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Summer Reading Program 2018
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Staff Pick - The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is a controversial author these days, and her most commonly recommended book is Atlas Shrugged. However, I feel that this book, The Fountainhead, is a much better introduction to her thinking.

The Fountainhead is the story of an architect, kicked out of college, who fights to keep his artistic integrity. It's also the story of a newspaperman who panders to the uncritical, and the collision between the two over a woman results in some unexpected discoveries.

This book challenges people to think carefully about what integrity really means and the power of art. It questions assumptions we make about the value of helping someone indiscriminantly and the reasons for doing things. Anyone who appreciates a challenge to their assumptions should definitely read this book.

If The Fountainhead interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We have it not only in paperback, but you can use Overdrive to get it in audiobook format, as well as the 1949 movie on DVD starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday June 21, 2018 09:00am

Teen Tuesday: Blind Date With A Rockin' Book!

The library will be closed for staff training from June 22nd - 26th. But there's still time to pick up some reading material!



There's an old addage that goes: There are plenty of fish in the sea. Well, here at the library, we like to say that there are plenty of books on the shelf! Swing by the library before Friday to check out a Blind Date with a Rockin' Book! These books are looking for adventure seekers, romantics, or thrill partners. You never know what you're going to get, and that is part of the fun!

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Posted Tuesday June 19, 2018 09:00am

♬ The Music Minute ♬

The Bubblegum Beat

Ready for more fun bouncy music? Freegal Music has more Bubblegum music for you. Use your 5 free downloads and your 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music to enjoy Bubblegum or any style of music.

  • Do you remember The Brady Bunch? Of course you do. The first season's theme song was sung by The Peppermint Trolley Company. They had other songs like: “Little Miss Sunshine” and many others from Beautiful Sun.

  • Do you remember a cartoon called The Archies? Archie, Jughead, Veronica and Betty. Freegal has their music. I’m sure you have heard “Sugar Sugar”. How about “Melody Hill”, “Everything’s Archie”, “Bang-Shang-A-Lang”, “Sugar and Spice”, “Sunshine”, “Feelin’ So Good (Skooby Doo)”, “Jingle Jangle”, “Bicycles, Roller Skates, and You”, and “Inside Out”.

  • Another Bubblegum group, The Ohio Express had much success (although some of their music was deeper than Bubblegum). Hear are some of their hits: “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (I Got Love in My Tummy)”, “Chewy, Chewy”, and the melancholy “She’s Not Comming Home”.

  • Another group, The 1910 Fruitgum Company had such hits as: “Simon Says”, “May I Take a Giant Step”, and “1,2, 3 Redlight” found on The Best of the 1910 Fruitgum Co.

  • And last, teen star Bobby Sherman with hits like: “Easy Come, Easy Go”, “ Julie Do Ya Love Me”, “Seattle”, “Cried Like a Baby”, and “The Drum”.

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Posted Monday June 18, 2018 06:00am

Just Arrived

The library adds new DVDs to our collection every week. We have movies that will appeal to all viewing tastes. We try to stay current with the latest releases. Here are two of the popular titles we added this week.

Black Panther (Rated PG-13) This blockbuster hit based on the Marvel Comics character was one of the top grossing films of the year so far. It received high praise from critics and fans alike for every aspect of its production, from screenplay to acting to costume design. It was also recognized for its cultural significance, becoming the highest grossing film ever by a black director.

The kingdom of Wakanda is an African nation that poses as a typical third world country, but actually is a highly advanced society due to a rare metal called vibranium, which gives them special powers. When the king dies, his son T'Challa returns to claim his place on the throne. However, soon old enemies reappear and endanger both Wakanda and the entire world. T'Challa must call on his allies and his powers as Black Panther to defeat this evil and save the world.

I Can Only Imagine (Rated PG). This is the inspirational story behind the hit song of the same name by Bart Millard of the group MercyMe, which is the best-selling Christian single of all time.

Bart Millard had a difficult childhood with an abusive father and a mother who left the family. He discovered a talent for music following a severe football injury. He eventually leaves home to pursue a music career. He is discovered by successful people in the Christian music industry and is invited to join a band. However, they encourage him to resolve the issues with his father. He returns home and discovers that his father has become a Christian and wants to reconcile with him. He is skeptical and rejects him. He then finds out that his father has terminal cancer and they are able to form a deep bond before his father dies.

Following his father’s funeral, he writes the song. It is sent to many successful artists, including Amy Grant, who wants to record it. Millard attends the concert where she is planning to debut the song, but Grant has decided that he should be the one to sing it. She calls him up to sing it and his unexpected performance is widely praised. His band releases the song as their first single and it becomes a hit.

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Posted Saturday June 16, 2018 02:00pm

Find It Friday - Renew Your Books

Out and about this summer? Remember that you can easily renew books either online through the online catalog if you have an Electronic Services Account (and if you don't, you should! They're free, and open up all kinds of opportunities!). If you're not letting yourself visit the Internet as a way of getting away from it all, you can still call the Library at 337-463-6217 and renew things by phone. And of course, if you're using Overdrive, you can renew books through it as well. However, remember you can only renew books and similar items once, that laptops and hotspots cannot be renewed, and that items are never due on a day the Library is closed.

So get out and have fun in the Sun!

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Posted Friday June 15, 2018 09:00am

Staff Pick - The Wife Between Us

Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The book, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, was an excellent book. I liked it because it was a book similar to a Lifetime movie with all the twists. At first, you think it is about a jealous ex-wife, but it is not what you think.

I love the twists and turns in this book, and just when you think you almost got it figured out, something changes.

If The Wife Between Us interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday June 14, 2018 09:00am

Public Notice: Board of Control Meeting

Public Notice

The Library Board's of Control will meet in special session at the DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (La R.S. 42:14), all regular meetings of this board are open to the public, except as noted as Executive Session.

Agenda

  • Call to Order & Attendance
  • Review and approve sets for East Beau branch
  • Thomas Hughes and Melissa Poche of Architects Beazley Moliere
  • Public Participation
  • Update on other rural branches
  • Adjourn
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Posted Wednesday June 13, 2018 09:00am

Teen Tuesday: Have You Met Libby?

Hi, there! Have you met Libby?

Meet Libby

Are you ready to jumpstart your summer reading? Need to read those summer books assigned for AP English? Or maybe now that school is out you can finally catch up on that novel everyone is talking about. The Beauregard Parish Library offers an app to help you do that!

Libby offers thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, which you can borrow right from your smartphone or tablet. All you have to do is download the app (the app is called "Libby, by Overdrive"), choose the Beauregard Parish Library, and enter your library card number. After that, you are ready to borrow from thousands of titles!

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Posted Tuesday June 12, 2018 09:00am

♬ The Music Minute ♬

Spy Themes

In the mood for a spy theme? Freegal Music has plenty. And with Freegal you get 5 free downloads a week and they won’t self-destruct in 5 seconds. They are yours to keep forever. Or just listen with your 3 daily free hours completely devoid of those annoying commercials.

Try this theme music:

  • “A Man Called Dagger”, and “The Spy with a Cold Nose” from Movie Themes from the Past
  • “Man in a Suitcase”,"Danger Man", and "The Avengers" from Stor Brittisk TV Teman
  • “The James Bond Theme”,“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bass, “You Only Live Twice”, "From Russia With Love”, and “Thunderball”
  • “Get Smart Theme”,“Theme from I Spy”,“Our Man Flint”, and “The Silencers” by Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra on Come Spy with Me
  • "Theme from The Man from U.N.C.L.E." with music from the TV show by Hugo Montenegro
  • “Mission Impossible”

    And if you want to watch the films and tv shows, the library has Man in a Suitcase Set 1, The Ultimate Flint Collection starring James Coburn and containing Our Man Flint and In Like Flint. Also, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. season 1, Mission Impossible Season 2, The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset, and James Bond movies like Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, and From Russia with Love.

    And for the more serious spy fans the library has Get Smart Seasons 1, 4, and 5 and the complete series of The Secret Squirrel Show.

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    Posted Monday June 11, 2018 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    Summer is here and for many people that means camping. If you are one of those people and are looking for some new and different meals to cook around your camp fire, check out a new book the library added this week:

    The Campout Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson.

    While it is always fun just to roast some hot dogs over the fire, that can get old quickly on a long camping trip. This unique book takes us way beyond the typical camp fare and shows how to create delicious meals to tempt all campers. You will find recipes for things like wood fired skillet pizza, chorizo skillet nachos, Dutch oven roast chicken, and forest fondue. Along with detailed directions, the book gives helpful hints for building the correct fire and making sure you have everything you need. In fact, there are all sorts of tips for every aspect of camping. This makes it perfect for those new to the adventure, but even seasoned campers will find helpful information to improve their experience.

    This book is found in the non-fiction section in Dewey number 641, along with our many, many other cookbooks. So, check it out and have a great camping experience.

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    Posted Saturday June 9, 2018 02:00pm

    Audiobooks & Summer

    Summer is a great time for getting out and doing things. Whether it's going on trips, or heading to the neighborhood pool to catch some rays, or gardening in the back yard, fresh air and warm sunlight draws many to the great outdoors.

    While spending time outdoors, though, you might be in the mood to listen to a great book, or even just a silly one that feels like cotton candy for the mind. That's what we have audiobooks for!

    Some of our audiobooks come on CD, so you can just slip them into your player and chill out. Some of our audiobooks are available through Overdrive or Tumblebooks, and you can download them to your smartphone or tablet and listen to them there. And sometimes, you want to be disconnected from your phone so that people can't track you down, but you don't want to carry a huge CD player with you, or you don't want to risk your expensive phone falling into something and getting damaged, and that's where Playaways come in.

    Playaways are small, self-contained audiobook players that can be connnected to your speakers, the stereo in your car if it has an aux or line-in jack, or just plug in earphones, tuck it into your shirtsleeve like they used to do with packs of cigarettes, and start jogging.

    However you choose to enjoy your audiobooks, just remember: if you're signed up for the Summer Reading Program (and if not, why aren't you?), it's easy to keep track of your time with an audiobook - it's usually got the total reading time listed right on the audiobook cover!

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    Posted Friday June 8, 2018 09:00am

    Staff Pick - War and Peace

    Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

    We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

    War and Peace [DVD], adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace is about priorities. The setting is Russia during its invasion by Napoleon, and it chiefly involves an unexpected inheritance to an illegitimate Russian nobility child and how he copes with the new-found wealth. In search of direction philosophically, he pursues philanthropy, Free Masons, war, and love. Along the way, he (Pierre) has friends who also struggle with their philosophies, and the two sometimes collide, with tragic consequences.

    I liked it because the search in which Pierre embarks is universal. All of us at times have been torn between at least two paths, each one having both its moral correctness and its inherent risks. In addition, the war scenes, although not graphic, were laced with real fear and loss. Tolstoy was at one time an artillery soldier, so he could draw from memory actual scenes of scared army men, not Hollywood supermen. He was also a Count, so his descriptions of the posh life are believable.

    The patron might like this series because it is long enough to develop characters more fully than a typical movie. One can identify with the motivations of the characters because sufficient character development has occurred. There is a wide range of characters, but they are woven together masterfully.

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

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    Posted Thursday June 7, 2018 09:00am

    Teen Tuesday: Don't Get Duped

    Did you hear that there is a pesticide that is going to kill us all? Did your mother call to tell you that you can get a free gift card? These two stories have one thing in common: neither of them are true!

    Fake news is all around us, and being able to decipher what is fake is what is real is becoming a rare, but necessary and important skill. Technology is both a blessing and a curse because it helps us communicate with each other and improves our lives, but fast spreading of information can also mean fast spreading of false information. Knowing the difference can change your life.



    The Daily Dot has compiled a list of common fake news sources found on Facebook. It's worth checking out or even bookmarking. Many of them are very convincing!

    To learn how to spot fake news, check out consumer-action.org.

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    Posted Tuesday June 5, 2018 09:00am

    ♬ The Music Minute ♬

    Free Surf Music

    Surf’s Up! A new week and 5 more free downloads from Freegal Music, the free website that also gives you 3 free commercial-free hours a day of streaming music.

    Next time you feel like jazzing the glass, listen to Dick Dale and his Del Tones. He was called the King of the Surf Guitar with his descending riffs that remind you of a surfer riding the crest of a wave. Try: "Miserlou Twist", "Mr. Eliminator", "Surfin' Rebel", "Flashing Eyes", "Mag Wheels", "Surf Buggy", "Nitro Fuel" and "Thunder Wave" from Summer Surf: Dick Dale and The Del-Tones. And from Dick Dale & His Del Tones: The Rock Legends: "Surfing Drums" and "Shake N' Stomp". And the famous "Miserlou" from Guitar Sixties 3.

    When you want to shoot the curl another good group to listen to is The Astronauts with instrumentals like "The Hearse" and "El Aguila (The Eagle)" from Competition Coupe or "Out of Limits" from Travelin’ Man or "Brozem Rock" from the self-titled album The Astronauts or "Baja", "Banzai Pipeline", and "Movin'" from Surfin' with The Astronauts.

    And next time you’re hot dogging you can listen to “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris or “Pipeline” by The Chantays. Or “Theme from Hawaii Five-O”, “Walk Don’t Run”, and "The Switch" by The Ventures. Or “Little Honda” by The Hondells.

    Or shoot the pier listening to The Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations” from Aquellos Maravillosos Anos, Vol. 2, "Surfin' U.S.A." from Top 100 Hits 1963 Vol.4, “I Get Around” and “Little Deuce Coupe” from The Best of the Oldies Summer Time Fun, “Surfin’ Safari”, “Surfer Girl", and "Surfin'" from The Great Beach Boys. On second thought, don’t shoot the pier-it’s too dangerous.

    And if your looking for some surf movies the library has a boxed set of movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello which includes Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, and Muscle Beach Party.

    (I always wanted to surf but I wanted to live more.) Oh well. Hang Ten!

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    Posted Monday June 4, 2018 06:00am

    Power Glitch

    Lights Out

    Even with an automatic generator and redundant power systems, sometimes Mother Nature wins. Apparently portions of our rack lost power at around 6:08PM on Sunday evening for about eight minutes. Web and mail stayed up but the library automation system needed to let you check our card catalog and access services requiring authenticating your Library card, like Overdrive, went down and stayed down until we noticed now.

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    Posted Monday June 4, 2018 12:40am

    Just Arrived

    This week the library received a fascinating new book about the development of one of the most used applications of all time – Google Maps.

    Check out: Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality by Bill Kilday.

    The story begins with a small start-up company called Keyhole that nearly folded when the tech bubble burst. The company was saved because of a contact at the CIA who managed to keep it afloat. Then the big break came when the company’s technology was used by CNN during its coverage of the first invasion of Iraq. This brought the attention of Google, which bought the technology and relaunched the software as Google Maps and Google Earth.

    The author was the marketing director for Keyhole and then Google Maps. He is now the VP of a Google spinout company, Niantic, which is responsible for GPS-based games like Pokemon GO. He has been with this technology since the start and he shares the inside story of its development. He shows how it has changed the way we navigate the world. The technology is still evolving, and the author predicts how it will continue to affect our lives.

    This book is found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 338. It should interest those who are “tech geeks” but will also interest those with an interest is developing and running a start-up business.

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    Posted Saturday June 2, 2018 02:00pm

    Summer Reading Starts Today!

    SRP Logo

    We're all geared up for Summer Reading Program, and logging reading hours starts today!

    You can earn prizes just for signing up! Upon registration, patrons can earn:

      Child (0 - 10) - Bookmark and temporary tattoo
      Teen (11 - 17) - Bookmark and pen
      Adult (18+) - Bookmark and pen

    To sign up, just click on the icon for the appropriate age group at the top of the library homepage, and fill out the information. Then you can start logging your reading hours!

    Don't forget to come to the kickoff party on Saturday, June 2nd! Outside there will be slime stations for teens and children, and a dino dig area for kids. Inside, Ray's Island Sounds will be entertaining us in the Media Room where we will be serving refreshments. Everything starts at 10:00 AM - i t would be a shame to miss all the action!

    Upon completing the hourly goals, each age group earns their own fantastic prizes:

      Child - Collapsible bowl and wristband
      Teen - Notebook and wristband
      Adult - Water bottle

    It doesn't end there - each patron who completes their required reading hours will also earn an invitation to the Rockin Reward Party in August, which will be a great time full of food and fun! Sign up today!

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    Posted Friday June 1, 2018 09:00am

    Staff Pick - Jennifer, Fair Lady

    Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

    We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

    Jennifer, Fair Lady by Adrienne Eby

    Grandmother Jennifer Johnson looks back on her life as a pioneer woman in the untamed Dakota Territory. She tells of her family's journey west, the homesteading time, and the trials and joys of a growing family in the Dakota Territory. This story is based on a family diary and relates the pioneer spirit of the frontier.

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

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    Posted Thursday May 31, 2018 09:00am
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