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Beauregard Parish Library

Knowledge, Growth, Imagination
The Beauregard Parish Library Board of Control will meet in a regularly called session at 4:45 PM on Monday Aug 3, 2020. This meeting will take place virtually via the Cisco WebEx platform, as allowed by the Governor’s executive order JBE 2020-30, in consideration of the social distancing guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (La R.S. 42:14), meetings of this board are open to the public unless “Executive Session” is noted.

To attend this virtual meeting, visit here:
-Meeting number: 126 334 2720
-Password: c2qGRg9jMC4 (22747495 from phones and video systems)
-Join by video system: Dial 1263342720@webex.com
-You can also dial: and enter your meeting number.
-Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001 US Toll
-Access code: 126 334 2720
If you wish to participate with a public comment, please review our Public Participation policy here and then email admin@beau.org or call 337-463-6217 x 11 with your name, contact information, and topic of comment(s) no later than 4:45 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020 to be added to the agenda. The full agenda can be seen here.

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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Beauregard Parish Library Summer Reading Program 2020

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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.

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Empty Mansions tells the relatively unknown story of Huegette Clark, the heiress of the Clark family. In the early 1900’s the fortune of Montana Senator, railroad founder, and copper tycoon, W.A. Clark and his family rivaled that of the Rockefeller’s and the Carnegie’s. So why then is the family name so unknown in society today? Why were the multi-million dollar mansions owned by Huegette sitting uninhabited while the relatively healthy 102 year old woman lived in a hospital? And why hadn’t her staff members and bankers of twenty-five years ever met the woman they worked for? These are the questions that author Bill Dedman attempts to answer in Empty Mansions.

The book is rich with U.S. History, starting with the expansion West and the mining crazes of the late 1800s and ending with some of the most famous art purchases of the twenty-first-century. Dedman transports readers back and forth from the past to the present, all while covering only two generations of the Clark family. As the daughter of W.A. Clark, Huegette was pushed into the spotlight of wealth and fame during her early years. Later in life she cut off ties with the world around her and became a recluse, only communicating via phone and letters with certain relatives. One of these relatives was her cousin Paul Clark Newell, who co-authors this book.

Dedman and Newell also chronicle the vicious fights amongst relatives, staff, and money managers after Huegette’s death in 2001. Over 300 million dollars in inheritance fueled the ongoing court battles.Empty Mansions will peak the interest of any reader looking for a book rich in history with a little modern-day mystery thrown in.

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

Posted Wednesday December 3, 2014 09:30am

Contact us:
  • Telephone: (337) 463-6217
    or 1-800-524-6239 for areas of Beauregard Parish that are a long distance call
  • Fax: (337) 462-5434
  • Email: help@beau.org
  • Mailing Address:
    Beauregard Parish Library
    205 South Washington Ave.
    DeRidder, LA 70634

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