Anniversary: World War I

World War I began 100 years ago with inciting event being the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on July 28, 1914. Many have considered The Great War to be the first truly modern war, and it has fascinated historians and history buffs ever since.

The library has many different items to feed your curiosity about World War I, whether you want fact or fiction, information for personal curiosity or for school reports. While not an exhaustive list, here are a few things for your consideration.

Inside the Library

For books and DVDs the library has, check this subject in our online catalog: World War I (includes both fiction and nonfiction)

Items we recommend

Access Video on Demand

There are 120 historical film reels from the time with aspects of both military and civilian life. All clips from AVOD include citations for research or reports. To browse the film clips, click World War I (1914-1918).

Embedded below is a clip from that set of the armistice at the end of the war in 1918:

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

In Flanders Fields (full text) by John McCrae

"A little more than a year after Great Britain officially entered the First World War, McCrae, a Canadian, published this poem anonymously in a popular English magazine. McCrae died only two years later, but public response to the poem was so rapid and astonishing that he had the satisfaction of knowing that he had written the most popular poem associated with the war." (more)

Other poems about World War I

Freegal Music

One of many pieces of music available: World War I songs in Hi-Fi

All users with Electronic Services accounts in good standing can download 3 pieces of music every week. To listen to a full song without downloading it, all users can stream this or any other audio for free for three hours a day without advertisements or interruption. Users log in with library card number and electronic services password.

World Vital Records

Click on the Card Catalog page to do a search for specific records. To gather World War I era records, we suggest typing "world war" into the search box and selecting 1900-1919 in the year range.

Posted Tuesday July 29, 2014 03:00pm

Library Late Night

Get ready to see stars!

Posted Tuesday July 29, 2014 08:30am

New Genealogy Resource

Beauregard Parish Library now has World Vital Records online database to provide greater access to billions of records and genealogical collections. Patrons can use it in the library and at home 24/7 with a Beauregard Parish Library card.

World Vital Recordis designed for people who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work want to discover more of their past. This massive library has billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections are: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; birth, marriage and death records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles. This database has unique and exclusive local and world collections.

Try it by clicking the World Vital Records link at left or come into the library and ask one of our helpful staff about it.

Posted Friday July 25, 2014 09:00am

Science On Stage

Putting the BOOM in "Fizz, Boom, Read!" this summer ...

The Houston Museum of Natural Science returns with Cool Chemistry for kids this Saturday.

Posted Wednesday July 23, 2014 09:30am

Tech Tips

This week, we want to remind everyone of the copying and printing services we offer at the Deridder branch of the library. We have a fantastic Xerox Colorqube 9201 that can print some high quality pictures. It can also make very nice copies of just about anything on paper. These services cost 10 cents for black and white printing/copies and 15 cents for color. And remember, if you have trouble, one of our staff members will gladly help!

We also offer the ability to scan a document to your, or someone else's, email address. Because this sends an email and no physical paper is involved, we are able to offer this service absolutely free.

We hope that these services prove useful to our community here in Deridder; we encourage you to come in and use them anytime. Until then, happy teching!

Posted Tuesday July 22, 2014 12:00pm

Literary Birthday: Ernest Hemingway

Today is the birth anniversary of Ernest Hemingway.

According to Worldbook Encyclopedia Online, Hemingway "was one of the most famous and influential American writers of the 1900's. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Old Man and the Sea (1952).

Hemingway used a plain, forceful prose style characterized by simple sentences and few adjectives or adverbs. He wrote crisp, accurate dialogue and exact descriptions of places and things. His style has been widely imitated.

Hemingway also created a type of male character, sometimes called the Hemingway hero, who faces violence and destruction with courage. The character displayed the trait of 'grace under pressure'—that is, what appears to be unemotional behavior even in dangerous situations. This trait is part of what became known as the Hemingway code."

The library has many resources by or about Hemingway, and here are but a few at your disposal:

Posted Monday July 21, 2014 10:00am

Library Late Night

Get ready to see stars!

Posted Saturday July 19, 2014 08:30am

Science On Stage

Putting the BOOM in "Fizz, Boom, Read!" this summer ...

The Houston Museum of Natural Science returns with Cool Chemistry for kids.

Posted Friday July 18, 2014 09:30am

Just Arrived

Check out some of the latest arrivals in our paperback fiction collection!

Star Wars: Crucible by Troy Denning. This addition to the multitude of Star Wars books has old allies reuniting for a new mission. Join Han, Leia, Luke and Lando as they battle to save the galaxy from the ultimate hostile takeover!

Crow Creek Crossing by Charles G. West. Cole Bonner and his new bride have made the long, hard journey across Nebraska in the hope of building a new life. But their dreams are quickly cut short when a vicious gang of outlaws raids their homestead while Cole is away, leaving nothing but a smoking ruin. Losing what was dear to him turns this once easygoing man into a grim avenger who vows to track down every last one of the outlaws and make them pay in blood.

Her Irresistible Protector by Michelle Douglas. Officer Mitch King, Tash Buckley’s ex and the only guy she has ever loved, shows up on her doorstep claiming that she needs his protective custody. She is more concerned about the heart-fluttering, pulse-racing effect he still has on her than the danger that he is convinced she is facing. Confined to Mitch’s beachside cabin, Tash finds it increasingly difficult to resist her delicious protector...

Crime Rib by Leslie Budwitz. Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy has managed to get her town featured on one of the hottest cooking shows on television. The chance for local culinary celebrity goes up in flames, however, when one of the cooks is found murdered. Now, to keep the town’s reputation from crashing and burning on national TV, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer....

Posted Thursday July 17, 2014 09:00am

Tech Tips

Just a reminder this week that while the library does not provide the Internet Explorer web browser (as this is a Windows only browser) we do have two of the most popular browsers installed on all of our computers. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. This of course means that you can use whichever one you prefer (or both at the same time!). At the library we try to give you the best computing experience possible, and either Firefox or Chrome should do just that. So come on down to the library today and get to browsing!

Posted Tuesday July 15, 2014 12:00pm

Anime Club

Posted Friday July 11, 2014 08:00am

Just Arrived

The Summer heat has arrived! If you are looking for indoor entertainment to beat the heat, check out some of the latest action packed additions to the library’s DVD collection. There’s nothing better than sitting in air conditioned comfort and watching a thrilling movie or television program while the temperatures soar outside.

True Detectives : the complete first season. This dark crime series from HBO stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as detectives in Louisiana. The are brought back together to revisit a notorious murder case they supposedly solved years ago. The eight episodes focus on the case and the lives of the two very different men. (This program is not rated, but is suggested for mature audiences)

3 Days to Kill. Kevin Costner has spent his life as a spy for the CIA. Now dying from a brain tumor, he is trying to reconnect with his estranged wife and daughter. He is told that there is an experimental drug that may cure him, but in order to receive it he must kill the world’s most wanted man. (Rated PG-13)

Lone Survivor. Based on a New York Times bestselling book, this movie tells the incredible tale of four Navy Seals who must make an impossible moral decision while on a covert mission in Afghanistan. They are led into an ambush and, facing unthinkable odds, must call on all of their reserves of strength and resilience to see the mission through to its end. (Rated R)

These are just a few of the exciting movies and television programs available for your entertainment. While these DVDs are suggested for adult viewers, we also have exciting viewing material for younger patrons, so come and browse the shelves.

Posted Thursday July 10, 2014 02:30pm
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