Sunday School: Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will mention some of the classes with will help improve your skill with outdoor activities. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

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

Freshwater Fishing 101
"This comprehensive, illustrated course is designed to instruct people on the sport of freshwater fishing; including an introduction to the sport, discussions on various bait fishing, lure fishing, and casting techniques.
Additionally, there are discussions on fishing tips in general, and information on how factors such as weather and solar/lunar forces can affect a fishing trip. Also included here, is a listing of the best species of fish for the table, along with information on the best ways to cook freshly-caught fish, and an overview of fishing safety and regulations."
[10 lessons]
Bird Watching 101
"This self-paced online course covers bird identification and location, feeding, types of birdhouses, equipment, emergency care and behavior and habitats. Whether you are a casual backyard bird watcher or a serious enthusiast, you'll soon discover that the more you watch birds the more you will want to learn about them."
[11 lessons]
Canoeing 101
"This comprehensive, illustrated guide is designed to instruct people on the sport of canoeing; including a brief history of the canoe, a discussion on safety, instruction on basic beginner/intermediate paddling techniques, and proper portaging techniques."
[10 lessons]
Buying and Selling Antiques and Collectables
"How to Buy and Sell Antiques and Collectibles offers a highly successful approach to acquiring and selling antiques and collectibles for both fun and profit. This course incorporates many strategies of acquiring and selling desirable objects and pieces, with the goal of personal enjoyment and fulfillment."
[15 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 May 3, 2015 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 May 6, 2015 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 Saturday May 2, 2015 01:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Free Comic Book Day! The first Saturday in May is the one day a year that kids can go into a comic shop and walk out with a free comic book! In honor of this super day check out this cool documentary on a few of our favorite superheroes and how they were brought to life.

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Posted Saturday May 2, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

World Book Online Database: Kids Zone

The World Book Online Database recently launched a new section designed specifically for kids. World Book Kids is a fun and educational addition to the World Book Collection and we wanted to share some of the features with you.

World of Animals: Is your child interested in all types of snakes? Or do they have a project due on dolphins? This section has pictures and detailed information about thousands of animals. There is even a compare section where you can select two animals and compare their sizes, habitats, diets, and species.

Activities: The Activities section has a collection of educational crafts, recipes, and puzzles that will keep your child busy for hours. These activities are perfect for any rainy day!

Maps and More: The Maps and More section has interactive maps, an atlas, and even blank maps that can be printed out for geography practice. The maps are well labeled and even show statistics for the county or continent. The printable maps are a great learning resource because they give kids the opportunity for hands-on learning.

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Posted Friday May 1, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Do you enjoy good mystery stories? If so, we have a large selection of all types of mysteries for you to choose from. Here are a few of our newest crime-solving tales.

Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay. As fans descend on Scottsdale, Arizona for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, The Fairy Tale Cupcakes crew are working hard to sell horror-themed goodies to the hungry hordes. But the fun turns to fright when a real body is discovered outside the bakery’s truck. Worried that it is a mob hit gone wrong, Mel and Angie must find the killer before any of their friends become the next victim.

Death Comes Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert. Ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles is back in this mystery that finds her working to solve the murder of her friend. When Karen Prior dies following a mugging, China believes that it is related to a fifteen-year old murder case that Karen has been researching for a documentary. She is determined to track down the killer but finds herself in danger along the way.

Grave on Grand Avenue: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery by Naomi Hirahara. Ellie Rush is an LAPD bicycle cop and aspiring homicide detective. A gardener is attacked and whispers something indecipherable to Ellie before dying. Nearby the father of a Chinese classical music superstar claims that the gardener was trying to steal his son’s valuable cello. Ellie knows that something strange is going on and must act quickly before someone else is killed.

Check out these and many, many other mysteries that are available in our collection. You can quickly identify mysteries by the blue sticker on the spine. Happy sleuthing!

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Posted Thursday April 30, 2015 08:00am

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.

Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy

With my New Year's resolution this year, I set out trying to turn my health around. I flip-flopped with diets, but when I found this book I found my best lifestyle change here. No longer would I focus on the pounds, but getting my body back healthy with clean eating. Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well without Dieting is truly a celebration of eating delicious, clean, whole foods and enjoying a vibrant lifestyle. Inside you’ll learn all about the best foods and habits for joyous health, foods to avoid, benefits of detoxing, how to create a joyous kitchen, along with a ten-day meal plan to get you started. Through the journey of reading this book I have made changes that have given me the push I needed and already I feel better and healthier! The layout of the book makes things easy to read and retain, with awesome clean eating solutions to take note of.

If you are tired of diets, and looking for a lifestyle change this is the book for you!

If Joyous Health 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 April 29, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

This week we would like to tell you about a cool part of our website which you might not know about. At home and have a question about a library procedure or information technology problem? Check out this flowchart and see if your question is located somewhere inside. We tried to answer the most commonly asked questions that we receive. So give it a look! Of course if you can't find the answer you were looking for don't hesitate to give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions!

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Posted Tuesday April 28, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Japanese

Japanese

For this week's Mango Monday in honor of the Golden Week holidays in Japan we will present Japanese. Japanese is spoken by about 130 millin people in Japan, and by speakers around the world.

According to Mango,

The 1960's had their British Invasion, but in the 2000's, it's all about Japanese. Japanese culture has become mainstream in America, with video games, cuisine, comic books, television shows, and more. It's never been a better time to learn Japanese, and we can help!

The writing system of Japanese may scare some people, but Mango emphasizes speaking and conversational skills. For that reason, spoken Japanese may not be very difficult for speakers of English since the sounds of the language are close to our own with very little variation.

Japanese has borrowed so much from English, that one of the special Japanese lessons in Mango is all about English loan words. You may already know more than you think because you know it in English! In fact, Mango describes it as this:

While the number of Japanese loanwords in English is small, the number of English loandwords in Japanese is enormous. You may not realize it, however, because these English words aer spoken in flat Japanese accents, often abbreviated, and even given new meanings. Once you learn how to spot them, learning Japanese will become much faster, easier, and more fun.

All conversational languages give you different language skills to try. Here are a few informal phrases from Chapter 1: Coke and Chips, please!

  • I'm going to the mini-mart. Need anything? コンビニ 行く けど. なんか いる? [Konbini iku kedo. Nanka iru?]
  • Hmm... well, coke and potato chips, please. うーん...じゃあ, コーラ とポテチ お願い [Uun... jya, kora to potechi, onegai.]
  • I want to eat soft serve icecream or custard pudding. ソフトクリーム か プリン 食べたい [sofutokuriimu ka purin tabetai]
  • Why don't you come for a visit? 遊びに 来ない [asobi ni konai]
  • How come you're wearing your new dress? なんでおニュー の ワンピース 着てる の [nande o-nyuu no wanpiisu kiteru no]

Japanese is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Pronunciator has an additional Japanese interface that is completely in Romaji (the Latim alphabet) to help beginners learn the basics of Japanese faster. 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 language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday April 27, 2015 03:00pm

Merryville Branch Closed

Merryville branch is closed today due to loss of power in the area. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to use a different branch, DeRidder and South Beauregard (Ragley) branches are open regular Monday hours.

We hope to have Merryville open regular hours on Tuesday.

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Posted Monday April 27, 2015 12:45pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on reading adventure with: B is for Bedtime

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 to go with our theme! Using colorful squares, our young patrons can make a quilt pattern to use whenever they listen to bedtime stories!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Merryville: Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:30.

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 April 27, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Legal Studies

Law and Legal Studies

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you meet some of your legal information needs. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

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

Legal Terminology 101
"Legal questions come up regularly in our daily lives and the language of law is everywhere. Legal Terminology 101 is a comprehensive guide to the language of the legal system. If you're planning on purchasing a house, involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, making a will, buying a car, getting health insurance, applying for a credit card or hiring a lawyer then understanding the terminology of the contracts, forms and systems is vital for a successful outcome."
[13 lessons]
Legal Secretary 101
"This course is designed both for those who are already in the field and want to hone their skills in order to demand a higher income and for those who wish to enter the field but are not sure where to start or what aspects of secretarial work are important to be hired by a good firm. There are numerous areas of law that those in the profession may focus on whether it be litigation, divorce, real estate or criminal law. This course will cover each prevalent area so that you might get a better idea of which is best for you to pursue. It will also tell you about what skills are vital for winning that prized position you are after, or making yourself more valuable to the attorney or firm you are currently working for."
[20 lessons]
Contract Law 101
"Every time you trade an item, attend a sporting event or buy a soda, you enter the world of contracting. When an exchange is made willingly a contract exists. But do you know how US law interprets and enforces contracts? We've designed an introductory course to help you understand the components, processes, and legal impacts of contracts."
[11 lessons]
Employment Law Fundamentals
"This course will discuss all the necessary information you need to know about employees and independent consultants, what benefits you are responsible for, taxes, discrimination issues, unionization, and workplace safety. You will learn the ins and outs of how to advertise a job position, and how to effectively interview so that your hiring process goes smoothly. Learn good evaluation techniques and how to resolve problems before they become really big issues. However, not everyone is in the right place, and you may have to terminate someone from your employment, and this class will help you to do it the right way."
[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 April 26, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is World Penguin Day! A day to celebrate everyones favorite tuxedoed little animal. In honor of this special occasion check out this video with a few cool penguin facts.

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Posted Saturday April 25, 2015 12:00pm

Branch Closure

Due to inclement weather the Ragley branch of the library has closed early today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and expect to be open for our normal operating hours next week.

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Posted Saturday April 25, 2015 10:30am

Branch Closure

Due to a power outage in the Fields area, the Fields branch of the library has closed early today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and expect to be open for our normal hours next week.

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Posted Friday April 24, 2015 01:15pm

Find It Fridays

An Introduction to World Book:

In the next few weeks we will be covering the World Book Encyclopedia online database and all that it has to offer. The World Book database that BPL offers is specifically designed for public libraries and is an easy to use reference resource for both kids and adults.

How to access World Book: You will find the World Book link on the left-hand side of this homepage. When you click the link you are immediately taken to the World Book homepage, where you can choose which section of the database will best fit your needs.

Within World Book there are six different databases to choose from: Kids, Timelines, Info Finder, Reference Center, Discover, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (A Student Encyclopedia in Spanish). The information is separated into different categories to make searching a little easier for you. Stay tuned next week when we walk through the Kids Section and all of the activities, science projects, and information available there!

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Posted Friday April 24, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Cooking new and different foods can be a fun experience for adults and children to share. If you would like to spend some quality time with your child or grandchild while learning about different cultures, the library received some new books this week that might help. The series “Cook With Me” published by Bellwether Media includes recipes and information about several countries and their food. The series is designed to interest children and each volume is filled with vivid pictures, recipes with easy to follow directions, and interesting facts about the country and its people.

The following is a list of the titles in this series. They can all be found in the non-fiction section, Dewey number beginning with 641.

Foods of Brazil

Foods of China

Foods of France

Foods of India

Foods of Italy

Foods of Japan

Foods of Mexico

Foods of Thailand

We also have many other cookbooks to help you and your child experience creating and tasting some of the great foods from around the world. Happy cooking and eating!

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Posted Thursday April 23, 2015 08:00am

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.

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Brilliance is the first of a trilogy about Nick Cooper, one of the 1% of the people in the world who have been born since 1980 and are Brilliant. In this case, being Brilliant means they are just that much better than normal human beings. Each Brilliant person has an individual talent, but they can think faster, strategize better, discover people’s intentions just from body language and any other number of skills. The Brilliant are few, and the normals are scared.

Nick Cooper works for a government agency that polices Brilliant terrorists. He has seen what they can do, and he’s trying to protect his world that includes his ex-wife and their two children, one who is already showing the signs of being a very gifted Brilliant. His journey will take him from Washington, DC to Chicago to a Wyoming all in a hunt for the truth behind the conspiracies of what have been happening to society and to the others of his own kind that he has been hunting. As with any good conspiracy, the corruption goes right to the top and in places our hero feared to expect.

This could be considered a science fiction story, but it would have broad appeal even to those who are not sci-fi fans. Nick is the kind of hero we don’t see much any more. If it were a straight-up western, he would be played by John Wayne. Nice Cooper believes in his ideals, and he holds on to them no matter how the world seems to shift around him. He truly believes in what is right, even though he has tough choices to make.

The book reads like a thriller interspersed with realistic media bites that show how a world with Brilliants would be. This story will appeal to those who like spy stories, conspiracies and a battered hero who stays true to his morals no matter what.

Brilliance is followed by A Better World.

If Brilliance 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 April 22, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Today we would like to take this oppurtunity to remind everyone that we DO comply with the CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) standards. This means that some content which may be objectionable has been blocked from view here at the library. In the interest of free and open access to information we do our best to only block content which may be unsuitable for children and nothing else. If you find a website/content that is blocked and you think it should not be, please let us know. For more information on CIPA and what it means visit this page

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Posted Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Pronunciator Exclusives

Pronunciator Exclusives

Most of the Mango Monday blogs will feature languages that are shared between Mango and Pronunciator. The choice gives users a variety of content, and that makes it easy to pick a language learning program that works. There are some languages, though, that are only offered by one program or the other. Here are some of the languages eager learners can learn for free online through Pronunciator:

  • Afrikaans
  • Amharic
  • Basque
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Cebuano
  • Chinese (Pinyin)
  • Chinese (Xiang)
  • English (British)
  • Estonian
  • Galician
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hiligaynon
  • Japanese (Romaji)
  • Javanese
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malagasy
  • Maltese
  • Marathi
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Sindhi
  • Sinhala
  • Slovene
  • Somali
  • Tibetan
  • Uzbek
  • Welsh
  • Xhosa

These languages are available exclusively through Pronunciator. We may look at some of them more closely in future blogs. Don't forget to take advantage of Pronunciator's free mobile app for language learning on the go!

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

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Posted Monday April 20, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi has a special story time to go along with Money Smart Week!

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 and money saving craft to decorate a bank out of a can!

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, April 22, 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 April 20, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Real Estate

Real Estate

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you with real estate topics from renting, selling and decorating for maximum impact. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

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

How to Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home
"Trying to sell a house, apartment or condo in today's fast paced market, quickly and profitably, has the potential for turning anyone's world upside down. As a seller, you will want to get the most value out of your home in the shortest time possible. This course will help the seller create an individualized house preparation timeline, outline simple steps to eliminate potential problems, give ideas about decluttering, cleaning, repairing, and show you how to stage your home for a successful Open House. This course can help you maximize your profit and reduce your stress!"
[7 lessons]
Landlord 101: Managing Rental Properties
"Have you ever wanted to be a landlord? This multi-faceted career can be challenging and rewarding both personally and financially. Our course provides a broad yet detailed examination of the many areas that a property manager must blend together to be successful."
[12 lessons]
Timeshare Basics
"There has been a sharp increase in vacation destinations over the past 50 years. With that increase, the concept of timeshares has blossomed. Owning a timeshare allows travelers to occupy accommodations for a period of time each year. This long-term strategy has become a travel industry standard and has provided vacationers with an option to hotel stays. This 11-lesson course takes you from the history of the vacation timeshare industry through the process of buying and selling a timeshare."
[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 April 19, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Finding Community Information

This week we wanted to make your searches for community information easier. Sometimes finding local information can be difficult, so at BPL we have put together a collection of community links for your convenience.

Navigating to the Community Section: Towards the top of BPL's homepage there is a link labeled Community. Click on this link to access the collection of community resources. In this section you will find links for Beauregard Parish, State Websites of Interest, and Federal Websites of Interest. This section is a great resource for patrons looking for information regarding Community Support Services (Nutritional Support, Counseling Resources, Law Resources, etc.), Beauregard Parish History, Beauregard Parish Schools, the Louisiana State Government, or even the IRS.

You can also access the Community section by clicking on this link.

These resources list websites, phone numbers, and physical addresses to give patrons all the information in one easy and convenient place.

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Posted Friday April 17, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

If you are looking for a creative hobby to occupy your time, check out some of our newest books.

Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford. This book contains a collection of imaginative crochet projects for everyone from beginners to experienced crocheters. The projects are divided into three categories: Living (home items and party decorations), Giving (cute gifts, cards and boxes) and Wearing (garments and accessories). Meredith Crawford is the author and editor of the popular crafting blog One Sheepish Girl, and her step-by-step tutorials will have you crocheting happily in no time.

Learn to Sew With Lauren by Lauren Guthrie. Go from beginner to accomplished sewer with this book of step-by-step projects that gradually increase in complexity. You will build confidence with the techniques section, which includes photographs and is easy to refer to at any time. From bags, belts and simple tops to cushions and homewares, you can find projects that will interest and challenge you.

The Painting Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired by Alena Hennessy. If you are interested in painting and are looking for creative ideas and inspiration, this is the book for you. It includes 52 creativity prompts along with techniques and styles that will help you develop your talent. The author believes that everyone has “an artist within” and wants to help painters express themselves by exploring their own “visual language”.

If none of these hobbies are exactly what you have in mind, check out the many other types of craft books in our collection. As always, ask a staff member for help if you don’t see what you want.

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Posted Thursday April 16, 2015 08:00am

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.

Mad for Muffins: 70 Amazing Recipes from Savory to Sweet by Jean Anderson

I recommend Mad for Muffins by Jean Anderson. The author grew up learning the secret to muffin making from her mother: mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, mix all wet ingredients in another bowl and barely combine the two until you have a nice lumpy mix that will magically make "fine and feathery" muffins.

Most of these 70 muffin recipes call for lower amounts of sugar but there are a few gooey dessert muffins as well, such as my favorite, Chocolate Party Muffins made with chocolate chips. And then there are the sugary toppings such as Streusel, Maple Butter, and Lemon Curd that will make an ordinary muffin special.

Recipes range from Italian (Pepperoni Muffins with Sun-Dried Tomatoes) to Mexican (Peppery Pico de Gallo Corn Muffins) to down home flavors (Corn Muffins with Country Sausage) to the whimsical (PB & J Muffins). Try this book and you will see how easey it is to make delicious and simple-to-make muffins.

If Mad for Muffins 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 April 15, 2015 09:30am

Mango Monday: Hawaiian

Hawaiian

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Hawaiian. According to Mango, Hawaiian is used by 29,000 speakers in the state of Hawaii. Recently there have been protests in Hawaii over a new telescope being built on Mauna Kea. One way to get another perspective on the news is to understand the language of the people who live there. Mango's Hawaiian course might help!

Others may be tempted to Hawaii for the natural beauty. Learning some key phrases will help your island experience. According to Mango:

The ultimate escape to paradise, Hawaii’s six beautiful islands offer an incomparable immersion into some of the world’s most dazzling waters, stunning landscapes, and unique culture. Enrich your Hawaiian experience by becoming a hoaloha (friend) of the island through language. Hawaii’s art, dance, music, and cuisine come to life when you learn the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language). Whether you’re learning hula on Kauai, riding a mule through the breathtaking trails of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, or dining at a five-star bistro in Oahu, Hawaii’s oasis awaits you.

All conversational languages give you different language skills to try. Here is the lesson from Chapter 6: How do you say?

  • I am learning some new words in Hawaiian. Ka a'o mai nei au i wahi mau hua ʻōlelo hou ma ka ʻōlelo Hawai'i.
  • Please speak to me in Hawaiian. E 'olu'olu'oe, e ʻōlelo mai iaʻu ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
  • What is this? He aha kēia?
  • Can you say that again? E ʻōlelo hou mai.

Hawaiian is available only through Mango Languages. 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 language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday April 13, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

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

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 apple collage craft planned that will be A for Astounding!

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Ragley: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:30.

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 April 13, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Poetry

Poetry

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will focus on Poetry because April is National Poetry Month. These classes that are available through Universal Class for free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

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

Poetry 101
"This poetry course is created for the lover of poetry who wants to learn how to appreciate the art even more. It is also for student poets who want to improve their craft. This course is thorough in teaching all students everything they need to know about reading, interpreting, and writing poetry. This course is a must-take for any budding poet out there who wants to hone their skills and learn to write high quality, great poetry that others will appreciate."
[13 lessons]
Creative Writing Workshop
"There are many forms of creative writing, from fiction, to poetry, to stage play and screenplay. Within each form there are countless genres and flavors. As a writer, you can (and should) try your hand at as many forms as you like, or you can specialize in one. There are techniques and practices that are common to all forms of creative writing, and we will discuss those here. We will also touch on the challenges and techniques that make writing in the different forms unique. Throughout this course, you will find numerous exercises designed to get your brain - and your hand - moving."
[13 lessons]
Creative Writing for Beginners
"Creative writing is a form of artistic expression. While the painter uses canvas and the sculptor uses clay, the writer uses pen and paper – or computer and keyboard in today's world. This course is designed to teach you the tools and mechanics of creative writing. You'll learn about writing fiction, poetry, screenplays, and even nonfiction. It doesn't matter if you're already writing or if you want to learn more about it so you can start. This course teaches you the basics that you need to know and gives you the skill sets you need to start creating your written works of art."
[15 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 April 12, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Barbershop Quartet Day! The day to get together and sing some tunes Acapella, or just appreciate the skills of a good quartet. In honor of this day we would like to introduce you to a famous musician (but not singer) Beethoven. Check out the video below and if you want to know more head over to AVOD to watch the full biography.

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Posted Saturday April 11, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

Finding the materials you need, from the comfort of your own home:

This week we wanted to cover accessing your library account from a computer outside of the library. Last week we mentioned that “book report season” is quickly approaching so being able to access your library account from your home is a convenient way to see if the library has materials that may help you!

You can access your library account from any computer as long as you have internet access and a username and password. The username and passwords are issued at each of the BPL branches, so if you have a library card but haven’t set up a username you can visit any branch to do so. Just remember to bring in a valid picture ID!

Start by visiting the BPL’s homepage and clicking on the My Account link on the left-hand side of the page. From there you will be prompted to enter your username and password. Once logged in you have the option to search the catalog, place items on hold, check your fines, and see what you currently have checked out. If you search the catalog and find an item that you would like to place on hold just select the “place hold” link and make sure that your contact and pick up information is current.

A quick note on how holds work: If you place an item on hold online you will be contacted by the library when the item is pulled from the shelf and ready for you to pick up. If you place a hold on an item that is currently checked out or at another branch we will call to notify you, at the number you specified, when the item is available again. This saves you the trouble of coming to the library or calling in to check if the item is ready!

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Posted Friday April 10, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

Are you looking for a good movie to watch? The library adds new DVDs to our collection almost every day – including some of the latest and most popular new releases. Here are some that we added this week.

Unbroken (rated PG-13). This epic drama is based on the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini. During World War II this incredible man survived on a raft for 47 days after his plane crashed only to be captured by the Japanese. He was taken to a prisoner-of-war camp where he endured torture and deprivation for two years. His amazing story of the resilient power of the human spirit is sure to inspire.

Annie (rated PG). This is a fresh, contemporary version of the classic Broadway hit by the same name. It stars Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis as the happy but tough foster child who has had a hard life dealing with her mean foster mother played by Cameron Diaz. Her life changes drastically when she is taken in by an ambitious tycoon and mayoral candidate as a campaign strategy to help him win votes. He thinks he is her guardian angel, but it may be the other way around.

Interstellar (rated PG-13). Matthew McConaughey stars in this futuristic drama in which the Earth is very close to running out of food. He joins a team of pioneers who will attempt a journey beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. He must leave his family behind and face uncertain and dangerous situations in order to have a chance at saving the ones he loves.

Because these and most of our other new release DVDs are so popular, you may discover that they are already checked out. Don’t let this worry you. You can always place a hold on any of the items in our collection. Then we can notify you when it is available for you. This is a simple process and can be done online or here at the library. Any of our staff members will be happy to assist you. Happy viewing!

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Posted Thursday April 9, 2015 08:00am

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.

No Place on Earth [DVD] produced by The History Channel

No Place on Earth is an account of a true story that took place in Ukraine. The scene is a pair of caves that families of Jews used to hide from Ukranian and German authorities during WWII.

Chris Nicola is an investigator in New York. He is also a cave explorer whose family was originally from Ukraine. He had heard of the caves and went to Ukraine exploring. As he says, I went to Ukraine looking for my family. I found the history of several others'. After finding the evidence of people living underground for almost a year and a half, he begins the process of finding the families of those people and telling their story.

The true story of how they survived underground for the longest recorded uninterrupted period is a dramatic tale of survival that is well worth watching for the whole family. Just see your friendly library personnel for them to assist you. Enjoy.

If No Place on Earth 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 April 8, 2015 09:30am

Tech Tips

Today's Tech Tip is to remind everyone logging on to the internet using our wifi not to be alarmed if you don't immediately see your homepage displayed. This is done on purpose. If you don't see a page and you know you are connected then navigate your web browser to our website library.beau.org. From here you can click on the wifi login button and input your username and password to gain full internet access. If you are still having problems accessing webpages after successfully logging in feel free to ask a staff member if they can help. We are here to assist you. We hope this is informative and wish you happy browsing!

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Posted Tuesday April 7, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Tagalog

Tagalog

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Tagalog, a language used primarily in the Philippines. According to Mango, Tagalog is:

An incredibly unique and interesting language born of a fusion of Spanish and Southeastern Asian influence, Tagalog is the official language of the Philippines. And, as the language spoken in the country with the fifth longest coastline in the world as well as some of the most breathtaking rainforests, Tagalog is certainly a gateway to a world full of color and adventure.

All conversational languages give you different language skills to try. Here is the lesson from Chapter 8: Help Me!

  • Help me, where is the nearest hospital? Tulungan mo ako, saan ba ang pinakamalapit na ospital dito?
  • Are you sick, ma'am? May sakit po ba kayo?
  • My head hurts a bit. Medyo masakit ang ulo ko.
  • Here is the number of the hospital. Heto ang numero ng ospital.
  • Thank you. Salamat.

Tagalog 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 language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday April 6, 2015 03:00pm

Story Time Tales

For Story Time this week Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure with: Z is for Zebra in the Zoo

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 Z for Zany! Using a paper plate and yarn, patron will glue a zebra to the plate and then wrap the yarn to make bars for the cage.

PLACES AND TIMES

DeRidder: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.
Singer: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:30 am.

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 April 6, 2015 10:00am

Sunday School: Photography

Photography

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you learn excellent photography skills with classes that are available through Universal Class for free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

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

Photography 101: Beginner to Intermediate
"It doesn't matter what kind of camera you own, you don't own it for the sake of owning a camera--you own a camera so you can get nice pictures. This course will help you discover how to use the camera you have--no matter how fancy or simple it is--so that you can take great pictures."
[16 lessons]
Digital Photography 101
"Owning a great digital camera is no guarantee you will take great pictures. Over the years digital SLRs, and other digital cameras, have become affordable, more powerful and much more complicated. This Digital Photography course is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of digital camera designs and capabilities, and the series of steps to take great photographs. "
[13 lessons]
Adobe Photoshop 101
"This course will teach you everything you need to know to make full use of the world's most popular graphics editing program -- Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is a complex graphics and image editing software and paint program. It has become a mainstay with graphics designers, professional photographers, and even hobbyists to edit graphics as well as create and manipulate images.
If you've used Photoshop before, then this course may amaze you with all the improvements that have been made to the program. If you're new to Photoshop, don't be nervous or worry that it will be overwhelming. We'll start at the beginning and teach you everything you need to know in simple, everyday language so you understand and learn."
[13 lessons]
Photoshop Elements 101
"Adobe Photoshop Elements is the consumer-based version of the popular Photoshop program that allows you to store, sort, and edit images and photographs. Photography enthusiasts will love Elements ability to organize images and create albums. Photoshop lovers will love the wide range of features that allow you to edit and manipulate images just as you would in Photoshop.
In this course, you'll learn your way around the latest version of Photoshop Elements to make navigating it a breeze. You'll also learn all the features and how to utilize the options so that editing, organizing, and sharing your photos is quick and fun."
[15 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 April 5, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is International Pillow Fight Day! The one day a year where it's okay to grab a pillow and fight your friends! But we can have fun learning today too, so check out this video on pillow (and other) kind(s) of lava and have a great Easter!

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Posted Saturday April 4, 2015 12:00pm
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