Find It Fridays

OverDrive Help Features Continued:

Have you been wanting to read Redeployment or Gray Mountain 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! Unsure of 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. Once on the Library Lending page you can scroll down the page to view all the sections.

The Library Lending Policies section is a great feature of OverDrive Help. This section gives you information regarding borrowing limits, changing your lending time period, returning, and renewing. Towards the bottom of the page there are also step by step instructions for 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.

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Posted Friday January 30, 2015 09:00am

Healthy Snacks Class

Was your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, cook at home more, or branch out in the kitchen? Here at BPL we want to help you make your goal easier!

On February 5th the DeRidder branch will be hosting Abigail Hennigan, the nutritionist from Beauregard Memorial Hospital for a healthy snacks program. Abigail will walk us through, and of course have us taste test some healthy, simple recipes that are perfect for after-school snacks. Abigail has created some tasty recipes for us to try, so stop by the DeRidder branch at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 5th for some great ideas!

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Posted Thursday January 29, 2015 10:00am

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. Our staff pick this week is a different digital magazine that we have available through Zinio

Food Network Magazine [digital magazine]

The latest edition of Food Network Magazine is available via Zinio on the library's website. The January-February 2015 volume contains fast and healthy ideas for weekday dinners that I am enjoying preparing for my family. This magazine also offers cinnamon bun recipes (perfect for a cold winter morning) and a short, amusing blurb about the White Castle Valentine's Day tradition. If you love food, beautiful pictures, and easy-to-follow recipes, Food Network Magazine available via Zinio is for you.

Zinio user tips:

  • All issues of this magazine or any others in the collection are available for checkout at any time by clicking the Zinio Magazines link at left.
  • New users must first create a login for Beauregard's collection of Zinio magazines, and then they must create an additional login for all Zinio magazines. The logins can be the same in both places! It's entirely up to you. The second login allows for all Zinio digital magazines from various sources (free from libraries, individual purchases, gift subscriptions, etc) to be viewed in one place.
  • There are also free mobile apps so that users can take their magazines with them on the go!

If this magazine interests you, feel free to log in to Zinio and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday January 28, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Last week we talked about logging in. What about if you do not have an username and password? You can sit down at any lab computer and type in guest. This will log you in as a guest user and you can use any program we have on the computer. Really, you can do anything except use the internet. Want to print from a flash drive? No problem. We also have many applications available to use to learn a programming language. From Java to Python and most things in between you could take the first step to a lucrative career right here at the library. Even creating a quick document to send to our printer can be done as a guest.

We hope this gives some enlightenment to what you can do while logged in as a guest here at the library. Just remember if you want to save anything bring a flash drive. We hope you will come and be our guest soon.

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Posted Tuesday January 27, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday Dutch

Mango Monday: Dutch

For this installment of Mango Monday, we will discuss our offerings for Dutch. The Dutch language has 22 million speakers in Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. Because of the Age of Exploration, Dutch can even be found in Indonesia. It is part of the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages, so much of it will be recognizable to speakers of English. Dutch is also the basis for what became Afrikaans in South Africa. Note: "Pennsylvania Dutch" is not related to Dutch at all. It is actually a dialect of German.

Some phrases from the first Mango lesson that you might recognize:

  • Hello: Hallo
  • How are you?: Hoe gaat het?
  • I am fine.: Het gaat prima.
  • What is your name?: Hoe heet jij?
  • My name is __.: Ik ben ___.

Dutch is a useful language for travelers because it can be used in many places around the world. It is also important for those who are interested in European art and history. It is one of the languages of the European Union, and may lead to employment opportunities as the defacto headquarters of the EU is Brussels.

From a sound, Dutch is a more gutteral language than English. That means more sounds are made in the throat. The word order is slightly different from English. Dutch sentences are usually subject-object-verb in order. For example: I an apple ate. Mango uses a color grammar on screen, so you will be able to see these differences easily. Thankfully, reading the langauge will be easy as it uses the same Latin alphabet that English does.

As with Swahili last week, Dutch is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new languages you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday January 26, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: P is for Penguins

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

  • Tacky the Penguin by Martin Waddell
  • Penguins 123 by Kevin Shafer
  • Penguins by Carey Malter

After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will be P for Perfect!

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday January 26, 2015 09:30am

Sunday School Career Development

Career Development

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we'd like to bring your attention to courses that will help you get the job you want this year. These are essential skills for anyone looking to find a new job or advance in the jobs they already have. Universal Class has a section devoted to Career Training topics with a subsection on Career Development.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Resume Writing 101
"One of the most important and intimidating steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume that gets the attention you want and need. Unfortunately, many job seekers get overwhelmed before they even get started. -- This course teaches you not just what a resume should look like, but what it should say. It walks you step-by-step through the creation of the most common sections found on resumes in today's job market. In addition to helping you determine what information should be included, it also goes a step further to help you realize what pitfalls to avoid when creating this powerful, job-searching tool."
[13 lessons]
Interview Skills 101
"Preparing for your job interview could very well be one of the most important moments of your career. Landing the perfect job can be a challenge, but with the determination and passion you will need to begin a successful career, you can easily overcome this challenge, and bring a lot of valuable experience with you to the next interview if you don't get the job.
Just a little preparation and thought ahead of time can have wondrous effects on your interviewing skills. This course will go over the issues and provide an in-depth analysis of the interviewing process. With some independent practice, this course can help you prepare successfully for any job interview!"
[11 lessons]
Managing Your Career
"This course will teach you the processes and strategies involved with successful career management. Whether you're contemplating starting a career, trying to choose a career path, or are looking to make changes or improvements to your career, this course will provide you with the information you need on your way to achieving success."
[12 lessons]
Kinesics 101: Learn to Read Body Language
"Having the ability to read body language can go a long way in helping you throughout your life. You can learn to understand the cues, or signs, that people show when they tell a lie, or when they are unsure of themselves. Knowing what to look for and how to use this information can be helpful in your personal life, as well as in your career. Being able to read body language can help you ace a job interview. It can make a date go smoother and it can help you excel at reaching your goals."
[13 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday January 25, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is National Compliment Day! Get out there and give at least 5 people a compliment today. In honor of National Compliment Day we'd like to post this short video about increasing self-esteem through complimenting others.

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Posted Saturday January 24, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

The help feature of OverDrive is a great resource both for patrons who have specific questions, and for those who simply need some starting advice. During open hours the staff at BPL will be more than happy to help patrons with questions, but when we are closed the Help feature is a great option!

This week we will cover OverDrive Help, the first of the four sections you see once you click on the help icon from the OverDrive homepage. Once you choose OverDrive Help you are taken to THIS PAGE that has many different help sections 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.

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Posted Friday January 23, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Do you have dietary restrictions that make it difficult to find new and exciting meal ideas? The library can help. We have all sorts of specialty cookbooks filled with recipes geared toward almost any type of diet. Check out some of our recent additions.

Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda. This is a collection of vegan recipes for holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, and even Super Bowl Sunday. With colorful pictures of many of the dishes, readers will be able to create meals that “feed the body, nourish the soul, and protect the animals” (from inside front cover).

The Grain Brain Cookbook by David Perlmutter, MD. If you are on a gluten-free diet, you will want to check out this collection of more than 150 delectable recipes. The meals included in this book are wholesome, delicious and easy to prepare. The recipes have been collected by noted neurologist David Perlmutter, who has written several books on the benefits of a gluten-free diet, and has won several awards for his work.

The Gluten-Free Italian Vegetarian Kitchen by Donna Klein. If you enjoy Italian food, but want to make healthier dishes, this might be a good book for you. It contains more than 225 recipes for traditional Italian dishes that are meat-free, wheat-free and gluten-free. It contains the nutrition facts for each recipe, making it easier to insure that you are following the guidelines for your diet.

These are just a few of the special cookbooks that the library has available. Check out Dewey number 641 of the non-fiction section for many others that are designed for many different needs. As always, ask any staff member if you need help finding something for your particular diet.

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Posted Thursday January 22, 2015 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. This time our staff pick is a digital magazine that we have available through Zinio

Cook's Country [digital magazine]

Cook's Country is a magazine put out by the people behind the PBS show America's Test Kitchen. This magazine not only tells you the complete ingredients in a recipe but why the ingredients are there and why you mix them in a certain order or even why a certain technique is used. It takes cooking from a mysterious art form to a science that you can understand and therefore replicate.

They also test different methods and ingredients for the same recipe so that you don't have to experiment and experience disasters. They also give you tips, tricks, and ingredient substitutions.

It's full color and add-free!

Zinio user tips:

  • All issues of this magazine or any others in the collection are available for checkout at any time by clicking the Zinio Magazines link at left.
  • New users must first create a login for Beauregard's collection of Zinio magazines, and then they must create an additional login for all Zinio magazines. The logins can be the same in both places! It's entirely up to you. The second login allows for all Zinio digital magazines from various sources (free from libraries, individual purchases, gift subscriptions, etc) to be viewed in one place.
  • There are also free mobile apps so that users can take their magazines with them on the go!

If this magazine interests you, feel free to log in to Zinio and check it out. For a refresher on the the digital magazines we offer, read this list of Zinio Magazines for 2015.

We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday January 21, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Today we want to remind you about logging in. To log into our lab computers and use the internet you do need a username and password that can be acquired from any clerk. Usernames will be letters (all lowercase) and numbers of no more than eight characters in length. Passwords will be given to you by a staff member and will need to be entered exactly as shown (capital letters included).

Remember these rules when logging in and you should hoepfully have no problems. If you do still have trouble logging in ask a library staff member and they may be able to help you. We hope that this short reminder is helpful and hope you come out to the library to use our lab today!

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Posted Tuesday January 20, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday Swahili

Mango Monday: Swahili

For this installment of Mango Monday, we will discuss our offerings for Swahili. The Swahili language, known by the Swahili as Kiswahili, is used in East Africa for business and communication among various ethnic groups. It serves as the official language of Kenya and Tanzania.* The language is spoken by 50 million speakers as first or second language. Most speakers of Swahili live in in Burundu, Congo DR, Comoros (where the language is known as Comorian), Kenya, Mozambique, Mayotte (where Swahili is called Shimaore), Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Oman.

Some phrases from the first Mango lesson that you might recognize:

  • Hello: Hujambo
  • How are you?: Habari gani? (literally: What kind of news?)
  • My name is __.: Jina langu ni __.

The grammar of Swahili is not like English, but that is to be expected. Some differences are that question words appear at the ends of Swahili sentences instead of the beginning as in English. Swahili also has many different verbs that indicate "to be". The word order will also be slightly different than in English, but the color coded words on screen with Mango will help you see it easily.

As with Haitian Creole last week, Swahili is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new languages you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday January 19, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: O is for Owls

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will be O for Outrageous! Children and parents will craft an owl with a paper tube.

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday January 19, 2015 09:30am

Sunday School Nutrition and Wellness

Nutrition and Wellness

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we'd like to bring your attention to courses that will help people who are interested in health and wellness. Maybe you made New Years Resolutions to lose those pounds you packed on over the holidays. Maybe you just want to eat more sensibly. There are many reasons people may choose, but this is a great time to use our free resources to help you.

Here are some sample courses you might consider on this topic. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Lifetime Wellness 101
"This Lifetime Wellness course will give you a blueprint to help you feel alive, vital, confident and experience a state of well-being. -- Whether you're contemplating a second career or getting fit inside and out, this Lifetime Wellness course will help you design an entire existence worth of living. Learn about weight and diet, and the importance of exercise to maintain good health. You'll explore new ways to define yourself, not only by past accomplishments but by the possibilities you create for the future."
[11 lessons]
Nutrition 101
"Improve your health and your life through nutrition and exercise. Create nutrition and health goals to motivate you to become a healthier you. Make meaningful, lasting changes to your diet that last. -- Incorporate healthy nutrition and exercise habits in your routine so that you can be healthier, have more energy, and feel great!"
[11 lessons]
Nutrition 201: A Closer Look
"Nutrition is the science of food. Food science is always changing and evolving, and many of the basic questions about nutrition still remain unanswered. For example: what is the exactly correct proportion of food to eat each day? Why do some people struggle with weight while others don't? What is the best diet for disease prevention, health and athletic performance? -- This course will investigate the answers to some of these questions. It will explain how your body uses food, and which types of food serve which purpose."
[14 lessons]
Weight Loss Management
"People decide to lose weight for a multitude of different reasons. For many, improved health is one of the best motivators for lifestyle change, and that is what this online class will focus on: the improved health benefits of weight loss, exercise, improved nutrition, and long-term weight management."
[15 lessons]
Vegetarianism 101
"Are you curious about vegetarianism or thinking about becoming a vegetarian? You are not alone! Millions of people have made the switch to vegetarianism. Why? Because there are so many benefits, including for your health, the planet, and the animals! -- This course is jam-packed with information, tips and advice on making the switch."
[11 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today we are starting an all new column where we will post an interesting (and hopefully topical) video every saturday afternoon. Today marks the anniversary of the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, one of the country's greatest founders and statesman. Today we will take a look back at the legacy of Mr. franklin in this video courtesy of AVOD (Access Video On Demand.)

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Posted Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Did you upgrade or get your first tablet over this holiday season? If so, here at BPL we hope that you will take advantage of the Overdrive e-book platform! Overdrive has thousands of e-books and audio books available for you to check out and read on a tablet or mobile device. The next few Find it Fridays will cover using the help feature and the tutorials located on the Overdrive website.

How to Get to the Help Pages:

From the Overdrive homepage you will see a question mark icon labeled help on the right-hand side of the page. If you are using the Overdrive App the question mark will still be on the homepage, it just won’t say “help” under the icon. The help feature includes: OverDrive Help where you can watch videos and find FAQ’s, the Library Lending Policies, information about Recommending Titles to your Library, and contacting Customer Support. So take a few minutes to look around and make sure to catch next week’s Find it Friday when we go in depth into the features of Overdrive Help.

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Posted Friday January 16, 2015 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. Most of our staff picks have been reading material, but this week we bring out a DVD recommendation.

Best of Film Noir [DVD set]

Film Noir (dark film in French) is a genre of movies that was produced in America in the late 1940's and early 1950's. They are all black and white movies (adds to the darkness motif) that tend to center around some element of law enforcement. They were a statement about the 'darker' side of humanity and American life (including murder, alcohol, horror and sleaze in general). The genre developed something of a cult following and actors like Edward G. Robinson, Raymond Burr, Lizabeth Scott and Barbara Stanwyck all got their start within this genre. The black and white setting intentionally required more of the actors to carry the story and all carry that load well.

We have 2 DVD's of the Best of Film Noir. Volumes 1 and 2 both have some of the classics of Film Noir (The Red House, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers) are included in these volumes. Kirk Douglas made his encore debut in one of these films. A young Frank Sinatra plays a very interesting major role in another.

You can request either or both of these volumes from your friendly library clerk. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday January 14, 2015 11:30am

Overdrive Restored

Thank you for your patience. Overdrive service has been restored.

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Posted Wednesday January 14, 2015 09:55am

Overdrive Outage

To our users of the OverDrive service, it is temporarily unavailable for login and check out. Browsing is still okay. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will post a notice when full service has resumed.

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Posted Wednesday January 14, 2015 09:26am

Tech Tips

Today's Tech Tip is don't forget about our BTOP laptops. At all branches of the library we have a laptop (five in Deridder) provided to us by the BTOP grant available for check out. These laptops come with Windows 7 installed and may be checked out for up to a week at a time. Laptops may be checked in or out in Deridder between the hours of 10:00 and 12:00 and between 2:00 and 4:00. Laptops may be checked in or out up to 30 minutes before closing time at our branch locations.

These laptops are very handy if you need something to work on for a short time, or possibly to make up for a broken laptop for a short period of time. You don't have to worry about someone else seeing your data either as everything is erased when the computer shuts down. This also means you will need a flash drive or some other form of removable media if you want to keep anything long term. The library also sells flash drives for $8.

We hope these "take-home" laptops will be of great use to you, and look forward to checking one out to you today!

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Posted Tuesday January 13, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday Haitian Creole

Mango Monday: Haitian Creole

For this installment of Mango Monday, we will discuss our offerings for Haitian Creole. Today is the five year anniversary of the earthquake that was “one of the worst natural disasters in Haiti’s history. It struck the southern part of the country on Jan. 12, 2010. The earthquake killed about 316,000 people and forced more than a million from their homes. Many other people went missing. The quake largely destroyed Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, as well as other cities.” *

Haitian Creole is spoken by 12 million speakers in Haiti, roughly 95% of the country, and their descendants abroad. It is one of two official languages of Haiti, the other being standard French. As a creole language, it is derived from French, but it adds in flavors from Caribbean and African languages to make something completely new yet recognizable.

Some phrases from the first Mango lesson that you might recognize:

  • Hello: Bonjou
  • How are you?: Koman ou ye?
  • I am good, and yourself?: Mwen byen, e ou menm?
  • I am good, too, thanks.: Mwen byen tou, mèsi.

Those of you who would normally be shy about learning a new language may find this one really fun. The sounds and writing system are relatively simplified, making it kinder to new and older beginners.

As with Korean last week, Haitian Creole is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new languages you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday January 12, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: N is for Nest

For those who want to read the stories at home after Story Time is over, the titles are:

After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will be N for Neat! Children will place a bird Nest on a cut out letter N. Nifty!

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

For more Story Time content, please visit our TumbleBooks page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more.

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Posted Monday January 12, 2015 09:30am

Sunday School with Universal Class

The library may be closed on Sundays, but our digital resources are available 24/7. To remind you of some of the fun things you can learn with Universal Class even when the library is closed, we introduce this new article series called Sunday School.

Universal Class is a continuing education and lifelong learning resource with over 500 different courses. All of them are free to you, Beauregard Parish Library patrons. Click the link in for Universal Class in the navigation menu to register. You can sign up at any time... Sundays, 3:00 am, or whenever it strikes your fancy. Pick something you want to learn. It can be about a hobby you want to learn (photography, drawing), self-help (anger management), professional development (resume writing) and many other topics.

After finishing your course with a 70% pass rate or higher, you will get a certificate of completion with CEU credits. Universal Class CEUs are approved by IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training). This isn't the same as college credit, but some jobs do take these certificates into account as part of professional development.

More to know about Universal Class:

  • Each patron may take as many as 5 simultaneous courses, but there is no individual limit on total number of courses a patron can take.
  • The classes are for ANYONE from teens to adult.
  • Classes are taught by live teachers, so you can ask questions and get feedback when you need it.
  • Text books and additional course materials are not necessary, though teachers do often list supplementary materials. The classes are free as long as you have an internet connection.
  • You can work at your own pace, and you have six months to complete your course.

    Next week while we are still in the middle of January's New Years Resolutions, we will introduce you to some courses you can take on food and nutrition for those who want to have a healthier New Year.

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    Posted Sunday January 11, 2015 12:00pm

    At Your Library

    It's a chilly, busy morning in Beauregard!

    At 10 a.m., the Merryville branch will be hosting its first Lego Club meeting.

    At 10:30, the Story Lady will be visiting our Singer branch with great books and crafts for kids.

    At 11 a.m., we are having our first Under an Hour Reading Club in DeRidder.

    We have events going on throughout the parish so stop in, warm up, and enjoy your library!

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    Posted Saturday January 10, 2015 09:20am

    Branch Early Closure

    Due to a heating issue, the Hyatt branch has closed early today. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that we can assist you at one of our other locations, on the phone at 337-463-6217 or via social media *Twitter or Facebook*.

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    Posted Friday January 9, 2015 02:50pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week on Find it Friday we are covering the reference materials at the library. All of the reference materials are conveniently located in the same room so you won’t have to go searching too far! If an item you look up in the catalog has the call code DeRidder-REF the item you are looking for will be located in the Reference Room at the DeRidder branch.

    The reference materials are numbered according to the Dewey Decimal System just like the other non-fiction materials, so make sure to write down the full call number when you look up the item in the system! The Reference Room is located just past the front desk at the DeRidder branch and is clearly marked on the door. If you have any questions please ask a staff member and we will be more than happy to help you.

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    Posted Friday January 9, 2015 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    Once again we are beginning a new year and many of us have made resolutions to be healthier. One way to accomplish this goal is by exercising. There are many studies showing the benefits, both physical and mental, that exercise can provide. But finding exercise programs that you will actually want to do can be difficult. Let the library help! Of course, always check with a doctor or other medical professional before beginning any exercise program. But once you have the all-clear, here are a few DVD programs to check out.

    The experts at Weight Watchers have created some great DVDs to get you moving. You might try their new 7 Day Tone & Burn. This is an easy to follow workout program that will get you on the road to results. It has two 30 minute workouts that are designed to be done alternating days of the week for six days with a day of rest. Each workout has variations for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

    Or you might consider Complete Yoga for Beginners with renowned instructor Rodney Yee. This DVD contains two programs to help beginners learn the basics of yoga. Learn correct form, and move through a variety of simple poses and sequences that will help increase flexibility, energize the body and calm the mind.

    If you enjoy walking or cycling but don’t want to brave the cold weather, here is something a little different to try. The DVD Through the Forest is designed to be played while using a treadmill or exercise bike. It makes it feel as if you are walking, jogging or cycling along beautiful forest paths. There are three different paths with different views accompanied by the natural sounds of the forest.

    We here at the library hope that 2015 will be a healthy and happy year for all of our patrons and we want to do anything we can to help. So come in and see what all we have!

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    Posted Thursday January 8, 2015 03:00pm

    Books Books Books

    The staff of the Beauregard Parish Library invite you to browse the assortment of items we have recently removed from the collection in order to make room for new materials.

    These items are free to the public (with anonymous donations always welcome in the book jar). It is first come, first served. Take as many or as few as you would like and expand your personal library!

    Books will be available until 7:30 p.m. this evening in the DeRidder branch meeting room

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