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

Find It Fridays

Using the Advanced Search to search by Subject:

Searching by Subject: Need to get that report on tree frogs done? Or looking for some new cooking tips and recipes? When you need materials on a specific subject it is a good idea to search by subject on the Advanced Search screen. Once at the Advanced Search screen you will use the middle column drop down menus and select subject.

Searching by subject will often provide you with a narrow set of relevant search results. The subject search uses a specific, controlled vocabulary (subject "headings") for describing library materials. The subject headings are set by the Library of Congress and they use specific terms to describe a subject. For example: You would want to use the term "cookery" instead of "cookbooks" or "cooking". For a full listing of the Library of Congress Subject Headings view this link: Library of Congress Subject Headings. Remember, you can always ask a librarian for help if you need some assistance searching the catalog!

What happens if you don't receive enough results when searching by subject? Stay tuned next week for tips on searching by keyword, which will often give you a wider search field with more results.

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Posted Friday September 19, 2014 09:00am

Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip we would like to remind everyone of something. If you would like to print from a flash drive or another form of media from our computer lab and you don't require the use of the internet then all you have to do is log in as a guest. When you sit down at one of our lab machines just type guest as your username. You will be logged in and can use your media to print from. The printer will show your username as guest. Just pay for your print and you are ready to go! It's fast, simple and if you don't know how to print one of our clerks will be on hand to help you. Happy printing everyone!

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Posted Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:00pm

Story Time Tales

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

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 C for Cute! It's a cat face magnet you'll love.

PLACE AND TIME

DeRidder: Wednesday, September 17, 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 15, 2014 10:00am

More Music with Freegal

Calling all music lovers

Beauregard Parish Library and Freegal from Library Ideas are now bringing you more music every week! It is music you can listen to and music you can download and keep. Freegal has a wide variety of music for every listener.

One of the best advantages of using Freegal through BPL is that it will save you money. Instead of using paid services to download or stream music, you can use Freegal for a variety of music and entertainment needs. Don't pay extra when we've already got it for you!

What you get:

  • Now 5 downloads every week instead of just 3
  • 3 hours daily of free music streaming without advertisements
  • Playlist tools so you can create the perfect mix for any event
  • Wishlists for songs you want to download later
  • Mobile apps for Android or Apple for those who want to use Freegal on smartphones or tablets

    Stuff to know:

  • Individual mp3s are worth 1 download. Videos are worth 2 downloads. Both music and videos can be downloaded in the same week.
  • Unused downloads do NOT roll over into the next week. Sorry!
  • Downloads are reset every week on Monday.
  • Freegal content is provided by Sony only, so some commercially available music is not part of this collection.

    This service is free to all Beauregard Parish Library patrons, but patrons must have an electronic services user name and password to log in. To get your electronic services user name and password, bring your government-issued photo ID with you to one of our branches and fill out the form. It's fast and easy.

    If you have any questions about this or other library services, please let us know.

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    Posted Friday September 12, 2014 03:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week's Find It Friday tip covers how to search by author using the Advanced Search page of the library's online catalog:

    Searching by Author: Have a favorite author, but don’t know what else he/she writes? Use this search function when you want to see all items that the library owns by a certain author. The best way to do this is by selecting the author option from the drop down menu of the Advanced Search page and entering the author's last name, followed by the first name. For example: Grisham, John. Even if you don’t know the first name of the author you can search by last name only and the catalog will still search for materials written about or by that individual. However, be aware that when you use this search option it is possible to receive results from many different authors who have the same last name.

    Stay tuned next week when we learn to search by subject!
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    Posted Friday September 12, 2014 09:00am

    Webmail Restored

    We apologize for the inconvenience of email being down this afternoon. Email through webmail is working again and can be used immediately.
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    Posted Thursday September 11, 2014 04:30pm

    Email Is Down

    Webmail is down

    Webmail, our email client, is down. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to restore functionality.

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    Posted Thursday September 11, 2014 01:01pm

    Server Failure

    Data has been lost

    We suffered a hard drive failure yesterday (the 10th) around noon. While the RAID array was rebuilding from that, a second drive failed. That isn't recoverable so we were forced to reload from our last backup. Email in your inbox from the last forty-eight hours or so is likely lost so if you were expecting anything important you need to ask to the sender to fire off a second copy.

    At 7:15am everything looks like it is running again, but if you see anything unusual be sure to let us know so we can fix it.

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    Posted Thursday September 11, 2014 07:15am

    Upcoming Event At Your Library

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    Posted Tuesday September 9, 2014 09:00am

    Story Time Tales

    Story Time this week will be in both DeRidder and Singer branches! Our Alphabet of Adventure brings us to Bb is for Birds.

    After the story, Ms Sandi has a fantastic craft planned that will B the Best!

    PLACES AND TIMES

    DeRidder: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

    Singer: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30.

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    Posted Monday September 8, 2014 10:00am

    Coming Soon


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    Posted Saturday September 6, 2014 07:00am

    Register Today


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    Posted Friday September 5, 2014 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    Welcome to the first edition of Find it Fridays! Do you ever get overwhelmed by all of the choices here at BPL, or wonder where that certain book you need could be hiding? The online catalog is the best resource for finding the audio, physical, and electronic resources the library has available for your use. With so many materials and titles it can sometimes be difficult to find the exact item you are looking for, this is where the Advanced Search option becomes your friend.

    Next time, try this: Instead of entering the book title or the subject you are looking for into the simple search box of our online catalog choose the Advanced Search option. Once the advanced search screen pops up you can start by mainly focusing on the boxes and drop down menus under search input. Use these drop down menus to search by Title, Author, Subject, Keyword, and Series. The items listed under search filters on the right hand side of the page allows you to filter your search even further by selecting the format of material you want (e.g.physical book, audio book, DVD), the language, and fiction or non-fiction.

    Searching by Title: When you know exactly which book you are looking for the easiest thing to do is search by title. Simply select title from the drop down menu and enter the title you are looking for. When searching by title you limit your search to records with words related to your entry in the title. For example:Twilight. When you title search “twilight” the only results you receive will have twilight in the title (e.g. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight by Erin Hunter, Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger).

    Next time you search our catalog give the Advanced Search a try! Stay tuned next week for some tips and tricks on Searching by Author.
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    Posted Friday September 5, 2014 09:00am

    New Library Blog


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    Posted Wednesday September 3, 2014 07:00am

    Story Time Tales

    Story Time is back in session this week for both DeRidder and Merryville branches! Ms Sandi is ready to take children on an Alphabet of Adventure starting with: Aa is for Apes

    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 A for Awesome!

    PLACES AND TIMES

    DeRidder: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Media Room, near the Teen Center.

    Merryville: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:30.

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    Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 12:30pm

    It's Library Card Signup Month


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    Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 07:00am

    Author Dinner Next Month


    Join us for an evening out at Libraries Southwest's annual Author Dinner featuring Dr. Mark Wygoda of McNeese State University as he speaks of a tale that has at once both international and personal implications.


    Please print and use this form by October 1 to register.

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    Posted Monday September 1, 2014 07:00am

    Find It Fridays

    September marks the start of a new column we like to call "Find it Fridays." Every Friday, we will be discussing different tips, tricks, and solutions for more easily finding information.

    "What type of information?" you may ask. Anything from job search tips to medical information to finding the perfect new book to read! Learning how to search smarter by using advanced searches, keywords, subjects will save you time and frustration.

    The library has many databases available for both in house and at home use, so we hope that Find it Fridays will better help you, the patron, search smarter and faster! Stay tuned next week for our first search entry: Using the Advanced Search Option in the online catalog.

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    Posted Friday August 29, 2014 11:00am
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