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

Classy Culinary

Our third and final Classy Culinary summer event will be super cool!

Posted Thursday July 10, 2014 08:00am

Listen At Your Library

Posted Wednesday July 9, 2014 09:00am

Cook with Universal Class

If you want to continue the cooking adventure from BPL's own Classy Culinary or learn more of what you "knead" to know to cook... try these Universal Class courses:

  • Cooking and Baking
  • Italian Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Pie Baking
  • Cake Decorating
  • Cooking
  • Tex-Mex Cooking
  • How to Can, Freeze, Dry and Preserve Food

The classes are free to patrons. You can do as many as five simultaneous courses. Successful course completion gets you a printable certificate to show your achievement.

Click the Universal Class link at left to investigate these and other classes!

Posted Monday July 7, 2014 09:00am

Happy Fourth of July

Posted Friday July 4, 2014 08:00am

Zinio Digital Magazines

Are you checking out your free digital magazines? Don’t miss our Zinio magazines for all your needs. The titles we have available cover a variety of interests to appeal to the many different people in our parish.

Zinio magazines can be read on a computer or downloaded with an app to Apple or Android devices. When you check out the magazines, they are yours to keep. You never have to worry about overdues or late charges. Plus, many of the articles come with printer-friendly formats—exactly what you’d want for recipes or directions.

Our current Zinio titles until the end of this calendar year are:

  • 4Wheel Drive Magazine
  • Advocate
  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • Car and Driver
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Country Living
  • Diabetic Living
  • Digital Photo
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • Family Circle
  • Family Handyman
  • Field & Stream
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Forbes
  • Guideposts
  • Home Theater
  • Horse & Rider
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Ladies Home Journal
  • Macworld
  • Maxim
  • National Geographic Interactive
  • National Geographic Traveler Interactive
  • Natural Health
  • Newsweek
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Organic Gardening
  • PC Magazine Digital Edition
  • Poets & Writers Magazine
  • Popular Science
  • Reader's Digest
  • Rolling Stone
  • Scholastic Parent & Child
  • Taste of Home
  • Us Weekly
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Weight Watchers
  • Woodworker's Journal

If there are digital magazines you would like the library to purchase, we are interested in your suggestions. You may contact the library by phone or via email [] with your feedback.

Posted Thursday July 3, 2014 09:00am

Just Arrived

The Fourth of July is a time when we celebrate all things American. Some good American reading material from your library can help put you in the patriotic spirit.

Check out these new arrivals.

A Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford. This entry in the A Mystery With Recipes Series takes us to the quiet town of Langley, New York, where residents are braving the extreme heat to celebrate their annual reenactment of the Battle of Meadow Creek. When the local playboy is actually killed during the pretend battle, resident caterers and sisters, Bernie and Libby, must get cooking to discover which of his enemies committed this crime. This book includes several recipes that are perfect for a Fourth of July cookout or party.

There is nothing more American than a good Western story. Try The Keystone Kid by Frank Roderus. The young man came from Pennsylvania to be a cowboy. When he stepped off the train in his freshly bought Western outfit, he quickly became the butt of jokes in the local bar. When he did not fight back, he was labeled a coward and given the nickname “ The Keystone Kid.” With help, he learned the ropes and became a true cowhand, but in order to overcome his reputation, he would have to stand up for himself and fight.

If your tastes run more to non-fiction, you might want to check out the latest memoir by American politician Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices. In this book, Mrs. Clinton writes about difficult decisions she has had to make during her long career at the center of world events. She has traveled the globe and been involved in diplomatic activities at the highest level. She gives readers her personal perspective on all of this.

Another non-fiction book that might interest readers in our community is Raising Children in the Military by Cheryl Lawhorne Scott and Don Philpott. Those who protect our freedom with their service in the military, along with their families, face unique challenges and demands. This book covers many of the issues that arise for military families with children. It offers information assembled from hundreds of sources concerning common problem areas and lists resources available to help.

We wish all of our patrons a safe and happy Fourth!

Posted Thursday July 3, 2014 08:00am

Tech Tips

Need to create a simple diagram of a piece of software? Try the Umbrello tool located under the applications menu. It allows you the design and structure of programs in a standard format. To find Umbrello look under Applications and then Programming. Umbrello will be at the bottom (the lists are in alphabetical order). If you are in the middle of creating a diagram and get stuck, you can ask for help from their community located Here. Hopefully Umbrello makes it a little bit easier for you to create cool things here at the library, and happy diagraming!

Posted Tuesday July 1, 2014 12:15pm

Challenge Yourself

Posted Tuesday July 1, 2014 08:00am
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