Tech Tips

Today's tech tip is more of an announcement. The money machine at the Deridder branch of the library is malfunctioning. It will not take bills of any kind. If you need to make copies, or print in Deridder please try to bring exact change, as these services will still be available. We are working to get in the part needed to fix the machine as soon as possible. We would also like to apologize for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for visiting the library.

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Posted Tuesday October 21, 2014 12:00pm

Story Time Tales

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

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 H for Happy! We will make and decorate a paper hat.

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, October 22, 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 October 20, 2014 10:00am

Library Hours Survey

Making time for the library?

The library is open to serve you, but do our hours work with your schedule? To give you the best service possible, we want to know when you are most likely to use the library and at which branch.

To get your input, we have a very short survey that you can fill out in person in the library or online. The survey is anonymous, but we ask that patrons fill it out only once.

  • For our online survey, click Library Hours Survey.
  • Paper surveys can be filled out at any branch of the library.

    We appreciate your input to make your parish library better! We will accept survey responses until Thanksgiving.

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    Posted Friday October 17, 2014 03:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week's Find it Friday will give you a look into the online medical resources that BPL provides. BPL offers access to a wide variety of medical databases that can all be very beneficial when searching for the latest health information. Also, some of these are scholarly databases, filled with reports and studies that can help you with your next school assignment.

    To start your search, click on the Louisiana Library Databases tab on the lefthand side of this homepage. From there, select the Health & Medicine tab and open the database of your choice.There are too many great databases to cover in this one segment, so here are two options to get started with! These two databases contain scholarly information that can be used for reports, classes, or just for your own interest.

    CINAHL – CINAHL is a valuable database for any of our patrons who may be studying nursing or want to enter the medical field. This database provides full text from over 700 nursing and allied health journals, all which may come in handy when you need to find scholarly sources. The search platform is through EBSCO Host, which we will cover in-depth later in the month (For a quick overview of searching click on this link). Just like many of our other resources you can access CINAHL both in the library or from the comfort of your own home.

    MEDLINE – MEDLINE is an extensive database that provides scholarly information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, and the health care system. This database is managed by the National Library of Medicine and patrons should use controlled subject headings for the best search results. Stay tuned next week when we discuss some tips and tricks for successfully searching MEDLINE. Until then, browse around these two databases and see what interesting information you can find!

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    Posted Friday October 17, 2014 09:00am

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION

    Author Visit

    On Thursday, October 16, 2014, local author Charles Fontenot will visit the DeRidder branch of the Beauregard Parish Library.

    Mr. Fontenot's heartwarming book The Gift is in the Giving:A Lesson From Mom is certain to be a hit with all ages.

    Bring your family to meet the author and hear an excerpt from his book at 2 p.m.

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    Posted Wednesday October 15, 2014 12:00pm

    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 Halloween fast approaching, we bring you a recommendation for a series of books that is available as a full set of audio as part of our OverDrive digital collection.

    Witchcraft Mysteries [series] by Juliet Blackwell

    Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series, beginning with Secondhand Spirits, is a fun read for those who like their mystery cozies with a side of the paranormal. Tag along with protagonist Lily Ivory as she tries to run a vintage clothing store but can't seem to escape the time-consuming habit of solving paranormal crimes in the City by the Bay.

    Books in the series:

  • Secondhand Spirits
  • A Cast-Off Coven
  • Hexes and Hemlines
  • In a Witch's Wardrobe
  • Tarnished and Torn
  • A Vision in Velvet

    If this series 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 15, 2014 09:30am

    Story Time Tales

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

    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 G for Great! Using a tissue tube, children will make their very own goat.

    PLACE AND TIME

    DeRidder: Wednesday, October 15, 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 October 13, 2014 10:00am

    Library Closing For Training

    REMINDER

    All branches will be closed October 13 and 14, 2014 for staff training and library improvements. No materials will be due nor will any overdue fines accrue on these dates.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Our normal hours resume on October 15th and we look forward to seeing you, then!

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    Posted Saturday October 11, 2014 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week will begin a series of Find It Fridays that concentrate on finding medical resources.

    Today we will cover two websites that are designed for, or offer the service, of finding medical professionals. These websites can be very helpful when you need to search for a medical professional or hospital, but don’t know where to start. Also, say you were recently referred to a specialist and you wanted to learn more about him/her, these websites give reviews and background information that could make you feel comfortable before your appointment.

    The first website is provided by Medicare.gov. Medicare provides a valuable service both when searching for, and comparing physicians. On the homepage of this website you can chose a “simple” search and enter your zip code as well as the type of physician you are looking for or you can chose the “Additional Search Options” link. Within “Additional Search Options” you have the opportunity to select the preferred gender of the doctor, as well as those that “accept the Medicare-approved amount.” Once you select “search” you will receive a list of results of physicians within a 50 mile radius of the location you entered. If you want to learn more about a medical professional on your results page simply click on their name and relevant information like their eduction, location, and hospital affiliation is given.

    The second website that I wanted to highlight today is healthgrades.com. Healthgrades is website with no affiliation to the government that was designed to help people find doctors, dentists, and hospitals. Healthgrades recently re-did the website for easier use and a better layout so if you visited it in the past take another look! From the homepage you can search by doctor name, specialty, condition, or procedure as well as location, making it easier to find a doctor near you. One helpful factor is that the reviews of the doctors are posted as well and you can read what other patients have to say.

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    Posted Friday October 10, 2014 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    If you enjoy learning about history while being entertained, check out a few of the new DVDs the library has to offer.

    Recently, PBS aired the series The Roosevelts: an Intimate History. This seven episode program by highly acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Elinor Roosevelt. It spans over a century and shows how these three individuals shaped America and its relationship with the rest of the world. Check out the DVD set for the complete series, along with extras including the making of the program and deleted scenes.

    Also check out the BBC documentary Royal Cousins at War. This two part mini-series tells the story of the three monarchs who reigned over Europe’s greatest powers at the outbreak of World War I - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. The divisions and rivalries between these cousins brought change and tragedy to all of Europe and the institution of the monarchy itself.

    If you prefer your history presented in a more dramatic fashion, try 37 Days. This docu-drama, also by the BBC, has an all-star cast and presents the catastrophic chain of events from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany 37 days later. Leading the cast are Ian McDiarmid from Star Wars and Tim Piggott-Smith from Downton Abbey.

    The first two DVDs are located in the non-fiction section because they are documentaries. The third is in the fiction section because it is a fictionalized account of an historical event. These are just a few of the history-themed DVDs the library has, so come browse the shelves and learn while being entertained.

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    Posted Thursday October 9, 2014 10:20am

    Staff Picks

    With this series, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. This might help you find something new and maybe even something you didn't realize you wanted to check out!

    Extreme Pumpkin Carving by Vic Hood

    Extreme Pumpkin Carving is a great instructional manual for Halloween aficionados and beginners alike. The reader can enjoy the full color illustrations and whimsical designs or he/she can gather his/her tools and use the book's detailed step-by-step instructions to create a variety of terrifying, humorous, and beautiful jack-o-lanterns.

    The tips and tool overview make this instructional guide appealing to the novice. We recommend using it to make your home the most festive on your street!

    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 8, 2014 09:30am

    Library Closing For Training

    All branches will be closed October 13 and 14, 2014 for staff training and library improvements. No materials will be due nor will any overdue fines accrue on these dates.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. We look forward to seeing you when we return to our normal schedules on October 15th.

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    Posted Wednesday October 8, 2014 06:00am

    Story Time Tales

    Story Time this week will be in both DeRidder and Singer branches! This is National Fire Prevention Week, so our Alphabet of Adventure brings us to Ff is Fire Fighters.

    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 very special National Fire Prevention Week treat in store!

    PLACES AND TIMES

    DeRidder: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

    Singer: Saturday, October 11, 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 October 6, 2014 02:30pm

    This Week in YA

    We have special events including the Board Game Challenge at Merryville and Anime Club in DeRidder!

    Ages 11-17 are invited to participate.

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    Posted Monday October 6, 2014 07:00am

    Frighten Us

    Have a great idea for a haunting tale?

    Share it with your library for a chance to win a spooktacular prize pack from the Beauregard Parish Library!

    Submit your story by emailing it to programming@beau.org or drop it off at any branch during open hours.

    The best story (as selected by our panel of expert judges) will be featured on the library's website and social media.

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    Posted Saturday October 4, 2014 09:00am

    Find It Fridays

    Need to walk out of the library with a book today? Maybe you waited just a little too long to chose a subject for that book report, or maybe you just finished a history book on WWII and you can’t wait to read another. The Advanced Search has a great function that allows you to limit your results to only materials that are currently available at the library. This means that the results you receive are ready for you to take home today!

    In order to use this function you can click on Advanced Search from our Library’s Homepage. When you see the advanced screen you will enter your search criteria, see the previous Find it Friday’s for more tips on how to use the Advanced Search! Then under the Search Library heading check the box for “Limit to Available.”


    One important thing to remember about using this search function is that you will need to look at the results and make sure they are marked “available” for the library branch you want to visit. If you are at the DeRidder branch but the material you want is available in Merryville you won’t be able to take home that item today, even though it does say Available. Don’t worry though, you can always place that material on hold using the “place hold” link and we will transfer the item from the current location to your “home” branch just as soon as we can.

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    Posted Friday October 3, 2014 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    For those of you who enjoy reading from our nonfiction collection, here are some of the most recent additions we hope you'll enjoy.

  • If you are interested in personality and interpersonal relations, you might try The Narcissist Next Door by Jeffrey Kluger.

    "Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: entertainers, politicians, business people, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger, in his provocative new book about this insidious disorder. With insight and wit, Kluger frames the surprising new research on narcissism and explains the complex, exasperating personality disorder. He reveals how narcissism and narcissists affect our lives at work and at home, on the road, and in the halls of government; what to do when we encounter narcissism; and how to neutralize its effects before it's too late."

  • If cookbooks and food-related topics are more your style, we have several new ones, including:
    In search of the perfect loaf: a home baker's odyssey by Samuel Fromartz
    The Dump Cake Menu : 30 Delicious Dump Cake Recipes Anyone Can Make by Maggie Ingles
    International Night : A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
    Coconut every day: cooking with nature's miracle superfood by Sasha Seymour

  • If you are a creative person, Make it mighty ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty by Kim Piper Werker might help get your inspiration flowing.

    "Fans of DIY projects and crafts will conquer their fear of failure and create their own masterpieces using this fun and inspiring handbook. Get Crafty. Make Great Stuff. Be Creative! The number one fear of all creative types--crafters, DIYers, makers, artists--is that failure lurks right around the corner. Crafty blogger and creativity guru Kim Piper Werker urges everyone to pick up their pen or paintbrush or scissors and make something mighty ugly: get that "failure" out of the way. This friendly book offers up a multi-pronged approach to overcoming creative fears through inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, exercises and prompts, and sage advice from all over the creative spectrum to help individuals slay their creative demons."

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    Posted Thursday October 2, 2014 01:00pm

    Tech Tips

    We have a convenient way for you to see what's happening with your library account. Log in to My Account (see button on left) to look at your record.

    How to log in

    You need a username or libray card number (either is fine) and your electronic services password. To get your username and password, bring your government-issued picture ID with you and fill out the simple Electronic Services form. You can do that at any of our branches. Once you have it, you are set!

    Using "My Account"

    With My Account you are able to:

  • See what items you have checked out and when they are due
  • Renew items that you currently have checked out. (Note: Renewals for items on request to another person do not work in My Account.)
  • Make your own requests for items to check out later. (Note: Requests for OverDrive items must be done within OverDrive. Sorry!)
  • Make "bookbags", which are personal lists of items for your convenience. You can put anything in the catalog into a bookbag list. For those who like to keep track of their checkouts, this is also a convenient way to do that.

    One of the great benefits of My Account is that you can access it 24/7, even when the library is closed. We encourage you to use it, and if you have any questions, please ask.

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    Posted Tuesday September 30, 2014 04:00pm

    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: Ee is for Elephants

    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 E for Excellent!

    PLACES AND TIMES

    DeRidder: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

    Merryville: Saturday, October 4, 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 September 29, 2014 10:00am

    Find It Fridays

    Tips for searching by Keyword in the library's online catalog:

    Keyword searching is similar to the search you would perform using Google or Amazon, where you would enter a single word or simple phrase into the search field. Searching by keyword will give you more results than searching by subject, although sometimes the results will be less relevant. The database will search for your entry anywhere in the material’s record (title, author name, subject headings, etc.).

    For example: If you keyword search “tiger” your results would contain materials written about LSU Tiger Football, non-fiction books written about tigers, or even the children's series "Kipper" written by Mark Inkpen where the main character is best friends with a tiger. Each of these results have different subject matters but because they contain the keyword "tiger" somewhere in the record it is considered a match.

    When to use a Keyword search:

    When you are unsure of the exact title of a book, video, CD, etc., but think you know a word or two.
    When you aren't sure what subject heading to use.
    When you want to broaden your search and find more items than you found with a title or subject search.

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    Posted Friday September 26, 2014 09:00am

    Happy Birthday to Shel Silverstein

    We are in the middle of Banned Books Week, but today is also the birthday of poet and children's book author Shel Silverstein.

    "In 1974, Silverstein published a noteworthy and much-loved book of children’s poems entitled Where the Sidewalk Ends. These poems were noted for their engaging rhymes and zany humor, and for how they suggested life lessons to children without being preachy or didactic (the wry tale of 'Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout,' who would not take the garbage out, is a prime example). A second book of poems for children, The Light in the Attic (1981), also proved popular." [Read more @ Columbia Grangers World of Poetry]

    During the 2014 ALA National Convention, our very own Associate Director of Public Services, Celise Reech-Harper, recorded this video with ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom as part of the Banned Books Week Virtual Read Out. She describes the challenge against Where the Sidewalk Ends and reads "The One Who Stayed". Please enjoy the video below.

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    Posted Thursday September 25, 2014 10:15am

    Tech tips

    The redesign of our webpage is finally complete! We have everything from helpful links to pages on Beauregard Parish history so click through and check them out. And don't forget you can help make our website better! If you find a dead link or find a page that's not working (or even a spelling error) let us know by sending an email to webmaster@beau.org. Together we can make this the best website in Deridder!

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    Posted Tuesday September 23, 2014 12:00pm

    Banned Books Week 2014

    It's Banned Books Week!

    Celebrate your freedom to read at your library by checking out previously challenged books. Learn about your right to read and all that your library is offering by stopping by a branch today!

    For more information about challenged books, click here .

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    Posted Tuesday September 23, 2014 07:00am

    Story Time Tales

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

    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 D for Delightful! It's a dog face over the letter D that is so cute you'll have to come make it.

    PLACE AND TIME

    DeRidder: Wednesday, September 24, 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 September 22, 2014 01:45pm

    Celebrate Banned Books Week

    What is Banned Books Week?

    We're glad you asked! "Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."*

    We will bring you information and fun all week. Here are a few things to get you started:

    If you follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) we are having a Scavenger Hunt this week! Follow us so you don't miss any of the clues!

    For Tweens and Tweens who visit the DeRidder branch, we have a Guess the Book Jar with lines from popular Banned Books. If you guess the jars correctly, you'll be entered into a prize drawing!

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    Posted Monday September 22, 2014 09:00am
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