Reminder: Genealogy Database Trials

Reminder: Genealogy Database Trials

Beauregard Parish Library has one more week left of our genealogy database trials. We currently subscribe to World Vital Records, but sometimes patrons prefer other products instead. Now is the time to test one or all of them out and tell us what you want!

You can access the trials through the Database Trials link at the top of our index page. We are testing Ancestry.com Library Edition, Fold 3 and HeritageQuest.

Ancestry Library Edition:

Ancestry is one of the biggest names in Genealogy searching, so we are excited to see how our patrons feel about this database. Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created specifically for the library market. It provides patrons with access to a wide range of genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.

Fold3 Library Edition:

Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry in unique in that it provides access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. This database will be useful for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle re-enactors.

Heritage Question Online:

Digitized from the popular UMI; Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, this online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.

Remember, access to these trials ends July 11. Please email any feedback about these three databases to us at programming@beau.org

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Posted Monday July 6, 2015 10:30am

Sunday School: Interpersonal Relations

Interpersonal Relations

Let's face it. We live in a world full of people, and sometimes it's hard to get along. With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you navigate that much easier by giving you a few key classes on interpersonal relations that you can use in both your personal and professional lives. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Communication with Diplomacy and Tact 101
"Defined generally as communicating in ways that instill good feelings in others and avoid creating bad feelings, communicating with diplomacy and tact requires specific linguistic and nonlinguistic considerations. This course on Communicating with Diplomacy and Tact takes the student through various areas of communication research most relevant to this unique communication area. Students take a closer look at language and its specific usage and characteristics of particular nonverbal channels as a foundation for this course."
[8 lessons]
Dealing With Difficult People
"Dealing with a difficult or toxic personality can be damaging both emotionally and physically, particularly if the person is your boss or sitting in the cubicle right next to you. Confronting those who compromise your comfort and job security can be very difficult for many people, but standing up for yourself is essential in the workplace. In 11 easy to follow lessons, students will learn to identify various types of difficult personalities and address conflict before it begins to chip away at their well-being and job satisfaction."
[11 lessons]
Kinesics 101 - Learn How to Read Body Language
"In this course you will learn what body language is, about different emotions, how to read body language and how to use the information to your personal and career advantage. You'll learn about cultural differences as it pertains to body language, the power of first impressions and intuition and how to ask the questions and be an active listener when you get responses."
[13 lessons]
Assertiveness Training 101
"Many people confuse assertiveness with aggression, anger, antagonism, hostility, or even bullying. Being assertive is none of these things. The perfect starting place when learning how to do something new is to be very clear about what that behavior or action is; what it is not; and what it means, looks like, and feels like. Whether you are having trouble being confident and assertive in your career or personal life, or if you are simply interested in learning more about this topic, this course will introduce you to a better way of getting what you want and need from the people in your life."
[10 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday July 5, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Happy 4th of July everybody! In honor of our nations birthday take some time out from grilling and fireworks to check out this video on how America got its independence.

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Posted Saturday July 4, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States and from the staff here at BPL we hope that you all have a great day celebrating with friends and family. It is important to take a step back from the fireworks and BBQ’s to remember the history of the day we are about to celebrate. Independence Day, comonly known at the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. This Find it Friday provides you with links to the World Book Encyclopedia where you will find more information about Independence Day.

World Book Kids: By searching for “Independence Day” in the search box of the World Book Kids database you will find information that is easy to understand and kid friendly. Kids can complete the searches by themselves and receive reliable and accurate information.

World Book Timelines: Use the World Book Timelines database for a closer look at the events that occurred around the time of the Declaration of Independence signing on July 4, 1776. By searching “United States” in the search box of the Timelines Homepage you will receive many timelines that document the foundation and history of the United States.

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Posted Friday July 3, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Many of our patrons have discovered that we have an extensive collection of cookbooks. We have something for just about everybody – from diabetics to vegetarians, from people with allergies to those watching their salt or gluten. We also have cookbooks for special occasions and for those who are too busy to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

This week we received a unique cookbook - Aroma Kitchen: Cooking with Essential Oils by Sabine Honig and Ursula Kutschera. The authors explore the connection between the senses of taste and smell. They note that the human tongue and palate are only able to distinguish five tastes and the nose complements this. Much of what we think we taste actually comes from the smell. This book shows how to incorporate scent in the form of essential oils into our foods for a more satisfying experience that does not rely on adding fillers and chemicals. The recipes focus on using fresh ingredients (local if possible) to nourish us in a healthy way. There are easy to follow recipes for appetizers, soups, main and side dishes, desserts and even drinks. There are even color photos of many of the dishes.

So check out this, or some of our other cookbooks to enhance your cooking and dining experience!

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Posted Thursday July 2, 2015 08:00am

Staff Picks

With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

Frontier Magic (series) by Patricia C. Wrede

Are you a fan of magic? Do you like stories set during the American frontier times? This series might be something that interests you. A few reviewers have called it Little House on the Pairie meets Harry Potter.

Frontier Magic has three books (The Thirteenth Child, Across the Great Barrier, The Far West) that focus on Eff Rothmer, the older sister of a set of twins growing up in frontier times in an alternate USA, called Columbia. Eff, real name Francine, is a hard-working girl who loves her large family. Her brother Lan is the 7th son of a 7th son, and he is the one everyone around them expect to do great things. Eff has to battle other people's misconceptions that she will be very unlucky because she was born the 13th child.

The first book takes Eff from 5 years old to 16 years as her family moves to a university town on the edge of the frontier along what would be the Mississippi River. As Eff gets older, she finds aptitudes for other forms of magic and an affinity for working with animals. That makes her one of the perfect candidates to go on exploratory missions to find out what is out there. Her different way of seeing and working with magic often saves the day when her companions have a hard time, but Eff is always humble about her achievements. By the time we get to the end of the third book, Eff is 22 years old, and we know that she will continue exploring and having adventures in the world around her.

This book is considered a Young Adult title, but it is perfect for anyone who wants to read about a strong but kind heroine with strong family ties. It also works for people who love adventure from the back of a horse and those who like alternate histories.

If the Frontier Magic series interests you, feel free to request the books and check them out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday July 1, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

This week we want to remind you that if you just need to type up a quick paper or print from removable media you can sign on to any computer lab machines using the username 'guest'. This will allow you to do any task on our computers BUT you will have no internet access. To get access to the internet you will probably need to sign up for a library card. Ask one of our friendly clerks if you don't already have one. We will see you next week for another tech tip.

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Posted Tuesday June 30, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Spanish

Spanish (Soccer Celebration)

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Spanish.

Spanish is one of the major world languages in terms of native speakers and those who learn it as a second language. It is familiar to many people who don't know it simply because it is in music, television and movies. That familiarity plus a lot of borrowed vocabulary makes Spanish a great language for English speakers, especially Americans to learn. Another very convenient feature of Spanish is that it is written phonetically, so that the words are pronounced as they are written.

We have featured Spanish before as part of our romance collection in February, but we'll look at it again especially in conjunction with the recent FIFA Women's World Cup. So here are some of the phrases from the very special Spanish lesson Soccer Celebration.

Please note, this lesson can be found in the section for Spanish spoken in Spain, not Latin America.

  • Honey, tonight I am going to watch a match with my buddies. Cariño, esta noche voy a ver el partido con mis colegas.
  • Who's playing? Don't tell me it's a second division match. ¿Quién juega? No me digas que es un partido de segunda división.
  • Quarterfinals of the King's Cup. Cuartos de final de la Copa del Rey.
  • Ah, yes, I saw it on TV. But when are we going to eat with my parents? Ah sí, lo vi en televisión. Pero ¿cuándo vamos a comer con mis padres?
  • Any other day. But not this Saturday because there is a Madrid-Barcelona match. Cualquier otro día. Pero no este sábado, porque hay un partido Madrid-Barça.
  • You are watching soccer all day but have never won anything in a soccer gamble! ¡Estás viendo fútbol todo el día, pero nunca as ganado nada en una quiniela!
  • My love, in two weeks the season is over, and we will do everything you want. Mi amor, en dos semanas se acaba la temporada y haremos todo lo que tú quieras.

    Spanish is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday June 29, 2015 09:00am

Sunday School: Accounting

Accounting

For many organizations, July 1st starts a new fiscal year. With that in mind we use this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you with business accounting topics. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Budgeting and Saving for Small Business
"This course will show you everything you need to know about business budgeting and cost cutting. You will be introduced to the different aspects of business financial tools and will have an essential primer to current business trends in cost cutting and increasing profits. At the conclusion of this course, you will understand important budgeting concepts, time tested strategies, and be able to see and easily implement savings for your company."
[11 lessons]
Managerial Accounting
"Managerial accounting is a form of accounting that deals not only with financial information, but information that is not always easy to quantify into numbers and reports. Things like employee performance, efficiency, product rates and customer satisfaction stats are all things that managerial accountants deal with. They take that information and put it into reports that are easy for managers to understand. By doing this, managerial accountants help managers make the important decisions to turn the company in a new direction, or help it continue on as a profitable and respected organization."
[7 lessons]
Payroll Management 101
"While managing the payroll may seem easy enough, it is actually a complicated process involving finance and record keeping. Payroll Management 101 provides you with the information and guidance to become a key member of the payroll management team. The curriculum is designed to give an overview of all the core skills you will be required to attain in an easy to read manner. Most importantly, Payroll Management 101 provides you with the tools to quickly start using your new vocational skills in an operational environment."
[18 lessons]
QuickBooks 2015
"QuickBooks 2015 is an accounting software program created by Intuit for small businesses and self-employed professionals. It can be used for almost all financial business processes. This course was created for anyone who wants to learn QuickBooks. Whether you signed up simply to learn QuickBooks 2015 or are a complete newbie to the software does not matter. We will teach you the software from beginning to end so that anyone, regardless of experience, learns all that they need to know to successfully use the program."
[25 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday June 28, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is PTSD Awareness Day. It is the day we should all strive to make ourselves aware of the challenges and complications caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please take a look at this video on the subject.

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Posted Saturday June 27, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer

It seems safe to say that the summer heat has officially arrived in Louisiana. This Find it Friday is dedicated to our furry four legged pals, who have special safety needs in the summer months. We have found two websites that will give you all the information you need to protect your pets from the summer heat.

  • The Humane Society has compiled a number of tips for keeping pets safe in the heat. The first tip? Never leave your pets in a parked car!
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also has some great resources that you will want to check out about detecting the signs of heatstroke and knowing when a trip to the vet may be needed.
  • The two links above provide reliable information that will help you and your pets have a happy and safe summer!

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    Posted Friday June 26, 2015 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    In honor of Audiobook month we are featuring new additions to our extensive collection of titles for your listening enjoyment. Check out the latest in the handy Playaway format.

    The Bone Tree by Greg Iles. This is the second book in the epic trilogy featuring southern lawyer Penn Cage. (It follows Natchez Burning – also available on Playaway) Penn and his fiance have barely escaped an attack by wealthy businessman Brody Royals and his terrorist group called the Double Eagles. The FBI warns them that the true leader of the group is actually the chief of the state’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. In order to save his father, who is fleeing corrupt cops intent on killing him, Penn must either make a deal with this evil man or destroy him. The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets.

    Memory Man by David Baldacci. Amos Decker was the first man from his hometown to become a professional athlete. But his career ended on his first play when he received a terrible head injury. As a side effect of this injury he is unable to forget anything. Now two decades later, he has become a police detective. He returns home from a stakeout to find his family murdered. His life is destroyed and he winds up on the streets taking an occasional job as a private investigator. A year after the crime, a man turns himself in confessing to the murders. Decker is called in to help with the case and must use his gift and endure the memories he would rather forget to discover the truth about what happened that terrible night.

    The Liar by Nora Roberts. When Shelby Foxworth’s husband dies, she discovers that he was not the man she thought she knew. He was actually an adulterer and a liar with multiple identities. She takes her young daughter and returns to her hometown where she meets a successful contractor and begins to make a new life. But there are more secrets in her late husband’s past and they threaten her and her new life.

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    Posted Thursday June 25, 2015 09:30am

    Staff Picks

    With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

    Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton

    The mystery genre doesn’t interest everyone, but I encourage you to give this book a try before writing it off. The author gives readers a little of everything in the story. Historical fiction, murder, romance, and mystery are all rolled into one page turner of a book. Set in the early 20th century, the book is based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. The plot is entertaining and at times unexpected, I found myself forgetting that this was a fictional tale.

    Eduardo de Valfierno is a criminal who makes a good living in Argentina selling forgeries of famous pieces of art to unsuspecting collectors. The buyers believe that Valfierno and his crew of thieves are stealing the famous portraits from museums, when in reality they are selling the buyers fakes. When Valfierno is forced to move back to Paris, where he got his start, he pulls together an unlikely group of criminals to take on the biggest challenge yet, stealing the Mona Lisa.

    This book won Library Journal’s Best Mystery of 2011 award.

    If Stealing Mona Lisa interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday June 24, 2015 09:30am

    Tech Tips

    Today we are gonna talk about sound, and more specifically the sound you get from headphones on our computers. First off if you have your own headphones/earbuds awesome! If not, we sell them here at the library for $1.00 per pair. Once at your desired computer remmeber to plug the headphones into the green headphone jack, NOT the pink one. We ask that you keep your volume to a reasonable level in the library, so to change your volume settings you can click on System > Preferences > Sound to access the controls. You can also click on sound and drag it to one of the panels on your desktop to give yourself a readily available icon. We hope this helps those of you listening to headphones in our computer labs and we hope you stick around for another Tech Tip next week.

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    Posted Tuesday June 23, 2015 12:00pm

    Mango Monday: Danish

    Danish

    For this week's Mango Monday we will present Danish.

    Danish is one of the Germanic languages of the larger Indo-European language family, just like English. It is closely related to northern Germanic languages such as Norwegian and Swedish, and it is spoken by 6 million speakers in Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland.

    For those interested in travel to the places where Danish is spoken, Mango offers this enticement:

    Take a dip in the Copenhagen Harbour, visit The Blue Planet, and grab a Rødgrød med fløde for a sweet snack along the way. It’s all a day in the life in the small yet fascinating country of Denmark. Imagine cycling the city streets, riding along the rolling plains until you reach the sandy coastlines along the shore. Unwind with a beer from one of the country’s 200 microbreweries, and strike up a conversation with any of the language’s six-million speakers. The rich culture of Denmark awaits you!

    All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about dining out and dietary restrictions you can learn from Unit 4, Chapter 18, called "I can't eat that!"

    • I am hungry, let's eat. Jeg er sulten, lad os spise.
    • Everything looks delicious! Det hele ser lækkert ud!
    • But I am a vegetarian. Men jeg er vegetar.
    • Does this dish contain any meat? Er der noget kød i den her ret?
    • No, but there are shellfish in the soup. Nej, men der er skaldyr i suppen.
    • I am allergic to shellfish! Jer er allergisk overfor skaldyr!
    • But it sure smells good. Men det sufter sørme godt.

    Danish is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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    Posted Monday June 22, 2015 11:00am

    Weekend Webcast

    Today is World Juggling Day! It's the day to learn, or just be amazed by the juggling skills of people the world over. And if juggling bowling pins wasn't enough for you, check out this physics video on juggling ultra-cold atoms and quantum computing. And if you are interested watch the whole series!

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    Posted Saturday June 20, 2015 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    Finding Quick Answers on Google:

    This week we want to talk about how to do some quick searches using Google. The website developers have created an easy way for you to actually receive answers in the search results. These searches allow you to find information quickly, without having to move from website to website. Here are examples of possible quick searches:

  • Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place.
  • Dictionary: Put define in front of any word to see its definition.
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  • Calculations: Enter a math equation like 3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.
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  • Unit conversions: Enter any conversion, like "3 dollars in euros."
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  • Sports: Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more.
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  • Quick facts: Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information.
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    So, if you find yourself sitting in the computer lab at the DeRidder branch of BPL and want to know the weather forecast all you have to do is go to Google and enter “weather” into the search box. The current weather, along with a hourly forecast for DeRidder, LA will automatically come up at the top of the search results page, pretty easy right?

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    Posted Friday June 19, 2015 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    June is audiobook month and we have all types of books for your listening pleasure. This week we received our selection of Western books on CD. These are perfect for long drives or just relaxing at home.

    Check out:

    Flintlock by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone. Flintlock is a feared bounty hunter who is the scourge of bad men everywhere. He carries an ancient Hawken muzzle-loader that was handed down to him by the mountain man who raised him. Now he is hunting for treasure in the form of a golden bell hanging in a remote monastery in the Arizona mountains. He will have to face a dozen bloody showdowns with schemers, madmen and Apache warriors – including the great Geronimo himself, in order to succeed and survive.

    Hot Iron by Elmer Kelton. In the early days of the Texas panhandle Espy Norwood is a troubleshooter who has troubles of his own. Bitter landowners plot against him, determined cattle thieves sneak right under his nose, and his own son refuses to trust or even know him. Can he catch the thieves, save the ranch, and win his son’s love?

    Lords of an Empty Land by Randy Denmon. Captain Douglas Owens of the 4th Cavalry is given orders to reclaim the wild strip of land in the Red River Valley of northern Louisiana that has become a home for murderous outlaw gangs following the Civil War. Each deadly encounter brings new challenges for Owens and his men, until he realizes that he must make a last desperate bid for freedom and justice that could change the course of history.

    Our Western CDs include both classic stories from the beloved writers and new stories from authors who may become your new favorites.

    Remember that if you are registered for our Summer Reading Program, time spent listening to audiobooks can be logged in order to earn prizes. If you are not registered, there is still time. Register online or at any of our branches. Happy listening!

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    Posted Thursday June 18, 2015 08:00am

    Staff Picks

    With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

    Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley

    Face the Music - A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley is the autobiography of the co-founding member of the rock band KISS. It is a very gripping and gritty account of his life from growing up in the 1950s and 60s being abused and bullied to being the frontman of one of the most popular and successful rock and roll bands in history.

    I personally am not a huge KISS fan and chose to read the book out of some curiosity, and boredom to be honest. I'm very glad I did because it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a very long time and would easily put it on my top 10 favorites list. I also found the book very inspirational, which is really the last thing one would expect reading an autobiography of a rock star that wears make up and has a reputation of womanizing. I was surprised to learn that Paul Stanley was born with a medical condition and deformity called microtia which rendered him no right ear and deaf on that side. Growing up he was constantly laughed at, bullied, and made fun of because of it. It wasn't until his latter teen years that he was able to grow his hair long to cover it up because his parents were strictly against long hair, so he endured a reclusive lonely childhood and found solace in music, and the rest is history... literally.

    Surprisingly, it was through landing the lead in the Broadway play Phantom of the Opera that helped him to begin to find peace with himself and his physical and psychological scarring, which helped drive home his constant mentioning that money does not buy happiness. Enduring many setbacks in his career as well as all too often violent confrontations with bandmates over their substance abuse problems it was almost one man's struggle to keep a music and business empire going, and it was through his faith that he endured and is still going 40+ years later.

    Stanley's quote at the beginning of the book of "Everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I'm sharing it" rang all too true, and that is why I am recommending it. Check it out and give it a shot, you might be as surprised as I was.

    If Face the Music interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday June 17, 2015 09:30am

    Tech Tips

    Today how about an informational Tech Tip? Remember to periodically check cables and cords for breaks. If the insulation on a power cord for instance gets broken, your charging cable turns into a big fire hazard. So every now and them give them a once over to make sure everything looks good, and if you do find a break or a split replace the cord as soon as possible. Doing this will decrease fire hazards from compromised cables.

    Check back next week for another important Tech Tip!

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    Posted Tuesday June 16, 2015 12:00pm

    Genealogy Database Trials

    As part of our Genealogy database trial that is currently in progress we wanted to tell you more about the three databases.

    Ancestry Library Edition:

    Ancestry is one of the biggest names in Genealogy searching, so we are excited to see how our patrons feel about this database. Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created specifically for the library market. It provides patrons with access to a wide range of genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.

    Fold3 Library Edition:

    Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry in unique in that it provides access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. This database will be useful for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle re-enactors.

    Heritage Question Online:

    Digitized from the popular UMI; Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, this online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.

    If you have any feedback about these three databases please email us at programming@beau.org

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    Posted Tuesday June 16, 2015 08:00am

    Mango Monday: American Sign Language

    American Sign Language

    For this week's Mango Monday we present American Sign Language.

    American Sign Language is one of the newest offerings from Mango languages. According to Mango:

    If you’re someone who likes to talk with their hands, this language is for you. You’ll learn to use your entire body to chat with others in the American Sign Language (ASL) community, which boasts over 250,000 speakers in North America alone. Learn to ask someone out on a date, sign along to your favorite songs, or ask for directions in ASL. Train your brain to convey thoughts and ideas in an entirely new way with ASL’s unique grammar, syntax, and culture. Get ready to engage your hands, eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and even body position to tell the greatest story of your life.

    American Sign Language is not the same as signed spoken English. It has its own grammar and syntax as any other language does. It is also not made exclusively of pantomime, though some signs do look like the meaning they wish to convey.

    Because Mango's American Sign Language component is still in development, the first set of lessons is a 5 minute video about finger spelling the alphabet and a neat trick for how to sign repeated letters. Try it and have fun! Then stay tuned to Mango for more ASL components as the language offering grows.

    American Sign Language is only available through Mango Languages.

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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    Posted Monday June 15, 2015 09:00am

    Sunday School: Aging

    Aging

    With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you topics on Aging and wellness. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

    Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

    Anti-Aging Techniques
    "Perceptions about aging are changing. Today, people are living longer, happier, and healthier lives. When it comes to slowing or stopping the aging clock and maintaining a younger, more youthful appearance, this course also explains the benefits of exercise, the importance of maintaining and increasing brain activity and the vital needs of the body for water, vitamins and minerals. Exploring ancient antiaging remedies as well as understanding the importance of hormones, antioxidants, and the truth about many cosmetic ingredients provides a fascinating and often humorous look into mankind's desperate attempt to find the ever-elusive Fountain of Youth."
    [12 lessons]
    Understanding Aging and Long Term Care
    "The graying of America means a cultural shift. Now there's a workforce of seniors who decades ago would have been retired at age 55 to 65. This course describes the aging process, risks to senior's health, and how to stay healthy no matter if you are 65 or 105. You will gain understanding of and respect for seniors, and explode some myths about the aging brain."
    [11 lessons]
    Alzheimer's Disease 101
    "As one of the most feared and misunderstood types of dementia affecting the elderly today, understanding Alzheimer's and how it affects the brain is important not only for every individual, but for those diagnosed with the disease, and their caregivers. In this course, students will learn about some of the risk factors and perceived causes of Alzheimer's disease. Students will learn the most common warning signs of Alzheimer's and differentiating between Alzheimer's symptoms and normal aging processes. By the end of this course, students will also understand how Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed and classified or staged, with differing symptoms affecting the lifestyle, environment and challenges placed on caregivers."
    [11 lessons]
    Advocacy for Elderly Patients
    "Welcome to advocacy for the elderly patient. With growing numbers of seniors in our aging population, families and extended family members are finding themselves in a position where they're providing for some or all of the care for their senior loved ones. Understanding basic rights of patients and how such rights apply to the elderly will help you become an advocate for not only elderly patients, but for other family members and friends. In this course, you'll learn what an advocate is, what one does, and why it's important to be an advocate for patient care today."
    [11 lessons]

    There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

    If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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    Posted Sunday June 14, 2015 12:00pm

    Genealogy Database Trials

    From time to time the library will have trials of new digital products that might be of interest to our patrons. We currently have a trial for three different online genealogy databases: Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3 Library Edition, and Heritage Quest Online. Each of these databases are specialized library editions, designed and created for patrons like you. The trial will end on July 11, 2015, so make sure to check them out if you have an interest in genealogy. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please let us know by sending an email to programming@beau.org.

    Here is how you can access the databases:

    Click on the tab that says Database Trials, located towards the top of BPL’s Homepage. From there you will be guided to links for each of the three databases. OR you can click on this link.

    On Tuesday we will have a post discussing the uses of each of the three databases, so stay tuned!

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    Posted Saturday June 13, 2015 11:00am

    Find It Fridays

    Just Google It

    Many of you probably hear the phrase “just Google it” often, but some might not know all of the ways that Google can help you. In the next few weeks we will be cover how to efficiently use Google as a search engine.

    This week we want to start with the basics: What is Google? Google is arguably the most popular search engine in use today. It originated in the late 1990s and became popular for its easy to use design and the PageRank technique that orders the results that the searcher will see. Google allows searchers to find articles, newspaper clippings, images, maps, webpages, and many other items. Over the past few years Google has expanded the services offered and searchers can now get quick answers to simple questions (example: What is the capital of Louisiana?) and receive driving directions from one location to another.

    So if you have a question this week and are near a computer or smart phone, take some time to “Google it” and see what you find!

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    Posted Friday June 12, 2015 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    Many of us have heard the words “If you believe, you can do anything.” These words are intended to be an inspiration, but according to leading psychology expert Tracey Cleantis they can make us feel like failures. She went through a difficult time that forced her to come to the conclusion that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, our dreams do not always come true. Sometimes the smartest and healthiest thing to do is to let go of your original plan in order to find a new direction toward happiness. This week we received her new book The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life you Planned and Find a New Way Forward, in which she teaches readers to face the possibility that a dream is not working and set realistic goals for finding a new path to follow. She deals with how to process the sadness, anger and shame that often accompany this perceived failure. By understanding what the original dream represented and why it wasn’t working, she allows readers to open a world of possibilities as new, tangible dreams take shape.

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    Posted Thursday June 11, 2015 08:00am

    Staff Picks

    With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

    On the Beach [DVD]

    We tend to think of post-apocalyptic movies as being a recent genre anticipating 'the end' in various scenarios. Our movie pick this week dispels that notion in a dramatic way. On the Beach is a 1959 movie starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and a young Anthony Perkins. The movie is about a post-nuclear environment where only the residents of Australia and 1 American nuclear submarine have survived a nuclear war.

    This movie could be considered part of the Film Noir genre that we pointed out before in the discussion of the Best of Film Noir: volume 1 and volume 2. That genre of films tends to have morbid themes and to include the darker areas of life. This film is no different as people prepare for the 'end of the world' on a beach in Australia.

    The U.S. government objected to the filming in Australia because they didn't like the suggestion that America had enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world. There are several themes of conflict brought out in this movie that maintain interest in the plot. This movie also has one of the best versions of "Walking Matilda" that has ever been recorded.

    Note: The film version of On the Beach was an adaption of a novel by Australian author Nevil Shute.

    If On the Beach interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday June 10, 2015 09:30am

    Tech Tips

    Want to download apps but like Firefox more than Chrome? That's ok the Firefox app store is now open! Located here you can search for and download any compatible firefox app to be stored on your computer. Hopefully this makes installing those games and productivity tools much easier for all the firefox users out there. If you don't know where your app has been stored check Applications > Other. We hope this Tech Tip helps you to use our services even better and hope you will check back next week for another Tech Tip!

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    Posted Tuesday June 9, 2015 12:00pm

    Mango Monday: French

    French

    For this week's Mango Monday we present French.

    French is a language near and dear to the hearts of many in Louisiana as it is one of our official state languages. Mango and Pronunciator might not have Cajun French yet, but they have both European French and Canadian French. For Mango Monday this week, we focus specifically on the original French, and we'll do it by sharing some of the phrases from Mango's wine and cheese lesson.

    French is not completely unfamiliar to native speakers of English. It is part of the greater Indo-European language family, as English is, but it is part of the smaller Romance language family with Spanish, Portugese, Italian and Romanian. French-derived vocabulary is very much a large part of English because of borrowings through history, especially after the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

    If you want a language to use for world travel, you would do great with French. French is one of the world languages spoken by 77 million (native), 390 million (non-native) speakers in France, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo,Madagascar, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina, Faso, Niger, and other countries in Africa. France itself has overseas departments and regions in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

    All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about French wines and cheeses you can learn from Wine and Cheese. The phrases use informal language.

    • Do you feel like having a glass of wine and a plate of cheese? Ca te dit si on prend un verre et une planche de fromage?
    • Yes, I am in. So cheese calls for red wine, doesn't it? Oui, je suis partante. Alors qui dit fromage dit rouge, non?
    • Yes, but I like wines that have character. Oui, mai moi j'aime bien les vin qui ont de la cuisse.
    • And I prefer goat cheese to runny cow cheese. Et je préfère le fromage de chèvre au fromage de vache coulant.
    • What's this smell? It's awful! It stinks out! Oh mai c'est quoi cette odeur? C'est abominable. Ca empeste!
    • Ah this, it must be the camembert! Ah ça, ça doit être le camembert!
    • Ok, everything you want, but not that! Ok, alors tout ce que te veux, mai surtoit pa ça!

    French is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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    Posted Monday June 8, 2015 08:00am
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