Happy Birthday Randolph Caldecott

On this day in 1846, Randolph Caldecott was born in Chester, England. According to Caldecott "became known for his lively scenes of the English countryside and his humorous portrayals of the people who lived there. Caldecott is considered the originator of children's picture books."

The Caldecott Medal is one of the most prestigous awards for children's books, and it was named in Randolph J. Caldecott's honor.

About the award:
"Caldecott Medal is an annual award for the most distinguished picture book for children published during the previous year. It was the first award recognizing the work of the illustrator of a book. The award was established in 1937. It was first presented in 1938. The selection is made by a committee consisting of 15 members of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association. The winner is announced in January. The ALSC presents the award to the illustrator at the association's annual conference." Source

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Posted Wednesday March 22, 2017 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Music from Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones

Micky Dolenz formerly of The Monkees celebrates his birthday this month. So you can use your weekly five free downloads or your daily free three hours of streaming music to hear his music or that of Davy Jones (also formerly of The Monkees).

From Micky Dolenz, the album King for a Day with many songs like “Go Away Little Girl”, “Crying in the Rain” and a re-styling of The Monkees song “Sometime in the Morning”. Also, (under the misspelling "Mickey"), the 2007 dance re-mix single “Don’t Do It”. And “Best Friend” with Brandon Cruz (the child who played Eddie on Courtship of Eddie’s Father which the library owns) from Eddie Is A Punk.

Then there is Davy Jones: Bell Recordings, an album Davy recorded in the 1970’s after The Monkees. There are many pop songs, two of the most famous are “Girl” (yes, it’s the same one he sang on The Brady Bunch), and “Rainy Jane”. Also, “The Road to Love” and “Sitting in the Apple Tree”. And the different “Look at Me” which describes feeling invisible and wondering when your day will come.

Davy Jones and Peter Tork (formerly of The Monkees) sing along with Buffy Ford Stewart on “Daydream Believer” from Same Old Heart.

All music brought to you free from Freegal, the free music website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library.

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Posted Monday March 20, 2017 06:00am

Just Arrived

Check out one of the more interesting books added to the library’s collection this week:

The Swiss Army Knife Book: 63 Outdoor Projects by Felix Immler. Although most of us hope we will never have to survive extreme conditions in exotic locations, many people enjoy the challenge of heading into the wild looking for adventure. Felix Immler is a nature instructor who shows how it is possible to have fun creating a comfortable camp in the wild using only natural materials and a trusty Swiss Army Knife.

Immler discusses the proper techniques for using the knife including safety instructions. He shows how to make everyday items that can be used in all aspects of camping. There are instructions for creating a waterproof roof for your shelter, a bed, table, and even kitchen utensils. He even shows how it is possible to make a version of a refrigerator and an oven.

These projects are suitable for families and teens as well as adult explorers. While not necessarily intended to be a “survival guide”, many of the projects could potentially be life-savers in an emergency. In any case, adventurous campers should be able to have fun and spend quality time enjoying nature with the information found in this fascinating book.

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Posted Saturday March 18, 2017 02:00pm

Read Across America Winners

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Posted Saturday March 18, 2017 09:00am

Find It Friday - Playaway Audiobooks

Looking for something to listen to while working out, or driving, but don't want to worry about your expensive smart phone getting damaged? Fear not!

What you are looking for is our Playaway Collection. Smaller than a deck of cards, extremely light, these tough little devices contain an entire audiobook that you can listen to with ease, either plugging in headphones or connecting to your car radio with an audio cable. High quality digital sound, easy to use controls, and easy to replace batteries mean you can listen any time, for as long as you like.

Look for the orange plastic covers on the shelves, or ask one of our staff to show you where they are.

Of course, if you are a traditionalist, the Library has a nice large collection of audiobooks on CD. Either way, come on in and check them out!

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Posted Friday March 17, 2017 09:00am

Staff Picks: Inception

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

Inception [DVD] directed by Christopher Nolan

The film Inception is about a man named Dom Cobb (played by the actor Leonardo DiCaprio) who forms a team to complete a job that he was hired for, where they have to enter several layers of dreams using a device that allows dream sharing, so that they can plant an idea in their target's subconscious that will affect the target's life once the target wakes up in the real world.

I like the film Inception because I am a fan of dreams and dreaming, even though dreams were not the main focus of the film, it was still nice watching a well-made film that involved dreams that also had a good musical score by Hans Zimmer.

I think that people will like the film Inception because not only is it one of the BBC's 100 Greatest Films Of The 21st Century, it is an overall good film with a bit of something for everyone, that takes the viewer on an adventure that gives the viewer an example of some of the things that are possible in dreams and how dreams and the real world can interact and affect each other; but make sure that you watch this film when you are not tired, and when you are ready to think because it can get a bit confusing at times.

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

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Posted Thursday March 16, 2017 09:00am

Ides of March

Most of us are familiar with the Soothsayer's line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "Beware the ides of March."

What's the story of the Ides of March? According to World Book Encyclopedia, "In the old Roman calendar, the ides was a day near the middle of each month. It was the 13th of all months except March, May, July, and October, when the ides fell on the 15th. The ides of March, on which Caesar was assassinated, was March 15."

For those of you who don't mind a video, Access Video on Demand has several videos on the Ides of March and Julius Caesar. Linked below is an animated video of Julius Caesar.

Please note that viewer discretion is advised. Patrons outside Beauregard Parish Library may need to share their library card number to gain free access to the video.

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Posted Wednesday March 15, 2017 10:30am

Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!

No, that's not a typo. Pi is the mathematical constant that begins 3.14 and is used to figure out many equations, including the area of a circle. We can celebrate Pi Day by learning more about math or by eating enough pie that our personal circumferences increase.

Here are some Pi-related videos from Access Video. To view them, you may need to share your library card number before they play.

If your preferred Pi is the one that helps you eat tasty treats, take a look at this list of items in our collection related to pies and baking.

Have fun and enjoy your Pi Day!

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Posted Tuesday March 14, 2017 10:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Music for St. Patrick’s Day

Freegal, the free music website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library has a lot of music for St. Patrick’s Day and much Celtic music for any day. Use your free 5 downloads (weekly) or listen with your free 3 hours (daily) of commercial-free streaming music.

Try music from Clannad such as the bouncing “Journey’s End”, “Theme from Harry’s Game”, the lilting “Seachran Charn Tsiail”, and “Newgrange” from Rogha: The Best of Clannad. Or the beautiful “Coinleach Glas An Fhomhair” from Magical Ring. Or try the mysterious “Robin (The Hooded Man)”, the gentle “Lady Marian”, or the exciting “Battles” from Legend, the soundtrack album for the BBC production of Robin Hood.

Or try the gritty, growly vocals from the American band Barleyjuice. Try the jig “Skulduggery Street”, and “Get Your Irish On” from the album Skulduggery Street.

Or the fast violin music with rock undertones of “Airfailarin” by Skilda from 13 Dreams.

From Ireland there is Gaelic Brew with their album Away From Home. Listen to the colorful ancestry of band members on “Descendants of Ireland” such as Fear Gearr (Short Man), the smallest man in Ireland who was mistaken many times for a leprechaun. It is rumoured that he was killed when he could not produce a pot of gold. Or the story of Deoch Laidir (Strong Drink), the creator of “strong potions” (alchohol). He was thought to be an evil wizard and was going to be condemned to death but everyone was so merry they didn’t care. Notable music: “The Mermaid”, “Hills of Donegal”, “Finnegan’s Wake”, “Lonesome Boatman”, a tin whistle instrumental, and “Spancil Hill”.

Gaelic Storm had a dancing, toe tapping jig on the Titanic movie called “An Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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Posted Monday March 13, 2017 06:00am

Just Arrived

This week the library added several new books to our PF (Primary Fiction) collection. These books are designed for young readers who have progressed to reading chapter books. While some of them contain illustrations, they are a step up from the picture books in our XF collection. Check out these new additions:

Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce. This book is part of a bestselling series based on the author’s comic strip. It follows the adventures of sixth grader Nate Wright along with his classmates and teachers. Nate is not very interested in school and enjoys playing pranks. This causes conflicts with his teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, whom he considers his nemesis. In this book, Nate is determined to find a competition that his school can win against their rival school. This is made more difficult when a broken pipe at Nate’s school forces the students to temporarily attend the other school. Eventually, Nate comes up with a plan that just might work.

The Perfect Pet Pageant: Starring Penny Ling by Lisa Shea. It is summer and time for the annual Perfect Pet Pageant. All of the pets are ready to shine. Blythe has just the right pet in mind – Penny the adorable panda. But she needs a complete makeover if she is to win. Will Penny be able to stay true to herself with all crazy workouts, false eyelashes, and outrageous clothes? This book is part of the Littlest Pet Shop series.

Water Planet Rescue by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer. Archie Morningstar’s dad drives a taxi through outer space. With the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad fight crime all over the universe. In this second book in the Space Taxi series, they fly to an underwater planet that is in danger because someone is stealing all the water. They must change the taxi into a submarine and do everything in their power to save the planet.

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Posted Saturday March 11, 2017 02:00pm

Teen Tech Week

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Posted Thursday March 9, 2017 09:01am

Staff Picks: The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder is a recently published (2016) book by new author Rachel McMillan. It is the first book published in the Herringford & Watts Mysteries. Ms. McMillan also has 2 e-book only novellas which are also Herringford & Watts Mysteries.

It is about 1910 Toronto, the age when most bachelor girls are finding husbands. But Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts do not follow the crowd. They launch their own private detective business. The ladies sneak around and don disguises while searching for answers.

I really enjoyed this book and the sequel. They include a little history, a little humor, a little suspense, a little mystery, a little romance, and faith. If you lke something that's not dark or heavy and reads rather quickly, you will enjoy the Herringford & Watts Mysteries. The library has book 1 & 2 of this series. I have requested book 3.

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

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Posted Thursday March 9, 2017 09:00am

Teen Tech Week

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Beauregard Parish Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ March 6-11, 2017. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, to raise awareness about how Beauregard Parish Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially they types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.

From maker spaces, to coding classes to online knitting clubs now offered by libraries across the country, the do-it-yourself theme shows how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in the community. 

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Posted Tuesday March 7, 2017 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and Freegal, the free music website that gives you 5 free weekly downloads and 3 free hours of streaming music also has many great speeches. It is amazing to hear the past come alive through the human voice. Hear women like Princess Diana joke in a self-effacing manner before a serious speech.

  • Princess Diana- “Leprosy, “Aids & Substance Abuse”, “Kindness & Good Parenting”, “Land Mines”, “Leaving Public Life” from England’s Rose
  • Amelia Earhart- “On The future of Women in Flying” from The Greatest Speeches Of All-Time
  • Queen Elizabeth- “Message to the Women of Britain” from The Complete Greatest Speeches & Moments Ever

    From the album Women in Politics:

  • Madeline Albright- “Commemorating Woman’s Day” (2010)
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton- “U.N. Conference on Women” (1995)
  • Barbara Jordan- “Speech to the Democratic National Convention” (1976)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt- “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (1948)
  • Condeleeza Rice- “Address to Republican National Convention” (2012)
  • A Reading of Florence Nightingales’s Nursing book Notes on Nursing

    Freegal has many other historical speeches so why not explore on your own.

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    Posted Monday March 6, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    If you are looking for a fun way to spend a quiet evening, check out one of our latest Cozy Mysteries. These stories, sometimes known as “Cozies”, are a type of crime fiction that doesn’t contain a lot of sex or violence and may be humorous. They often take place in a small, socially intimate community and have some sort of theme. Here are a few of the Cozies we added to our collection this week:

    Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis. This is the fourth book in the Paws & Claws Mystery Series. It features Holly Miller and her grandmother, Oma, who run the Sugar Maple Inn, along with their furry friends Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkle-toes the cat. In this installment, they are preparing for a matchmaking event for pet owners that will take place at the inn. Unfortunately, one of the guests is found dead with a letter from Oma in his pocket. All of the guests become suspects and Holly must find the real killer.

    Facials can be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen. This book is part of the A Bad Hair Day Mystery Series featuring salon owner Marla Vail. During the December holiday frenzy, the last thing Marla needs is a dead body in her new day spa. The victim had been a major donor for the organization that had hired Marla’s stylists to work at their upcoming fashion show. Now Marla must salvage her reputation and track down the killer. Despite the fact that the victim was generally well-liked, she soon finds several suspects. Marla and her detective husband will have their hands full figuring out what really happened.

    No Cats Allowed: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery by Miranda James. Join Mississippi librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, as they deal with the murder of Oscar Reilly, the new director of their library. Oscar had not been popular with the library staff due to his mission to cut costs by eliminating departments and jobs. But most distressing – he had declared all four-legged creatures banned from the library. With so many enemies, the suspect list is long. Soon, though, incriminating evidence points to Charlie’s friend Melba. Convinced that she is no murderer, Charlie and Diesel must hurry to find the real killer before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty.

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    Posted Saturday March 4, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Whats Going On At The Library

    Wondering what is going on at the Beauregard Parish Library? It's easy to find out! Check out our online Calendar of Events. You can find it by looking on the left of our home page, and clicking the button marked Calendar of Events. If you happen to be in one of the Library branches, you can also pick up a printed copy.

    While you're there, if you have an event you want to hold, you can reserve one of several meeting spaces the Library has available for the public to use for free.

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    Posted Friday March 3, 2017 09:00am

    Seussical Celebration

    Celebrate Read Across America today by stopping by your local branch, grabbing a snack and checking out a great book!

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    Posted Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am

    Staff Picks: America Saves Week

    For America Saves Week, we bring you some recently published titles that will help you Get $mart about Money! [Hint: Click the flyer if you want to see larger covers.]

    Personal Finance: Christian Wallet | What Your Financial Advisor Isn't Telling You

    Preparing Your Kids: Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not) | Smart Money, Smart Kids

    Planning for Retirement: The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement | How to Make Your Money Last

    Paying for College: Smart Strategies for Paying for College | It's the Student, Not the College

    We have more money resources in print, DVD and online. If you need help finding the right thing for you, feel free to ask one of our friendly Beauregard Parish Library staff for assistance.

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    Posted Thursday March 2, 2017 09:00am

    Value Line Update

    We have excellent news from our partners at Value Line, our free-to-patrons finance and investing product.

    The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies.

    We've been providing Value Line to our patrons for over two years, but now we can proudly announce that it is available to all card holders. Previous to this, it was only accessible from home if you had a 14-digit Beauregard Parish Libraries Southwest card. Now, all of our cardholders can enjoy remote access whether they have a Libraries Southwest card or a Beauregard parish only card.

    If you want to see what the fuss is about, you can access Value Line on our Online Research page under "Finance and Investing" or you can try this direct link to Value Line.

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    Posted Tuesday February 28, 2017 12:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Mardi Gras Music

    It’s time for purple, green, and gold! Fat Tuesday is tomorrow. Freegal, the free website has a lot of Mardi Gras music. Use your 5 weekly downloads or just listen with your 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music.

    “Down at the Mardi Gras” by Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., “Cold, Cold Mardi Gras” by DJ Dynamite Red, “Hey Hey Mardi Gras” by Big Al & The Heavy Weights, “All in a Mardi Gras Day” by Big Al Carson from Ultimate Mardi Gras

    “Mardi Gras Mambo” by The Hawketts from Mardi Gras Blues Classics

    “Lake Charles Shuffle”, “Lake Charles Waltz” from Mardi Gras-Vintage Cajun Songs

    “While We Danced at the Mardi Gras” by Al Hirt from Al Hirt at the Mardi Gras

    “Mardi Gras” by Champaign from Woman in Flames

    “Come to the Mardi Gras” by Henry Mancini from The Latin Sound of Henry Mancinci

    “Take Her to the Mardi Gras”, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” by Harry Connick Jr. from In Concert On Broadway

    You can even use Freegal to make your own playlist with your streaming audio.

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    Posted Monday February 27, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

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

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

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

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    Posted Saturday February 25, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Microsoft Excel Help

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

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

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

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

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    Posted Friday February 24, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks: The Visit

    Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

    We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

    The Visit[DVD], directed by M Night Shyamalan

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

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

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

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

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    Posted Thursday February 23, 2017 09:00am
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