The South Beauregard branch of the Beauregard Parish Library is closed today Saturday, August 1, 2020 because of bad weather; we apologize for the inconvenience.
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.
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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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Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.
We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.
War and Peace [DVD], adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is about priorities. The setting is Russia during its invasion by Napoleon, and it chiefly involves an unexpected inheritance to an illegitimate Russian nobility child and how he copes with the new-found wealth. In search of direction philosophically, he pursues philanthropy, Free Masons, war, and love. Along the way, he (Pierre) has friends who also struggle with their philosophies, and the two sometimes collide, with tragic consequences.
I liked it because the search in which Pierre embarks is universal. All of us at times have been torn between at least two paths, each one having both its moral correctness and its inherent risks. In addition, the war scenes, although not graphic, were laced with real fear and loss. Tolstoy was at one time an artillery soldier, so he could draw from memory actual scenes of scared army men, not Hollywood supermen. He was also a Count, so his descriptions of the posh life are believable.
The patron might like this series because it is long enough to develop characters more fully than a typical movie. One can identify with the motivations of the characters because sufficient character development has occurred. There is a wide range of characters, but they are woven together masterfully.
If War and Peace interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.