Just Arrived

Check out some new Western books on CD that we received this past week:

Smoke Jensen: The Beginning by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone. This is the story of the early years of Kirby Jensen, who later became known as the legendary “Smoke” Jensen. It begins on the eve of the Civil War when Kirby is living on a ranch in Southwestern Missouri with his family. But soon his father and brother are called away to fight. Kirby’s childhood experiences with violence mold him into a young man filled with a thirst for justice. The story is filled with actual historical events and people that tell the brutal and amazing saga of the American frontier.

Bowies’s Mine by Elmer Kelton. Daniel Provost is a farmer who has a pretty comfortable life even though it is filled with hard work. He even has a loving woman who is waiting to become his wife. But when a well-traveled stranger comes telling stories of Jim Bowie’s legendary silver mine, Daniel decides to risk it all and accompany the man on his adventurous quest for riches. Follow them as they fight off Indians and other villains on their dangerous journey.

The Big Showdown by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Caleb York has decided to leave the little town of Trinidad, New Mexico and head to San Diego to begin a new life as a Pinkerton man. But before he can say goodbye to his sweetheart and board the stage, a blazing gunfight disrupts the morning. A band of outlaw brothers has arrived to create havoc and a cattle baron is out to take more land – and Caleb’s woman. Caleb knows that someone must bring law and order to the town and it looks like he is the man for the job. Soon he has a sheriff’s badge on his chest and his Colt is loaded for justice in a battle he must win.

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Posted Saturday February 18, 2017 02:00pm

Find It Friday - Microsoft Word Help

If you spent time last week learning to type, this week you can start learning the word processing program that most businesses use - Microsoft Word.

Both Universal Class and GCF Learning have classes for MS Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find links to both on our Online Learning page. MS Word is not the only word processing program out there. More and more businesses are moving to Apache OpenOffice, and its clone brother LibreOffice. You can take the skills learned from the MS Word classes, and apply them to OpenOffice or LibreOffice, since both take great care to keep themselves similar to MS Word. Their advantage is that they're free: you can download them to your home computer and get to practicing (or practice here in the Library, since all of the patron computers have LibreOffice on them!)

Familiarity with MS Word, and word processing in general, is a valuable job skill that many employers are asking for. If you're looking for a job, this is a good one to build and list on your resume!

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Posted Friday February 17, 2017 09:00am

Staff Picks: The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty

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 Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A. N. Roquelaure

If you're a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, then this might be a book you would enjoy. It starts off as a erotic retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, but the story goes a lot further and gets hotter as it goes. Don't let the author fool you, though. That's actually Anne Rice, of the Vampire Lestat novels fame, writing under a pseudonym. If you like this one, there's 3 more sequels, one just released a couple of years ago.

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

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Posted Thursday February 16, 2017 09:00am

ASE Test Prep Quizzes with Chilton Library

Beauregard Parish Library's subscription to Chilton Library has more than just the car diagnostic information that you've come to trust. For those working with vehicles who want to become ASE certified, Chilton's has free test prep quizzes that you can take as many times as you need to get it right. According to the product:

Delmar ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Quizzes
By clicking on an exam title, you will be provided access to a demonstration version of Delmar’s Online ASE Technician Test Preparation product. Each demonstration contains approximately 15 questions and may be repeated as many times as desired.

You can find Chilton Library on our Online Research page. This resource can be used both inside the library and at home 24/7. If you are using the resource from home, you may be prompted for your library card number before you can use it.

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Posted Wednesday February 15, 2017 10:00am

Library Apps: Mango Languages

Foriegn language buffs may be pleased to learn that Mango Languages, one of Beauregard Parish Library's language learning programs, has a free app that you can use on the go! With this app, you can download lessons from any language you want, and you can practice lessons without using data or WiFi. This is especially great when you're on the go and want to cram any last minute phrases before a vacation!

You can find Mango in the following marketplaces:

  • iTunes
  • Android

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    Posted Tuesday February 14, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Valentine’s Day Music

    It’s time for Valentine’s Day soon and Freegal, the free website that gives you free 5 downloads weekly and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music has all types of songs and music for Valentine’s Day.

    “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille from Love Will Keep us Together The Valentine Mix

    “Faithfully” by Journey from Frontiers

    “There’s a Kind of Hush” by Herman’s Hermits from No Milk Today

    “I Honestly Love You” by Olivia Newton-John from Greatest Love 1

    “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies from The Hollies Greatest Hits

    “I’d Love You To Want Me” by Lobo from Golden Oldies Vol.1

    “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick from 15 Love Songs

    “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups from The Dixie Cups’ Another Boy Like Mine

    No Valentine? No Problem. Try “Perfect” by Pink from Perfect or Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” from 21 Love Songs. Either of these songs may make you feel better.

    Don’t forget you can make your own Valentine Playlist on Freegal.

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    Posted Monday February 13, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Check out some of the new DVDs we added to our collection last week.

    Madea on the Run: The Play. Tyler Perry’s popular Madea is back. This time she is in trouble with the local authorities and must find a place to hide. Her friend Bam is recovering from surgery, so she takes the opportunity to move in with her. Bam has no idea that she is running from the law and is grateful for her help. Madea soon discovers that it is Bam’s rambunctious family is in desperate need of the type of help only Madea can give. This is a stage play and is not rated.

    Inferno. Based on the best-selling book by Dan Brown, this thriller stars Tom Hanks once again as Professor Robert Langdon. This time he wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. What’s more, he discovers that he is the target of a massive manhunt. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor who he hopes can help him regain his memory. Together they race across Europe in order to stop a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population. This movie is rated PG-13.

    Sherlock: Season Four. Fans of this popular BBC series have waited a long time for the new season. It is now here and finds Sherlock Holmes and John Watson dealing with three new mysteries. John is adjusting to his new role as a husband and father, while Sherlock is dealing with the possibility that his nemesis Moriarty has returned from the grave. As with the other seasons, there are three episodes, entitled The Six Thatchers, The Lying Detective, and The Final Problem. The series was aired on PBS and is not rated.

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    Posted Saturday February 11, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Typing Help

    One of the essential skills for the modern era is the use of the computer keyboard. It's definitely a skill, though, that benefits from structured instruction in how to use it properly. Too many people spend more time on the computer "hunting and pecking" or "two-finger typing" than they do finding what they need and getting things actually done.

    Fortunately, the Library has help for that. Both Universal Class and GCF Learning have classes on this topic. You can find links to both on our Online Learning page, and simply searching for "typing" on each will bring up courses to help you learn to type quickly and accurately, letting you get more done during your time at the computer. Most classes teach the standard QWERTY layout, but you can even get classes on the Dvorak layout.

    There are also numerous other sites out there with free classes, if the ones from Universal Class and GCF Learning aren't to your taste. You could try Typing.com, Keybr.com, and TypingStudy.com, among others!

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    Posted Friday February 10, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks - So You Want To Be A Wizard

    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.

    So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

    More than 10 years before Harry Potter took off, Diane Duane started a series of books about two young people who got offered the chance to perform magic. However, it's not the fairy tale wackiness magic that inhabits the Harry Potter universe. It's BETTER!

    Officially, So You Want To Be A Wizard is for Young Adults, but it's really for everyone! The Library has most of the series, so if you enjoy this first one, you can keep reading and enjoying!

    If So You Want To Be A Wizard interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Thursday February 9, 2017 09:00am

    Library Apps: Homework Louisiana

    You may not know that our wonderful homework help service, Homework Louisiana is accessible via a mobile app!

    Homework Louisiana is powered by Tutor.com and is open Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You can get homework help for from Kindergarden through Adult and in a variety of academic and practical subjects. Plus, everything is confidential.

    If you need mobile apps, find them for free at:

  • iTunes
  • Android

    If you need Tutoring help outside those hours, don't worry. Beauregard Parish Library has you covered since we make sure they can have access to Tutor.com 24/7.

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    Posted Tuesday February 7, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Black History Month

    Freegal the free and legal website that gives you 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free music streaming has many famous and not so famous but also historical speeches. Last year we highlighted the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Freegal still has his speeches and many others.

  • Barack Obama
  • General Colin Powell
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Desmond Tutu-South African social rights activist
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Malcolm X
  • Fred Hampton and Black Panther Speeches
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    Posted Monday February 6, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Last week the library hosted an informative program by noted Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and England on all things related to this iconic group. He has also written several books on them and their effect on our culture. The library has added some of those books to our collection and they are available to check out.

    The Beatles & the Avant-Garde explains the innovative thinking behind some to the band’s most infamous projects and illustrates how those artistic productions reflect the lives of their creators. The book explores the influence of Yoko Ono, as well as many others, that led The Beatles to change the world of music become a cultural phenomenon.

    From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America. Many people believe that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was a major reason for the sudden popularity of The Beatles. Their reasoning is that the assassination made America sad and The Beatles made it happy again. While that might be partially true, Krerowicz shows that there is much more to it. He says that there were huge changes in society and culture leading up to this time that affected young people. Television and radio made music much more accessible to teenagers, who now had more spending money than ever before and became a powerful consumer group. They felt a personal connection to the young president, and were greatly affected by his assassination. All of this contributed to the incredible rise, and continued popularity of The Beatles.

    Days in the Life: A Father and Son on a Beatles Tour. In March 2016, the author and his father, a retired newspaper reporter, traveled through several states doing presentations on The Beatles. They kept daily journals documenting their trip and their conversations, not just about The Beatles, but also baseball and birding. It is not simply a travelogue detailing the life of a touring lecturer, but also a glimpse of the relationship of a father and son who share the same interests.

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    Posted Saturday February 4, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Facebook

    The Beauregard Parish Library strives to stay in touch with the community it serves. To stay in touch and talk to our staff, you can friend us on Facebook and follow along in the discussions. You can find a link to our Facebook page, and any of our other social media presences, at the top of each page on the Library's website.

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    Posted Friday February 3, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks: Big Bob Little Bob

    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.

    Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

    This is a charming and endearing book for kids. There are two boys. First you meet Little Bob. He likes to play quiet games. He likes dolls and to play dress up. Then Big Bob moves in and he likes to play loud games and to tumble with his dog and get dirty. Big Bob soon learns Little Bob does not like to play the same things. So they do things together like Big Bob playing fire engine alongside Little Bob pushing a doll carriage (with his cat inside).

    One day when the two Bobs are playing separately yet together a new girl moves in. She sees Little Bob playing dolls and she tells him boys can never play with dolls and Little Bob feels bad. But quickly Big Bob shouts at the new girl and tells her to leave his friend alone and that boys can play with whatever they want. The girl says she likes to play with trucks more than dolls and Big Bob says that is okay.

    I think it’s sweet how Big Bob is surprised at what Little Bob likes to play but he learns that it is just what Little Bob likes. The two friends accept each others different play styles and yet retain their own likes and dislikes. And when Big Bob stands up for his little friend it was so touching it brought tears to my eyes. I think this would be great for any child to read or have a parent read to them. It would teach them that we are not all made the same but that is okay.

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

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    Posted Thursday February 2, 2017 09:00am

    Library Apps: Zinio Magazines

    One of the essential apps to get the most out of your library experience is for Zinio Magazines. Zinio is our digital collection that we began in December of 2013. Some of the magazines are copies of print issues that you can check out from the physical library, but many of the magazines are only available from Beauregard Parish Library in digital edition. Zinio has both current issues and back issues we've purchased, so you can check out any and all issues that you like.

    The app will help you download your magazines. Once you've checked out your magazine, the digital copy is yours to keep. You never have to worry about overdues or delete your magazine from your device. You can download the right app for your device from the following links:

  • iPad/iPhone
  • Android
  • Kindle Fire

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    Posted Tuesday January 31, 2017 09:00am

    Public Notice

    The Library Board's of Control will meet in regular session at the DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (La R.S. 42:14), all regular meetings of this board are open to the public.


    Agenda

    I. Call to order & roll call

    II. Amend and / or approve minutes from prior meeting(s)

    III. Public Participation

    IV. Board Matters

    1. Set meeting dates & appoint officers for remainder of 2017
    2. Review trustee annual requirements & conference reminders

    V. Audit Matters

    1.Approve letter of engagement & compliance questionnaire for audit if FY 2016
    2. Discuss Management's Discussion & Analysis

    VI. Approve final amendment to 2016 budget

    VII. Approve new records retention policy & public records point-of-contact

    VIII. Personnel

    1. Review & discuss job descriptions, professional development, salary scales & their interactions
    2.Review & discuss method of evaluating director's performance

    IX. 2017 Plans
    1. Discuss Strategic Plan mid-plan update & projects planned for 2017
    2.Review, discuss, adopt volunteer policy proposal
    3.Discuss Ready-to-Work involvement

    X. Public Relations, Outreach
    1.2016 achievements
    2. Discuss personnel & Board's expectations for department

    XI. Quarterly reports
    1. Statistical
    2. Financial
    3. Facility & location updates – East Beau & South Beauregard

    XII. Adjourn
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    Posted Monday January 30, 2017 05:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Tonight the DeRidder branch of the library will host a multimedia presentation of The Beatles at 6:00 P.M. We’d like to point out that Freegal, (the free website that gives you 5 free downloads weekly and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music) has many Beatles interviews. Hear the whimsical jesting and teasing of John, Paul, George and Ringo from the 60’s. You’ll hear interviews with radio D.J.s, and reporters on such topics as drugs, religion, Beatlemania, and Yoko Ono. Freegal has 1980’s interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Testimony: The Life and Times of John Lennon. Also, John Lennon: His Own Words in which John discusses the story behind the songs “Let It Be” and “The Ballad of John & Yoko” and many other things.

    For music:

    John Lennon singing “Bless You” from Aid Still Required.

    George Harrison singing “Absolutely Sweet Marie” on Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration. “Run of the Mill” from Infinitely Polar Bear (original motion picture soundtrack).

    Ringo Starr singing 10 songs from Bad Boy released in the 1970’s. And Ringo singing 10 songs from Stop and Smell The Roses and 10 songs from Time Takes Time. Also, “Fiddle About” and “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” from Tommy As Performed by The London Symphony. “It Don’t Come Easy” found on Ceremony (original motion picture soundtrack). And singing “Act Naturally” with Buck Owens on The Buck Owens Story, Vol.3: 1969-1989.

    Paul McCartney singing “Let It Be” (Live-US Tour) from Aid Still Required. “Silly Love Songs” a remix from Replay Dance Rock Mania.

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    Posted Monday January 30, 2017 06:00am
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