Find It Fridays

This week we will cover how to find the nonfiction books at BPL. If you missed last week’s Find It Friday where we covered finding the Adult Fiction materials, you should still be able to scroll down and read it!

Nonfiction Books: Nonfiction books are any materials based on facts, real events, and real people. In this section you will find books on crafting, religion, cooking, biographies, and history!

At BPL the call numbers for nonfiction books start with two different letter codes: Adult nonfiction (ANF) and Junior nonfiction (JNF). Junior nonfiction books are great for children or patrons of all ages who are looking to gain basic information and facts on a subject matter. Nonfiction books are unique because they are arranged by call numbers according to the Dewey Decimal System. For example: 100s- Philosophy & Psychology, 700s- The Arts, 900s, Geography & History. For a complete listing of Dewey numbers click on this link.

Within the nonfiction section of the library the books are in numerical order with the ANF and JNF books combined. Say that you needed to find a book on Thomas Jefferson and the catalog gives you this call number: JNF 973.46 JON THO - Stacks (Available). The JNF tells you the book is junior nonfiction and the 900 number tells you it is in the History section. Or, you want to find a healthy eating cookbook and you find this call number: N-ANF 641.5635 LOW - Stacks (Available). The ANF tells you it is an Adult nonfiction book, located in the 600 section.

Take some time and find a great nonfiction book to take home over the holidays!

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Posted Friday December 19, 2014 09:00am

System News

The Overdrive service is now restored to working order. We apologize for any incovenience caused.

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Posted Thursday December 18, 2014 01:20pm

Holiday Closures

Happy Holidays to All!

Next week the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed for the holidays on

  • Wednesday, December 24th
  • Thursday, December 25th
  • Friday, December 26th
  • Saturday, December 27th

The following week, all branches of the library will be closed on:

  • Wednesday, December 31st
  • Thursday, January 1st, 2015

From our family to yours, we wish you happy and safe holidays. For your convenience, no material will be due on our closed days.

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Posted Thursday December 18, 2014 12:00pm

Just Arrived

Check out the latest additions to the library’s Playaway collection.

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. This is the latest in the series featuring FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare and her secret crime-fighting partner, charming con man Nicolas Fox. Together they bring down the world’s most wanted felons. This time they are called in to find and eliminate the brutal leader of a global drug smuggling empire, despite the fact that no one knows what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him. It will take all of their skills, plus help from some interesting characters to accomplish this, their biggest case yet.

The Escape by David Baldacci. John Puller’s brother was convicted of treason and national security crimes and sent to a prison considered to be inescapable. However, he somehow manages to escape, becoming the most wanted criminal in the country. The government believes that John is their best chance to capture the fugitive, so he is assigned the task. But he quickly discovers that there are others who are pursuing Robert Puller who would like to see him dead. As he digs deeper into the case, he questions the allegiance of those with whom he must work, and discovers troubling details of his brother’s conviction. The investigation becomes urgent and John must uncover the truth in order to save his brother – and himself.

Hope to Die by James Patterson. Alex Cross has devoted his life to protecting others. Now it is his own family that is in danger. They have been kidnapped by a madman who is threatening to destroy them one by one. Cross discovers that the kidnapper is obsessed with studying the psychology behind the perfect criminal and has chosen him to be the guinea pig in his ruthless experiment.

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Posted Thursday December 18, 2014 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 find a new favorite.

Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon

Fast, fun, and familiar ... well, sort of familiar. For adventure, intrigue, and laughs in a rural south Louisiana setting, give the Miss Fortune series a shot!

In Jana DeLeon's book, Louisiana Longshot, we meet CIA assassin Fortune Redding who has been assigned to hide out in Sinful, Louisiana, where the bayou waters aren't the only thing hiding a mystery. Fortune has never had such a difficult task as keeping up with the colorful natives and their shenanigans.

Upon her arrival, a geriatric dog digs up the long-missing body of a hated man in her yard launching an official investigation by local hottie, Deputy LeBlanc. Not to be out-done by the proper authorities, the Sinful Ladies Society - who are much more than they appear - decide to do some detecting of their own and rope Fortune into helping out. What could possibly go wrong?

The series continues with:

  • Lethal Bayou Beauty
  • Swamp Sniper
    and
  • Swamp Team 3

If this book 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 December 17, 2014 09:30am

Tech Tips

In an effort to expand and update the tech section here at the library, we have a few new books. Have you ever wanted to learn how Databases work or how data is stored and searched? Check out SQL For Dummies! Thought about getting into a computer programming career? Try our new tome on Java, one of the most in demand computer programming languages in use today.

Speaking of programming, you can get the young ones started early with Python for Kids! Python is another up and coming programming language and learning it will open doors to lots of other languages (not to mention job opportunities).

Don't just check out our books: help us out. If there is a technical book you think we should have on the shelf and we don't, let us know. We are always trying to expand our current collection with relevant books. Until then, happy coding (and reading)!

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Posted Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:00pm

New Zinio Magazines

Beauregard Parish Library is pleased to expand our digital magazine offerings to you in 2015!

In 2014 we inaugarated Zinio Digital Magazines as part of our collection, and we started with 39 different titles. In 2015, we are offering our patrons 59 total titles, including 2 Spanish language magazines.

With Zinio, you can have current magazines and back issues any time you like. You can check as many out as you want and never have to worry about when to return them. The magazines are yours to keep.

Our full new magazine list is below. Magazines we are carrying for the first time in 2015 are marked as bold.

  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Black Belt Magazine
  • Car and Driver
  • Cook's Country
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Cosmopolitan en Español
  • Country Living
  • Diabetic Living
  • Dr. Oz The Good Life
  • EatingWell
  • Esquire
  • Every Day with Rachael Ray
  • Family Circle
  • Family Handyman
  • FamilyFun
  • Field & Stream
  • Fitness
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Four Wheeler
  • GEEK
  • Gluten-Free Living
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Guideposts
  • Guitar Player
  • HGTV Magazine
  • Horse & Rider
  • Knitter's Magazine
  • Living The Country Life
  • Men's Health
  • mental_floss
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS
  • Mother Earth News Food and Garden Series
  • National Geographic Interactive
  • Natural Health
  • Newsweek
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • OK! Magazine
  • Organic Gardening
  • OUT
  • Parents
  • PC Magazine
  • Poets & Writers Magazine
  • Popular Photography
  • Popular Science
  • Prevention
  • Reader's Digest
  • Redbook
  • Rolling Stone
  • Runner's World
  • Shape
  • Siempre Mujer
  • Taste of Home
  • Us Weekly
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Weight Watchers
  • Woman's Day
  • Women's Health
  • Woodworker's Journal

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Posted Monday December 15, 2014 05:00pm

Story Time Tales

During December Ms Sandi will take a break from the Alphabet of Adventure to tell us some Christmas and other winter holiday stories.

This week our stories are:

After the stories this week, children will decorate Christmas stockings!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, December 17 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

For more Story Time content for holiday topics or whatever strikes your fancy, please visit our TumbleBooks and AudioBookCloud page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday December 15, 2014 10:00am

Find It Fridays

For the next few weeks we will cover how physical materials are organized and cataloged at the library. A few segments back we learned how to use the online catalog to find materials and check availability. Now, let’s get into how you find the items once you look them up! This week will cover the adult fiction items and in the next weeks we will look at non-fiction, audio books, DVDs, large print, and juvenile items.

Adult Fiction Books: Here at the library the fiction books are separated into two categories, paperback and hardback. You will be able to tell by the call number, which can be found when you look up items in the catalog, or on the spine of the book itself.

1. FIC or A-AF (Fiction, Adult Fiction)– You may see either of these codes on the spines of the fiction books, both call numbers indicate that the book is an adult fiction book. Books with these call numbers will be hardback books.

2. APB (Adult Paperback)- Any item marked APB will be a fictional, paperback book.

So now you know how to decipher the first grouping of letters in a call number, but what about the second and the third groupings? The other groupings will also have three letters each. The second grouping is the first three letters of the authors last name , and the third grouping is generally the first three letters of the title.

For example: You search the title “Gray Mountain” in the catalog and you are only looking for the physical book version. You would look for this call number: F-AF GRI GRA. From this call number we know the book is a hardcover adult fiction book and that the authors last name starts with GRI (Grisham).

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Posted Friday December 12, 2014 09:00am

All Wrapped Up

Join us at any branch of your Beauregard Parish Library for a chance to swap wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows.

All open branches will have a designated wrapping station for patron use on Saturday, December 13.

Take some materials, leave some materials; enjoy the community holiday cheer!

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Posted Thursday December 11, 2014 07:00am

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.

1,339 quite interesting facts to make your jaw drop by John Lloyd

I recommend 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop, a small book filled with fun and interesting facts and yes,quite a few will make your jaw drop: Andrew Jackson's parrot shouted obsenities at his funeral.

It's easy to read format of 4 lines per page allows you to read continuously or just pick up the book and randomly read a line like a zinger or the punch line of a joke: Beethoven had hairy hands.

Facts range from the interesting: An octopus can be taught to open jars but forgets the next day, a wet rattlesnake will not rattle, to the endearing: Baby elephants suck their trunks just as children suck their thumbs, to the odd-ball: Queen bumblebees go bald in old age, birds can't burp.

Although the compilers of this book claim it's all true,some facts are just too fantastic to be believed but they are always entertaining.

If this book 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 December 10, 2014 09:30am

Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip, we would like to remind everyone to let us know if you see a computer in one of our labs that is not working. I know it is easy to assume we already know about a malfunction but that is not always the case. So in any of our branches if you see a computer that is down, or just not working correctly go ahead and let one of the library employees know. The sooner we know the sooner we can get it back up and running! Thanks for your assistance and happy computing!

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Posted Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:00pm

Story Time Tales

During December Ms Sandi will take a break from the Alphabet of Adventure to tell us some Christmas and other winter holiday stories. This week we get the fun of story time at both DeRidder and Singer branches.

This week our stories are:

After the story, the fantastic craft will be a construction paper reindeer!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, December 10 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Singer: Saturday, December 13 at 10:30 am.

For more Story Time content for holiday topics or whatever strikes your fancy, please visit our TumbleBooks and AudioBookCloud page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday December 8, 2014 10:00am

Find It Fridays

Need a new washing machine, but don’t know which model to choose? Or maybe you are looking for a gadget for a Christmas gift and don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, the library has the 2014 Consumer Report Buying Guide available online. Give yourself some peace of mind before making a decision and take a look at the Buying Guide, you may find some great information regarding pricing, warranties, and quality!

How to find the 2014 Consumer Reports Buying Guide:

1. From this homepage select the Louisiana Library Databases tab on the lefthand side

2. On the next page look under the Statewide Database header and select Ebscohost

3. Select MasterFILE Premier which will be the third item down on the list of databases

4. In the search box at the top of the page enter “2014 consumer reports buying guide”

5. Two results will appear, you can choose either option and when it opens select “PDF Full Text” to access the whole report.

6. When the document opens you can use the links on the lefthand side to scroll through the sections you are interested in. For example: Ovens, washers, printers, etc.

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Posted Friday December 5, 2014 09:00am

DeRidder branch closed Saturday

In conjunction with the Miracle on Washington Christmas Festival, the DeRidder branch of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Merryville, Singer and South Beauregard (Ragley) branches will be open their normal Saturday operating hours.

For your convenience, no items will be due on this day.

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Posted Thursday December 4, 2014 03:00pm

Just Arrived

The holiday season is upon us. If you are looking for ways to express your creativity and decorate your home for this special time of year, we have some new books that you might enjoy.

Check out Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree by Edie Eckman. This book contains eighteen projects for crocheters of all skill levels. Included are patterns for stockings and many other home and tree decorations. Some use very little yarn and would be perfect for using up leftovers from other projects. The easy to follow directions ensure that your home will be filled with homemade ornaments and decorations in no time.

Also try Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects by Susan Wasinger. This beautifully illustrated book uses a variety of simple techniques to create an elegant approach to the Christmas season. Many of these projects do not require any craft expertise and take very little time to complete. There are easy step-by-step directions and photos that will guide you through the process. Create beautiful ornaments, stockings, table decorations, and much more to fill your home with Christmas cheer.

These and many other craft books can be found in the library’s non-fiction section. Just ask a helpful staff member to help you find books on whatever type of project you want to create. Happy crafting!

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Posted Thursday December 4, 2014 07:30am

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.

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Empty Mansions tells the relatively unknown story of Huegette Clark, the heiress of the Clark family. In the early 1900’s the fortune of Montana Senator, railroad founder, and copper tycoon, W.A. Clark and his family rivaled that of the Rockefeller’s and the Carnegie’s. So why then is the family name so unknown in society today? Why were the multi-million dollar mansions owned by Huegette sitting uninhabited while the relatively healthy 102 year old woman lived in a hospital? And why hadn’t her staff members and bankers of twenty-five years ever met the woman they worked for? These are the questions that author Bill Dedman attempts to answer in Empty Mansions.


The book is rich with U.S. History, starting with the expansion West and the mining crazes of the late 1800s and ending with some of the most famous art purchases of the twenty-first-century. Dedman transports readers back and forth from the past to the present, all while covering only two generations of the Clark family. As the daughter of W.A. Clark, Huegette was pushed into the spotlight of wealth and fame during her early years. Later in life she cut off ties with the world around her and became a recluse, only communicating via phone and letters with certain relatives. One of these relatives was her cousin Paul Clark Newell, who co-authors this book.


Dedman and Newell also chronicle the vicious fights amongst relatives, staff, and money managers after Huegette’s death in 2001. Over 300 million dollars in inheritance fueled the ongoing court battles.Empty Mansions will peak the interest of any reader looking for a book rich in history with a little modern-day mystery thrown in.

If this book 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 December 3, 2014 09:30am

Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE
12/02/14

The Budget Committee of the Beauregard Parish Library Board of Control will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015. This meeting will be held at 205 S. Washington St., DeRidder, LA 70634 at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. This meeting is open to the public.

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Posted Tuesday December 2, 2014 12:01pm

Tech tips

Since we have had a few questions regarding this recently we would like to point out that unfortunately the large copy machine in Deridder can not accept USB devices. You can however scan to your (or another) email address and download it onto a USB device from there. If you need some help scanning something, ask one of our friendly clerks for assistance. We are always happy to help!

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Posted Tuesday December 2, 2014 12:00am

Story Time Tales

During December Ms Sandi will take a break from the Alphabet of Adventure to tell us some Christmas and other winter holiday stories. This week we get the fun of story time at both DeRidder and Merryville branches.

This week our stories are:

After the story, the fantastic craft will be a construction paper Christmas tree!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, December 3 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Merryville: Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 am.

For more Story Time content for holiday topics or whatever strikes your fancy, please visit our TumbleBooks and AudioBookCloud page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday December 1, 2014 10:00am

Find It Fridays

Are you looking forward to endless leftovers and curling up with a good book for the rest of the weekend? The library may be closed but don’t worry, you still have access to thousands of books! You can access Overdrive from the comfort of your own home.

Using the Advanced Search in Overdrive: The Advanced Search gives you the option to narrow down the results field and find exactly the type of e-book you are looking for. To use the Advanced Search click the link located in the upper righthand corner of the Overdrive homepage, directly under the Search box.

Unique Searching Options:

1. Reading Levels: Patrons can search by reading level, which can come in handy for children looking for books at their specific grade level.

2. Awards: This filter allows you to search for books that have won specific awards. Say you need to read a Newberry Medal book for school, this option will show you all the available books that have won that award. Or, what if you want to read one of the most popular books from 2013, this filter gives you the option to select the top ten books from years dating back to 1997.

3. Availablility: If you scroll to the very bottom of the Advanced Search page you will see the option to check the box for "Available Now." This feature will only show you the results for items that are currently available for checkout. No need to wait!

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Posted Friday November 28, 2014 09:00am

Insurance and ACA

Navigating the language and resources of the Affordable Care Act can be tricky. If you have questions, check out the State Library of Louisiana's Health Insurance - ACA page.

Here, you'll find helpful general information about ACA along with info specific to Louisiana, info for veterans, businesses, non-English speakers, and other individuals.

If you prefer more personalized assistance, try reaching out to the SWLA Area Health Education Center for help with questions. The closest office is in Lake Charles and they can be reached at 337-478-4822.

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Posted Thursday November 27, 2014 08:00am
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