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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Check out one of the latest additions to the library collection: The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch.
In this new book, the author shares the interesting concept that happiness follows a U-shaped curve. He says that we start out with the optimism of youth and our happiness level declines as we enter middle age. But then he shows that our happiness level climbs back up as we enter our fifties. He says that this curve is a very natural process and explains why this occurs.
By the time we reach our forties, many of us have achieved successful lives, both professional and personal. But we often feel a sort of slump and find it difficult to be happy. The author, a successful journalist, was feeling this slump. He decided to investigate and discovered that others, from all walks of life, experienced the same thing. But he also discovered that those who were a bit older and had gotten through this midlife malaise, found themselves becoming happier people.
In the book, the author gives us ways to endure the low, midlife years and not fall victim to its dangers and traps. He shows how we can help others get through the darkness, and by doing so, help ourselves come out with a renewed sense of happiness.
This book can be found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 155. If it interests, you, check it out.