Network Maintenance

Network Maintenance

Our internet service provider announced that they will be performing scheduled maintenance on the network. The work will be performed during the maintenance window of Thursday, 5/26/16 11:00 PM to Friday, 5/27/16 5:00 AM.This maintenance is not anticipated to be service affecting but could possibly result in a degraded service.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please do not hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions.

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Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016 01:00pm

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 discover a new favorite. Just in time to kick off our Summer Reading Program, here is a children's book sure to delight all ages.

Bloom by Doreen Cronin and David Small

A Story of a Mud Fairy and an extraordinary “ordinary” girl and a castle in trouble.

There was once a fairy named Bloom, who had mud on her face and beetles in her wings but she made plants grow and flowers bloom. And as she walked she tracked mud about the glass castle. But after a while, the castle got tired of her mess and threw her out. But after years of decay, the castle was falling apart and they needed the fairy’s help. So the King went and asked for help but all he got was a bucket of mud. So, the Queen went and all she got was a bucket of mud. So, they decided to send what they considered an ordinary girl named Genevieve.

She went to the fairy and was presented with a bucket of mud. So Genevieve explained that her glass castle was falling apart, and that got her a shovel. But the girl was kind and so offered to help with the fairy’s chores and explained that she was sent to ask the fairy’s help because she was so ordinary. The fairy looked strange when she said this, but she taught the girl to make bricks out of mud and sand and straw. The fairy offered the girl words of encouragement, and soon they built a house in the woods. So, the fairy Bloom sent Genevieve back to the castle with words to the Kingdom that said that there is no such thing as an ordinary girl. And Genevieve went confidently back to the castle and built it new from mud bricks.

I love that this story shows a different fairy, a mud fairy, a bit messy but with a great gift to share. And that it shows that all children can learn something new and bring their gifts to the world. But the most special part is that it teaches children that no one is ordinary. This would make a great story for boys or girls and even adults who need reminding that we are all special.

If Bloom interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016 09:00am

Midweek Montage

Ready for the summer?

Your library is!

This week's Midweek Montage is a collection of pics from summers of fun past!

Take a look at some of the library memories and get ready to make new ones beginning June 1, 2016.

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Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016 08:00am

Travel Tuesdays: Brazil

Over the next few months we will bring you a new article series called Travel Tuesdays where we bring the rest of the world a little closer using our free Global Road Warrior database. Global Road Warrior has country profiles of over 170 countries that include travel, business, culture, and language facts, plus some fun things like recipes. Any time you’re curious, you can find Global Road Warrior on our Online Research page or you can use the link in this article. GRW

The first country we will highlight is Brazil. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Rio this year in August. If you wanted to travel, there is still time. As any intrepid traveler knows, though, being prepared will help your experience be the best possible.

Some Brazil fun facts:

  • Portuguese is the official language. It has distinct differences from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal and Africa. Language learners take note: We have free online courses for Brazilian Portuguese from both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.
  • At one time the Portuguese royal court lived in Brazil instead of Portugal.
  • Electrical voltage is both 110 (common in North America) and 220 (common in Europe), and it can vary by city. Bring an adapter!
  • The name of Brazilian money is the Real, and it is subdivided into Centavos. Banknotes are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 denominations. Coins are available for 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 Centavos, and 1 Real.

    There are many more facts you can learn about Brazil through Global Road Warrior, but we’ll leave you with this uniquely Brazilian recipe.

    Creme de Abacate (avacado cream dessert)

    Recipe Serving: Serves 2–4
    Ingredients:

    1 large avocado
    1–2 tbsp (15–30 ml) fresh lime juice
    2–4 tbsp (30–60 ml) sugar
    Salt to taste
    Instructions:
    1. Peel and pit the avocado.
    2. Place pulp, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a blender or food processor and purée.
    3. Transfer to individual serving dishes and chill before serving.
    Variation
    Up to 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream can be added. In this case, use only 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lime juice. After transferring purée to a bowl, beat with a hand-held electric mixer, gradually adding heavy cream.

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    Posted Tuesday May 24, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Freegal has Free Music from American Idol Contestants

    Are you missing the television show American Idol? Well, Freegal the free and legal music service provided by your Beauregard Parish Library has plenty of songs from these artists.

    Freegal has the new release of Haley Reinhart called Better which includes her current single, a renditon of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.

    Other artists include: Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze, Kellie Pickler, Katherine McPhee, Bo Bice, and many others.

    Albums include: American Idol 10th Anniversary-The Hits Vol.1, American Idol Season 5 Encores, American Idol: Greatest Moments, American Idol Season 9, American Idol Finalists Season 4, American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers, American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics, American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics, and American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs

    ✷You can use your 5 free weekly downloads to get a song or use your 3 free daily hours of streaming commercial-free music to just listen.

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    Posted Monday May 23, 2016 06:00am

    New Blog Themes

    Regular visitors to the library website will be familiar with various article series we have. We're dusting off the same old blogs to bring you something new and fresh! Feast your eyes on these regular columns we will bring you:

  • ♬The_Music_Minute♬: How to get the best out of your Freegal music downloads
  • Travel Tuesday: Featuring our newest database, Global Road Warrior
  • Midweek Montage: Fun with library programs with pictures of the fun
  • Staff Picks: Suggested reads, views or listens from us to you, perfect for your weekend entertainment
  • Find it Friday: Tech tips and how to get the most out of library digital resources
  • Just Arrived: New items in the library that you might want to check out the next week!
  • Sunday Funday: Highlighted list for the week ahead of the fun programs and activities we offer

    We hope you enjoy our new summer blog series, and we look forward to your feedback.

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    Posted Sunday May 22, 2016 12:00pm

    Summer Fun

    Ready for the summer?

    Your library is!

    Join us for a summer filled with exciting events, challenges, and adventures!

    We have programs for all ages, including a new "Big Kids" program just for ages 5-10.

    Browse our events calendar or pick up a paper event list at any Beauregard Parish Library branch.

    And...Get Ready! Get Set! Read!

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    Posted Saturday May 21, 2016 09:00am

    Find It Fridays

    The Beauregard Parish Library is always interested in keeping up with our wonderful Patrons! In pursuit of that, we have an account on a number of social media websites, and this week, we've added Instagram!

    Instagram is a wonderful site, with Android and iPhone/iPad apps to make it easy to add pics on the go! Share with us your pictures of Library events, neat things you've found at the Library, and anything else related to the Library you feel other patrons of the Library would enjoy!

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    Posted Friday May 20, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we added some new mysteries on CD for your listening enjoyment. Check out:

    Death of a Nurse by M.C. Beaton. Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth visits his elderly new neighbor and is treated very rudely. But the visit isn’t a total waste of time as he also meets the old man’s gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. As she apologizes for her employer’s rudeness, Hamish asks her out. At the appointed time, Hamish waits but she never shows up. Four days later her body washes up on the beach. Now Hamish must find out who killed her before the murderer strikes again.

    Design for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. The latest in the Murder, She Wrote series finds mystery writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Manhattan to attend the debut of a new fashion designer. Xandr Ebon, the former Sandy Black of Cabot Cove, is introducing his evening wear collection to the powerful fashion elite who can make or break him. Everything is going well until a young model collapses and dies on the runway. And then another model is found dead. Suspicion rests on their only connection – Xander Ebon. Jessica must sort through all of the egos, spiteful accusations and secrets to find the killer.

    Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Feline PI Joe Grey and his companion Dulcie are awaiting their first litter. Meanwhile a mugger is attacking the local elderly people and the Molina Point PD steps up patrols to apprehend him. When one of the victims dies, the case becomes a homicide and leaves everyone on edge. The kittens are born, but the celebration must wait while Joe and the police search for the murderer, who may strike again.

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    Posted Thursday May 19, 2016 11:45am

    Network Maintenance

    Network Maintenance

    Our internet service provider announced that they will be performing scheduled maintenance on the network. The work will be performed during the maintenance window of Thursday, 5/19/16 11:00 PM to Friday, 5/20/16 5:00 AM and also on Saturday, 5/21/16 11:00 PM to Sunday, 5/22/16 5:00 AM. This maintenance is not anticipated to be service affecting but could possibly result in a degraded service.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please do not hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions.

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    Posted Wednesday May 18, 2016 01:00pm

    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 discover a new favorite. The next one might help you get ready for the busy summer season with extra meals.

    Family Feasts by Mary Ostyn

    Whether you're overhauling your entire budget or just trying to save a little here and there, making a dent in your grocery bill may seem challenging in today 's market. A typical supermarket trip can easily cost a minimum of $100, and if you 're feeding an average family or larger, that number can soar even higher. What 's a mom on a budget to do?

    Family Feasts for $75 a Week to the rescue! Written by blogger mom and penny-pincher extraordinaire Mary Ostyn, who prepares three meals a day for her family of 12 for $800 to $900 a month, this book is stuffed to the gills with Mary's expert, in-the-trenches tips on savvy food shopping, plus 200 delicious recipes for homecooked meals that make the most of economical ingredients.

    I thought this was a really great book as it talks about budgeting, planning, and buying what is in season. It has helped me succeed in getting my meal planning in order. If you are like me needing ideas and ways to manage my grocery shopping, this is a wonderful book available for check out!

    If Family Feasts interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday May 18, 2016 09:00am

    Merryville Hours

    Merryville Branch hours today, May 16, 2016

    The Merryville Branch of the Beauregard Parish Library will be open today from 1:00-5:00 instead of 1:00-7:00.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience these shortened hours may cause.

    Please contact the library if you have any questions

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    Posted Monday May 16, 2016 09:05am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music From Carrie Underwood

    Freegal, the free and legal music service that gives you 5 free downloads a week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music, brings you the popular Carrie Underwood. Freegal has many of this American Idol Winner’s albums including her latest, Storyteller. Freegal also has some of her newest videos including Heartbeat and Smoke Break.

    Other hits include:

  • “Blown Away” from the album Blown Away
  • “Cowboy Casanova” from Play On
  • “Flat on the Floor” from Carnival Ride
  • “Jesus Take the Wheel”and “Before He Cheats” from Some Hearts

    Freegal even has the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, the teleplay in which Carrie starred as the lead role of Maria von Trapp and sings the songs from the musical.

    Freegal also has many of Carrie Underwood's popular videos such as the angry, Before He Cheats, the inspirational, Jesus Take the Wheel, the feisty, Cowboy Casanova, the haunting, Blown Away, and the spiritual, Something in the Water.

    Click here to be taken to the Carrie Underwood page on Freegal

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    Posted Monday May 16, 2016 06:00am

    Lego Club

    It's time to Lego of your imagination and see what happens!

    Join Ms. Jera at the Merryville branch of the BPL at 10 a.m. today

    --or--

    Join her at the DeRidder branch next Saturday!

    Lego Club is intended for ages 5-12.

    We ask that a guardian remain with each child to assist with building and spend some time being a kid!

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    Posted Saturday May 14, 2016 09:00am

    Find It Fridays

    They say that April showers bring May flowers, but what are you supposed to do with those flowers when they come in? This week we wanted to highlight some of the gardening resources that BPL has to offer. We have all levels of resources available, perfect for the novice or master gardener.

    Universal Class is the online learning platform that we offer for our patrons. Through Universal Class you will complete lessons and turn in assignments to be graded by an instructor. The great thing about Universal Class is that you can work at your own pace and revisit information if needed.

    Gardening classes offered by Universal Class: Introduction to Gardening, All About Herbs, Vegetable Gardening 101, and many more!

    If online learning isn’t what you are looking for we have a full collection of horticulture materials available at BPL. We are constantly working to update our collection and are always receiving new materials so make sure to check back in if you haven’t browsed in a while. The books in this collection can teach you how to plant an herb garden, raise specific crops, and grow beautiful flower beds!

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    Posted Friday May 13, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    Graphic novels have become very popular. For those not familiar with them, graphic novels are similar to comic books. They are usually stand-alone stories with more complex plots than comic books. There are many types of graphic novels including manga, superhero stories, and even non-fiction. The library’s graphic novel collection contains all types.

    This week we received the latest in our Amazing Spider-Man series, The Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli. In this volume, Peter Parker is busy traveling the world as his corporation, Parker Industries, has expanded to Shanghai and London. But success breeds enemies and Peter and his alter-ego Spider-Man must deal with several. In addition to the Human Torch and Zodiac, someone in Africa is masquerading as a member of the Goblin family. Everyone’s favorite wall-crawler must investigate this threat and protect the world.

    If you enjoy Spider-Man, check out this one and the rest of the series. We also have Batman, Conan, and many other graphic novels for you to try. They are located in the non-fiction section in the Dewey number 741.5. As always, if you need help finding them, please ask a staff member.

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    Posted Thursday May 12, 2016 11:45am

    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 discover a new favorite.

    Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

    Fans of the mystery genre will enjoy Christopher Fowler's premier of the Bryant and May series, Full Dark House : A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery, which revolves around two octogenarian pals and colleagues who have run a little-known department of London's Metropolitan Police for over 60 years.

    This story begins in the early 2000s when Peculiar Crimes Unit chief Arthur Bryant is presumed dead in an explosion. His partner, John May, believes the attack is related to Bryant's most recent works … which turn out to be Bryant's memoirs. The explosion occurs after Bryant has begun poking about in his files regarding the duo's first PCU case together. From here, the story vacillates between the present mystery and 1940s London where the pair explore a series of Phantom-of-the-Opera-style murders that take place at The Palace theatre during rehearsals for a controversial showing of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.

    The 1940 mystery is well-composed (Fowler provides a variety of possible culprits), the plot parallel to Phantom of the Opera is a fun gimmick that encourages this reader to stay with the series, and the characters are personable and well-formed. Still, I was most particularly taken by the hauntingly emotive descriptions of life in London during the Blitz. In true British fashion, Fowler tosses in details and related dialogue in an offhand, no-nonsense style that only serves to highlight the pervasive effects of The Great War on the British homefront. This story, therefore, is doubly suited for mystery readers and history buffs.

    Currently, Full Dark House is available from your Beauregard Parish Library as an e-book in the Overdrive. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday May 11, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music by Kelly Clarkson from Freegal

    Freegal the free and legal music service courtesy of the Beauregard Parish Library that gives you 5 free downloads a week and 3 free hours of daily commercial-free streaming music, has free music from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson including her latest album Piece by Piece which includes hit songs like “Heartbeat Song”, ”Invincible”, and “Piece by Piece”. Or try the remixes on Piece by Piece Remixed.

    Other hits include:

  • “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” from her Stronger album.
  • “My Life Would Suck Without You”, “Whyyawannabringmedown”, “I Want You” from All I’ve Ever Wanted
  • “Because of You” and “Breakaway” from Breakaway
  • “Never Again” from My December
  • “A Moment Like This” from Thankful

    She also has a Christmas album, Wrapped in Red with old classics and fresh new songs.

    Freegal also has Kelly Clarkson’s videos like The Heartbeat Song, Piece by Piece, Never Again, What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger), and Already Gone.

    Click here to be taken to the Freegal page for Kelly Clarkson

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    Posted Monday May 9, 2016 06:00am

    Resume Help

    Finding a new job can sometimes be hard, but making a resume that leaves a good impression doesn't have to be. Beauregard Parish Library can help you out with Cypress Resume (also listed on our Online Learning page).

    Cypress Resume helps you customize your resume to the job you want, and it helps you do it with templates and skill statements you can use and modify. Cypress Resume also saves the files in convenient ways so you can print your new resume, email it, share a web link, etc. You have many possibilities, and it's available for free to all Beauregard Parish Library card holders.

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    Posted Sunday May 8, 2016 12:00pm

    Find It Fridays

    This week we will be discussing the Louisiana Legal Forms database. This is a great database available to BPL patrons who are looking for free and easily accessible legal forms. If you want to access this database the good news is that you are halfway there, just click on the "Online Research" tab on the left-hand side of our homepage. From there, scroll down to the Legal section and click on Gale Legal Forms. For your convenience this database can be accessed both from home and the library.

    The legal forms homepage allows for three different searching methods. You can type directly into the search box, browse categories by alphabet, or view the most popular legal forms sections. The lsit of categories includes: Divorce, Bankruptcy, Landlord Tenant, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Sample Letters, and Power of Attorney.

    The search you choose to use will depend on how much information you already have about the forms you need. For example: If you know the exact title of the form you need the easiest thing will be type directly into the search box and select the Titles bubble before clicking search. Or, if you don’t have a name but know you need a form having to do with Bankruptcy you can select the Bankruptcy section and search through the most popular forms.

    This database also gives a comprehensive list of legal definitions, which can help if you come across an unfamiliar word in one of the forms. From the homepage of the database you can click on definitions and view the words alphabetically.
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    Posted Friday May 6, 2016 09:00am

    Just Arrived

    If you enjoy reading true stories about the extraordinary lives of real people, we received a new book this week that you should check out. I had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired my Calling to Save Lives tells the story of the author, Dr. Roberto Canessa, and the experience that changed his life.

    Dr. Canessa was a second year medical student when the plane carrying his rugby team crashed in the Andes Mountains. He and the others who survived the crash were injured and stranded on a remote, freezing mountain. He realized how lucky he was to be alive and did everything possible to help his fellow survivors fight their injuries, the cold, and near starvation. When it became apparent that any possible rescuers had given up on them and death seemed certain, Canessa and a friend began the long trek down the hostile mountain to find help. Against all odds, they managed to reach people who were able to rescue the few survivors.

    Canessa went on to become one of the world’s leading pediatric cardiologists. He draws a parallel between his work diagnosing and treating complex heart problems with the difficult life-changing decisions he was forced to make during that traumatic time. His story shows how perseverance and determination can overcome the worst situations.

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    Posted Thursday May 5, 2016 11:00am

    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 discover a new favorite.

    The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

    As youngest daughter to the Spanish monarchs and crusaders King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Catalina, princess of Wales and of Spain, was promised to the English Prince Arthur when she was three. She leaves Spain at 15 to fulfill her destiny as queen of England, where she finds true love with Arthur (after some initial sourness) as they plot the future of their kingdom together. Arthur dies young, however, leaving Catalina a widow and ineligible for the throne. Before his death, he extracts a promise from his wife to marry his younger brother Henry in order to become queen anyway, have children and rule as they had planned, a situation that can only be if Catalina denies that Arthur was ever her lover.

    Gregory's latest (after Earthly Joys) compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her utter belief in destiny to reclaim her rightful title. By alternating tight third-person narration with Catalina's unguarded thoughts and gripping dialogue, the author presents a thorough, sympathetic portrait of her heroine and her transformation into Queen Katherine. Gregory's skill for creating suspense pulls the reader along despite the historical novel's foregone conclusion.

    If The Constant Princess interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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    Posted Wednesday May 4, 2016 09:00am

    Public Notice

    Board Meeting


    The Library's Board of Control will meet in regular session at our DeRidder branch (205 S. Washington Ave.) on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 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 Monday May 2, 2016 03:00pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Pop 80’s Icon Prince

    The artist Prince has died at 57. A prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Prince was well loved and respected in Minneapolis where he resided. Prince was known for his love of purple and a unique style. Prince will be missed by his many fans.

    Prince recorded with 94 East in the 70’s and Freegal has several of their albums including: Symbolic Beginning, Prince-The Early Years CD 1 and CD 2, Prince With 94 East’s You Can Be My Teacher.

  • The funky songs: “Just Another Sucker”, “You Can Be My Teacher”, “Love, Love, Love”
  • The Disco Songs: “Dance to the Music of the World”, “One Man Jam”, “If We Don’t”
  • The mellow Songs: “Lovin’ Cup”, “I’ll Always Love You”, “Better Than You Think”

    Freegal has many artists covering Prince’s songs like: “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Purple Rain”, “Kiss”, “Raspberry Beret”, “When Doves Cry”, “1999”, “Delirious”, and “Little Red Corvette”.

    Other Tribute Albums include: The Synth Plays Prince by Purple Reign, A Tribute to Prince: Welcome to America by D, Memories Are Made of These: The Best of Prince by the Twilight Orchestra, An Instrumental Tribute to Prince by The Hit Crew.

    Remember , you can use your free 3 daily hours of commercial-free streaming music from Freegal (the free and legal website) to sample music or just listen or use your 5 free weekly downloads to keep the songs forever.

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    Posted Monday May 2, 2016 06:00am

    Moms Checkout Books for Free in May

    Mothers, we know your day is next Sunday, and the staff of Beauregard Parish Library wish you a Happy Mothers Day all month long!

    To celebrate with you, Moms* get to check out books** for free every day in May!***

  • * And Dads, Sons, Daughters and all card holders with a library card in good standing
  • ** And DVDs, Magazines, Audiobooks, Ebooks, Digital Magazines, Digital Audiobooks, etc
  • *** And the rest of the year, too!
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    Posted Sunday May 1, 2016 12:00pm
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