Story Time Tales

Story Time is back in session this week for both DeRidder and Merryville branches! Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure starting with: Aa is for Apes

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will be A for Awesome!


DeRidder: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

Merryville: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:30.

Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 12:30pm

It's Library Card Signup Month

Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 07:00am

Author Dinner Next Month

Join us for an evening out at Libraries Southwest's annual Author Dinner featuring Dr. Mark Wygoda of McNeese State University as he speaks of a tale that has at once both international and personal implications.

Please print and use this form by October 1 to register.

Posted Monday September 1, 2014 07:00am

Find It Fridays

September marks the start of a new column we like to call "Find it Fridays." Every Friday, we will be discussing different tips, tricks, and solutions for more easily finding information.

"What type of information?" you may ask. Anything from job search tips to medical information to finding the perfect new book to read! Learning how to search smarter by using advanced searches, keywords, subjects will save you time and frustration.

The library has many databases available for both in house and at home use, so we hope that Find it Fridays will better help you, the patron, search smarter and faster! Stay tuned next week for our first search entry: Using the Advanced Search Option in the online catalog.

Posted Friday August 29, 2014 11:00am

New Servers

Planned downtime this weekend

We are starting the process of cutting over to new, faster server hardware. Sometime between when we close on Saturday and Tuesday we will go dark for a few hours.

We will be needing more outages later but we will try to keep them limited to nights and weekends like this one.

Posted Friday August 29, 2014 12:00am

Upcoming Events At Your Library

Posted Wednesday August 27, 2014 09:30am

Singer Branch Closes Early

Due to a power outage in Singer, our branch there closed at 4:00 this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 04:20pm

August Teen Scene

The month's almost over, but there's still fun to be had! There are still a few August Teen / Tween events remaining - be sure to mark them on your calendar!

Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 01:30pm

Tech Tips

The library is now in the process of upgrading our server infrastructure. When completed this should increase speed and reliability of many of our provided services. We apologize for the connection issues and other problems we have had recently and we thank you for sticking with us while we try to get them fixed. We have no timeline as of now for this project, but rest assured we will be working diligently to bring you the best service we can. Thank you.

Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 12:00pm

Merryville Closes Early

Due to a power outage in Merryville, our branch there closed at 6:00 this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be back on track tomorrow morning.

Posted Monday August 25, 2014 06:28pm

Student Test Prep

School is back in session for students of all ages, and it's never too soon to get the help you need to be an academic success.

Homework Louisiana

Available at HomeworkLA.Org, HomeworkLouisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from for Louisiana residents from kindergarten students through adult learners. Get help in math, science, social studies or English from a live tutor. The services can be accessed from a Louisiana public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device.

Receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate online job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview.

Homework Louisiana is available Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The site operates by geolocation, meaning most of the time people will not have to use their library cards to access the services. Tutoring is available on this website in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Beauregard Parish Library pays for additional services from that are not part of HomeworkLouisiana. One of the best things about is that it can be accessed 24/7 no matter when questions arise. Because this is a service specific to Beauregard Parish Library, users will have to type their library cards to gain access.

For smartphone and tablet users, has the Tutor To Go app for both Apple and Android.

Learning Express 3.0

Available through Louisiana Library Connection Databases, Learning Express is a web-based learning solution that provides patrons, from elementary students to adult learners, with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available. Users will have access to over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials are available, along with more than 200 eBook titles-all developed by expert academic and industry professionals.

One of the best parts of Learning Express is that multiple users can use the same information at the same time, including the practice books about standardized testing. Even if a test study guide is checked out from the physical library it is always available 24/7 through Learning Express.

Please note that users must create a personal account to use Learning Express. Services are still free, but it helps keep track of personal progress.

Posted Monday August 25, 2014 11:15am

Families and Parenting

Did you know that August is National Family Fun Month? Families come in every shape and size and are an important part of our lives.

At your library, we have begun hosting a regular meeting of a Breastfeeders Support Group and will soon host the Volunteers of America as they teach a parenting class. Check out our online calendar or call us to learn more about these activities. For additional information on parenting skills, BPL's got your back! In our own collection, you can browse the many titles with a subject heading of "parenting" here.

Access Video on Demand

If you prefer video to the written word, here's a small sampling of what's available from AVOD on parenting.

Junior comes home from school and needs help dividing fractions. Sally isn't sure what her teacher meant by "MLA citations" for her report, and Billy wants a great idea to win this year's Science Fair. What's a Mom or Dad to do?!?

No problem! Access via the button on the left (you'll need your library card number), and click "View Career Resources" towards the bottom of the page beneath SkillsCenter Resource Library. Next, use the drop-down boxes to select the topic : Adult Services and subject : Helping children with homework. The resources listed here (not to mention the live tutors that are always available through's Live Homework Help) will have you back in your Super Parent shoes in no time!

Universal Class

If you'd like to go a little more in-depth in exploring parenting skills while working at your own pace, take a look at the many parenting & family classes available from Universal Class. There are even resources available for the "sandwich generation," adults taking care of their own children as well as their aging parents. From theory to practice, there's a lot to learn!

Posted Friday August 22, 2014 08:00am
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