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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When I was a child growing up in Beauregard Parish, one of my favorite things about summer was watermelon. During the summer, we would eat watermelons, have seed-spitting contests, and float the rinds down the creek. Grandma would try to collect as many seeds as she could before we children broadcast them all over the front lawn in our seed-spitting contests. She would save her seed collection for the next year’s planting season – when my grandfather would cultivate a new crop of watermelons.
Watermelons have been a part of Beauregard Parish’s history for generations, especially in Sugartown, a community in Beauregard Parish that is regionally renowned for its watermelons. The Beauregard Tourism Commission began hosting the Beauregard Watermelon Festival 12 years ago in conjunction with the watermelon harvest. This year’s festival will be held on June 23-24 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds.
For more watermelon fun, the library will also share watermelon programs the week before the festival. We will have watermelon carving demonstrations, seed-spitting contests, make watermelon slushies, and sample other watermelon treats. We hope that you will join us at one of the following locations for Build a Better World through Agriculture on:
Wednesday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. South Beauregard (room behind the State Farm building – next to the library. For more details, ask the South Beauregard librarian.)
Friday, June 23 at: 10:00 a.m. Merryville
11:30 a.m. Singer
2:30 p.m. Hyatt