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.
Upcoming Events At Your Library
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
If the heat of summer is making it uncomfortable to enjoy outside activities, try curling up in the air conditioned comfort with a good book. We are constantly adding new titles of all types of books, so there should be something for every taste.
If you enjoy a good mystery, check out Death on the Blackheath by Anne Perry. Set during the reign of Queen Victoria in England, commander of the powerful Special Branch Thomas Pitt has the difficult job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. He investigates the disappearance and possible murder of the maid to a naval weapons expert, which leads to what may be a devilish conspiracy that could destroy both Pitt and Britain.
If romance is more to your liking, try One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey. Tiffany Warren is supposed to go west and meet the father she has never known and marry the son of his enemy. This will end a long feud between the families. Instead, she decides to pretend to be her father’s new housekeeper in order to find out more about the whole situation. However, the enemy’s family kidnaps the “housekeeper” when she arrives. She finds herself living in the same camp as the man who would be her fiance. The two are drawn together, but difficulties ensue when the deception is exposed.
Or maybe you prefer a good fantasy story. Fool’s Assassin is the first book in a trilogy by acclaimed author Robin Hobb. FitzChivalry, an assassin introduced in Hobb’s earlier Farseer novels, has left his life of intrigue behind. He is now living as Tom Badgerlock, married to his childhood sweetheart and leading a quiet country life. Quiet, that is until some menacing, pale-skinned strangers appear and cast a sinister spell over Fitz and his future. Now he must take up his former life in order to protect his new one.
Driver License Guide FYI
A library is more than just books and DVDs or really fun programs. We connect patrons to the information they need that will make their lives easier. Recently our patrons have been asking about the Louisiana Driver License guides, so here are a few things to know about that.
- The website for the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is located at http://www.expresslane.org/, and the various documents (Forms, Study Guides, Affidavits, etc) are located under Forms/Study Guides.
- The library has printed copies of the Class D & E Driver's Guide (R0613) in both our circulating and reference collections. The circulating one can be checked out and taken home, but the reference copy is for in-house library use only.
- To view the guides online, patrons can use the computers in our lab or check out laptops and use our WiFi. Please note that patrons must have a card in good standing and an Electronic Services username and password to use Library lab computers or connect to our WiFi network. There are additional requirements for checking out laptops.
- Copies of the study guide can be printed with our color copy machine. Given the number of pages in the study guide, this is one of the more expensive options.
- Copies of the study guide can be transferred to portable media to view on a computer. If needed, the library does sell blank CDs and flash drives. The study guide can be burned to a CD on the library computers.
If you have further questions on this topic, please refer to the friendly staff. You can also click the Community page for links to useful Parish, State and Federal websites.
TumbleBooks and AudioBookCloud
Are you using TumbleBooks and AudioBookCloud? If not, you should be!
This set of 4 distinct yet interconnected products has books for all ages, from beginning readers through adults. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection. You never have to wait for a book you like if it comes from TumbleBook Library, Tumble Book Cloud Junior, Tumble Book Cloud or Audio Book Cloud. Parents will also be pleased to note that the three Tumble products contain Accelerated Reader and Common Core information as appropriate to each title.
Here are some specifics about the products.
Tumble Book Library has interactive storybooks, chapter books, nonfiction, language learning, puzzles, and games for kindergarten through sixth grades. This is the product to use for new readers getting started because there are a variety of tools to help their learning.
TumbleBook Cloud, Jr.
TumbleBook Cloud, Jr is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! This database is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to read beyond the picture book collection in the TumbleBookLibrary. It is designed specifically for kids in grades three to six.
TumbleBook Cloud is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! TumbleBooks' one-of-a-kind Read-Along format combines the flexibility of an ebook with full-length professional narration highlighted text so kids can follow along, which helps improve childhood literacy. The Read-Alongs also include classic titles students will encounter in literature classes, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, and The Great Gatsby.
AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books with unlimited simultaneous access. It has both fiction and popular nonfiction. This is appropriate for both teens and adults because of the wide variety of content. It has enhanced usability features such as bookmarks to make it easy to return to where you were listening the last time without losing your place in the audio.
If you have any questions on this or any of our other library products and services, please let us know. We have a friendly staff waiting to serve you.
Beginners Computer Class
It's only one week away!
We are very excited about the way Beauregard Parish patrons have embraced using World Vital Records for genealogy and research!
We have a few more resources that may be of help to beginners and seasoned researchers alike. Here are a few things we have for you:
Our free leisure learning and continuing education module from Recorded Books has classes on several subjects, but for the beginner there is a Genealogy 101 class. Universal Class is available online 24/7, and users can sign up for classes at any time. There is a limit of 5 concurrent classes, but users may take as many different classes as desired. All successfully completed classes (70% pass rate or higher) earn a printable certificate.
Access Video on Demand
For those who want to watch and learn, AVOD has several film clips that include both how-tos and interesting quests in the realm of genealogy. To look at find search results click genealogy in AVOD.
Here is a sample video from the collection:
"An expert provides tips for researching genealogy. The United States Census has the most extensive genealogical data available."
Beauregard Parish Library's own Online Public Access Catalog shows several genealogical items that are available to check out from the library or through online sources such as OverDrive.
The search term genealogy can be put in the Search Our Catalog box above, or users can click this handy link. Subject: Genealogy*
*Note: The search link retrieves only items that have been marked with "genealogy" as a subject. Additional items do show up as a general keyword search.
YA Reading Suggestions
Looking for something to read now that you've finished Divergent and your tears have dried from The Fault in Our Stars ?
For today's tip we would like to offer a short reminder that if you experience a problem on one of the computers at any of our library branches, please notify a staff member. Do not try to "fix" it yourself by turning the computer off and on again or any other quick solution. The library's I.T. staff likes to know about any problems with our computers and turning them off with the switch etc. masks the problem or it can possibly make the problem worse. So once again, if you experience a computer problem please let a staff member know and do not try to fix it yourself. Thank you.
Expanded Online Catalog
One of the goals of a library is to make reliable information easier to find. To get to that goal, we have added records for our various digital holdings into our online catalog so you can see all you're searching for in one place! See that search box at the top of the page? You can do all your searching there to get our many resources.
Here is what you'll find:
- Access Video on Demand
- Catalog search will bring up links to relevant video segments so you can click and view
- Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals
- Search by year, make and model to find the link to your vehicle
- OverDrive Digital Library
- Items added to OverDrive from September 2013 to present are in our online catalog, too!
Celebrate With BPL
August Teen Scene
Time flies and we don't want you to miss out on all that your library has to offer!
Take a look at our August calendar and make plans for some quality time at your library.
The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on August 6, 2014 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.