During Phase 2, the Beauregard Parish Library is open with limited hours and limited services. Additional details can be seen here. Within those limitations, further closures may become necessary on short notice due to staff shortages. We will update our social media accounts in those instances. Patrons are also welcome to call 337-463-6217 x 0 during the DeRidder branch's open hours for the most recent updates on branch openings. Computer use is limited and by appointment only. Patrons can schedule appointments online here or by calling 337-463-6217 or in-person by asking a library clerk. Appointments are set at 45-minute intervals. No consecutive appointments for 1 person.
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“Staff Meet & Greet” is a weekly series where you’ll get to know the people behind the scenes at your Beauregard Parish Library.
Hi, my name is Stormie. I am the Payroll Clerk for the Beauregard Parish Library. I have had the pleasure of working for the Library for 15 years now. When I first started with the Library in 1998 I was a volunteer instructor and taught computer classes in the evening. Back then, computers and the Internet were this new thing that everyone had to learn. Then, along came MEL, (Beauregard Parish's Mobile Electronic Library). I was trained to drive and teach computer lessons on the mobile unit.
Mel was the first mobile computer lab of his kind in the United States. The Mobile Computer Lab played an essential role in the Library's early technology project. MEL was used to provide off-site access to network, information technology and trainingresources. MEL was also shared with other agencies which had a need for information technology resources in rural areas.
Because of Mel, I was part of the Parish's Emergency Response Team. We worked closely with the Sheriff Department and the National Weather Service in Lake Charles to provide up-to-date weather information and communications services to people. When Hurricane Katrina hit, MEL was set up to help the evacuees find their loved ones still in the New Orleans area along with other communications needs.
After Hurricane Rita hit, Mel retired. The unit then traveled to Cameron Parish to help replace their library branches lost in the hurricane. I miss travels with MEL and will always fondly remember the people and the places we visited together.