Closed For Memorial Day

Reminder that all branches of the Beauregard Parish Library are closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in honor of Memorial Day.

No items will be due during a holiday closure. The library will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

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Posted Monday May 30, 2016 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Free Peanuts/Charlie Brown music from Freegal

Freegal, the free music site that gives you 5 free downloads a week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music, has music from the animated cartoon Peanuts. Did you like The Peanuts Movie? Well, Freegal has the original soundtrack featuring the instrumental music of Christophe Beck and the song single “Better When I’m Dancin’” and video featuring pop star Meghan Trainor.

Freegal also has the soundtrack to the musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown with such tunes as “Suppertime”, “Happiness”, “My Blanket and Me”, “Beethoven Day”, “Snoopy”, “The Kite”, and many others.

Freegal also has music from Vince Guaraldi, the composer who played the music for the original Peanuts animated classics. You may enjoy his album, The Charlie Brown Suite And Other Favorites featuring such tunes as “The Charlie Brown Theme”, “Linus and Lucy with The Band”, “Peppermint Patty”, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” and “Red Baron”.

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Posted Monday May 30, 2016 06:00am

Sunday Funday

Exciting events at your Beauregard Parish Library

Check out some of the exciting events on the way at your library.

Join us as we begin our summer adventures!

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Posted Sunday May 29, 2016 08:00am

Just Arrived

School is out and the kids are looking for things to do. Last week we added some new books to our collection that should keep the young folks occupied engage their minds at the same time.

Check out:

Outer Space by Ken Jennings. Fans of the game show Jeopardy may remember Ken Jennings, who was the champion for an incredibly long period several years ago. He now writes a series of Junior Genius Guides covering all sorts of topics. This volume is full of out-of-this-world facts about the universe. There are great illustrations and fun quizzes to test your knowledge. Learn about the sun, planets, and every part of the galaxy and have fun doing it.

Why Dogs Eat Poop: Gross but True Things You Never Knew About Animals by Francesca Gould and David Haviland. Organized in question and answer format, this book is filled with disgusting facts about all sorts of animals. Kids will delight in learning about creatures like the Dracula ant and a parrot that was the last living speaker of an indigenous language. There are also cringe-worthy facts about the habits and bodily functions of other animals such as snakes and frogs. While the information learned here may not be ideal dinner conversation, kids will enjoy being grossed out.

Understanding Coding With Python by Patricia Harris. If you have a budding computer enthusiast, check out this easy to follow manual for the programming language Python. Using this coding language allows kids to create games or webpages while learning a valuable skill. Python was developed using features of other programming languages, but modified to make it easier for young or beginner coders. There are some example programs to show how it all works, and then kids are encouraged to be creative and design their own. We also have the same type of guides for other kid-friendly languages.

Remember that our Summer Reading Programs begin this week. We have programs for all ages, so be sure to sign the whole family up!

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Posted Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am

Find It Fridays

Memorial Day is fast approaching and we know that some of you may be looking for resources that explain the whens and whys of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day we honor and thank the 1.8 million that have given their lives for America since 1775. This week’s Find It Friday will discuss where to find information related to Memorial Day.

Where to Find:

A history of Memorial Day

A list of cemeteries in Louisiana maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs

A grave at Arlington National Cemetery

Information on the National Moment of Remembrance

An additional resource that BPL subscribes to that compiles scholarly articles from numerous databases is EbscoHost. Hint: By entering “Memorial Day” into the search box of EbscoHost you will receive many results, use the filters to better fit the search to your needs!

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Posted Friday May 27, 2016 09:00am

Network Maintenance

Network Maintenance

Our internet service provider announced that they will be performing scheduled maintenance on the network. The work will be performed during the maintenance window of Thursday, 5/26/16 11:00 PM to Friday, 5/27/16 5:00 AM.This maintenance is not anticipated to be service affecting but could possibly result in a degraded service.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please do not hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions.

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Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016 01:00pm

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 discover a new favorite. Just in time to kick off our Summer Reading Program, here is a children's book sure to delight all ages.

Bloom by Doreen Cronin and David Small

A Story of a Mud Fairy and an extraordinary “ordinary” girl and a castle in trouble.

There was once a fairy named Bloom, who had mud on her face and beetles in her wings but she made plants grow and flowers bloom. And as she walked she tracked mud about the glass castle. But after a while, the castle got tired of her mess and threw her out. But after years of decay, the castle was falling apart and they needed the fairy’s help. So the King went and asked for help but all he got was a bucket of mud. So, the Queen went and all she got was a bucket of mud. So, they decided to send what they considered an ordinary girl named Genevieve.

She went to the fairy and was presented with a bucket of mud. So Genevieve explained that her glass castle was falling apart, and that got her a shovel. But the girl was kind and so offered to help with the fairy’s chores and explained that she was sent to ask the fairy’s help because she was so ordinary. The fairy looked strange when she said this, but she taught the girl to make bricks out of mud and sand and straw. The fairy offered the girl words of encouragement, and soon they built a house in the woods. So, the fairy Bloom sent Genevieve back to the castle with words to the Kingdom that said that there is no such thing as an ordinary girl. And Genevieve went confidently back to the castle and built it new from mud bricks.

I love that this story shows a different fairy, a mud fairy, a bit messy but with a great gift to share. And that it shows that all children can learn something new and bring their gifts to the world. But the most special part is that it teaches children that no one is ordinary. This would make a great story for boys or girls and even adults who need reminding that we are all special.

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

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Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016 09:00am

Midweek Montage

Ready for the summer?

Your library is!

This week's Midweek Montage is a collection of pics from summers of fun past!

Take a look at some of the library memories and get ready to make new ones beginning June 1, 2016.

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Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016 08:00am

Travel Tuesdays: Brazil

Over the next few months we will bring you a new article series called Travel Tuesdays where we bring the rest of the world a little closer using our free Global Road Warrior database. Global Road Warrior has country profiles of over 170 countries that include travel, business, culture, and language facts, plus some fun things like recipes. Any time you’re curious, you can find Global Road Warrior on our Online Research page or you can use the link in this article. GRW

The first country we will highlight is Brazil. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Rio this year in August. If you wanted to travel, there is still time. As any intrepid traveler knows, though, being prepared will help your experience be the best possible.

Some Brazil fun facts:

  • Portuguese is the official language. It has distinct differences from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal and Africa. Language learners take note: We have free online courses for Brazilian Portuguese from both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.
  • At one time the Portuguese royal court lived in Brazil instead of Portugal.
  • Electrical voltage is both 110 (common in North America) and 220 (common in Europe), and it can vary by city. Bring an adapter!
  • The name of Brazilian money is the Real, and it is subdivided into Centavos. Banknotes are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 denominations. Coins are available for 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 Centavos, and 1 Real.

    There are many more facts you can learn about Brazil through Global Road Warrior, but we’ll leave you with this uniquely Brazilian recipe.

    Creme de Abacate (avacado cream dessert)

    Recipe Serving: Serves 2–4
    Ingredients:

    1 large avocado
    1–2 tbsp (15–30 ml) fresh lime juice
    2–4 tbsp (30–60 ml) sugar
    Salt to taste
    Instructions:
    1. Peel and pit the avocado.
    2. Place pulp, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a blender or food processor and purée.
    3. Transfer to individual serving dishes and chill before serving.
    Variation
    Up to 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream can be added. In this case, use only 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lime juice. After transferring purée to a bowl, beat with a hand-held electric mixer, gradually adding heavy cream.

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    Posted Tuesday May 24, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Freegal has Free Music from American Idol Contestants

    Are you missing the television show American Idol? Well, Freegal the free and legal music service provided by your Beauregard Parish Library has plenty of songs from these artists.

    Freegal has the new release of Haley Reinhart called Better which includes her current single, a renditon of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.

    Other artists include: Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze, Kellie Pickler, Katherine McPhee, Bo Bice, and many others.

    Albums include: American Idol 10th Anniversary-The Hits Vol.1, American Idol Season 5 Encores, American Idol: Greatest Moments, American Idol Season 9, American Idol Finalists Season 4, American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers, American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics, American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics, and American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs

    ✷You can use your 5 free weekly downloads to get a song or use your 3 free daily hours of streaming commercial-free music to just listen.

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    Posted Monday May 23, 2016 06:00am

    New Blog Themes

    Regular visitors to the library website will be familiar with various article series we have. We're dusting off the same old blogs to bring you something new and fresh! Feast your eyes on these regular columns we will bring you:

  • ♬The_Music_Minute♬: How to get the best out of your Freegal music downloads
  • Travel Tuesday: Featuring our newest database, Global Road Warrior
  • Midweek Montage: Fun with library programs with pictures of the fun
  • Staff Picks: Suggested reads, views or listens from us to you, perfect for your weekend entertainment
  • Find it Friday: Tech tips and how to get the most out of library digital resources
  • Just Arrived: New items in the library that you might want to check out the next week!
  • Sunday Funday: Highlighted list for the week ahead of the fun programs and activities we offer

    We hope you enjoy our new summer blog series, and we look forward to your feedback.

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    Posted Sunday May 22, 2016 12:00pm

    Summer Fun

    Ready for the summer?

    Your library is!

    Join us for a summer filled with exciting events, challenges, and adventures!

    We have programs for all ages, including a new "Big Kids" program just for ages 5-10.

    Browse our events calendar or pick up a paper event list at any Beauregard Parish Library branch.

    And...Get Ready! Get Set! Read!

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    Posted Saturday May 21, 2016 09:00am

    Find It Fridays

    The Beauregard Parish Library is always interested in keeping up with our wonderful Patrons! In pursuit of that, we have an account on a number of social media websites, and this week, we've added Instagram!

    Instagram is a wonderful site, with Android and iPhone/iPad apps to make it easy to add pics on the go! Share with us your pictures of Library events, neat things you've found at the Library, and anything else related to the Library you feel other patrons of the Library would enjoy!

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    Posted Friday May 20, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we added some new mysteries on CD for your listening enjoyment. Check out:

    Death of a Nurse by M.C. Beaton. Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth visits his elderly new neighbor and is treated very rudely. But the visit isn’t a total waste of time as he also meets the old man’s gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. As she apologizes for her employer’s rudeness, Hamish asks her out. At the appointed time, Hamish waits but she never shows up. Four days later her body washes up on the beach. Now Hamish must find out who killed her before the murderer strikes again.

    Design for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. The latest in the Murder, She Wrote series finds mystery writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Manhattan to attend the debut of a new fashion designer. Xandr Ebon, the former Sandy Black of Cabot Cove, is introducing his evening wear collection to the powerful fashion elite who can make or break him. Everything is going well until a young model collapses and dies on the runway. And then another model is found dead. Suspicion rests on their only connection – Xander Ebon. Jessica must sort through all of the egos, spiteful accusations and secrets to find the killer.

    Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Feline PI Joe Grey and his companion Dulcie are awaiting their first litter. Meanwhile a mugger is attacking the local elderly people and the Molina Point PD steps up patrols to apprehend him. When one of the victims dies, the case becomes a homicide and leaves everyone on edge. The kittens are born, but the celebration must wait while Joe and the police search for the murderer, who may strike again.

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    Posted Thursday May 19, 2016 11:45am

    Network Maintenance

    Network Maintenance

    Our internet service provider announced that they will be performing scheduled maintenance on the network. The work will be performed during the maintenance window of Thursday, 5/19/16 11:00 PM to Friday, 5/20/16 5:00 AM and also on Saturday, 5/21/16 11:00 PM to Sunday, 5/22/16 5:00 AM. This maintenance is not anticipated to be service affecting but could possibly result in a degraded service.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please do not hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions.

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    Posted Wednesday May 18, 2016 01:00pm

    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 discover a new favorite. The next one might help you get ready for the busy summer season with extra meals.

    Family Feasts by Mary Ostyn

    Whether you're overhauling your entire budget or just trying to save a little here and there, making a dent in your grocery bill may seem challenging in today 's market. A typical supermarket trip can easily cost a minimum of $100, and if you 're feeding an average family or larger, that number can soar even higher. What 's a mom on a budget to do?

    Family Feasts for $75 a Week to the rescue! Written by blogger mom and penny-pincher extraordinaire Mary Ostyn, who prepares three meals a day for her family of 12 for $800 to $900 a month, this book is stuffed to the gills with Mary's expert, in-the-trenches tips on savvy food shopping, plus 200 delicious recipes for homecooked meals that make the most of economical ingredients.

    I thought this was a really great book as it talks about budgeting, planning, and buying what is in season. It has helped me succeed in getting my meal planning in order. If you are like me needing ideas and ways to manage my grocery shopping, this is a wonderful book available for check out!

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

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    Posted Wednesday May 18, 2016 09:00am

    Merryville Hours

    Merryville Branch hours today, May 16, 2016

    The Merryville Branch of the Beauregard Parish Library will be open today from 1:00-5:00 instead of 1:00-7:00.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience these shortened hours may cause.

    Please contact the library if you have any questions

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    Posted Monday May 16, 2016 09:05am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music From Carrie Underwood

    Freegal, the free and legal music service that gives you 5 free downloads a week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music, brings you the popular Carrie Underwood. Freegal has many of this American Idol Winner’s albums including her latest, Storyteller. Freegal also has some of her newest videos including Heartbeat and Smoke Break.

    Other hits include:

  • “Blown Away” from the album Blown Away
  • “Cowboy Casanova” from Play On
  • “Flat on the Floor” from Carnival Ride
  • “Jesus Take the Wheel”and “Before He Cheats” from Some Hearts

    Freegal even has the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, the teleplay in which Carrie starred as the lead role of Maria von Trapp and sings the songs from the musical.

    Freegal also has many of Carrie Underwood's popular videos such as the angry, Before He Cheats, the inspirational, Jesus Take the Wheel, the feisty, Cowboy Casanova, the haunting, Blown Away, and the spiritual, Something in the Water.

    Click here to be taken to the Carrie Underwood page on Freegal

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    Posted Monday May 16, 2016 06:00am

    Lego Club

    It's time to Lego of your imagination and see what happens!

    Join Ms. Jera at the Merryville branch of the BPL at 10 a.m. today

    --or--

    Join her at the DeRidder branch next Saturday!

    Lego Club is intended for ages 5-12.

    We ask that a guardian remain with each child to assist with building and spend some time being a kid!

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    Posted Saturday May 14, 2016 09:00am

    Find It Fridays

    They say that April showers bring May flowers, but what are you supposed to do with those flowers when they come in? This week we wanted to highlight some of the gardening resources that BPL has to offer. We have all levels of resources available, perfect for the novice or master gardener.

    Universal Class is the online learning platform that we offer for our patrons. Through Universal Class you will complete lessons and turn in assignments to be graded by an instructor. The great thing about Universal Class is that you can work at your own pace and revisit information if needed.

    Gardening classes offered by Universal Class: Introduction to Gardening, All About Herbs, Vegetable Gardening 101, and many more!

    If online learning isn’t what you are looking for we have a full collection of horticulture materials available at BPL. We are constantly working to update our collection and are always receiving new materials so make sure to check back in if you haven’t browsed in a while. The books in this collection can teach you how to plant an herb garden, raise specific crops, and grow beautiful flower beds!

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    Posted Friday May 13, 2016 09:00am
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