Find It Fridays

This week we will discuss the Gale Legal Forms: Louisiana database. This is a valuable database for BPL patrons who are looking for free and easily accessible legal forms, specific to the state of Louisiana. To access this database click on the "Louisiana Library Databases" link on the lefthand side of the homepage and then select "Gale Legal Forms: Louisiana". For your convenience this database can be accessed both from home and the library.

The legal forms homepage gives three different searching options. You can type directly into the search box, browse categories by alphabet, or view the most popular legal forms section. The list of categories includes: Divorce, Bankruptcy, Landlord Tenant, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Sample Letters, and Power of Attorney.

The search you choose to use will depend on how much information you already have about the forms you need. For example: If you know the exact title of the form you need the easiest thing will be type directly into the search box and select the Titles bubble before clicking search. Or, if you don’t have a name but know you need a form having to do with bankruptcy you can select the Bankruptcy section and search through the most popular forms.

This database also gives a comprehensive list of legal definitions, which is helpful if you come across an unfamiliar word in one of the forms. From the homepage of the database you can click on definitions and view the words alphabetically.

Posted Friday February 12, 2016 09:00am

Just Arrived

This week we received a new book that can help parents who are looking for fun, creative and educational activities to do with their children: How to Amaze Your Daughter: Crafts, Recipes and Other Creative Experiences to Teach Her to See the Extraordinary in the Ordinary by Raphaele Vidaling.

Picasso said “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” This book will help parents help their children continue to look at the world in wonder with a curiosity that can transform raw materials into fantastic things. There are craft ideas for projects that can be made together, experiments and magic tricks, and even recipes for delicious and fun snacks. All of the activities use everyday items in new and creative ways.

While the book is geared toward girls and many of the projects involve activities traditionally associated with girls, any child could find activities that he or she could enjoy and learn from. And parents will have a good time too.

Posted Thursday February 11, 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.

Date night in: more than 120 recipes to nourish your relationship by Ashley Rodriquez

If date nights out are getting too expensive or you are both tired of eating at the same places week in and week out, this cookbook is for you! Written by a full time working mother with three children, this book gives tips and tricks for readers who don’t have the time to spend all day cooking but still want to spend a special night at home. Each “date” includes a grocery list, food prep information, appetizer, main course, dessert, and drink recipe. No more worrying about which foods go with what, the planning is done for you! This is a must read cookbook for any couple who wants to spice things up with special seasonal meals (and drinks!) for two. The recipes in this book are also ideal for your next dinner party.

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

Posted Wednesday February 10, 2016 09:00am

Tech Tips: The GIMP

Need to edit a photo or create a flyer? Try the GNU Image Manipulation Program (or GIMP). It is kind of like Photoshop except you can use it for free on any of our lab machines. Just go to Applications > Graphics to find it and get started. And if you need any help finding where a feature is go ahead and ask. We can most likely point you in the right direction.

You can also download a copy for free that will run on Windows or Mac.

And of course remember to check back next week for another helpful Tech Tip.

Posted Tuesday February 9, 2016 12:00pm

The Music Minute

Freegal has Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day Music

Feb.9 is Mardi Gras and Freegal, (the free 5 downloads a week and free 3 hours daily commercial-free music streaming service) has got your music needs covered. Simply type in Mardi Gras in the search box and you will find many different styles to choose from such as old-time Jazz, Island Fusion, Funk, Zydeco and Cajun. Whether you like songs that speak of Mardi Gras or instrumentals that will make you want to dance, you can find something on Freegal. Download, Stream, use Freegal’s Mardi Gras playlist or create your own.

Albums to try:

  • The Best of Mardi Gras New Orleans Jazz
  • Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday
  • Ultimate Mardi Gras
  • Al Hirt at the Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras Various Artists
  • Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Need music to accompany a Romantic evening? Or perhaps you would like to gift someone with a Valentine Mix CD? Freegal has the music for you. Whether you would like something for kids, love songs, or even breakup songs to soothe a broken heart, Freegal has it. Search for Valentine’s Day or simply put Love Songs in the search box. And for those breakup songs type in Valentine’s Day Massacre for several albums with various famous artists.

    And don’t forget your Valentine Ringtones!

    Posted Monday February 8, 2016 09:00am

    Sunday School: Dogs


    With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will highlight a few of the classes you can take on dog topics that will help you best take care or your current or future dog.

    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!

    Dog Training All-in-One
    "Throughout this course, we'll dive into the world of dog training, first by starting off with a bit of dog training history and breed recognition, which will offer insight to breeds' intelligence. You'll not only learn basic dog training guides, but also learn the common advanced commands like stop, steady, back up, and give, and then determine whether or not you and Fido are ready for Off-Lead Training, which can be fun and tedious at the same time. We'll explore various methods of advanced training including Clicker Training and the theory of the Monks of New Skete."
    [17 lessons]
    Dog Grooming 101
    "In this course, we will show you how you can meet all of your dog's grooming needs. From bathing and brushing to nail clipping and even taking care of those nasty anal sacs, we will provide step by step instructions for making sure you do the job right. Despite what you may think, grooming a dog isn't that difficult to do; all that you need are a few basic supplies, some patience and a handful of treats!"
    [11 lessons]
    Dog Psychology 101
    "We'll look at what dog psychology is, delve into the mind of the dog, look at dog senses, explore dog personalities and temperaments, and discuss social behaviors. You will learn everything you need to know in order to understand dogs. We'll also cover dog aggression, dog training and learning, and how to identify and understand dog body language. You will also be introduced to effective discipline, information on exercise, and more. Upon course completion you will be able to effectively put the information you have learned together in order to use it to your advantage in selecting a dog, getting to know your dog, teaching them new behaviors, and even how to care for an aging dog."
    [12 lessons]
    Dog and Cat First Aid, Care and Maintenance
    "Bringing home a new pet to join your family is always a fun and exciting time. But it also comes with a huge responsibility. This animal now depends on you for food, shelter, medical care, and companionship. In short, you hold their very life in your hands. This fun and informative course will help you cover all the basics of animal care. Every thing from feeding recommendations, bathing tips, and basic first aid topics are covered in just 12 easy to learn lessons. Just follow along and you'll be a pro in no time at all!"
    [12 lessons]
    Posted Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm

    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 received 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, 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. 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
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