Library Closed Memorial Day

All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, 2015.

No items will be due while we are closed.

Branches will return to their normal schedules on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

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Posted Friday May 22, 2015 01:00pm

Find It Fridays

Memorial Day is fast approaching so we have gathered a list of resources related to the history and traditions of the day. These resources would be great for teaching kids about the importance of the day, but they are full of interesting information for patrons all ages. This year Memorial Day is May 25, 2015 and it is the day we honor and thank the 1.8 million that have given their lives for America since 1775.

Where to Find:

A history of Memorial Day

A list of cemeteries in Louisiana maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs

A grave at Arlington National Cemetery

Information on the National Moment of Remembrance

Additional Information: BPL subscribes to EbscoHost, a resource that compiles scholarly articles from numerous databases. The link above will take you to the Louisiana Library Connection Homepage, from there simply click on the EbscoHost link. Use EbscoHost to search for more information about the history and traditions of Memorial Day. Hint: By entering “Memorial Day” into the search box of EbscoHost you will receive many results, use the filters to better fit the search to your needs!

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Posted Friday May 22, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Mary Higgins Clark has been one of the most popular authors for a very long time. She has written thirty-four suspense novels along with a historical novel, two children’s stories and a memoir. She has also co-authored a series of books with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

This week we received the book Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories. This large print book contains a collection of Clark’s short stories that span her long and distinguished career. From her first ever published story (1956’s “Stowaway”) to classic tales featuring favorite characters Alvirah and Willy, readers have a chance to revisit the short story highlights from the “Queen of Suspense.”

You can also check out the rest of our large selection of Mary Higgins Clark books in several different formats. We have her titles in hardback (AF), paperback (APB), large print (LPF), compact disc (A-CD) and Playaway (AP). Happy reading!

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Posted Thursday May 21, 2015 08:00am

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 find a new favorite.

The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons by Heather A. Slomsky

Slomski’s first short story collection is filled with the slow-simmering, barely perceptible truths that lie at the dinner table. The stories range from the precipice of adultery to the peak of a life started anew. Each varied story represents the reality of human relationships and provides surprising twists on what initially appear to be classic tropes.

Readers who enjoy realistic fiction will devour this delectable collection of sweet, sour, bitter and savory tales.

If The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday May 20, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Need to make some labels, business cards or invitations? Come to the library and use gLabels! gLabels is a label making program that will allow you to do all of this and more right here in the library. The only thing you will need is your own paper or stock to print the labels on. It's easy and the only cost is the charge for the printing itself, so head on over to the library and print up your own labels today!

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Posted Tuesday May 19, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Egyptian Arabic

Egyptian Arabic

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Egyptian Arabic.

There are many varieties of Arabic in the world, just as they are English, Spanish, French or any other language that is spoken in more than one country. The specific variety of Egyptian Arabic is spoken by 53 million speakers in Egypt.

If you were to use Egyptian Arabic for travel, you would be in for a world of rewards. Mango indicates:

Delve into this ancient culture and explore the world. Indulge your imagination and travel to Egypt’s famed pyramids, dazzling temples, and the international Nile River. Visit the Valley of the Kings, decode Egyptian hieroglyphics, and sunbathe along the shores of the Red Sea. Whether you’re planning to study abroad, forge a career in international diplomacy, or you simply love the culture, this language is a passport to a remarkable history and a thriving contemporary culture – and it’s all at your fingertips when you speak the language.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here are some phrases about directions you can learn from Chapter 4: Excuse me! Where is the Egyptian Museum?.
Note: The phrases are written below in Mango's transliteration, not in Arabic script. Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

  • If you please, where is the Egyptian museum? law saMAHT, elMAThaf elMASree feen?
  • Please, where is the restaurant? men FADlek, elMATam feen?
  • Excuse me, where is the bathroom? men FADlak, elhamMEHM feen?
  • Where is the train station on the map?maHATtet elATR feen alkhaREEta
  • I am lost. Ana TAyeh

Egyptian Arabic is available through both Mango Languages and extensive general Arabic classes are available through Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday May 18, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: C is for Colors

Our featured Story Time books are:

After the story, Ms Sandi will help the children make a colorful jellyfish!

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, May 20, 2015at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

SCHEDULE NOTES

We will not have any Story times during the week of May 25-31. Summer reading Story Times begin the week of June 1, 2015. Each branch will have its own Story Time schedule.

DeRidder branch users: Summer Reading Story Times will begin at 10:00 am instead of 11:00.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday May 18, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will satisfy your curiosity about the world with different cultural studies. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Chinese Culture 101
"This course was designed to teach you about Chinese culture today and the accepted behaviors of the Chinese people. You'll learn about the lifestyles of modern Chinese people, the philosophies that guide their lives, and get an in-depth glimpse into Chinese culture so that, if you visit, you'll fit right in."
[12 lessons]
French Culture 101
"Welcome to our course on French culture. Throughout this course, we'll offer students a brief introduction to the country and its people. We'll cover necessary issues for your travel preparations to France, including the need for visas or passports. We'll show you ways to stay healthy and safe in France, as well as how to deal with emergencies. Whether you're traveling to France for business or pleasure, it's important to follow French customs and etiquette."
[15 lessons]
German Culture 101
"Welcome to this introduction course on German culture and customs. Germany is a diverse and unique country, one that relies heavily on tradition and centuries-old heritage. During this course, we'll briefly acquaint you to the country, its geography, and offer a brief glimpse into its recent and ancient history. Students will learn important things they should do before traveling to Germany, including obtaining a passport, learning about the electrical systems and money used there, as well as how to deal with the infamous autobahn."
[14 lessons]
Japanese Cultural Studies 101
"This course will explore this history as well as discuss Japanese traditions, language, religions, food, etiquette and manners, careers and education, arts, holidays and leisure, architecture, government and the legal system. Throughout this course you will see how Japanese people value consideration, thoughtfulness, politeness and order. It is one of the safest places on the earth to visit, and although it may be difficult to blend in, it is easy to appreciate well-mannered Japanese culture."
[12 lessons]
Russian Culture 101
"Universal Class welcomes you to our course on Russian Culture and Behavior. While this course is focused mainly on business travelers or those interested in doing business in Russia, the content found within this course is nevertheless valuable to casual visitors and sight-seeing vacationers as well. Throughout this course, we'll provide information and the process you need to follow when planning your travels to and throughout Russia, as well as what to expect when you land."
[13 lessons]
Spanish Culture 101
"Students will also learn basic travel tips and safety issues as well as what to expect when traveling through Spain and respecting its customs and traditions. This course explores some of the more popular festivals that occur throughout the year and introduces some of Spain's most delicious culinary delights."
[13 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday May 17, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Biographers Day! On this day in 1763 James Boswell and Samuel Johnson started their biographical collaboration. So go ahead and use this day to start reading (or writing) a biography. Or watch this cool biography on Charles Dickens!

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Posted Saturday May 16, 2015 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 May 15, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Many of our patrons enjoy checking out our large collection of hit movies on DVD. We try to keep adding all of the latest blockbuster films along with many older classics. We even have some that could never be considered “classics” but are just plain fun entertainment for an evening in.

However, that is not all we offer in terms of DVDs. We also have a collection of informational and educational non-fiction ones. There are instructional films showing how to do all sorts of things. There are also documentary films on a large variety of subjects allowing you to “visit” exciting places you might never have a chance to see – all without leaving your comfortable home.

Check out one of these that we added recently.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice. Nature photographer Anthony Powell travels to one of the most severe environments on the planet to experience the beauty and brutality experienced by the hardy and devoted people who live there. He captures incredible storms and incredible quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur. He also shows a close-knit international community of scientists, craftsmen and laborers who manage to thrive in a land that few people will ever see. This fascinating documentary was filmed over ten years and features spectacular photography detailing Powell’s deeply personal adventure into this frozen land.

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Posted Thursday May 14, 2015 08:00am

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 find a new favorite.

The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live [DVD]

What an awesome genre bending collaboration of talent. The 2015 Grammy award-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions Live combines multi-instrumentalists: Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile to deliver a taste and tone unprecedented by any other group of artists.

This partnership of contemporary performers has teamed up delightfully to share with you their out of the box arrangements you are sure so appreciate. The beauty and magnetism you will enjoy defies categorization and surpasses the limits of any specific genre.

Whether you're a beginner or professional musician, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live is sure to be an outstanding inspiration and is worth your time viewing.

If The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday May 13, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Good news for people with Windows operating systems. The Linux archive manager can now handle zip files better than ever! That means that any file stored in a .zip format should be readable and usable at any branch of the Library. Just one more reason for people to come visit us at any Library branch and take andvantage of our computer lab!

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Posted Tuesday May 12, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Norwegian

Norwegian

For this week's Mango Monday in honor of the Constitution Day (May 17) in Norway we will present Norwegian.

Norwegian is part of the Germanic language family that includes English, German, Swedish and a few others. It is spoken by 5 million speakers mostly in Norway. Norwegian uses the Latin alphabet, so new learners will not have to learn to read a new script. There are some sources that contend that Norwegian may be the easiest language for a native English speaker to learn, but you'll have to try it to find out!

One of the biggest draws to Norway is its beautiful nature. You may want to use Mango or Pronunciator to prepare for travel plans. Mango describes Norway the following: "Travel back in time to the land of the Vikings and trek your very own path through Norway’s breathtaking glaciers, fjords, and mountains. Embrace the country’s lively folk music, strong farm culture, and unique cuisine and end the night at a friendly neighborhood pub. When you’re feeling adventurous, travel to Northern Norway to view the legendary Northern Lights, cruise the Lofoten Islands, or take in the view from atop the Jotunheimen Mountains – the tallest mountains in Norway. There’s no telling where your Norwegian expedition will take you, so you might as well find out."

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here are some phrases you can learn from Chapter 12: My Favorite Season is Summer

  • My favorite season is summer. Sommeren er min favorittårstid.
  • It has the best weather. Da er det best vær.
  • What do you like to do during summer? Hva liker du å gjøre om sommeren?
  • I enjoy going to the beach. Jeg liker å dra på stranda.
  • Me, too! I like playing in the sand. Jeg også! Jeg liker å leke i sanden.

Norwegian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday May 11, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready share stories about Butterflies and Caterpillars

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

After the story, the children will make butterflies using tissue paper and chenile stems. They are sure to be beautiful!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center. Ragley: Saturday, May 16 at 10:30 am.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday May 11, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you with your career quest if it is related to medical billing and terminology. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Medical Terminology 101
"This medical terminology course covers the medical language and terminology used by health care professionals everywhere. If you're interested in pursuing a health and science career requiring the ability to communicate with physicians, dentists, or other medical professionals, this class will meet all your needs. In easy to review lessons, you'll find our user-friendly format will not only give you a solid foundation in medical language, but can be completed in less than 25 days! You will analyze individual word parts such as prefixes, suffixes and word roots, along with learning body system dynamics, basic medical language, body orientation, health, wellness, and disease terms. You will learn the basic components of medical terminology as it relates to each body system plus the instruments used in assessment will also be reviewed."
[15 lessons]
Medical Terminology 201
"Medical terminology is the specific language used by professionals in the medical industry and for success in this field, understanding and communicating in the language is critical. Medical Terminology 201 is an advanced course for those with some experience or training (Medical Terminology 101 is not required but recommended). The course will focus on the medical terms and concepts used to understand anatomy. Lessons are organized by body system. Each lesson begins with structures and functions of a system followed by pathology, diagnostic, and procedural terminology. This easy-to-read, compact format of our online classroom makes for quick learning."
[7 lessons]
Comprehensive Medical Terminology 1 & 2
"This comprehensive medical terminology combination course covers both courses: Medical Terminology 101 and 201. We'll start with the very basics of medical terminology, reviewing word roots, prefixes, and suffixes that make up medical words. We'll then move on to each body system where we'll work on recognizing and defining their related medical terms. This comprehensive review of medical terminology will not only benefit those new to medical terms used in medicine today, but also act as a refresher for those already experienced in medical terminology."
[22 lessons]
Medical Terminology for Medical Coders
"This medical terminology course for medical coders covers the medical terminology used by professional medical coders in today's healthcare industry. We'll start with the very basics of medical terminology, reviewing word roots, prefixes, and suffixes that make up medical words. We'll then move on to each body system where we'll work on recognizing and defining their related medical terms. This comprehensive review of medical terminology will not only benefit those new to medical terms used in medical coding, but also act as a refresher for those already experienced in medical coding."
[22 lessons]
Introduction to Medical Billing
"Medical billing is one of the fastest growing healthcare jobs. Hospitals, private practices and clinics could not survive without someone who efficiently handles their day-to-day Medical Billing procedures. A medical biller's job responsibilities can include: expert management of healthcare billing--processing, adjusting and resubmitting of claims; adherence to current healthcare industry regulations and policies; and compliance with insurance procedures and allotted benefit coverage. This self-paced course will quickly and easily train you in these procedures."
[9 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday May 10, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Mother Ocean Day! Today we "celebrate the wonder, vastness and beauty of the ocean". In honor of this day check out a cool video on the Ocean Realm courtesy of AVOD!

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Posted Saturday May 9, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

World Book Timelines:

This section of the database that allows you to view, create, and save historical timelines. This is a unique interactive resource that has a wide collection of already created timelines covering subjects like world history, art, literature, notable people, and culture. There is even a sports section where you can view the timelines for important milestones, athletes, and events for nine different sports.

For Example: Check out the timeline titled “History of U.S. Professional Football 1920-2014,” which includes events such as the 1933 split of the NFL into the two divisions and the first ever NFL players strike of 1982.

Create Your Own Timeline: One unique feature that students will love about World Book Timelines is that you can create a timeline from the start. You will choose everything from the title to the background colors. You can create your own events from scratch or you can click “search events” and import information straight from the World Book database. After completing your timeline you can save it to your World Book account to access it again.

To access World Book Timlines simply click on the World Book link on the lefthand side of the BPL homepage. From there you will be taken to World Book's "Super Home Page" and you can select the Timelines section. Stay tuned next week when we will walk through some tips and tricks for using the Reference Center of World Book!

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Posted Friday May 8, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

If you are a fan of science fiction, whether it be books, movies or television programs, we have a new book that will interest you. Sci-fi Chronicles: A visual history of the galaxy’s greatest science fiction is the definitive guide to all things science fiction. This comprehensive volume contains color photographs featuring film and TV stills as well as book and comic covers, and detailed information about all sorts of science fiction titles. It begins with the earliest examples of science fiction writing including works by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. It continues chronologically up through hit movies like Avatar and The Hunger Games. It is truly an international guide, as there are entries for everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Russian cult classics and European literature.

In addition to learning about your favorites, you may discover some new books or movies that look interesting. If we don’t already have them in our collection, be sure to request them and we will do our best to get them for you.

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Posted Thursday May 7, 2015 08:00am

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 find a new favorite.

Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash

Bleak and often terrifying, life in rural Appalachia was marred by the Great Depression. In this short story collection, award-winning author Ron Rash describes the individuals and families who struggled to survive when the land that was their home refused to provide even basic sustenance. This book provides a glimpse into the hard-scrabble lives of proud people whose desperation is almost palpable in the text. It is both heart-wrenching and beautifully, honestly written.

I highly recommend this short story collection to anyone who enjoys stories of Appalachian life, especially fans of the works of Lee Smith and/or James Agee.

If Something Rich and Strange interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday May 6, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip we'd like to point out that if you use the Chrome web browser then you can download Google apps right to your web browser! Go ahead and check out the Chrome webstore here. If you can't find your favorite app don't fear, it will probably be available soon. So come on down to the library, use our computers and your favorite Chrome apps. We'll be back next week with another cool Tech Tip.

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Posted Tuesday May 5, 2015 12:00pm

Public Notice

Board Meeting


The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on May 6, 2015 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 Tuesday May 5, 2015 08:00am

Mango Monday: Russian

Russian

For this week's Mango Monday in honor of the Victory Day holiday in the Russian Federation we will present Russian.

According to Mango, Russian is spoken by nearly 278 million speakers in the Russian Federation, former parts of the Soviet Union and in San Javier, Uruguay, as well as in Russian communities worldwide. "As a key global player in business, economics, and world politics, speaking Russian is a strategic, rewarding move for any global citizen. Likewise, learning Russian introduces you to a fascinating, long-standing culture rich in influential literature, philosophy, and world history. As the largest country in the world in size, your new Russian know-how will take you far and wide across the globe."

Russian is a Slavic language that uses the 33 character Cyrillic alphabet, which was developed from Greek. Some of the letters will look familiar, and some will look strange. The great thing about the language is that unlike English, it is regularly phonetic. Once you learn what sounds the letters make, you will be able to read with confidence.

Mango has extensive lessons on Conversation with supplemental lessons on Slang and Superstitions. Our key phrases from the week come from the Superstition lessons. Mango developers explain:

Almost all cultures have superstitions and people who believe them. You can definitely find a lot of superstitious people in Russia: probably more than in any other European country. The Russians do all sorts of unusual things to keep bad luck at bay. The majority of these beliefs come from the Pagan era, and neither the Russian Orthodox Church nor the Soviet regime were able to destroy them. You will learn the meanings behind several Russian superstitions and how Russians react to them. This will help you know more about Russian people and their culture.

Here is the lesson from Russian Supersitions Chapter 1: Let's knock on wood

  • You look like a ghost. What happened? на тебе лица нет. что случилось?
  • Oh! I'm scared to death. Ох! Я до смерти перепугался.
  • On my way home a black cat crossed my path. По пути домой мне перешёл дорогу чёрный кот.
  • Oh, my god! Did you turn around? Боже мой! Ты повернул назад?
  • Of course. But still, to be safe, let's knock on wood Конечно. Но давай ещё на всякий случай постучим по деревую

Russian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday May 4, 2015 03:00pm

Early Closing at Merryville Tonight

The Merryville branch of the library will close at 5:00 pm today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and will resume our normal hours tomorrow.

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Posted Monday May 4, 2015 01:20pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to celebrate Children's Book Week!

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

After the story, Ms Sandi will help the children make their own bookmarks, and the children will get a free book!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Singer: Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:30 am.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday May 4, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will mention some of the classes with will help improve your skill with outdoor activities. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Freshwater Fishing 101
"This comprehensive, illustrated course is designed to instruct people on the sport of freshwater fishing; including an introduction to the sport, discussions on various bait fishing, lure fishing, and casting techniques.
Additionally, there are discussions on fishing tips in general, and information on how factors such as weather and solar/lunar forces can affect a fishing trip. Also included here, is a listing of the best species of fish for the table, along with information on the best ways to cook freshly-caught fish, and an overview of fishing safety and regulations."
[10 lessons]
Bird Watching 101
"This self-paced online course covers bird identification and location, feeding, types of birdhouses, equipment, emergency care and behavior and habitats. Whether you are a casual backyard bird watcher or a serious enthusiast, you'll soon discover that the more you watch birds the more you will want to learn about them."
[11 lessons]
Canoeing 101
"This comprehensive, illustrated guide is designed to instruct people on the sport of canoeing; including a brief history of the canoe, a discussion on safety, instruction on basic beginner/intermediate paddling techniques, and proper portaging techniques."
[10 lessons]
Buying and Selling Antiques and Collectables
"How to Buy and Sell Antiques and Collectibles offers a highly successful approach to acquiring and selling antiques and collectibles for both fun and profit. This course incorporates many strategies of acquiring and selling desirable objects and pieces, with the goal of personal enjoyment and fulfillment."
[15 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday May 3, 2015 12:00pm

Public Notice

Board Meeting

The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on May 6, 2015 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 Saturday May 2, 2015 01:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Free Comic Book Day! The first Saturday in May is the one day a year that kids can go into a comic shop and walk out with a free comic book! In honor of this super day check out this cool documentary on a few of our favorite superheroes and how they were brought to life.

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Posted Saturday May 2, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

World Book Online Database: Kids Zone

The World Book Online Database recently launched a new section designed specifically for kids. World Book Kids is a fun and educational addition to the World Book Collection and we wanted to share some of the features with you.

World of Animals: Is your child interested in all types of snakes? Or do they have a project due on dolphins? This section has pictures and detailed information about thousands of animals. There is even a compare section where you can select two animals and compare their sizes, habitats, diets, and species.

Activities: The Activities section has a collection of educational crafts, recipes, and puzzles that will keep your child busy for hours. These activities are perfect for any rainy day!

Maps and More: The Maps and More section has interactive maps, an atlas, and even blank maps that can be printed out for geography practice. The maps are well labeled and even show statistics for the county or continent. The printable maps are a great learning resource because they give kids the opportunity for hands-on learning.

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Posted Friday May 1, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Do you enjoy good mystery stories? If so, we have a large selection of all types of mysteries for you to choose from. Here are a few of our newest crime-solving tales.

Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay. As fans descend on Scottsdale, Arizona for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, The Fairy Tale Cupcakes crew are working hard to sell horror-themed goodies to the hungry hordes. But the fun turns to fright when a real body is discovered outside the bakery’s truck. Worried that it is a mob hit gone wrong, Mel and Angie must find the killer before any of their friends become the next victim.

Death Comes Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert. Ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles is back in this mystery that finds her working to solve the murder of her friend. When Karen Prior dies following a mugging, China believes that it is related to a fifteen-year old murder case that Karen has been researching for a documentary. She is determined to track down the killer but finds herself in danger along the way.

Grave on Grand Avenue: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery by Naomi Hirahara. Ellie Rush is an LAPD bicycle cop and aspiring homicide detective. A gardener is attacked and whispers something indecipherable to Ellie before dying. Nearby the father of a Chinese classical music superstar claims that the gardener was trying to steal his son’s valuable cello. Ellie knows that something strange is going on and must act quickly before someone else is killed.

Check out these and many, many other mysteries that are available in our collection. You can quickly identify mysteries by the blue sticker on the spine. Happy sleuthing!

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Posted Thursday April 30, 2015 08:00am

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 find a new favorite.

Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy

With my New Year's resolution this year, I set out trying to turn my health around. I flip-flopped with diets, but when I found this book I found my best lifestyle change here. No longer would I focus on the pounds, but getting my body back healthy with clean eating. Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well without Dieting is truly a celebration of eating delicious, clean, whole foods and enjoying a vibrant lifestyle. Inside you’ll learn all about the best foods and habits for joyous health, foods to avoid, benefits of detoxing, how to create a joyous kitchen, along with a ten-day meal plan to get you started. Through the journey of reading this book I have made changes that have given me the push I needed and already I feel better and healthier! The layout of the book makes things easy to read and retain, with awesome clean eating solutions to take note of.

If you are tired of diets, and looking for a lifestyle change this is the book for you!

If Joyous Health interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday April 29, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

This week we would like to tell you about a cool part of our website which you might not know about. At home and have a question about a library procedure or information technology problem? Check out this flowchart and see if your question is located somewhere inside. We tried to answer the most commonly asked questions that we receive. So give it a look! Of course if you can't find the answer you were looking for don't hesitate to give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions!

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Posted Tuesday April 28, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Japanese

Japanese

For this week's Mango Monday in honor of the Golden Week holidays in Japan we will present Japanese. Japanese is spoken by about 130 millin people in Japan, and by speakers around the world.

According to Mango,

The 1960's had their British Invasion, but in the 2000's, it's all about Japanese. Japanese culture has become mainstream in America, with video games, cuisine, comic books, television shows, and more. It's never been a better time to learn Japanese, and we can help!

The writing system of Japanese may scare some people, but Mango emphasizes speaking and conversational skills. For that reason, spoken Japanese may not be very difficult for speakers of English since the sounds of the language are close to our own with very little variation.

Japanese has borrowed so much from English, that one of the special Japanese lessons in Mango is all about English loan words. You may already know more than you think because you know it in English! In fact, Mango describes it as this:

While the number of Japanese loanwords in English is small, the number of English loandwords in Japanese is enormous. You may not realize it, however, because these English words aer spoken in flat Japanese accents, often abbreviated, and even given new meanings. Once you learn how to spot them, learning Japanese will become much faster, easier, and more fun.

All conversational languages give you different language skills to try. Here are a few informal phrases from Chapter 1: Coke and Chips, please!

  • I'm going to the mini-mart. Need anything? コンビニ 行く けど. なんか いる? [Konbini iku kedo. Nanka iru?]
  • Hmm... well, coke and potato chips, please. うーん...じゃあ, コーラ とポテチ お願い [Uun... jya, kora to potechi, onegai.]
  • I want to eat soft serve icecream or custard pudding. ソフトクリーム か プリン 食べたい [sofutokuriimu ka purin tabetai]
  • Why don't you come for a visit? 遊びに 来ない [asobi ni konai]
  • How come you're wearing your new dress? なんでおニュー の ワンピース 着てる の [nande o-nyuu no wanpiisu kiteru no]

Japanese is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Pronunciator has an additional Japanese interface that is completely in Romaji (the Latim alphabet) to help beginners learn the basics of Japanese faster. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday April 27, 2015 03:00pm

Merryville Branch Closed

Merryville branch is closed today due to loss of power in the area. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to use a different branch, DeRidder and South Beauregard (Ragley) branches are open regular Monday hours.

We hope to have Merryville open regular hours on Tuesday.

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Posted Monday April 27, 2015 12:45pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on reading adventure with: B is for Bedtime

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft to go with our theme! Using colorful squares, our young patrons can make a quilt pattern to use whenever they listen to bedtime stories!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Merryville: Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:30.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday April 27, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Legal Studies

Law and Legal Studies

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you meet some of your legal information needs. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Legal Terminology 101
"Legal questions come up regularly in our daily lives and the language of law is everywhere. Legal Terminology 101 is a comprehensive guide to the language of the legal system. If you're planning on purchasing a house, involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, making a will, buying a car, getting health insurance, applying for a credit card or hiring a lawyer then understanding the terminology of the contracts, forms and systems is vital for a successful outcome."
[13 lessons]
Legal Secretary 101
"This course is designed both for those who are already in the field and want to hone their skills in order to demand a higher income and for those who wish to enter the field but are not sure where to start or what aspects of secretarial work are important to be hired by a good firm. There are numerous areas of law that those in the profession may focus on whether it be litigation, divorce, real estate or criminal law. This course will cover each prevalent area so that you might get a better idea of which is best for you to pursue. It will also tell you about what skills are vital for winning that prized position you are after, or making yourself more valuable to the attorney or firm you are currently working for."
[20 lessons]
Contract Law 101
"Every time you trade an item, attend a sporting event or buy a soda, you enter the world of contracting. When an exchange is made willingly a contract exists. But do you know how US law interprets and enforces contracts? We've designed an introductory course to help you understand the components, processes, and legal impacts of contracts."
[11 lessons]
Employment Law Fundamentals
"This course will discuss all the necessary information you need to know about employees and independent consultants, what benefits you are responsible for, taxes, discrimination issues, unionization, and workplace safety. You will learn the ins and outs of how to advertise a job position, and how to effectively interview so that your hiring process goes smoothly. Learn good evaluation techniques and how to resolve problems before they become really big issues. However, not everyone is in the right place, and you may have to terminate someone from your employment, and this class will help you to do it the right way."
[13 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday April 26, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is World Penguin Day! A day to celebrate everyones favorite tuxedoed little animal. In honor of this special occasion check out this video with a few cool penguin facts.

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Posted Saturday April 25, 2015 12:00pm

Branch Closure

Due to inclement weather the Ragley branch of the library has closed early today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and expect to be open for our normal operating hours next week.

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Posted Saturday April 25, 2015 10:30am

Branch Closure

Due to a power outage in the Fields area, the Fields branch of the library has closed early today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and expect to be open for our normal hours next week.

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Posted Friday April 24, 2015 01:15pm

Find It Fridays

An Introduction to World Book:

In the next few weeks we will be covering the World Book Encyclopedia online database and all that it has to offer. The World Book database that BPL offers is specifically designed for public libraries and is an easy to use reference resource for both kids and adults.

How to access World Book: You will find the World Book link on the left-hand side of this homepage. When you click the link you are immediately taken to the World Book homepage, where you can choose which section of the database will best fit your needs.

Within World Book there are six different databases to choose from: Kids, Timelines, Info Finder, Reference Center, Discover, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (A Student Encyclopedia in Spanish). The information is separated into different categories to make searching a little easier for you. Stay tuned next week when we walk through the Kids Section and all of the activities, science projects, and information available there!

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Posted Friday April 24, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Cooking new and different foods can be a fun experience for adults and children to share. If you would like to spend some quality time with your child or grandchild while learning about different cultures, the library received some new books this week that might help. The series “Cook With Me” published by Bellwether Media includes recipes and information about several countries and their food. The series is designed to interest children and each volume is filled with vivid pictures, recipes with easy to follow directions, and interesting facts about the country and its people.

The following is a list of the titles in this series. They can all be found in the non-fiction section, Dewey number beginning with 641.

Foods of Brazil

Foods of China

Foods of France

Foods of India

Foods of Italy

Foods of Japan

Foods of Mexico

Foods of Thailand

We also have many other cookbooks to help you and your child experience creating and tasting some of the great foods from around the world. Happy cooking and eating!

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Posted Thursday April 23, 2015 08:00am

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 find a new favorite.

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Brilliance is the first of a trilogy about Nick Cooper, one of the 1% of the people in the world who have been born since 1980 and are Brilliant. In this case, being Brilliant means they are just that much better than normal human beings. Each Brilliant person has an individual talent, but they can think faster, strategize better, discover people’s intentions just from body language and any other number of skills. The Brilliant are few, and the normals are scared.

Nick Cooper works for a government agency that polices Brilliant terrorists. He has seen what they can do, and he’s trying to protect his world that includes his ex-wife and their two children, one who is already showing the signs of being a very gifted Brilliant. His journey will take him from Washington, DC to Chicago to a Wyoming all in a hunt for the truth behind the conspiracies of what have been happening to society and to the others of his own kind that he has been hunting. As with any good conspiracy, the corruption goes right to the top and in places our hero feared to expect.

This could be considered a science fiction story, but it would have broad appeal even to those who are not sci-fi fans. Nick is the kind of hero we don’t see much any more. If it were a straight-up western, he would be played by John Wayne. Nice Cooper believes in his ideals, and he holds on to them no matter how the world seems to shift around him. He truly believes in what is right, even though he has tough choices to make.

The book reads like a thriller interspersed with realistic media bites that show how a world with Brilliants would be. This story will appeal to those who like spy stories, conspiracies and a battered hero who stays true to his morals no matter what.

Brilliance is followed by A Better World.

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

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Posted Wednesday April 22, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Today we would like to take this oppurtunity to remind everyone that we DO comply with the CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) standards. This means that some content which may be objectionable has been blocked from view here at the library. In the interest of free and open access to information we do our best to only block content which may be unsuitable for children and nothing else. If you find a website/content that is blocked and you think it should not be, please let us know. For more information on CIPA and what it means visit this page

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Posted Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:00pm
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