Weekend Webcast

Today marks the start of Carnival in Brazil! One of the biggest partys in the world (and it lasts for four days) Carnival attracts visitors and revelers from around the world to the beautiful beaches of Rio. In honor of the party check out this video on the tradition of the event!

Posted Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

This week we wanted to let our patrons know about a brand new feature of the Chilton Library database. The Chilton Library has gone mobile and is now available for tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktops. This upgrade has made Chilton easier to use at home and out in the garage. So next time you need car repair information all you have to do is reach for your smartphone or tablet!

The Chilton Library offers professional reference sources for do-it-yourself automotive enthusiasts and professionals. Online repair manuals are available for Ford, Crysler, GM, Honda, Toyota, and numerous other automotive companies. These manuals are easy to use and offer valuable step by step repair information.

Posted Friday February 5, 2016 09:00am

Just Arrived

Most of the new books that the library adds to our collection are recently published. We like to make sure that our patrons have the latest and most popular titles. But we also have a lot of classics for all ages. Sometimes our copies get damaged or just plain worn out and we replace them.

This week we receive some beautiful new copies of a couple of classic series.

Many will remember the award-winning Little House on the Prairie children’s books. The nine books in this series chronicle the life of the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura was truly an American pioneer who traveled with her family during the late 1800s. The first book, Little House in the Big Woods, tells of her early childhood living in a cabin in the Wisconsin forest. From there the next few books follow the Ingalls family as they move into Indian Territory in Kansas, a small town in Minnesota, and finally to South Dakota, where they settle down and are involved in creating a new town. The final book in the series, The First Four Years, tells of the start of Laura’s married life and the challenges she faced. The books are recommended for ages 8-12.

Readers of Fantasy fiction will all be familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings series. We received new paperback copies of the trilogy plus the prequel, The Hobbit. Full of wizards, trolls, dwarves, elves, and even dragons, these epic stories are considered by some to be the greatest fantasy series of all time and have been made into blockbuster movies. The trilogy contains: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. These stories take place in the imaginary lands of the Shire and Middle-earth, where characters such as Frodo Baggins and the wizard Gandolf follow the fight for the One Ring that will bring great power to its possessor.

Whether you remember these classics and want to read them again, or you have heard of them but never got around to reading them, this is your chance. They are new and just waiting to be checked out!

Posted Thursday February 4, 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 find a new favorite.

The Goldbergs [DVD] seasons 1 and 2

I realize that a lot of folks have fast internet with online television capabilities or satellite television. However, there are those who may live just outside the "fast internet zone," or those without a budget for these amenities. That is where your local library comes rushing in to save the day!

A lot of people don't realize just how much the library has to offer. We have complete seasons of television shows old and new! Even if we just have one or two seasons of a six season show you can also do a paper request to inquire if we are able to get the missing seasons you are interested in.

A new favorite series is The Goldbergs. This television series has several seasons. It is still currently running. Seasons one and two are available at your local library.

The Goldbergs is a hilarious television show based on a real family. It's almost like The Wonder Years, but it's from the 80's time frame. Our children enjoyed getting a glimpse into the way my husband and I were raised. We laughed together as a family and compared the way things were then to the way things are now. My kids also learned where we got some of our parenting techniques. They realized that maybe we aren't too strict, or unfair after all. Thank you Goldbergs for your hilarious accounts and quick witted retelling of part of our history! I encourage folks young & old to check this series out and spend some time reminiscing about the way things used to be.

Even though the Goldberg family may not be something you personally enjoy, I encourage you to check out other television series we might have. It's nice to have commercial free access!

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

Posted Wednesday February 3, 2016 09:00am

Tech Tips

Today we wanted to remind everyone that you don't need to come into Deridder to use a computer. We have public workstations at all branches of the library (Fields, Ragley, Merryville, and Singer.) This way if it's easier for you to get to one of those locations, you can drop in and use the computer at that branch to get your work done. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions and we will back next week with another Tech Tip.

Posted Tuesday February 2, 2016 12:00pm

Public Notice

Board Meeting

The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 4:30pm. All regular session meetings of this board are open to the public.

An agenda for this meeting will be posted on the front door of the DeRidder branch no less than 24 hours before the meeting.

Posted Monday February 1, 2016 03:00pm

The Music Minute

Freegal has Adele’s Music!

Freegal, (the 5 free downloads a week and daily free 3 hours commercial-free music streaming service), has many of the latest Albums from some very popular artists. This week we’d like to highlight Adele. Freegal has her latest album 25 which includes her single “Hello”. Other albums include 21 which contains the hits “Rolling in the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain”, and 19 which includes “Hometown Glory” and “Chasing Pavements”.

  • Adele’s Videos: Hello, Someone Like You, Rolling in the Deep, Don’t You Remember, Turning Tables, Hometown Glory
  • Don’t forget your Groundhog’s Day ringtones! There is a cute one found on 200 Most Wanted Ringtones and Texts Alerts.

    Posted Monday February 1, 2016 09:00am

    Sunday School: Gardening


    With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will highlight a few of the Gardening classes that you can take in preparation for the spring vegetable garden, flower garden, or your home's landscape.

    These shortened descriptions are only a few of the over 500 classes that are available through Universal Class. Classes are free, and you get completion certificates for every one if you pass with 70% or higher. Log in and find something today!

    Introduction to Gardening
    "Have you always wanted to start a garden but just were not sure how to start? The easiest way make this decision is to take a class that will guide you step by easy step through the process of deciding what kind of garden you wish to start, where to place it, how to be certain that the soil is ready and good for growing, how to know what to plant and where to plant it. Basic Gardening is a class to give the novice gardener all the basic information necessary to begin the most popular U.S. hobby to date: gardening."
    [11 lessons]
    Vegetable Gardening
    "Vegetable Gardening is a 12-part course that is designed for beginners to gardening. If you're interested in learning how to set up, design, and cultivate a vegetable garden, you will find the tips and advice in this course to be a helpful way to get started and to keep your garden growing for years to come."
    [14 lessons]
    Tropical Gardening 101
    "This course on tropical gardening is designed for beginner gardeners who are looking to start a tropical garden or to cultivate a garden they have inherited on their property. We start with the basics, such as choosing tropical plants and learning where tropical plants come from. We'll then learn how tropical plants work and what their special needs are."
    [13 lessons]
    Landscaping 101
    "The enjoyment of a beautiful landscape is one of the great pleasures of home ownership. However, actually realizing your landscaping visions can be stressful Frequently you have a bare dirt and poor grass yard or an all grass yard and you just don't know where to start. This online course can help. Landscaping 101 will not only teach you the basics of the science of landscaping, it will show you how to apply your own creativity to transform your yard into a work of art."
    [10 lessons]
    Posted Sunday January 31, 2016 12:00pm

    Weekend Webcast

    On this day in 1969 The Beatles played their last live concert on the rooftop of Apple Studios in London. To this day The Beatles are recognized as one of the greatest Rock N' Roll bands of all time. In honor of the occasion, here is a mini documentary on the band featuring some of their music.

    Posted Saturday January 30, 2016 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    OverDrive Help Features Continued:

    Have you been wanting to read The Rogue Lawyer or Cross Justice for a while now but they always seems to be checked out when you visit Overdrive? Instead of constantly checking back for it, place it on hold and the book will automatically show up on your bookshelf when your turn comes! Don’t know how to place a hold? That’s what this segment is for! First you will click on the Library Lending Policies link from this page

    The Library Lending Policies section is another great part of OverDrive Help. This section gives you information and step by step instructions on borrowing limits, changing you lending time period, returning & renewing, and how to place and cancel holds. This section has a wealth of information that can save you time and it’s only a simple click away from the OverDrive Homepage.

    Posted Friday January 29, 2016 09:00am

    Internet Outage

    And just about 20 minutes later our problems seem to be sorted out. We may continue to experience intermittent issues with the internet connection, but for now we are running at 100%.

    Posted Wednesday January 27, 2016 05:20pm

    Internet Outage

    At approximately 5:00 p.m. this evening our upstream internet provider began experiencing problems that have taken down our internet connection. We apologize for the inconvenience, but rest assured it is being worked on and we will be back up as soon as possible.

    Posted Wednesday January 27, 2016 05:00pm

    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.

    Housebreaking by Dan Pope

    Housebreaking is a literary drama, about two families and how their lives become entangled. It is a fun read showing how things can go from one family to the other, generation to generation and blends them together and changes them forever. It's a page turner. You just have to find out how it all turns out.

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

    Posted Wednesday January 27, 2016 09:00am

    Tech Tips

    Want to check out something cool on any lab computer? Take a look at Stellarium Night Sky Viewer. This neat tool lets you see the stars in the sky overhead at any time of day. You can also highlight planets, constellations, nebulas etc. For anyone interested in the night sky, or for our budding astronomers out there, this is something you have to try!

    Posted Tuesday January 26, 2016 12:00pm

    The Music Minute


    Got ringtones? Freegal does. That's right, Freegal, (the free and legal music service provided by Beauregard Parish Library that gives you 5 free music downloads a week and daily 3 free hours commercial-free streaming music) has ringtones and text tones.

    Want something cute? How about an animal like:

  • a frog croaking
  • singing birds
  • squawking crows
  • a donkey braying
  • turkey gobble
  • the tiny meow of a kitten
  • a dog barking?
  • Or perhaps you would like something more gentle like:

  • piano
  • bells
  • guitar?
  • Or maybe a touch of whimsy like:

  • aliens
  • a space ship
  • a buzzing wasp?
  • And for the Holidays Freegal has:

  • Ground Hogs’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • St.Patrick’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Halloween
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Day
  • Search for yourself and find that perfect ringtones. Ringtones can range anywhere from a few seconds to about 30. Oh, and did I mention?-they’re FREE!!!!!

    Posted Monday January 25, 2016 09:00am

    Homework Louisiana and Tutor

    Do you need help with bibliographic citations for a school assignment? Did you know we have a product that can help? We do!

    We have both Homework Louisiana and Tutor.com, both free to Beauregard Parish Library card holders. These are usable through any browser, and there are mobile apps for your convenience. The tutors are vetted professionals, and user confidentality is a high priority.

    All you have to do to get help with citations or other documents is upload them, and you’ll get real time feedback. The tutors help with a variety of academic subjects, including citations, and for adults there is a job center which can help with resumes and preparing for interviews. If you need help with something else, tutors are available for a variety of subjects from Kindergarten through introductory university courses.

    Homework Louisiana is available Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

    Tutor.com is available at any time outside of those hours.

    If you need other help for tutoring or test preparation, don't forget that we have a section devoted to that topic on our Online Learning page.

    Posted Sunday January 24, 2016 12:00pm

    Weekend Webcast

    Today is National Pie Day! On this day we celebrate all things pie! From the delicious fillings right down to the flaky crust, today is all about pie. Speaking of crust, here is a neat video showing how to make a good pie crust.

    Posted Saturday January 23, 2016 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    The help feature of OverDrive is a great resource for patrons who come across a problem while using the program, especially if the library is closed for the day.

    This week we will cover OverDrive Help the first of the four sections you see when you click on the help icon from the OverDrive homepage. Once you choose OverDrive Help the page you are taken to has many different options to choose from, depending on the trouble you are having. Below is a short description about what each of the sections covers:

    Getting Started: Take a look at this section if you are just starting to use Overdrive and need some basic help. This section has step by step instructions and images for you to follow for various parts of OverDrive. This section also provides detailed guides for using specific devices including: Android, Apple, eReaders, Kindle, and Nooks.

    eBooks: This section gives more in-depth instructions than the Getting Started section. This is particularly helpful if you are looking for specific information regarding which format of eBook works best with which device, how to sync eBooks, or even how to return and remove eBooks.

    Audiobooks: Sometimes patrons don’t realize that Overdrive offers audiobooks as well. This help section gives you all the information you need to checkout and listen to the audiobooks.

    OverDrive App: This section breaks down how to install and utilize the OverDrive app on an Android, Chromebook, Mac, Kindle, or Windows device.

    Posted Friday January 22, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    The library has a large collection of books with ideas for those creative people who love to make all sorts of crafts. Some types of crafting can get a little expensive, but others use inexpensive or even free materials to create beautiful treasures. If this type of crafting interests you, check out a new book that we received this week - Crafting With Wood Pallets: Projects for Rustic Furniture, Decor, Art, Gifts and More by Becky Lamb.

    This book is packed with color photos and easy-to-follow instructions for over 25 projects. It begins by showing how to find and select pallets that will be best for your project. It shows how to disassemble the pallets and prepare them for crafting. You will see what tools and supplies you will need. Then you will see how to add color to your project with painting techniques. The projects themselves are arranged in sections such as: Storage and Organization, Around the House, The Great Outdoors and Art and Decor. There are even suggestions for using the leftover bits and pieces to make small crafts. Each craft is accompanied by a color photo and step-by-step instructions.

    Posted Thursday January 21, 2016 10:30am

    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.

    Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

    Fans of JoAnne Fluke's Hannah Swensen mysteries will enjoy Barbara Ross's Main Clambake series, beginning with Clammed Up.

    Julia Snowden left her high-power job in New York to return to her quiet hometown of Busman's Harbor, Maine and help save the family business, Snowden Family Clambake Company. Despite some tension in the family, Julia looks forward to throwing herself into the work for the summer, paying off the business loan, and returning the Clambake Co. to it's prosperous position. What she didn't expect was having the Clambake Company's property shut down during a murder investigation and threatening to close them down for good! If the family business is to survive, Julia's going to have to roll up her sleeves and move this investigation along!

    This story includes Maine clambake-style recipes.

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

    Posted Wednesday January 20, 2016 09:00am

    Healthy Amount of Info

    Need some help keeping your resolve for your New Year's resolutions? Join us on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. for a tutorial on health resources.

    Posted Tuesday January 19, 2016 12:10pm

    Tech Tips

    Todays Tech Tip is for the parents. If you have little ones be sure to check out one of our launchpads. They are tablets made just for kids. These launchpads come pre-loaded with fun, educational games to help your children learn while having fun at the same time. The launchpads can be checked out at the front desk in Deridder. So grab one today and give them a leg up on their education!

    Posted Tuesday January 19, 2016 12:00pm

    The Music Minute

    On Jan. 10, 2016 just a few days after his birthday, a music legend died. But David Bowie will live on through his music and videos. Whether you considered him a performance artist or simply a rock star, all can agree he was indefinable. In fact his albums on Freegal are listed as Rock, Pop and Alternative. Whether you want his newer stuff or the older, Freegal has it.

    First, two of the newest singles “Black Star” and “Lazarus.” Second, A Reality Tour which is a live album containing some older hits including the famous “Ziggy Stardust” and the popular “The Man Who Sold the World”. For other works simply click on the special display that reads "David Bowie 1947-2016 See the Collection Now" or select Artists at the search box and type in David Bowie and hit Enter.

    Freegal also has several David Bowie music videos entitled The Heart’s Filthy Lesson, Little Wonder, Sue, and A Reality Tour. Yes, Freegal has music videos. They will cost you two of your 5 free downloads a week and you cannot stream them first for a preview.

    And let’s not forget David Bowie in the movies. Do you remember the character of the Goblin King in the movie Labyrinth? Yes, that was David Bowie and the library has it in our catalog.

    Posted Monday January 18, 2016 09:00am
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