Just Arrived

All of us often look at successful people and wonder how they are able to accomplish so much. This week we received a new book that may shed some light on that subject and help us to become more successful in our own lives - Smarter Faster Better : The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

The author, an award-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times, looks at what successful people have in common. He finds that there are eight key concepts that separate truly productive people from those who are merely busy. These concepts range from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics – as well as the experiences of CEOs, generals, and other highly successful people, he explains how they are able to view the world differently and make choices that enable them to rise above others. He show how we can apply all of this in our own lives in order to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done while becoming smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.

Posted Thursday April 28, 2016 10:00am

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 discover a new favorite.

Life is short (no pun intended): love, laughter, and learning to enjoy every moment by Jennifer Arnold, MD, and Bill Klein

Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired many—family members, close friends and coworkers, as well as the millions of people who have followed theirs lives on TLC’s hit show The Little Couple. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive attitude.

Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life: to make the world a better place. They talk honestly about their families, friends and Doctors who have been there for them all along. They tell us about their romance, the joy they’ve found as parents.

If you believe in true love and many hardships that a couple can overcome, this is the book to read.

If Life is Short interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

Posted Wednesday April 27, 2016 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

FREE MUSIC from Glen Campbell on Freegal

In honor of Glen Campbell’s April 22 birthday we’d like to tell you about the many free songs from Glen found on Freegal (the free and legal music service provided by the Beauregard Parish Library).

  • You can choose from his early guitar instrumentals like “Cherry Beat”, “Greenback Dollar”, “Walk Right In”, and “The Man With a Golden Gun”.
  • Or try his famous vocal songs: “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Southern Nights”, “Gentle on My Mind”,“Galveston”,“By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Country Boy”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Try A Little Kindness”, “It’s Only Make Believe”, and “True Grit” from the movie True Grit starring John Wayne and Glen Campell (Yes, the library owns it).
  • Or his Christian albums: Show Me Your Way, The Boy in Me, Wings of Victory, and Jesus and Me: The Collection
  • Or his Christmas albums: Christmas with Glen Campbell and Home for the Holidays.
  • Or try his album of more recent works Love Songs with cover tunes like “Time in a Bottle”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’Feeling”, and “Only Love Can Break a Heart”.
  • He even has a song on a Sesame Street album called “Keep Smilin’” singing with Oscar the Grouch found on Sesame Street: Sesame Country.

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    Posted Monday April 25, 2016 06:00am

    Check Out an Ebook

    Remember: Even when the doors of our physical library are closed, our digital library is available 24/7. We have several sources for ebooks, digital audiobooks, music and movies. Why don't you look through our Electronic Library link to see all that you can download or stream? Some of it, like Freegal audio, you get to keep!

    We know you'll find something you like. Check out an e-book this weekend, and treat yourself to more of what the library has to offer.

    Posted Saturday April 23, 2016 01:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    Life Skills: provided by the World Book Online Reference Center

    The Life Skills section of the Reference Center is a unique collection of information, advice, and how-to’s for basic life skills. This section contains eight subsets that cover different aspects of adult everyday life: Stepping into the Working World, Taking Care of Business, Gaining Financial Know-How, Setting Up your Home, Maintaining the Basics, Eating In and Dining Out, Becoming a Savvy Consumer, and Staying Connected.

    If you are looking for a reliable resource for the ins and outs of apartment hunting the Setting Up your Home section will have great information. Or, if you are considering purchasing a car but don’t know where to start the Becoming a Savvy Consumer section would be a valuable resource. The Gaining Financial Know-How section provides helpful advice regarding savings plans, living debt free, and establishing emergency funds.

    You can save the information to your computer or your World Book account online, which is a helpful feature. This allows you to gather your research and make informed, knowledgeable decisions when the time comes.

    Posted Friday April 22, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we received an interesting book by a nutritionist who claims that it is possible to use food therapies to help combat many of the health issues that we face. Fast Metabolism Food RX: 7 Powerful Prescriptions to Feed Your Body Back to Health by Haylie Pomroy with Eve Adamson gives targeted eating plans that the author claims can restore the body and return sufferers of many conditions to vibrant health.

    The author began investigating the power of foods when her life was threatened by multiple health challenges. She developed food programs based on her research and credits these methods and philosophies with saving her life. She shares her personal story and shows how she has used her program for decades in her clinics to help people learn to listen to the clues their bodies give them about what foods they need. She shows how symptoms such as fatigue, elevated cholesterol or blood sugar, mood or cognition difficulties, and autoimmune issues can often be treated with food rather than drugs.

    So, if you want to see how your food choices could benefit your health, check out this new book. Please remember that this book is not a substitute for the advice and care of a medical professional and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific conditions. Always consult your physician before changing your nutrition or fitness routine.

    Posted Thursday April 21, 2016 09:00am

    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 discover a new favorite.

    Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

    After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

    The author pulls out all stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish. I have read other works by this author and I find her a talented writer. I prefer Inspirational reads. Thin Ice is a touch of romance, suspense and inspiration in one book. If you like light suspense and don't mind a little romance, you too may want to read Thin Ice.

    If this Thin Ice interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

    Posted Wednesday April 20, 2016 10:00am

    This Saturday

    Video Makes the Library Stars!

    Join us at the DeRidder branch this Saturday at 10 a.m. for your chance to learn how to make awesome digital videos.

    Get hands-on experience with amazing videographer Julian Quebedeaux!

    Space is limited so be here early and get your film on!

    Posted Tuesday April 19, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Country and Western singer Merle Haggard gone but not forgotten

    Merle Haggard (1937-2016) is gone from this world but his music will play on. His career spanned many years starting in the 1960’s and his many hits include:

  • “Mama Tried”
  • “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
  • “Okie from Muskogee”
  • “If We Make it Through December”
  • “Daddy Frank”
  • “Silver Wings”
  • “The Fighting Side of Me”
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star”
  • “The Bottle Let Me Down” and
  • “Are the Good Times Really Over for Good”

    Freegal the free music service paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library has all of the above songs and more. You can use your 5 free downloads a week or use your free 3 daily (commercial-free) hours of streaming music. To see his full collection, just click on the Merle Haggard billboard on the Freegal website that says, "See the Collection".

    ✦On a side note: Anything labeled Explicit Content on Freegal has previously been accidentally blocked. It is now unblocked and Patrons can choose whatever they wish as it is the library’s policy to allow Patrons to choose what they think is suitable for themselves.

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    Posted Monday April 18, 2016 06:00am

    Introducing: Global Road Warrior

    Beauregard Parish Library is proud to bring its patrons a brand new digital product, Global Road Warrior!

    Perfect for students or armchair travelers, Global Road Warrior has extensive profiles for over 170 countries. The information is perfect for countries of the world reports, but it includes details that are not often found in other places. For example, with Global Road Warrior, a user can find a basic introduction to a country's language, profiles of typical food with recipes, business and social culture pieces, and more. All the topics are easy to navigate with links at left.

    If you want to research a different country, that is easy. Click the Global Road Warrior in the upper left corner of the web browser, and it returns you to the alphabetical listing of all countries that have profiles.

    Use it today by clicking this link: Global Road Warrior

    Please note that if you are using the product from home, you may need to provide your library card number before you can get full access. You will also find Global Road Warrior as part of our Online Research page of our Digital Library.

    Posted Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week we continue our tour through the World Book Online Database with a look at the Reference Center. The Reference Center is a one stop shop for researchers who are looking for a consumer friendly way to find information on many different topics. This online collection offers thousands of encyclopedia articles, a Life Skills section, Computer and Web Tutorials, a Dictionary, and Government Resources.

    Using the Advanced Search Feature: As mentioned above the Reference Center has a lot of information to sort through. To make sure that you don’t end up with too many results the best way to start is by using the Advanced Search. The link is located under the search box of the Reference Center homepage. The Advanced Search allows you to search by word, phrase, and date of publication. Additionally, you can filter which type of text you are looking for by clicking the box next to the options. You are able to check multiple boxes to ensure the search field is large enough.

    For example: If you are only looking for literary criticism of an article or literary work you will only want to check the box for literary criticism. Or, if you are interested in the the history and location of the African country of Sudan you would select Encyclopedia Articles, Special Reports, Timelines, and Maps. Remember, the more filters that you select when building your search, the less results you are likely to receive. If you continuously receive few or no results you may want to widen your search filters.

    Posted Friday April 15, 2016 09:00am

    Mail server rekeyed

    Our key expired and has been replaced

    The keys that protect our mail server expired and were regenerated last night. If you send or receive email through us you will probably get security warnings as your mail client notices the key has changed and suspects foul play might be happening. Nope, it has just been ten years since we generated that key. All you should have to do is accept the new one.

    We have seen problems today with Thunderbird though, it just fails with a cryptic "Can't send...." message that isn't helpful at all. Go to Edit/Preferences/Advanced/View Certificates and locate all that say mail.beau.org and delete them. Try sending and receiving again and you will be given the opportunity to trust them and to remember the decision.

    Posted Thursday April 14, 2016 02:00pm

    Just Arrived

    This week we received a new book by actress and fitness icon Kate Hudson. Interviewers are constantly asking her how she stays so fit and healthy. They want to know what diet she follows, what exercise plan she uses, what other secrets she has. Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body is her answer to these questions. Like all of us, she is always busy dealing with work and family responsibilities. She has discovered how to make good choices regarding food and exercise without holding herself to an unreasonable standard of perfection.

    She shares with readers her four pillars Health: Cultivate an intuitive relationship with your body, Eat well, Awaken your body, and The miracle of mindfulness. She explains each of these in detail and offers suggestions and advice for implementing them in our lives. There are tips for eating better including grocery lists and ways to make meal preparation easier. There are sections on meditation and other stress-relieving strategies. She shows the importance of motivation and ways to stay focused on your goals.

    In all, this is a book with a plan for health and wellness that can be helpful to everyone.

    Posted Thursday April 14, 2016 11:00am

    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 discover a new favorite.

    The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

    Stormie joyfully inspires you to develop a deeper relationship with your husband by utilizing the amazing power of prayer. This uplifting resource is packed with practical advice on praying for specific areas of your husband's life, including his decision-making fears spiritual strength role as father, leader faith and future.

    If you desire a closer relationship with your spouse, you will appreciate the life illustrations, encouraging Bible verses, and the assurances of God's promises and power for your marriage. The book encourages wives to allow God to handle your marriage. In letting go of trying to make your spouse change, you will be changed. In my personal experience, I can definitely serve as witness to the POWER of a Praying Wife. The library has this available in book and audio.

    If The Power of a Praying Wife interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

    Posted Wednesday April 13, 2016 09:00am

    New In Merryville: Launchpads

    Just in time for National Library Week, the Merryville branch of the Beauregard Parish Library is getting its own set of Launchpads. Launchpads are the educational tablets from Findaway World. They come with ten different learning apps each so your child can enjoy learning, and there are many different topics to explore.

    Grown ups, you don’t need wifi or internet to use the apps on the launchpads! You can take it with you on the go. We even supply a charger so your launchpad has enough get up and go to satisfy any curious mind.

    We have launchpads for four age groups (3-5, 5-7, 8-10, 10+). The boxes tell you what the topic of the launchpad is, what apps are on the device, and the recommended age group for the child.

    These are the launchpad titles you’ll see at Merryville branch:

  • All about Animals!
  • The Great Explorer!
  • On the Job!
  • Scale Your Imagination!
  • The Best Me!
  • Wonder Worlds!
  • Transport Station!
  • Buzz Here. Purr There.
  • Wind Down!
  • Homework Done. Time for Fun!
  • Hey, Pumpkin!
  • After School Extreme!
  • You Don't Bug Me!
  • Game Night!
  • Jump Up and Party!
  • Words, Sentences, Stories. Oh, My!
  • Off to Work!

    Please note: Only one launchpad checkout at one time per card. The library does not recharge the launchpads between patron uses.

    Launchpads are ready for take-off today at the Merryville branch!

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    Posted Monday April 11, 2016 01:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Doris Day music at Freegal

    In honor of Doris Day’s 92nd April birthday we would like to highlight her music. Doris Day started out as a dancer but after a terrible injury she focused solely on singing. She sang with Big Bands and in movies and even had her own TV sitcom called The Doris Day Show. Freegal, the free and legal music service provided by the Beauregard Parish Library has much of her music. Try music from her early years like “It’s Magic” and “Sentimental Journey”. Or perhaps you would like her Broadway songs or even her children’s album from 1964: With A Smile and A Song with songs like “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” and “Do-Re-Mi”. Freegal even has a few Christmas albums including The Doris Day Christmas Album and Personal Christmas Collection. Freegal also has a later recording My Heart released in 2011 with songs “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” and “You are so Beautiful”.

    Or try the below tunes from her many famous movies:

    ❀“I’m Not At All In Love” from The Pajama Game

    ❀“Pillow Talk” from Pillow Talk

    ❀“It Happened to Jane” from It Happened to Jane

    ❀“Julie” from the thriller movie Julie

    ❀“Que Sera, Sera” from The Glass Bottom Boat

    ❀“Love Me or Leave Me” from Love Me or Leave Me

    ❀“Secret Love” from Calamity Jane

    ❀“Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

    The library has all of the above movies and many others including her 1975 TV variety show special Doris Day Today which features her singing and doing skits with the folk singer John Denver and the famous impersonator Rich Little.

    Posted Monday April 11, 2016 06:00am
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