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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World War I began 100 years ago with inciting event being the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on July 28, 1914. Many have considered The Great War to be the first truly modern war, and it has fascinated historians and history buffs ever since.
The library has many different items to feed your curiosity about World War I, whether you want fact or fiction, information for personal curiosity or for school reports. While not an exhaustive list, here are a few things for your consideration.
For books and DVDs the library has, check this subject in our online catalog: World War I (includes both fiction and nonfiction)
Items we recommend
There are 120 historical film reels from the time with aspects of both military and civilian life. All clips from AVOD include citations for research or reports. To browse the film clips, click World War I (1914-1918).
Embedded below is a clip from that set of the armistice at the end of the war in 1918:
In Flanders Fields (full text) by John McCrae
"A little more than a year after Great Britain officially entered the First World War, McCrae, a Canadian, published this poem anonymously in a popular English magazine. McCrae died only two years later, but public response to the poem was so rapid and astonishing that he had the satisfaction of knowing that he had written the most popular poem associated with the war." (more)
Other poems about World War I
One of many pieces of music available: World War I songs in Hi-Fi
All users with Electronic Services accounts in good standing can download 3 pieces of music every week. To listen to a full song without downloading it, all users can stream this or any other audio for free for three hours a day without advertisements or interruption. Users log in with library card number and electronic services password.
Click on the Card Catalog page to do a search for specific records. To gather World War I era records, we suggest typing "world war" into the search box and selecting 1900-1919 in the year range.