Just Arrived

Check out one of the latest additions to the library collection.

Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are by Sheri Riley. Often people find themselves pulled in many directions at the same time. The pressure to achieve one goal after another in career, family, and personal life can be overwhelming. Sheri Riley knows this as well as anyone. She rose to the top of her field but was miserable. She realized that she had to regain her sense of self and purpose. She discovered how to do this and shares her secrets in this helpful book. Her nine principles can help the busiest goal-oriented people integrate their professional success with whole-life success. They include topics such as: Live in your P.O.W.E.R. (perspective, ownership, wisdom, engagement, reward), Healthy living is more than just a diet, Pursue peace and a positive mind, and Happy is a choice, joy is a lifestyle. These, and the other principles, will help you “Stop spending 100% of your time on 10% of who you are while expecting 100% fulfillment.”

The author is an Empowerment Speaker and Life Strategist, who previously created marketing strategies for companies such as Coca Cola, Converse, BMW and TNT, as well as personalities such as Usher and Toni Braxton. She has been the keynote speaker at events such as Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Success Conference.

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Posted Saturday February 25, 2017 02:00pm

Find It Friday - Microsoft Excel Help

Some people think of spreadsheets as something only accountants use. They're wrong. Anyone can use a spreadsheet, and they have a wide range of uses.

The most common use of spreadsheets is for budgets, such as tracking your monthly bills and balancing your checkbook. But they're great for keeping tables of stuff, such as your book collection, your valuables for insurance purposes, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of friends, and so much more.

The library's patron computers have LibreOffice installed, which includes the LibreOffice Calc component for spreadsheets. While we don't have specific tutorials online for it, we do have Universal Class and GCF Learning. These two have a variety of courses for Microsoft Excel, which will give you the concepts you need to use almost any spreadsheet program. You can find links to both on our Online Learning page. You can also download LibreOffice for free and run it on your home computer, to give you a chance to practice.

Spreadsheets are a common business tool. It can pay to have some experience working with one!

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Posted Friday February 24, 2017 09:00am

Staff Picks: The Visit

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.

The Visit[DVD], directed by M Night Shyamalan

The low-budget found footage horror film The Visit by the director M. Night Shyamalan is about a brother and sister going to visit their grandparents (their mom’s parents) for the first time for several days. They have never seen them before in any form, no photographs or anything, because their mom had a disagreement with her parent’s many years ago and left without ever speaking to them again. They were born during this period so they never met them before. during their visit they film the experience, and they start noticing strange behaviors from their grandparents during their visit.

I liked The Visit more than I had expected because it kept my attention with its found footage style, the personality of some of the characters, it was better than your average American horror film, it kept me guessing and trying to figure out what was really going on, and even though I was trying to solve the mystery the entire film the final plot twist still surprised me and I did not see it coming because the film did a good job throwing you off with some fake clues and other distractions.

I think that other people will like it because it is somewhat different from your usual American horror film, because of the mystery and because of the final plot twist. I think that The Visit is worth watching once, and it was nice to see M. Night Shyamalan make a good film again on a low-budget.

If The Visit interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday February 23, 2017 09:00am

Library Apps: Pronunciator

There is more than one way to learn a language, and at Beauregard Parish Library there is more than one program that will help you do it! Last week, our featured Library App was about Mango Languages. This week we are proud to tell you that our language learning program Pronunciator also has mobile apps to use on the go!

The makers of the Pronunciator app break it down 5 different ways so you have the best options for your device:
iPhone, iPhone/iPod Touch, Android Phones, Android Tablets, or Kindle Fire.

Pronunciator apps have the same functionality as the web-based version of Pronunciator. So whatever you want to do with Pronunciator, you can do it wherever you’re happiest!

What’s more, your progress is automatically synced between your devices, so you can go from laptop to mobile phone to tablet without missing a beat.

If you want to get the App for you, follow this link to Pronunciator.

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Posted Tuesday February 21, 2017 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

60’s Song Spotlight

Do you remember the 60’s? For those of you that don’t we’ll call it retro. There were a lot of different types of music: protest songs (protesting the Vietnam War), folk songs, pop songs, psychedelic songs. Well, Freegal (the free music website) gives you plenty of music of the sixties. Use your five free weekly downloads or listen with your free three hours of daily commercial-free streaming music.

“Red Rubber Ball”, “Turn-Down Day” by The Cyrkle from Red Rubber Ball

“Glad All Over” by The Dave Clark Five from Old Gold Hits, Vol.3

“Western Union” by the Five Americans from The Best of the Five Americans

“Needles and Pins” by The Searchers from It’s the Searchers/Take me For What I’m Worth

“Happy Together” by The Turtles from Happy Together

“You’re The One” by The Vogues from You’re The One

“Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James from 40 Years

Try these or go exploring yourself. Remember you can always listen before you download. Peace.

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Posted Monday February 20, 2017 06:00am

Just Arrived

Check out some new Western books on CD that we received this past week:

Smoke Jensen: The Beginning by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone. This is the story of the early years of Kirby Jensen, who later became known as the legendary “Smoke” Jensen. It begins on the eve of the Civil War when Kirby is living on a ranch in Southwestern Missouri with his family. But soon his father and brother are called away to fight. Kirby’s childhood experiences with violence mold him into a young man filled with a thirst for justice. The story is filled with actual historical events and people that tell the brutal and amazing saga of the American frontier.

Bowies’s Mine by Elmer Kelton. Daniel Provost is a farmer who has a pretty comfortable life even though it is filled with hard work. He even has a loving woman who is waiting to become his wife. But when a well-traveled stranger comes telling stories of Jim Bowie’s legendary silver mine, Daniel decides to risk it all and accompany the man on his adventurous quest for riches. Follow them as they fight off Indians and other villains on their dangerous journey.

The Big Showdown by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Caleb York has decided to leave the little town of Trinidad, New Mexico and head to San Diego to begin a new life as a Pinkerton man. But before he can say goodbye to his sweetheart and board the stage, a blazing gunfight disrupts the morning. A band of outlaw brothers has arrived to create havoc and a cattle baron is out to take more land – and Caleb’s woman. Caleb knows that someone must bring law and order to the town and it looks like he is the man for the job. Soon he has a sheriff’s badge on his chest and his Colt is loaded for justice in a battle he must win.

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Posted Saturday February 18, 2017 02:00pm

Find It Friday - Microsoft Word Help

If you spent time last week learning to type, this week you can start learning the word processing program that most businesses use - Microsoft Word.

Both Universal Class and GCF Learning have classes for MS Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find links to both on our Online Learning page. MS Word is not the only word processing program out there. More and more businesses are moving to Apache OpenOffice, and its clone brother LibreOffice. You can take the skills learned from the MS Word classes, and apply them to OpenOffice or LibreOffice, since both take great care to keep themselves similar to MS Word. Their advantage is that they're free: you can download them to your home computer and get to practicing (or practice here in the Library, since all of the patron computers have LibreOffice on them!)

Familiarity with MS Word, and word processing in general, is a valuable job skill that many employers are asking for. If you're looking for a job, this is a good one to build and list on your resume!

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Posted Friday February 17, 2017 09:00am

Staff Picks: The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty

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.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A. N. Roquelaure

If you're a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, then this might be a book you would enjoy. It starts off as a erotic retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, but the story goes a lot further and gets hotter as it goes. Don't let the author fool you, though. That's actually Anne Rice, of the Vampire Lestat novels fame, writing under a pseudonym. If you like this one, there's 3 more sequels, one just released a couple of years ago.

If The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday February 16, 2017 09:00am

ASE Test Prep Quizzes with Chilton Library

Beauregard Parish Library's subscription to Chilton Library has more than just the car diagnostic information that you've come to trust. For those working with vehicles who want to become ASE certified, Chilton's has free test prep quizzes that you can take as many times as you need to get it right. According to the product:

Delmar ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Quizzes
By clicking on an exam title, you will be provided access to a demonstration version of Delmar’s Online ASE Technician Test Preparation product. Each demonstration contains approximately 15 questions and may be repeated as many times as desired.

You can find Chilton Library on our Online Research page. This resource can be used both inside the library and at home 24/7. If you are using the resource from home, you may be prompted for your library card number before you can use it.

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Posted Wednesday February 15, 2017 10:00am

Library Apps: Mango Languages

Foriegn language buffs may be pleased to learn that Mango Languages, one of Beauregard Parish Library's language learning programs, has a free app that you can use on the go! With this app, you can download lessons from any language you want, and you can practice lessons without using data or WiFi. This is especially great when you're on the go and want to cram any last minute phrases before a vacation!

You can find Mango in the following marketplaces:

  • iTunes
  • Android

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    Posted Tuesday February 14, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Valentine’s Day Music

    It’s time for Valentine’s Day soon and Freegal, the free website that gives you free 5 downloads weekly and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music has all types of songs and music for Valentine’s Day.

    “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille from Love Will Keep us Together The Valentine Mix

    “Faithfully” by Journey from Frontiers

    “There’s a Kind of Hush” by Herman’s Hermits from No Milk Today

    “I Honestly Love You” by Olivia Newton-John from Greatest Love 1

    “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies from The Hollies Greatest Hits

    “I’d Love You To Want Me” by Lobo from Golden Oldies Vol.1

    “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick from 15 Love Songs

    “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups from The Dixie Cups’ Another Boy Like Mine

    No Valentine? No Problem. Try “Perfect” by Pink from Perfect or Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” from 21 Love Songs. Either of these songs may make you feel better.

    Don’t forget you can make your own Valentine Playlist on Freegal.

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    Posted Monday February 13, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Check out some of the new DVDs we added to our collection last week.

    Madea on the Run: The Play. Tyler Perry’s popular Madea is back. This time she is in trouble with the local authorities and must find a place to hide. Her friend Bam is recovering from surgery, so she takes the opportunity to move in with her. Bam has no idea that she is running from the law and is grateful for her help. Madea soon discovers that it is Bam’s rambunctious family is in desperate need of the type of help only Madea can give. This is a stage play and is not rated.

    Inferno. Based on the best-selling book by Dan Brown, this thriller stars Tom Hanks once again as Professor Robert Langdon. This time he wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. What’s more, he discovers that he is the target of a massive manhunt. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor who he hopes can help him regain his memory. Together they race across Europe in order to stop a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population. This movie is rated PG-13.

    Sherlock: Season Four. Fans of this popular BBC series have waited a long time for the new season. It is now here and finds Sherlock Holmes and John Watson dealing with three new mysteries. John is adjusting to his new role as a husband and father, while Sherlock is dealing with the possibility that his nemesis Moriarty has returned from the grave. As with the other seasons, there are three episodes, entitled The Six Thatchers, The Lying Detective, and The Final Problem. The series was aired on PBS and is not rated.

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    Posted Saturday February 11, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Typing Help

    One of the essential skills for the modern era is the use of the computer keyboard. It's definitely a skill, though, that benefits from structured instruction in how to use it properly. Too many people spend more time on the computer "hunting and pecking" or "two-finger typing" than they do finding what they need and getting things actually done.

    Fortunately, the Library has help for that. Both Universal Class and GCF Learning have classes on this topic. You can find links to both on our Online Learning page, and simply searching for "typing" on each will bring up courses to help you learn to type quickly and accurately, letting you get more done during your time at the computer. Most classes teach the standard QWERTY layout, but you can even get classes on the Dvorak layout.

    There are also numerous other sites out there with free classes, if the ones from Universal Class and GCF Learning aren't to your taste. You could try Typing.com, Keybr.com, and TypingStudy.com, among others!

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    Posted Friday February 10, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks - So You Want To Be A Wizard

    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.

    So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

    More than 10 years before Harry Potter took off, Diane Duane started a series of books about two young people who got offered the chance to perform magic. However, it's not the fairy tale wackiness magic that inhabits the Harry Potter universe. It's BETTER!

    Officially, So You Want To Be A Wizard is for Young Adults, but it's really for everyone! The Library has most of the series, so if you enjoy this first one, you can keep reading and enjoying!

    If So You Want To Be A Wizard interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Thursday February 9, 2017 09:00am

    Library Apps: Homework Louisiana

    You may not know that our wonderful homework help service, Homework Louisiana is accessible via a mobile app!

    Homework Louisiana is powered by Tutor.com and is open Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You can get homework help for from Kindergarden through Adult and in a variety of academic and practical subjects. Plus, everything is confidential.

    If you need mobile apps, find them for free at:

  • iTunes
  • Android

    If you need Tutoring help outside those hours, don't worry. Beauregard Parish Library has you covered since we make sure they can have access to Tutor.com 24/7.

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    Posted Tuesday February 7, 2017 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Black History Month

    Freegal the free and legal website that gives you 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free music streaming has many famous and not so famous but also historical speeches. Last year we highlighted the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Freegal still has his speeches and many others.

  • Barack Obama
  • General Colin Powell
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Desmond Tutu-South African social rights activist
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Malcolm X
  • Fred Hampton and Black Panther Speeches
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    Posted Monday February 6, 2017 06:00am
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