♬The Music Minute♬

Neil Diamond, the singer and songwriter celebrates his birthday this month. Freegal, the free and legal website has many of Neil’s albums to choose from. Use your 5 free weekly downloads or just listen with your free 3 daily hours of commercial-free streaming music.

The Hits:

“Solitary Man”, “Sweet Caroline”, “Song Sung Blue”, “I Am...I Said”, “Forever in Blue Jeans”, “America”, “Shilo”, “I’m A Believer”, “September Morn”, “Kentucky Woman”, "Heartlight", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Cherry, Cherry", "Cracklin' Rosie".

Freegal has his newer or older and more obscure songs as well.

Posted Monday January 23, 2017 06:00am

Just Arrived

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs people face. The library has many resources to make it a little easier. This week we received a couple of books that struggling parents might want to check out.

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King. For more than thirty-five years, the “How to Talk” series of books have given parents effective communication skills for solving the unending challenges of raising children. This new book is specifically designed to apply these strategies to very young children. It discusses common conflicts and situations and gives ways to deal with them respectfully and effectively. There is even a chapter that addresses dealing with children who have sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. It gives parents the tools to develop rewarding relationships with their little ones through the “terrible twos” up through the “semicivilized seven-year-old” stage. It will help little children grow into self-reliant big kids who are capable of good relationships with their parents, teachers, siblings and peers.

The Happiest Mommy You Know: Why Putting Your Kids First is the Last Thing You Should Do by Genevieve Shaw Brown. The author, an ABC News reporter and mother of three, used to be one of those mothers who always put the needs of her children before her own. She got up early to fix special healthy meals for her kids, but then scarfed down whatever junk food she could manage to fit into her busy schedule. She realized the toll it was taking on her and decided to eat adult-sized portions of the same food her children had. She immediately saw the benefits and decided to apply the same principles to other aspects of her life. She decided to treat herself with the same love and care she gave her children. This book shows that if mothers are able to put themselves first sometimes, both they and their children will benefit. She offers advice and her personal stories to help mothers achieve self-respecting parenting.

Posted Saturday January 21, 2017 02:00pm

Find It Friday - Just The Fax

From time to time, it is handy to send a fax. For those living in DeRidder and the immediate area, we offer a list of businesses that offer fax services. Out in the rural areas, where there are no businesses offering this service, the Library offers this service at the rural branches for a per-page charge during the hours that branch is open.

Posted Friday January 20, 2017 09:00am

Staff Picks: One True Loves

It's time for another Staff Pick of the week--a reading, listening or viewing suggestion from us to you. Not all suggestions work for all people, but you just might find something you'll like!

If you need more 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.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is a really good winter evening read. Our heroine, Emma Blair, is grieving over her husband who was lost at sea, when she mets and falls in love with a former classmate.

Life is getting better, until she gets a call from her husband letting her know he is alive and coming home. Now Emma is faced with a life changing decision.

I could not put this book down.

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

Posted Thursday January 19, 2017 09:00am

Internet Outage Warning

The company that the Library gets its Internet from has warned us of a possible upcoming outage. Scheduled for some time between 12:00 midnight and 1:00 am, they are going to be working on a fiber optic cable near I-10. The outage is expected to last no more than about 30 minutes, but of course, things don't always go right.

Posted Wednesday January 18, 2017 09:00am

Library Apps: OverDrive

For this short article series, we’ll fill you in on mobile apps for your tablet or smartphone that you can use to access library resources. Please note two things:

  • Apps for library resources should be available to our patrons for free.
  • You must have a library card in good standing to access these resources.

    Our first Library App is already familiar to many users: OverDrive

    This is the platform for our digital library that has e-books, e-audiobooks, and videos. Each card-holder can check out 10 items at a time. Card holders may also request items, put items on hold and make wishlists. This is free, and there are never any late charges for overdues. OverDrive checkouts never get in the way of checkouts from our physical library.

    For those who want to try it out, OverDrive makes it easy to download the right app for you. Click the link for more: Get Help With OverDrive Apps

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    Posted Tuesday January 17, 2017 09:00am

    Computers and Coffee

    Join us tomorrow at the DeRidder branch of the Beauregard Parish Library for Computers and Coffee. This is an introduction to computers course aimed at seniors from beginners to those who just might need a refresher. We hope to see you there at 11:00 am in our Rotary Meeting Room.

    Please watch this video below for more about our Computers and Coffee class.

    Note: The video may not display in Firefox.

    Posted Monday January 16, 2017 12:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    As we start a new year, don’t forget to get your five free downloads that expire on Sunday night at midnight. And listen all you want (you have three free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music). All paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library.

    Freegal has many different genres to choose from. Instrumentals from the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, etc. to the 1840’s etc. Classical music, Old-timey and Modern Jazz. Country, Bluegrass, and Folk. Punk Rock and Heavy Metal. Old hymns and new Gospel songs as well as Christian Contemporary. Music in foreign languages such as Spanish, German, Japanese and many others. Music for most any holiday. Cajun and Zydeco. Stories and songs for children. Disco and Reggae. Freegal has many soundtracks to some of your favorite movies and television shows.

    To see the genres just click on Genres in the blue menu bar below the search bar on Freegal. Then click a particular genre you are interested in and names will appear to the right of artists in that genre.

    Last week I told you about some new Elvis Presley albums, well another new album is Way Down in the Jungle Room which (according to an editorial review on Amazon.com) was originally recorded in 1976 in a room at Graceland nicknamed the Jungle Room that was converted to a recording studio. This album has many alternate takes and outtakes where you can hear Elvis laughing, teasing, making jokes, and even cursing. Many of the songs have a country feel and a few with a 50’s feel. Some standouts are: "Way Down", "Solitaire", and "Moody Blue".

    Freegal even has some Elvis videos.

    Also, there are a few more David Bowie albums such as the EP No Plan just released with "Lazarus", "No Plan", "Killing a Little Time", and "When I Met You". Freegal also has the album Lazarus (original cast recording), a musical about an alien based on the sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis.

    Also, there is a David Bowie video Sue (or In A Season of Crime)

    Posted Monday January 16, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Almost everyone has heard of The Three Musketeers, the great classic by Alexandre Dumas. It has been required reading in literature classes and has been made into several movies and television programs. But did you know that there is a sequel?

    This week the library received the book The Red Sphinx: A Sequel to Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, translated by Lawrence Ellsworth. The story was written towards the end of Dumas’ writing career and he actually didn’t even really finish it. It was eventually published in France without a real ending and did not receive much attention. However, Dumas had written a separate novella called The Dove, which picked up where the story stopped and provided a satisfying conclusion.

    For the first time, these works have been combined and readers are now able to read the complete story. It continues the great adventures of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne and King Louis XIII. It also introduces a charming new hero, the Comte de Moret, who is a half-brother to the king. He soon finds himself involved in the danger and intrigue of the French court while fending off the advances of several beautiful ladies. If you enjoyed the original classic, you will definitely not want to miss this one.

    Posted Saturday January 14, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - The Online Card Catalog

    The secret to appearing smart is not to know everything, but to know where to find everything! This is where Libraries come in handy, and the secret to finding things in the Library is our online Card Catalog.

    You can visit our Online Card Catalog from any computer in the world, and if you have signed up for our Electronic Resources services, you can even reserve and renew books online.

    Posted Friday January 13, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Pick: OMG Shakespeare

    Welcome back to the New Year with new Staff Picks! This works the same way it's worked before. Here is a reading, listening or viewing suggestion from us to you. Not all suggestions work for all people, but you just might find something you'll like!

    If you need more 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.

    OMG Shakespeare! [series]

    Teens and Pre-teens (and adults!) have a new way to recap some of the finest works in English literature. For a really modern way to read the classics, try them now in the form of emojis!

    The OMG Shakespeare series has translated both titles and content of classic tales using slang, emoticons and text talk. For instance Romeo and Juliet becomes YOLO Juliet; Hamlet translates to Srsly Hamlet; A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth morph into A Midsummer Night #nofilter and Macbeth #killing it, respectively.

    These books are now available through your library and are clearly aiming to cater to a younger demographic — certain excerpts are written in the form of smartphone text threads.

    While the emoji adaptations are certainly simplifying the historically acclaimed literature, OMG Shakespeare may provide a great way to introduce more difficult content to the younger generation in a way that they find irresistibly appealing.

    On the flip side, it is also worth noting that much of the classic dialogue that might be objectionable for younger readers is filtered out of these adaptations. For children who are too young to really read and understand the full content of the classic works, these emoji books and others may be a great introduction and gateway into the world of the classics.

    At any rate, this collection provides a unique insight into Shakespearean dramas by transforming them into a format easily recognizable by today’s youth, making them recognizable and relevant.

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

    Posted Thursday January 12, 2017 09:00am

    Tech Talks at Your Library

    Beauregard Parish Library is proud to bring you Tech Talks this week, also called "Your New Thing" in our online calendar for January 2017. These are information sessions to help get you started with confidence on any new devices you may have gotten over the holidays.

    The first session will be Thursday, January 12 at 6:00 pm in DeRidder, and a repeat session will be on Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 am in DeRidder.

    Please enjoy the video below with more information about what you might learn as part of this week's Tech Talk: Your New Thing

    Note: Video may not play in all versions of Firefox.

    Posted Tuesday January 10, 2017 10:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    When David Bowie died last year The Music Minute highlighted his music available free on Freegal, the free website that gives you 5 free downloads weekly and 3 free hours daily of streaming music. Well, to celebrate his January birthday we’d like to share a few new albums on Freegal. One is interviews called The Broadcast Interviews 1977-1978. Another is Legacy, an album of original hits but remastered for better sound. Songs featured on this album: “Starman”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Space Oddity”, “Changes”, “Heroes”, “Let’s Dance”, “Fame”, “The Man Who Sold the World”, “Golden Years”, and “Modern Love”. Another album is David Bowie for Babies, which features his music in lullaby form.

    Also, last year The Music Minute highlighted Elvis Presley’s music. In honor of his January birthday we’d like to highlight a new album called The Wonder of You which features Elvis singing with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with songs like “Kentucky Rain”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Always on My Mind” and “Amazing Grace”.

    And to note the passing of George Michael this past December, The Music Minute would like to add that Freegal has many of his albums. They have his hits like “Faith”, and “Father Figure” as well as his hits with Wham! like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper”.

    Posted Monday January 9, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    If one of your New Years resolutions was to eat healthier, we received some new books that can help make this possible. Check out:

    Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life by David Zinczenko. The author is Good Morning America’s health and wellness editor as well as a bestselling author. This book is part of his mission to help Americans live healthier lives. He shows that sugar is the main reason so many people are overweight and unhealthy. He says that sugar is added to almost everything we eat, including foods marketed as “healthy”. He shows how it is possible to eliminate this sugar without depriving ourselves of the food we love. If we do this, he says we can lose weight and regain our health.

    The Superfood Swap: the 4-week plan to eat what you crave without the C.R.A.P. by Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N. with Cindy Kuzma. This author is a nutritionist who has helped people change their unhealthy eating habits and improve their lives. She says the key is not depriving yourself of foods you love, but exchanging fake foods which she refers to as C.R.A.P. (foods filled with Chemicals, Refined sugar and flour, Artificial sweeteners, and Preservatives) for wholesome, high-quality superfoods. She shows which foods to avoid and which to eat. She explains how to correctly read labels to spot healthy impostors. Included are many delicious recipes, each with a complete nutrition analysis. This 4 week program was featured on the ABC show “My Diet is Better Than Yours” and beat all the other plans.

    Sugar Detox: Three Weeks to a Healthier, Happier, More Balanced Life by Filippa Salomonsson. According to the author, sugar causes all sorts of problems including low energy levels, mood swings and weight gain. She shows how it is possible to remove this toxin from our diets in order to cleanse and purify the body. We can achieve a balanced relationship with food so that sugar will no longer have power over our choices. There are delicious, sugar-free recipes to use in the three week plan that will unable us to keep sugar out of our lives permanently.

    Remember to consult a health care professional before making any major dietary changes.

    Posted Saturday January 7, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - The Copier Is A Scanner Free

    Storing things digitally means they can easily be copied, manipulated, and shared. Many new things created these days are created digitally, such as photos taken with cellphone cameras, and documents typed on a word processor.

    However, there's a lot of older stuff that's not stored digitally, or you don't have the original digital version any more - maybe it was stored on one of those old floppy disks, and all you have left is a printout of it.

    Or maybe you had to fill out some forms and now need to send them to someone through e-mail, a common substitute for faxing these days.

    Either way, our Docucolor Printer/Copier can help - because it's also a scanner! And it's free!

    Come in and scan to an e-mail, or scan to your USB key, on our Docucolor Copier/Printer/Scanner! Ask for help, if you need it, and one of our clerks will be glad to help!

    Posted Friday January 6, 2017 09:00am

    New Year New Language

    Do you want to learn a new language this year? Beauregard Parish Library has resources to help you learn fast and easy. In our physical collection, we have books, audiobooks and DVDs for foreign language instruction in major world languages. Sometimes, though, a person wants to learn a language that is less common, and we have resources for that, too!

    In our digital collection available 24/7 to patrons with valid cards in good standing, we have both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. You can use one or both of these to practice different aspects of language learning. Plus, you can go at your own pace. You'll be surprised at how fast you can learn something new.

    Have fun learning your new language and good luck, or as they say in Spanish, ¡buena suerte!

    Posted Thursday January 5, 2017 01:30pm

    January Computer and Technology Classes

    This January Beauregard Parish Library is happy to bring you computer classes to start your year off right.

    Your New Thing: Did you get a new device over the holiday season? Not sure how to use it? We can help! This class is for those who need a little boost in confidence using their new electronics. Join us for a one hour session of tips on using your new device. Topics will include tablets vs smartphones, Android vs Apple, Wifi vs Cell Data, App Stores, App Types,and safety.

    Your New Thing will be offered twice. The first session is January 12 at 6:00 pm in the Rotary Meeting Room at DeRidder branch. The repeat class will be offered January 14 at 11:00 am, also in the Rotary Meeting Room at DeRidder branch.

    Computers and Coffee: Enjoy a cup of coffee and learn the basics of computer usage. Topics covered will include

    1. Turn on
    2. Basic Components: Mouse, keyboard, monitor
    3. Windows vs. Mac
    4. Browser vs. The Internet
    5. E-mail vs. Webmail
    6. Word Processor, Spreadsheet, etc.

    Computers and Coffee will be offered two times. The first session will be at Merryville branch in conjunction with Merryville Coffee Club on Friday, January 13 at 10:00 am. The second session will be at DeRidder branch on Tuesday, January 17 at 11:00 am.

    Stay tuned. We will be bringing you more free computer and technology classes on a variety of topics throughout the year.

    Posted Tuesday January 3, 2017 09:30am

    ♬The Music Minute

    Star Wars Legend/Writer Carrie Fisher and Mother Debbie Reynolds Dies

    Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia, sister to Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars movies, died at age 60 December 27, 2016. She had suffered a heart attack on an air plane. Daughter of famous singer Eddie Fisher and actor and singer Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher soon became as famous as her parents. Sadly, Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter.

    After Star Wars, Carrie became a writer and screenwriter. The library has her latest book The Princess Diarist, which is a book of some talk of Star Wars life and parts of her diary that she wrote while filming Star Wars.

    If you’d like to hear Star Wars music Freegal, the free music website has all six Star Wars original motion picture soundtracks and The Clone Wars original soundtrack.

  • From Star Wars IV: A New Hope: “The Main Title”, “Cantina Band”, “Princess Leia’s Theme”, “Imerial Attack”, “The Death Star/The Storm Troopers”, “The Land of the Sandpeople”.
  • From Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back: “The Imerial March”.
  • From Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi: “The Return of the Jedi”, “Ewok Celebration and Finale”, “The Forest Battle”.
  • From Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace: “Anakin Defeats Sebulba”, “Passage Through the Planet Core”.
  • From Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones: “Across the Stars”, “Love Pledge and the Arena”, “Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale”.
  • From Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith: “Main Title and Revenge of the Sith”, “Anakin’s Dream”, “Palpatine’s Teachings”, “Anakin vs. Obi-Wan”, “Anakin’s Dark Deeds”, “A New Hope and End Credits”.

    Each of these albums has the main Star Wars theme. You might like a lullaby version of Star Wars music found on Baby Wars.

    The library also has all seven Star Wars movies including Star Wars VII The Force Awakens in which Carrie reprises her Princess Leia role.

    Freegal also has many albums and songs of Debbie Reynolds like “Aba Daba Honeymoon” from Summer Romance, or “Ain’t We Got Fun” and “Pick Yourself Up” from Fine and Dandy. Or hear her famous song “Tammy” from the movie Tammy and the Bachelor (which the library owns). Or hear the soundtracks from Irene: A Musical Comedy, I Love Melvin, or Say One For Me.

    Freegal gives you 5 free downloads a week and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music.

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    Posted Monday January 2, 2017 06:00am

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year from our Beauregard Parish Library family to yours!

    All branches of the library will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017, but we will open and resume regular service on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

    Reminder: Even when the physical library is closed, our digital resources are available 24/7 for patrons with library cards in good standing.

    Posted Sunday January 1, 2017

    Just Arrived

    Happy New Year from the library! As we begin a brand new year, many of us will be attempting to make positive changes in our lives. The library can help! Check out these new additions to our collection that will assist you in making 2017 your best year ever.

    Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. For most of us busy people, rest is kind of an afterthought. We try to get everything done and rest if there is time. But according to rigorous scientific evidence, we can actually get more done and be more successful if we understand the importance of getting plenty of rest. The author tells us that we must pursue what he calls “deliberate rest” in order to work better and get the most out of our lives. In other words, we must rest better in order to live better.

    The Brain Warrior's Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. and Tana Amen, BSN, RN. The brain controls every aspect of our lives. When it works correctly, our bodies work correctly. But when we make poor decisions that affect our brain, it causes many problems for our bodies. The brain can even turn on or off certain genes that affect the chances of our getting certain illnesses or even dying prematurely. But the good news is that we can actually master our brain. The authors use their vast knowledge and insights into science, psychology, and spirituality to create a powerful prescription for brain health. By following their plan, we can improve our health and all aspects of our lives.

    Posted Saturday December 31, 2016 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Library Help For Keeping Resolutions

    Traditionally, New Year's Resolutions tend to get broken. But the Beauregard Parish Library can help you achieve the goals you decided to go for.

    The Library offers many things, such as workout DVDs for your fitness goals, Genealogy databases for exploring your past, and Universal Class, Mango, and World Book Online (all available on our Online Learning page) for learning new skills.

    Or if you prefer a good solid book to hold in your hand while you figure something new out, well, strangely enough, the Library still has those, too. Come in and see what the Library can do for you!

    Posted Friday December 30, 2016 09:00am

    New Year Holiday Closure

    All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will be closed from Friday, December 30, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017. The library will resume regular hours of operation on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

    For your convenience, no items are due during holiday closures, and no fines will accrue.

    Posted Thursday December 29, 2016 04:00pm

    Goodbye Dialup Welcome Hotspots

    Time marches on, and the Library has to go with it. Once upon a time, the Internet was small, and the websites on it were small. You could load one in just a few seconds over a normal dial-up modem that connected to the regular telephone line you already had.

    However, people wanted to do more with websites, and so they got larger, and larger. Now, a dial-up modem connection tends to mean that you might be waiting half an hour or more for the site to load before you can do anything. As a result, the Library searched for a better solution.

    That better solution is mobile HotSpots - small boxes that connect to cell phone towers and then provide a WiFi signal around them. These provide speeds closer to what DSL and Cable Internet users are used to so large websites can now load in a reasonable time.

    Earlier this month (December 5th), the Library started checking out these mobile HotSpots, and we've had a lot of very happy patrons using them. There are places in the parish that have weak or no cell phone reception where they do not work. Hopefully, our mobile data service provider will be covering those areas soon.

    Unfortunately, that also means that a date that has been 20 years in coming will be here soon. Shortly after the New Year, we will be discontinuing dial-up service. The dial-up modems have served us well, but now it is time for them to retire to take their rest.

    Posted Wednesday December 28, 2016 02:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free New Year’s and Hanukkah Music

    Need music to have a New Year’s Eve party or to ring in the new year? Freegal, the free and legal music service paid for by the Beauregard Parish Library has plenty of music. You can use your 5 free weekly downloads or 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music to have a great party playlist. You can even create a playlist on the Freegal website. Not planning a party? That’s okay, there is plenty of all types of music.

    There are many renditions of “Auld Lang Syne” which means “For Old Times Sake”. Everyone sings this at midnight on New Year's Eve. Try the ukulele version on Ukulele Christmas. Or try: Bobby Darin, Mannheim Steamroller, Susan Boyle, Kenny G, Mitch Miller and the Gang, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard, Guy Lombardo, or The Platters.

    There are other New Years songs like “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, “A Lonely New Year” sung by Barbara Chandler, “Happy New Year Blues” sung by May Harris, “After New Years Eve”, or “My New Year’s Prayer”.

    For the Jewish Holiday Hanukkah you can find the cute “Dreidle Song”, the upbeat “Hanukkah O Hanukkah”, and the beautiful “In the Window” as well as many others on many albums from children’s and babies’ albums to swing and jazz to heavy metal and the classics.

    To everyone have a Happy New Year and Happy Hanukkah!

    Posted Monday December 26, 2016 06:00am
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