Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip we would like to remind everyone of something. If you would like to print from a flash drive or another form of media from our computer lab and you don't require the use of the internet then all you have to do is log in as a guest. When you sit down at one of our lab machines just type guest as your username. You will be logged in and can use your media to print from. The printer will show your username as guest. Just pay for your print and you are ready to go! It's fast, simple and if you don't know how to print one of our clerks will be on hand to help you. Happy printing everyone!

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Posted Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: Cc is for Cats

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

After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will be C for Cute! It's a cat face magnet you'll love.

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

For more Story Time content, 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 September 15, 2014 10:00am

More Music with Freegal

Calling all music lovers

Beauregard Parish Library and Freegal from Library Ideas are now bringing you more music every week! It is music you can listen to and music you can download and keep. Freegal has a wide variety of music for every listener.

One of the best advantages of using Freegal through BPL is that it will save you money. Instead of using paid services to download or stream music, you can use Freegal for a variety of music and entertainment needs. Don't pay extra when we've already got it for you!

What you get:

  • Now 5 downloads every week instead of just 3
  • 3 hours daily of free music streaming without advertisements
  • Playlist tools so you can create the perfect mix for any event
  • Wishlists for songs you want to download later
  • Mobile apps for Android or Apple for those who want to use Freegal on smartphones or tablets

    Stuff to know:

  • Individual mp3s are worth 1 download. Videos are worth 2 downloads. Both music and videos can be downloaded in the same week.
  • Unused downloads do NOT roll over into the next week. Sorry!
  • Downloads are reset every week on Monday.
  • Freegal content is provided by Sony only, so some commercially available music is not part of this collection.

    This service is free to all Beauregard Parish Library patrons, but patrons must have an electronic services user name and password to log in. To get your electronic services user name and password, bring your government-issued photo ID with you to one of our branches and fill out the form. It's fast and easy.

    If you have any questions about this or other library services, please let us know.

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    Posted Friday September 12, 2014 03:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week's Find It Friday tip covers how to search by author using the Advanced Search page of the library's online catalog:

    Searching by Author: Have a favorite author, but don’t know what else he/she writes? Use this search function when you want to see all items that the library owns by a certain author. The best way to do this is by selecting the author option from the drop down menu of the Advanced Search page and entering the author's last name, followed by the first name. For example: Grisham, John. Even if you don’t know the first name of the author you can search by last name only and the catalog will still search for materials written about or by that individual. However, be aware that when you use this search option it is possible to receive results from many different authors who have the same last name.

    Stay tuned next week when we learn to search by subject!
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    Posted Friday September 12, 2014 09:00am

    Webmail Restored

    We apologize for the inconvenience of email being down this afternoon. Email through webmail is working again and can be used immediately.
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    Posted Thursday September 11, 2014 04:30pm

    Email Is Down

    Webmail is down

    Webmail, our email client, is down. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to restore functionality.

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    Posted Thursday September 11, 2014 01:01pm

    Server Failure

    Data has been lost

    We suffered a hard drive failure yesterday (the 10th) around noon. While the RAID array was rebuilding from that, a second drive failed. That isn't recoverable so we were forced to reload from our last backup. Email in your inbox from the last forty-eight hours or so is likely lost so if you were expecting anything important you need to ask to the sender to fire off a second copy.

    At 7:15am everything looks like it is running again, but if you see anything unusual be sure to let us know so we can fix it.

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    Posted Thursday September 11, 2014 07:15am

    Upcoming Event At Your Library

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    Posted Tuesday September 9, 2014 09:00am

    Story Time Tales

    Story Time this week will be in both DeRidder and Singer branches! Our Alphabet of Adventure brings us to Bb is for Birds.

    After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will B the Best!

    PLACES AND TIMES

    DeRidder: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

    Singer: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30.

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    Posted Monday September 8, 2014 10:00am

    Coming Soon


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    Posted Saturday September 6, 2014 07:00am

    Register Today


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    Posted Friday September 5, 2014 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    Welcome to the first edition of Find it Fridays! Do you ever get overwhelmed by all of the choices here at BPL, or wonder where that certain book you need could be hiding? The online catalog is the best resource for finding the audio, physical, and electronic resources the library has available for your use. With so many materials and titles it can sometimes be difficult to find the exact item you are looking for, this is where the Advanced Search option becomes your friend.

    Next time, try this: Instead of entering the book title or the subject you are looking for into the simple search box of our online catalog choose the Advanced Search option. Once the advanced search screen pops up you can start by mainly focusing on the boxes and drop down menus under search input. Use these drop down menus to search by Title, Author, Subject, Keyword, and Series. The items listed under search filters on the right hand side of the page allows you to filter your search even further by selecting the format of material you want (e.g.physical book, audio book, DVD), the language, and fiction or non-fiction.

    Searching by Title: When you know exactly which book you are looking for the easiest thing to do is search by title. Simply select title from the drop down menu and enter the title you are looking for. When searching by title you limit your search to records with words related to your entry in the title. For example:Twilight. When you title search “twilight” the only results you receive will have twilight in the title (e.g. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight by Erin Hunter, Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger).

    Next time you search our catalog give the Advanced Search a try! Stay tuned next week for some tips and tricks on Searching by Author.
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    Posted Friday September 5, 2014 09:00am

    New Library Blog


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    Posted Wednesday September 3, 2014 07:00am

    Story Time Tales

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

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

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

    PLACES AND TIMES

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

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

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    Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 12:30pm

    It's Library Card Signup Month


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    Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 07:00am

    Author Dinner Next Month


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


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

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    Posted Monday September 1, 2014 07:00am

    Find It Fridays

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

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

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

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    Posted Friday August 29, 2014 11:00am

    New Servers

    Planned downtime this weekend

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

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

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    Posted Friday August 29, 2014 12:00am

    Upcoming Events At Your Library

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    Posted Wednesday August 27, 2014 09:30am

    Singer Branch Closes Early

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

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    Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 04:20pm

    August Teen Scene

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

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    Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 01:30pm

    Tech Tips

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

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    Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 12:00pm

    Merryville Closes Early

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

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    Posted Monday August 25, 2014 06:28pm

    Student Test Prep

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

    Homework Louisiana

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

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

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

    Tutor.com

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

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

    Learning Express 3.0

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

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

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

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    Posted Monday August 25, 2014 11:15am

    Families and Parenting

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

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

    Access Video on Demand

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

    Tutor.com

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

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

    Universal Class

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

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    Posted Friday August 22, 2014 08:00am
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