Branch Closure

Fields Branch Closure

Due to a loss of electricity to the building, the Fields branch closed early today, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

If you need assistance, please call 337-463-6217 or visit one of our open branches: Singer and Merryville *until 1 p.m.* or DeRidder *until 5:30 p.m.*

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Posted Friday November 21, 2014 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Finding What You Want In Overdrive

Is the new book you want to read checked out at the library? Have you checked Overdrive yet? Overdrive is the library’s e-book platform that houses some of the newest books on the market. For this series of Find it Fridays we wanted to go into detail about searching Overdrive for the items you want. The process of downloading books can vary depending on the device you are using, so this series will discuss how to find the e-books and audio books you’re looking for! You can always ask the library staff if you have questions regarding how to download your items.

Getting to Overdrive from the BPL website: You’re already halfway there! If you are reading this from the library homepage your next step is to click on the Overdrive link on the left hand side of the page. Once Overdrive opens you have a few options in the way you can search for materials.

Using the Search Box: The search box is located at the top right hand corner of the Overdrive homepage. If you already have the title or author you want you can simply click within that box and enter your search. Don’t worry if the word “search” doesn’t go away, when you start typing it will disappear. Once you have entered the title or the author’s name you simply click enter and the results screen will appear. Next week we will discuss using the Advanced Search option to better search for specific genres and authors!

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Posted Friday November 21, 2014 09:00am

Ordinary People Extraordinary Actions

The award-winning, highly acclaimed documentary series from PBS, Eyes on the Prize - America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985 is now available for streaming from Access Video on Demand.

"Through contemporary interviews and historic footage, the 14-part Eyes on the Prize series traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act, and from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates." - Infobase


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Posted Thursday November 20, 2014 11:00am

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. With this pick, we bring you something that might be useful for Thanksgiving.

Taste of Home: Grill it!

With more cooler and comfortable temperatures on the way...'tis the season to get outside! Plan a camping trip or have a barbecue in your own backyard. You might want to check out this book Taste of Home's GRILL IT!.

This book has 343 recipes for grilling chicken, beef and pork. It includes burgers, sandwiches, kabobs, vegetables and fruits with no-fuss meals. Also included are recipes for appetizers, homemade barbecue sauces, marinades and even desserts - hot off the coals! -. With this book including dozens of helpful tips and tricks there is no excuse not to 'fire up the grill' and have some outdoor fun!

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

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Posted Wednesday November 19, 2014 09:30am

Story Time Tales

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

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

The after story craft will be a macaroni alligator because the alligator is the Louisiana state reptile. It will be L for Legendary!

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

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

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Posted Monday November 17, 2014 10:00am

Find It Fridays

Searching in MedlinePlus:

MedlinePlus is a great search tool to use when you want to find information regarding health topics, drugs & supplements, and even the latest health news. The information on MedlinePlus is often user-friendly and easily understandable, you won’t have to get out a dictionary to understand the information you receive!

How to Search MedlinePlus: Type a word or phrase into the search box located at the top right of the homepage. Click the GO button or press the Enter button on your keyboard. The results page shows your first 10 matches. If your search yields more than 10 results, click on Next or page number links on the bottom of the page to view more.

Refine by Type: The great thing about using MedlinePlus to refine your search results is that you don't have to think about the best way to refine your search yourself, MedlinePlus gives you the options and you just have to select how you want to narrow your search down using the Refine by Type column. For example: if you searched "heart attack" this column would allow you to select if you wanted a video about heart attacks, news on the topic, or information about drugs and supplements related to heart attacks.

About Your Health Section: This section is located on the homepage and offers quick links to information for some of the most common health issues. Once you click on a topic you are taken to a page that offers all types of information, such as, overviews, common diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and related issues. There are different tabs so the searcher can view health topics for seniors, men, women, or children. For Example: Using the quick links would be particularly helpful if you are looking for fast information about childhood immunizations. You would choose the “children” tab and from there select “childhood immunizations.”

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Posted Friday November 14, 2014 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.

Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Etiquette and Espionage begins the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger. This steampunk story will appeal largely to upper-elementary and middle school girls. The adventurous plot entertains while encouraging the readers to be true to themselves.

Series order:

  1. Etiquette and Espionage
  2. Curtsies and Conspiracies
  3. Waistcoats and Weaponry [New this month!]

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

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Posted Wednesday November 12, 2014 09:30am

Veterans' Day

We encourage patrons to learn about our country's military history. If you would like to read about World War I and the creation of this day of observance, stop by any branch or utilize one of our databases. We also offer access to the LOUIS Louisiana Digital Archives which,among other content, provide a glimpse into the lives of civilians and soldiers during times of war.

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Posted Tuesday November 11, 2014 09:45am

Story Time Tales

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

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 koala mask craft planned that will be K for Kinetic!

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

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

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Posted Monday November 10, 2014 10:00am

Valueline Trial

From time to time the library will have trials of new digital products that might be of interest to our patrons. We currently have a trial to the online version of Valueline Pro, which is a financial resource for investors. We currently do subscribe to the information in print, but this digital resource may provide more ease and convience for those who need the information.

Log in and try it out! This is how you do it:

You have until the end of the trial to see if you like it. If you need some extra help with it, Valueline has provided a some product demonstration videos here to help you find your way through it.

We want you to try it out and let us know what you think because it's all about what you, the patron, will use.

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Posted Friday November 7, 2014 02:00pm

Find It Fridays

Over the past few weeks we have discussed some tips for using MEDLINE, a scholarly medical database offered by BPL. This week we are moving on to MedlinePlus, which offers a user friendly platform for medical information. This can be your go to site for information on diseases, treatments, and basic health news. This site also offers video tutorials and simplified handout sheets for many health and safety topics. Next week go into further specifics about using MedlinePlus but until then take a look around and see what you can find!

Visit MedlinePlus by clicking here!

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Posted Friday November 7, 2014 09:00am

Just Arrived

In connection with the Library’s popular new LEGO Club, which had its first meeting last month , we have added some great new LEGO books to our collection. Check out these fun, colorfully illustrated guides to creating all sorts of amazing characters and designs. And don’t forget that the club will be meeting this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10:00 – 11:30 here in the Deridder Branch. This club is intended for young people ages 5-12. Each meeting will have a theme and allow the participants to work together to create a fun masterpiece. Parents are encouraged to stay and spend quality time building and having fun with their children. Registration is required, so just call or come in and ask any of our helpful library staff members for more information.

Our new books include:

The LEGO Book. This is a fully revised and updated edition of the New York Times bestseller. It features a full color photographic timeline of every key moment in LEGO history. It even has sections exploring the LEGOLAND theme parks, video games and animations. This book will be enjoyed by LEGO fans of all ages.

The LEGO Ideas Book. This is another great book full of color photographs of all forms of LEGO creations. Sections include: vehicles, buildings, space, castles and many others. In addition to the photographs, the builders share their insights into the building process.

LEGO Minifigures Character Encyclopedia. Learn everything there is to know about the fascinating world of collectible LEGO Minifigures. There are chapters on all ten of the Minifigures series, containing profiles of the colorful and quirky characters in each.

Check out these great books and be sure to register for the LEGO Club. Happy building!

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Posted Thursday November 6, 2014 09:40am

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.

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, one of our staff recommends this to you as "a very good book" and adds "I couldn't hardly lay it down."

No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren, MD

No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren, MD, was a very informative book, describing what it is like to be a doctor in the middle of a war zone. The book gives a day to day description of the horrors and triumphs of caring for our soldiers, civilians and even the enemy.

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

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Posted Wednesday November 5, 2014 09:30am

System News

The Beauregard Parish Library is currently experiencing problems with our telephone system. This problem is making it almost impossible for us to receive calls. We are working diligently in conjunction with our phone service provider to get this problem sorted out. In the meantime you may send an email to help@beau.org for assistance and we will direct your query to the right department. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work on this.

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Posted Tuesday November 4, 2014 10:00am

Public Notice

Board Meeting


The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on November 5, 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.

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Posted Tuesday November 4, 2014 08:00am

Story Time Tales

Story Time this week is in both DeRidder and Singer branches! Remember that every second Saturday of the month, we bring a repeat performance of our Story Time to our Singer branch.

This week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: Jj is for Jaguars

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 J for Jolly! Children will make a jaguar to take home.

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

Singer: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:30.

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

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Posted Monday November 3, 2014 10:00am

Find It Fridays

What's scarier than ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night? Here at the library we think not knowing where to find the medical information you need can give you a fright!

As promised last week, this Find It Friday will teach you where to find MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms when using MEDLINE. When using the MEDLINE Advanced Search feature the most accurate way to search is by using MeSH terms, which are created through the National Library of Medicine. Articles are sorted and separated by MeSH terms to ensure similar groupings. Click HERE here for the link to the MeSH browser where you can find the correct terms used.

For example: Say you wanted to know more about the Ebola disease. Your first step would be to go to the MeSH browser and select “Main Heading Terms.” You will see that there are three main subject headings: Ebola Vaccines, Ebolavirus, and Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola. These are the three subject headings that will give you the most relevant results when searching MEDLINE.

Once you find the MeSH Subject Heading you are ready to search in MEDLINE. Enter “Ebolavirus” (all one word as shown in the MeSH browser!) into the search box and select the appropriate selection from the drop down menu on the right. In this case it would be exact subject heading. You will receive a list of results that were collected under the “Ebolavirus” subject heading. Using the filters below the search box to narrow your search further!

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Posted Friday October 31, 2014 09:00am

Just Arrived

This week we received several new books that might interest animal lovers.

Check out:

Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca, by Maria Goodavage. This is the account of a decorated and highly skilled working dog who hunts for lethal threats to our military. Lucca is a German shepherd – Belgian Malinois mix who has served several deployments with her Marine handlers. She has saved countless lives and survived countless harrowing adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Catrification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (And You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin. Jackson Galaxy is the star of the popular television program My Cat From Hell, and Kate Benjamin runs the cat design website Hauspanther.com. Together they show readers how to design an attractive home that is also a great environment for cats. The book contains full-color photographs and fun DIY projects that will make readers – and their cats – purr in approval.

Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories by Liz Stavrinides. This book celebrates and honors rescuers and the dogs whose lives they have saved. It showcases rescue organizations and individuals who have helped these dogs become part of a family. There are inspirational stories from celebrity pet owners as well as everyday people who have made a difference in the lives of these wonderful animals.

Look for these and other great animal books in the non-fiction section of the library. As always, any staff member can help you find books about whatever animal interests you.

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Posted Thursday October 30, 2014 11:15am

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.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

'Tis the season for all things macabre. This week's staff pick is Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, mortician, columnist, and proponent of the Good Death Movement. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is a darkly humorous, sometimes irreverent, look at the realities of after death care.

Ms.Doughty recollects her training as a crematory operator and the individuals (alive and deceased) she met in her work. In a particularly poignant passage, she recounts the experience of assisting a family with a witness cremation (where the family remains for the entirety of the process). She discusses her own shortfalls and missteps while deftly describing the alternative ways loved ones' final wishes can be met.

Though Doughty often uses humor to make what some deem an uncomfortable subject more approachable, it is her thoughtful consideration of the role of after-death service providers and the varying needs of individuals that make this an excellent read.

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

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Posted Wednesday October 29, 2014 09:30am

Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip we wanted to mention that you should always close your web browser before logging off one of the libraries computers. Not doing so could cause your web broswer (ex. Firefox, Chrome) to be unusable next time you log into one of our lab computers. To avoid the hassle of having to get this corrected, just remember to always exit the web browser before logging off. Easy! Happy browsing everyone!

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Posted Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:00pm

Fun Family-Friendly Event




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Posted Tuesday October 28, 2014 07:00am

Story Time Tales

Story Time this week is in both DeRidder and Merryville branches! Remember that every first Saturday of the month, we bring a repeat performance of our Story Time to our Merryville branch.

This week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: Ii is for Insects

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 I for Incredible! Hint: It will B a beautiful Bee.

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

Merryville: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30.

Additional Content

For more Story Time content away from the library, please visit our TumbleBooks and AudioBookCloud page. Interested readers and their families can find picture books, audiobooks and much more. It is available 24/7.

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Posted Monday October 27, 2014 10:00am
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