecott

    On this day in 1846, Randolph Caldecott was born in Chester, England. According to Caldecott "became known for his lively scenes of the English countryside and his humorous portrayals of the people who lived there. Caldecott is considered the originator of children's picture books."

    The Caldecott Medal is one of the most prestigous awards for children's books, and it was named in Randolph J. Caldecott's honor.

    About the award:
    "Caldecott Medal is an annual award for the most distinguished picture book for children published during the previous year. It was the first award recognizing the work of the illustrator of a book. The award was established in 1937. It was first presented in 1938. The selection is made by a committee consisting of 15 members of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association. The winner is announced in January. The ALSC presents the award to the illustrator at the association's annual conference." Source

    Posted Wednesday March 22, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music from Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones

    Micky Dolenz formerly of The Monkees celebrates his birthday this month. So you can use your weekly five free downloads or your daily free three hours of streaming music to hear his music or that of Davy Jones (also formerly of The Monkees).

    From Micky Dolenz, the album King for a Day with many songs like “Go Away Little Girl”, “Crying in the Rain” and a re-styling of The Monkees song “Sometime in the Morning”. Also, (under the misspelling "Mickey"), the 2007 dance re-mix single “Don’t Do It”. And “Best Friend” with Brandon Cruz (the child who played Eddie on Courtship of Eddie’s Father which the library owns) from Eddie Is A Punk.

    Then there is Davy Jones: Bell Recordings, an album Davy recorded in the 1970’s after The Monkees. There are many pop songs, two of the most famous are “Girl” (yes, it’s the same one he sang on The Brady Bunch), and “Rainy Jane”. Also, “The Road to Love” and “Sitting in the Apple Tree”. And the different “Look at Me” which describes feeling invisible and wondering when your day will come.

    Davy Jones and Peter Tork (formerly of The Monkees) sing along with Buffy Ford Stewart on “Daydream Believer” from Same Old Heart.

    All music brought to you free from Freegal, the free music website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library.

    Posted Monday March 20, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Check out one of the more interesting books added to the library’s collection this week:

    The Swiss Army Knife Book: 63 Outdoor Projects by Felix Immler. Although most of us hope we will never have to survive extreme conditions in exotic locations, many people enjoy the challenge of heading into the wild looking for adventure. Felix Immler is a nature instructor who shows how it is possible to have fun creating a comfortable camp in the wild using only natural materials and a trusty Swiss Army Knife.

    Immler discusses the proper techniques for using the knife including safety instructions. He shows how to make everyday items that can be used in all aspects of camping. There are instructions for creating a waterproof roof for your shelter, a bed, table, and even kitchen utensils. He even shows how it is possible to make a version of a refrigerator and an oven.

    These projects are suitable for families and teens as well as adult explorers. While not necessarily intended to be a “survival guide”, many of the projects could potentially be life-savers in an emergency. In any case, adventurous campers should be able to have fun and spend quality time enjoying nature with the information found in this fascinating book.

    Posted Saturday March 18, 2017 02:00pm

    Read Across America Winners

    Posted Saturday March 18, 2017 09:00am

    Find It Friday - Playaway Audiobooks

    Looking for something to listen to while working out, or driving, but don't want to worry about your expensive smart phone getting damaged? Fear not!

    What you are looking for is our Playaway Collection. Smaller than a deck of cards, extremely light, these tough little devices contain an entire audiobook that you can listen to with ease, either plugging in headphones or connecting to your car radio with an audio cable. High quality digital sound, easy to use controls, and easy to replace batteries mean you can listen any time, for as long as you like.

    Look for the orange plastic covers on the shelves, or ask one of our staff to show you where they are.

    Of course, if you are a traditionalist, the Library has a nice large collection of audiobooks on CD. Either way, come on in and check them out!

    Posted Friday March 17, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks: Inception

    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.

    Inception [DVD] directed by Christopher Nolan

    The film Inception is about a man named Dom Cobb (played by the actor Leonardo DiCaprio) who forms a team to complete a job that he was hired for, where they have to enter several layers of dreams using a device that allows dream sharing, so that they can plant an idea in their target's subconscious that will affect the target's life once the target wakes up in the real world.

    I like the film Inception because I am a fan of dreams and dreaming, even though dreams were not the main focus of the film, it was still nice watching a well-made film that involved dreams that also had a good musical score by Hans Zimmer.

    I think that people will like the film Inception because not only is it one of the BBC's 100 Greatest Films Of The 21st Century, it is an overall good film with a bit of something for everyone, that takes the viewer on an adventure that gives the viewer an example of some of the things that are possible in dreams and how dreams and the real world can interact and affect each other; but make sure that you watch this film when you are not tired, and when you are ready to think because it can get a bit confusing at times.

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

    Posted Thursday March 16, 2017 09:00am

    Ides of March

    Most of us are familiar with the Soothsayer's line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "Beware the ides of March."

    What's the story of the Ides of March? According to World Book Encyclopedia, "In the old Roman calendar, the ides was a day near the middle of each month. It was the 13th of all months except March, May, July, and October, when the ides fell on the 15th. The ides of March, on which Caesar was assassinated, was March 15."

    For those of you who don't mind a video, Access Video on Demand has several videos on the Ides of March and Julius Caesar. Linked below is an animated video of Julius Caesar.

    Please note that viewer discretion is advised. Patrons outside Beauregard Parish Library may need to share their library card number to gain free access to the video.

    Posted Wednesday March 15, 2017 10:30am

    Happy Pi Day

    Happy Pi Day!

    No, that's not a typo. Pi is the mathematical constant that begins 3.14 and is used to figure out many equations, including the area of a circle. We can celebrate Pi Day by learning more about math or by eating enough pie that our personal circumferences increase.

    Here are some Pi-related videos from Access Video. To view them, you may need to share your library card number before they play.

    If your preferred Pi is the one that helps you eat tasty treats, take a look at this list of items in our collection related to pies and baking.

    Have fun and enjoy your Pi Day!

    Posted Tuesday March 14, 2017 10:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music for St. Patrick’s Day

    Freegal, the free music website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library has a lot of music for St. Patrick’s Day and much Celtic music for any day. Use your free 5 downloads (weekly) or listen with your free 3 hours (daily) of commercial-free streaming music.

    Try music from Clannad such as the bouncing “Journey’s End”, “Theme from Harry’s Game”, the lilting “Seachran Charn Tsiail”, and “Newgrange” from Rogha: The Best of Clannad. Or the beautiful “Coinleach Glas An Fhomhair” from Magical Ring. Or try the mysterious “Robin (The Hooded Man)”, the gentle “Lady Marian”, or the exciting “Battles” from Legend, the soundtrack album for the BBC production of Robin Hood.

    Or try the gritty, growly vocals from the American band Barleyjuice. Try the jig “Skulduggery Street”, and “Get Your Irish On” from the album Skulduggery Street.

    Or the fast violin music with rock undertones of “Airfailarin” by Skilda from 13 Dreams.

    From Ireland there is Gaelic Brew with their album Away From Home. Listen to the colorful ancestry of band members on “Descendants of Ireland” such as Fear Gearr (Short Man), the smallest man in Ireland who was mistaken many times for a leprechaun. It is rumoured that he was killed when he could not produce a pot of gold. Or the story of Deoch Laidir (Strong Drink), the creator of “strong potions” (alchohol). He was thought to be an evil wizard and was going to be condemned to death but everyone was so merry they didn’t care. Notable music: “The Mermaid”, “Hills of Donegal”, “Finnegan’s Wake”, “Lonesome Boatman”, a tin whistle instrumental, and “Spancil Hill”.

    Gaelic Storm had a dancing, toe tapping jig on the Titanic movie called “An Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

    Posted Monday March 13, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week the library added several new books to our PF (Primary Fiction) collection. These books are designed for young readers who have progressed to reading chapter books. While some of them contain illustrations, they are a step up from the picture books in our XF collection. Check out these new additions:

    Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce. This book is part of a bestselling series based on the author’s comic strip. It follows the adventures of sixth grader Nate Wright along with his classmates and teachers. Nate is not very interested in school and enjoys playing pranks. This causes conflicts with his teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, whom he considers his nemesis. In this book, Nate is determined to find a competition that his school can win against their rival school. This is made more difficult when a broken pipe at Nate’s school forces the students to temporarily attend the other school. Eventually, Nate comes up with a plan that just might work.

    The Perfect Pet Pageant: Starring Penny Ling by Lisa Shea. It is summer and time for the annual Perfect Pet Pageant. All of the pets are ready to shine. Blythe has just the right pet in mind – Penny the adorable panda. But she needs a complete makeover if she is to win. Will Penny be able to stay true to herself with all crazy workouts, false eyelashes, and outrageous clothes? This book is part of the Littlest Pet Shop series.

    Water Planet Rescue by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer. Archie Morningstar’s dad drives a taxi through outer space. With the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad fight crime all over the universe. In this second book in the Space Taxi series, they fly to an underwater planet that is in danger because someone is stealing all the water. They must change the taxi into a submarine and do everything in their power to save the planet.

    Posted Saturday March 11, 2017 02:00pm

    Teen Tech Week

    Posted Thursday March 9, 2017 09:01am

    Staff Picks: The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

    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 Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

    The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder is a recently published (2016) book by new author Rachel McMillan. It is the first book published in the Herringford & Watts Mysteries. Ms. McMillan also has 2 e-book only novellas which are also Herringford & Watts Mysteries.

    It is about 1910 Toronto, the age when most bachelor girls are finding husbands. But Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts do not follow the crowd. They launch their own private detective business. The ladies sneak around and don disguises while searching for answers.

    I really enjoyed this book and the sequel. They include a little history, a little humor, a little suspense, a little mystery, a little romance, and faith. If you lke something that's not dark or heavy and reads rather quickly, you will enjoy the Herringford & Watts Mysteries. The library has book 1 & 2 of this series. I have requested book 3.

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

    Posted Thursday March 9, 2017 09:00am

    Teen Tech Week

    Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Beauregard Parish Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ March 6-11, 2017. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, to raise awareness about how Beauregard Parish Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content.

    Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially they types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.

    From maker spaces, to coding classes to online knitting clubs now offered by libraries across the country, the do-it-yourself theme shows how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in the community. 

    Posted Tuesday March 7, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Women’s History Month

    March is Women’s History Month and Freegal, the free music website that gives you 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free hours of streaming music also has many great speeches. It is amazing to hear the past come alive through the human voice. Hear women like Princess Diana joke in a self-effacing manner before a serious speech.

  • Princess Diana- “Leprosy, “Aids & Substance Abuse”, “Kindness & Good Parenting”, “Land Mines”, “Leaving Public Life” from England’s Rose
  • Amelia Earhart- “On The future of Women in Flying” from The Greatest Speeches Of All-Time
  • Queen Elizabeth- “Message to the Women of Britain” from The Complete Greatest Speeches & Moments Ever

    From the album Women in Politics:

  • Madeline Albright- “Commemorating Woman’s Day” (2010)
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton- “U.N. Conference on Women” (1995)
  • Barbara Jordan- “Speech to the Democratic National Convention” (1976)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt- “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (1948)
  • Condeleeza Rice- “Address to Republican National Convention” (2012)
  • A Reading of Florence Nightingales’s Nursing book Notes on Nursing

    Freegal has many other historical speeches so why not explore on your own.

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    Posted Monday March 6, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    If you are looking for a fun way to spend a quiet evening, check out one of our latest Cozy Mysteries. These stories, sometimes known as “Cozies”, are a type of crime fiction that doesn’t contain a lot of sex or violence and may be humorous. They often take place in a small, socially intimate community and have some sort of theme. Here are a few of the Cozies we added to our collection this week:

    Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis. This is the fourth book in the Paws & Claws Mystery Series. It features Holly Miller and her grandmother, Oma, who run the Sugar Maple Inn, along with their furry friends Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkle-toes the cat. In this installment, they are preparing for a matchmaking event for pet owners that will take place at the inn. Unfortunately, one of the guests is found dead with a letter from Oma in his pocket. All of the guests become suspects and Holly must find the real killer.

    Facials can be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen. This book is part of the A Bad Hair Day Mystery Series featuring salon owner Marla Vail. During the December holiday frenzy, the last thing Marla needs is a dead body in her new day spa. The victim had been a major donor for the organization that had hired Marla’s stylists to work at their upcoming fashion show. Now Marla must salvage her reputation and track down the killer. Despite the fact that the victim was generally well-liked, she soon finds several suspects. Marla and her detective husband will have their hands full figuring out what really happened.

    No Cats Allowed: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery by Miranda James. Join Mississippi librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, as they deal with the murder of Oscar Reilly, the new director of their library. Oscar had not been popular with the library staff due to his mission to cut costs by eliminating departments and jobs. But most distressing – he had declared all four-legged creatures banned from the library. With so many enemies, the suspect list is long. Soon, though, incriminating evidence points to Charlie’s friend Melba. Convinced that she is no murderer, Charlie and Diesel must hurry to find the real killer before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty.

    Posted Saturday March 4, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Whats Going On At The Library

    Wondering what is going on at the Beauregard Parish Library? It's easy to find out! Check out our online Calendar of Events. You can find it by looking on the left of our home page, and clicking the button marked Calendar of Events. If you happen to be in one of the Library branches, you can also pick up a printed copy.

    While you're there, if you have an event you want to hold, you can reserve one of several meeting spaces the Library has available for the public to use for free.

    Posted Friday March 3, 2017 09:00am

    Seussical Celebration

    Celebrate Read Across America today by stopping by your local branch, grabbing a snack and checking out a great book!


    Posted Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am

    Staff Picks: America Saves Week

    For America Saves Week, we bring you some recently published titles that will help you Get $mart about Money! [Hint: Click the flyer if you want to see larger covers.]

    Personal Finance: Christian Wallet | What Your Financial Advisor Isn't Telling You

    Preparing Your Kids: Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not) | Smart Money, Smart Kids

    Planning for Retirement: The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement | How to Make Your Money Last

    Paying for College: Smart Strategies for Paying for College | It's the Student, Not the College

    We have more money resources in print, DVD and online. If you need help finding the right thing for you, feel free to ask one of our friendly Beauregard Parish Library staff for assistance.

    Posted Thursday March 2, 2017 09:00am
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