Fields Branch Closed Today
We apologize for the inconvenience, but our Fields branch of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed today, Friday, January 19, 2018. Unfortunately, we do not have water to the facility.
The rest of our library system will be open according to regular schedule. You're welcome to call or drop by DeRidder, Merryville and Singer for your library needs. We hope to see you!
Library Delayed Open
Due to hazardous walkways, the Merryville branch will be delaying opening this afternoon, January 18, 2018. Once the sidewalk and parking lot are safe to navigate, the branch will open.
All other branches are on their normal Thursday schedules.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Library Closed Wednesday
All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, due to inclement weather.
The Library should reopen according to regular schedule on Thursday, January 18, 2018. If anything changes, we will post an anouncement.
Library Early Closure
Due to inclement weather in Beauregard Parish, Singer branch will be closed today and DeRidder branch will close at 3:00 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe if you must travel. We will post updates later if we have a change in schedule for tomorrow, January 17, 2018.
Too cold to go out? Try OverDrive.
Is the winter weather getting you down? Is it just too cold to go to the library? That's okay! Beauregard Parish Library has OverDrive for all your ebook needs.
With OverDrive you can find both audiobooks and ebooks, and you can check them out to your computer or mobile device. You can check out as many as 10 things at a time and never have to worry about late fees.
Whether it's too cold or too hot, the library has you covered!
♬ The Music Minute ♬
60's Song Spotlight
The 60’s: Flower Power, peace signs, white lipstick, Bouffant hairdo’s. The 1960’s was a different time. And Freegal has the music from the 60’s. Try the suggestions below or explore on your own. It’s all free from Freegal, the free and legal website that gives you 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free hours a day of commercial-free streaming music.
✽“Dizzy” by Tommy Roe from Hanky Panky
✽ “She’s a Fool”, “Maybe I Know”, “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore
✽“Those Were the Days” by Mary Hopkins
✽“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
✽“The Locomotion” by Little Eva
✽“Kicks” by Paul Revere & The Raiders from Midnight Ride
✽“Scarborough Fair” by Simon & Garfunkel from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
✽“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations from Build Me Up Buttercup
✽“Love Is All Around” by The Troggs from Anthology
✽“Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals
✽“Lollipop” by The Chordettes
Remember it’s all free from your Beauregard Parish Library. Outta sight!
Many parents of young children like to keep them entertained with DVDs from the library. They especially like it when the child is actually learning at the same time. We have a large selection of DVDs produced by PBS Kids, which are great for this. We received some new ones this week from some of the more popular series.
Peg + Cat Out of This World. This series is designed for kids ages 3-5. It features a young girl and her talking cat who solve all sorts of problems. They use math and problem solving skills, which helps children develop the concepts that will form the foundation of math skill all through their lives. The series has won numerous awards including Daytime Emmys. The library has several sets of episodes from this program.
WordWorld: Let’s Make Music. This series features a group of animals that teach preschoolers how to solve problems by building words. They learn how letters form words, which will help guide them into reading. Kids will enjoy how the words actually become the object they name. This series has also won Daytime Emmys and we own many of the sets.
Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles. The Kratt Brothers are known for their shows about animals. This series is an animated program that teaches kids about wild animals, nature, and conservation. The brothers have “creature power suits” that allow them to experience life as the animals they are studying. They always solve some sort of problem, whether it is foiling the bad guys who may want to hurt the animals, or saving the animals from some other sort of danger. As with the other series, we have several of these sets.
These DVDs are all rated TV-Y, which means that they should be appropriate for young children. But, as always, parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s viewing and decide what is appropriate for them.
In addition to library cards, Beauregard Parish Library patrons in good standing can get electronic services user names and passwords. Many of our patrons use them already, but they might not be getting the full benefits the accounts have to offer. Here are five distinct ways you can use those user names and passwords:
- Library computers: Easily the most common use of a patron electronic services account is to login to a networked library computer. The accounts on the library computers allow storage space for files and browser bookmarks for favorite websites. The computers include both productivity and leisure software.
- Wi-fi network: Patrons with their own computers may prefer to use the fast wifi network. Click or tap the wifi icon on the library homepage, and login with your electronic services user name and password. You then have access to the Internet.
- Free email address: Patrons may not need a free email address, but one is created automatically with a new electronic services account. Patrons can login and check their Beau.Org email from the library homepage or from this direct link.
- Account access through online catalog: Manage your library account. See what's checked out to your card. Renew and request items. All inside the Online Catalog.
- Freegal Music: Perhaps the most fun use of the electronic services password (along with the card number) is Freegal music. Here, all account holders in good standing get 5 (five) free mp3 downloads every week. The downloads are yours to keep, and there is a mobile app for those who prefer to use it on the go.
Beauregard Parish Library always strives to bring its patrons the best value in its resources. We hope you enjoy the many different ways you can use your electronic services user name and password. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask a friendly staff member.
♬The Music Minute♬
Style File: The Bubblegum Beat
You may have heard the word Bubblegum to describe a certain bouncy, superficial sound or genre and those songs did have bounce , or a lilt if you will, but if you listen there was a deeper message. A group may have been labeled Bubblegum and it was meant derogatory most of the time, but there was much of this “Bubblegum” music that had a deeper meaning.
Here is one group labeled Bubblegum, The Lemonpipers:
You can find music from The Lemonpipers’ albums The Best of the Lemon Pipers, Green Tambourine, and Jungle Marmalade. Look for this group on Freegal, the free and legal website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library. With Freegal you get 5 free downloads per week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music.
Over the last few years, several of our Just Arrived segments have concerned the latest books in best-selling author Sue Grafton’s popular Alphabet Series. Back in Auguest, fans were anxious to read what we expected to be the penultimate volume, Y is for Yesterday. Sadly, however, Sue Grafton passed away last week at the age of 77. Her family said that she had been too ill to work on the final book, and therefore, according to them “the alphabet now ends at Y.” Her husband did say that the book would have been called “Z is for Zero.” Grafton had always been adamant that no one would ever write in her name, so this story will never be written. Also, interestingly, she refused to sell the rights to her books to movie or television, so they will never be adapted for the screen.
If you are not familiar with this series, the books are mysteries solved by private investigator Kinsey Millhone. She is an independent young woman who was briefly a police officer and insurance investigator before opening her own investigation service. While she does not have immediate family, she has an interesting group of friends and neighbors who add character to the stories. As the series develops, we learn more about Kinsey’s estranged family as she discovers secrets from her own past.
Each book can be read by itself, but reading them in order allows the reader to get to know and care about Kinsey better. If you wish to start at the beginning, A is for Alibi is available as a paperback or as an eAudio through OverDrive. The library has most of the books in the series in either print format, CD, Playaway, or eBook.
Fields Branch Closed Friday
Our Fields brach of Beauregard Parish Library will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018 due to no heat or water in the library portion of the facility. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you need any library services, including renewals, please stop by one of the other branches of the library or call us on the phone 337-463-6217 [1-800-524-6239 inside Beauregard Parish].
Our DeRidder, Merryville, and Singer branches will remain open on Friday per their regular schedules. Stop on by! We'd love to see you.
Staff Pick - State Fair
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.
State Fair [DVD]
In the Rodger’s and Hammerstein musical, State Fair – on DVD – we watch a 1940’s family visit the Iowa State Fair. Each family member takes something special home with them from the fair: ribbons, restitution, and true love. The musical lyrics will keep you singing while the melody will encourage you to hum a tune.
I enjoy romantic, heart-warming, family movies. The musical score and humor enhance this wonderful movie. Others may wish to compare the state fair of yesteryear to the current state fairs. I hope that you have the opportunity to watch the movie and attend the Louisiana State Fair when it comes back again.
If State Fair interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.
Story Time is Back
Preschool Story Time with Ms. Sandi at DeRidder branch is back today! We hope to see everyone's smiling faces as Ms Sandi tells us all about M is for Mittens!
Get a Jump on that New Year's Resolution
January usually brings thoughts of resolutions, whether it's to lose a few pounds or get finances under control. There are always things that people want to do better. When you think of whatever your goals are, remember that Beauregard Parish Library is here to help improve the quality of your life. Here are just a few things we can do for you, all for free:
- Try Cypress Resume to create sparkling new resumes and cover letters. You can customize them to the job, and it doesn't take a lot of typing to do it.
- Learn a new language with Mango Lanuages or Pronunciator. Both these programs make learning fun so you can learn fast!
- Get comfortable with e-books and e-audiobooks by trying out our OverDrive service. Each patron can have 10 things at a time, and they never get late fees!
- Want to get a hobby or learn a new skill, then definitely seek out Universal Class. You can take as many as 5 classes at a time, all for free, with certficates of completion when you're done. The best part besides free is you can work at your own pace, as fast or slow as you like.