Special Event

Today, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm, visit the DeRidder branch and see WWII souvenirs while hearing Mr. Neal Bertrand discuss his father's experiences in the South Pacific.

From Neal Bertrand:My father returned home from WWII in the South Pacific with over 400 pictures he took. Using these photos and his battalion's official daily journal, I created a timeline and traced his steps month by month from home to war and back. Plus, there are 80 pictures of WWII war planes and nose art, plus dozens of New Guinea natives.

Posted Wednesday July 27, 2016 08:30am

Travel Tuesdays: Jamaica

For this week's Travel Tuesday we will visit Jamaica. When people want to travel some place exotic yet still stay close to home, Jamaica is one of the favorite destinations. Jamaica's official language is English, even though the local patwa has an island twist, and it is conveniently located in the Carribean with ports for many cruise lines.

There are many things travelers and curious folk can learn about Jamaica by reading through the country profile in Global Road Warrior. Listed below are 5 more quick facts to get you started.

  • Holidays and Festivals: Independence Day: "The country became independent after more than 300 years as a British colony. In 1961, the people finally voted for sovereignty from the British Federation in a Referendum. As a result, a conference was held in London whereby the British ceded Jamaica. On August 6, 1962, Jamaica officially became an independent nation."
  • Climate: "Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean Sea, and it experiences a tropical maritime climate. The climate is influenced by northeast trade winds, which can bring rain at any time, but do so far more commonly in the wet season in the second half of the year. The island also lies in the path of hurricanes that are formed in the Atlantic and generally track westward across the region. Jamaica is regularly hit by these storms, resulting in significant structural damage. Even when storms pass to the north or south of the island, increased rainfall can cause localized flooding."
  • Stereotypes: Rastafarians Rule: "There are only about 700,000 Rastafarians in the whole world and less than 10 percent of Jamaica’s 2,758,000 people are Rastafarians. In fact, Rastafarian groups claim that the Jamaican government exploits their image for tourism but systematically prevents them from getting government jobs. The fame of Bob Marley and the popularity of reggae music have gone a long way to promote this unfair image of indolence in a nation struggling to make economic ends meet."
  • Transportation: Bus: "Private buses and minibuses handle most urban transport. Do not expect straightforward scheduling practices or punctuality. Fares for tourists are higher than for locals, and there is little hope in arguing the point with the driver. Buses often operate full to overflowing. Still, it is a cheap way to travel and a wonderful way to get to know a few people. Buses are, however, rarely used for regular business travel at the management level. Managers and executives use hired cars or taxis."
  • Culture & Society: Time Orientation: "Jamaicans walk through their days easily balancing conflicting attitudes toward time. In many aspects of life, the relaxed attitude toward punctuality sometimes called "Jamaica Time" holds sway. In other areas, the more exacting view of time and punctuality associated with the Western world exerts its influence. In reality, Jamaica embraces both viewpoints by having a healthy respect for punctuality while retaining the belief that being somewhat later than the scheduled time is perfectly acceptable and understandable.
    Part of this latter attitude comes from an acceptance that public transportation rarely meets stated timetables. Even if a person strives to be punctual, a tardy bus can delay his or her arrival for an event. In addition, Jamaicans tend to be polychronic, putting people and relationships above the tyranny of the clock."

    Music Lovers: Visit our Freegal music service to explore more music options from Jamaican music artists.

    Recipe Corner: For an example Jamaican recipe, try banana fritters. Fried, battered bananas are a popular tropical snack.

    Recipe Serving: Serves 8


    6 very ripe bananas
    1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground nutmeg
    2 eggs, beaten
    Sunflower oil
    Sugar to taste


  • Peel the bananas and mash to a smooth paste.
  • Add the beaten eggs, nutmeg, and enough flour to make a thick batter.
  • Heat the oil over moderate heat and drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil.
  • When fritters are brown on one side, turn them over.
  • Drain, arrange on a large plate, and sprinkle with sugar.
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    Posted Tuesday July 26, 2016 09:00am

    Merryville Early Closure

    Merryville branch will close today at 5:00 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience. All branches of the Beauregard Parish Library will return to their regularly scheduled hours tomorrow, July 26, 2016.

    Posted Monday July 25, 2016 02:30pm

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Music From John Denver from Freegal

    Originally born John Deutschendorf, John Denver became a very popular folk and pop singer in the 1970‘s. He sang of love, the beauty of nature, and making a simple life. Freegal, the free and legal music service provided by the Beauregard Parish Library has many albums of John Denver.

  • “Annie’s Song” (You fill up my senses...)- a beautiful love song that compares his love for his wife to the beauties of nature such as a night in the forest, the mountains in springtime, a walk in the rain, a storm in the dessert, a sleepy blue ocean
  • “Rocky Mountain High”-a song about a man who left behind his old life and while everything is not all roses he now enjoys the beautiful Colorado mountains and being high on life
  • “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”- a song about the virtues of a simple life and being grateful with what you have whether you understand the great mysteries of life or not
  • “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Back Home Again”-songs about going home and appreciating everything about it
  • “Sunshine On My Shoulders”-a simple song about looking at sunshine and the beauty of nature and wishing you the happiness of noticing and feeling the simple things in life
  • “Sweet Surrender”-a song about having no direction in life, without a clue to the future or an understanding of your past, but guided by a higher being and so trying to live a simple life and just living as the animals do, trusting in their existence and future and their higher purpose
  • “Calypso”- a song written in tribute to Jacques Cousteau, a man who explored the beauties and wonders of the ocean and brought them all into our living rooms on TV
  • “Fly Away”-sung with Olivia Newton-John, a song about a sad girl whose dreams have crumbled and is lonely and who just wants to fly away from her life and everything
  • “This Old Guitar”-a song about what his music has meant to him, bringing him love, laughter, friendship and his living, and bringing others cheer and keeping him from loneliness
  • “Love Is Everywhere”-an upbeat cheery song about believing in good things happening and creating your own happiness
  • “Some Days Are Diamonds”-a later hit in the 80’s about some days being good, some bad

    John Denver also did a children’s album, All Aboard! And several live albums and Christmas albums. John Denver also guest starred on Doris Day Today, a TV special with skits and music (yes,the library owns it).

    ✿Remember you have 5 free downloads a week and 3 free hours of commercial-free streaming music a day.

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    Posted Monday July 25, 2016 08:00am

    Sunday Funday

    Exciting events at your Beauregard Parish Library

    Check out some of the exciting events on the way at your library.

    The week of July 25-July 30, 2016 is filled with opportunities to enjoy your library!

    • Wellness and Hygiene for Teens at the DeRidder branch beginning at 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 27thDeRidder Storytime at 10 a.m.; South Beauregard Storytime at 2:30 p.m.; Dad's War Photos Presentation, DeRidder, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, July 28thMerryville Storytime at 2:30 p.m.; Game On! at DeRidder, 5 p.m.
    • Friday, July 29thSinger Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

    Also, be sure to keep an eye on our social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest where we will be offering back to school tips and having supply giveaways!

    Posted Sunday July 24, 2016 08:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we received a new book that might interest all of our patrons who are pet lovers - Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself by Julie Barton. This is the inspiring memoir of a young woman who suffered from severe depression. She went to several psychiatrists and therapists who tried to help her. Her family also did everything they could to help her. Nothing seemed to work and she sunk deeper into a suicidal depression. Then she decided to do one hopeful thing – she adopted a Golden Retriever puppy and named him Bunker. This began the long and difficult road to recovery. She discovered the ability to forgive past hurts and move forward in her life. She also found that the love of a dog can do amazing things to heal even the most broken hearts and minds.

    Posted Saturday July 23, 2016 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Sorting

    It's always nice to have things arranged the way you like them. Fortunately, at least for e-mail, our webmail program SquirrelMail makes that easy!

    At the top of the various columns listing your e-mails, you will see the title of the column (From, Date, Subject), and beside each is a small Fbox. Clicking one of those boxes in the column header will sort your e-mails based on that column. Click it again, and it reverses the sort, so that if you clicked on Date and had the most recent e-mails at the top, they would end up at the bottom and the oldest e-mails would be on top.

    This is actually a common trick done in tables on the World Wide Web. In many cases, if you're looking at a table of items, either there will be a small box to indicate which column is being used to sort the items, or perhaps just clicking on the column header itself will cause the table to be sorted based on that column. You'll see this a lot on Wikipedia, and other websites.

    Posted Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am

    Staff Pick

    Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

    We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

    Jane Withers movies [DVDs]

    If you remember the Shirley Temple film Bright Eyes you’ll remember Jane Withers. She was the spoiled rich child who Shirley’s character had to play with. But that role made her quite popular and she went on to play the starring role in her own black and white movies. This adorable, apple cheeked brunette played impish yet feisty roles and her talent improved as she grew older. She could dance and sing and act quite convincingly.

    Paddy O’Day (1935) is the story of an Irish immigrant girl who comes to America only to learn her mother has died and so the girl will be sent back. A group of kindly gypsies take to her but the authorities will not let them adopt her. So Paddy (Jane) escapes with tiny dog in tow and finds the house where her mother worked. She reeks havoc there but in the end all are better for having known her. Jane even dons an Irish brogue.

    Little Miss Nobody (1936) is a movie I really like because it takes place in an orphanage with lots of other children. The orphanage can’t afford a Thanksgiving Turkey so Jane liberates one from the local grocer and brings it home in a baby carriage. Jane is always getting in trouble with pranks like this. But Jane the orphan really has a long lost father who is looking for her and the only way he will know her is by the family crest that was on her baby blanket. Jane finds this out and when Jane’s delicate friend is about to be adopted out to a family where she would have a mean bully of a brother, Jane makes a great sacrifice by switching the baby blankets with the family crest so that her friend will be adopted by Jane’s real father. She is caught doing this and the matron thinks Paddy was trying to pretend she was the real daughter and it is the last straw for the matron and Jane is then sent away to a reform school. But don’t fear, she escapes and meets up with her friend who has gotten adopted by Jane’s real father and-well, you guessed it, a happy ending.

    High School 1940-This is my favorite as Jane is a little older and gets into many funny predicaments like having to sing opera when someone has put a lizard down her back or when she convinces a dance tutor and her accompanist that the garden snake Jane laid on the piano is poisonous and the piano player needs to keep playing to lull the snake into a stupor while the snake hisses and slithers around the poor man. She is sent to live with her uncle and gets him into funny situations. She and all the kids at her new school get into scrapes like busting up a car thief ring by flinging themselves at the bad guys in a crazy free-for-all fight. And by the end of the movie Jane learns to be humble and even has a sweetheart.

    Other Jane Withers movies the library has: Golden Hoofs 1941, The Holy Terror 1937, and Always in Trouble 1938 with Arthur Treacher.

    If the Jane Withers movies interest you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

    Posted Thursday July 21, 2016 09:00am

    Travel Tuesdays: South Africa

    For this week's Travel Tuesday we will visit South Africa. South Africa is a large and richly diverse country with borders on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Culturally, modern South Africa shows itself as a unique country with parts from distinct African tribes and various European settlers. For those who dream of an African safari, the Kruger National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the continent.

    There are many things travelers and curious folk can learn about South Africa by reading through the country profile in Global Road Warrior. Listed below are 5 more quick facts to get you started.

  • Languages: "South Africa has 11 official languages: Zulu (spoken by 22 percent of the population), Xhosa (16 percent), Afrikaans (13 percent), English (9 percent), Sepedi (9 percent), Setswana (8 percent), Sotho (7 percent), Xitsonga (4 percent), Swazi (2 percent), Tschivenḓa, (2 percent), and Ndebele (2 percent)."
  • Business Workweek: "Shops are generally open from 8:30pm to 1pm on Saturdays. Legal restrictions on trading hours have recently been rescinded to increase employment. Consequently, an increasing number of shops in the major cities are now open Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings."
  • Sports: "The sunny climate throughout the year is ideal for outdoor sports and physical activities. Among professional sports, rugby is the king, with players being paid a fortune in salaries. Other popular sports are soccer, cricket, tennis, badminton, squash, field hockey, golf, horse racing, sailing, surfing, cycling, and running. Traditionally, soccer has been the favorite with the black community while the white community or the Afrikaners preferred cricket and rugby. South Africa has world-class soccer, cricket, and rugby teams."
  • Currency: South Africa uses the Rand, which is divided into banknotes of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 and coins of 1, 2 and 5. The Rand is divided into cents with coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. "The production of the 2c & 1c coins ceased in 2002 but they remain legal tender."
  • Communications: Postal Service: "The South African Post Office (SAPO) offers a wide variety of services in addition to mail and parcel delivery. SAPO operates a savings bank in each post office location, called Postbank. Some branches of the post office also allow services such as motor vehicle registration renewal.
    Postal service is efficient and reliable. SAPO estimates that in 2010, 96 percent of mail was delivered on time. Airmail takes five to twelve days to reach the US and seven days to Europe. Surface mail takes four to eight weeks."

    Language Learners: Xhosa and Afrikaans are available through Pronunciator.

    Music Lovers: Visit our Freegal music service to explore more music options from South African music artists.

    Recipe Corner: For an example South African recipe, try Butternut Soup.

    "A winter favorite in South Africa, the main ingredient of this soup is the butternut, a type of winter squash having a bell-like shape, an edible yellow or orange flesh, and a distinctive flavor. The soup serves as a great starter before roast beef or lamb. Chopped parsley, paprika or cayenne pepper, or a few shreds of orange rind may be used as garnish. Adding a dash of curry powder to the sautéing onions lends it a bite."

    Recipe Serving: Serves 6


  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 lb (900 g) butternut, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 3 cups (720 ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup (240 ml) cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper, freshly ground

  • Instructions
  • Melt butter in a saucepan and sauté the onion for 3 minutes.
  • Add the butternut squash, stock, and cinnamon, bring to boil, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Purée the cooked mixture in a food processor and return to heat, then add cream and seasoning. Heat for a minute longer, add garnishes, and serve immediately.
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    Posted Tuesday July 19, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free music from Leif Garrett

    Remember the 70’s teen idol with the mop of blond curls? I’m talking about Leif Garrett, whose real name is Leif Per Nervik. He was named after the famous viking Leif Erickson. When he was younger he sang plenty of cover tunes but later he got to pick his own music and yes, Freegal has his music.

  • The Leif Garrett Collection: ”Runaround Sue”, “The Wanderer”, “I Was Made for Dancin’”, “Surfin’USA”, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, “Feel the Need”
  • Leif Garrett, The Best of: “Sky High”, “Play That Funky Music”, “Hot Blooded”, “American Pie”, “Lola”, “The Final Countdown”, “I Want You to Want Me”, “I Was Made for Dancin’ Remix”. This album also has newer songs, “Borrowed Time”, “Clear”, “Are You Satisfied”, “Alive (Today)”, “Promise Me”, “Symptoms”, “I Know”, “Still I Wish”

    ✦He was on the TV series CHIPs (season 3) playing what else- a rock star. Leif Garret was also in all three Walking Tall movies and Macon County Line. And yes, the library has all of these DVDs.

    Remember you can just listen to music or listen before you download. You have 5 free downloads a week that are yours to keep forever or daily 3 free hours of commercial-free streaming music all from Freegal, the free and legal website brought to you buy your Beauregard Parish Library.

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    Posted Monday July 18, 2016 07:00am

    Sunday Funday

    Exciting events at your Beauregard Parish Library

    Check out some of the exciting events on the way at your library.

    The week of July 18-July 23, 2016 is filled with opportunities to enjoy your library!

    • Homemade Sports for Teens at the DeRidder branch beginning at 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 20thDeRidder Storytime at 10 a.m.; South Beauregard Storytime at 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, July 21stMerryville Storytime at 2:30 p.m.; DIY Sportswear, DeRidder, 5 p.m.
    • Friday, July 22ndSinger Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

    Also, be sure to keep an eye on our social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest where we will be offering back to school tips and having supply giveaways!

    Posted Sunday July 17, 2016 08:00am

    Just Arrived

    This week we received some intriguing new non-fiction books that might interest readers.

    Check out:

    Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard. The author was abducted when she was eleven years old and held captive for more than eighteen years. Her previous book, A Stolen Life, tells the story of that captivity. This follow-up book tells about what happened after her rescue. She shares the difficulties and triumphs of adjusting to her new life. Because she was a child when she was kidnapped and essentially grew up as a prisoner, she missed out on the experiences that most of us take for granted. She tells about things like driving a car for the first time and learning to shop for groceries. She also shares the challenges of reconnecting with her family and developing friendships. She shows that even after horrible tragedy there can be happiness and recovery.

    Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage by Gordon Corera. Beginning with the birth of the internet, the author reveals how the intertwined forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world. He uses his unique access to the NSA and other worldwide agencies to share previously untold and highly classified information about spying and hacking carried out by the U.S., U.K., China, and even global technology companies. He shows that all of this began decades ago when spies secretly developed computers for code breaking, but quickly discovered the expanded potential for them. Computers allowed huge amounts of sensitive information to be shared, but could also be exploited in order for enemies to gain access to damaging secrets. See how all of this technology is affecting the world.

    Soul Over Matter: Ancient and Modern Wisdom and Practical Techniques to Create Unlimited Abundance by Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha and Adam Markel. This is a unique book that combines ancient Eastern and modern Western wisdom to create proven techniques that can lead to a path of financial abundance. Zhi Gang Sha is a master healer and spiritual teacher. He is a grandmaster of several ancient disciplines as well as being a doctor of conventional and traditional Chinese medicine. Adam Merkel is a CEO and attorney who founded a multi-million dollar law firm and has trained more than 100,000 people on how to live more balanced and prosperous lives. This unlikely pair shows techniques that allow the soul to connect to universal laws in order to create financial abundance.

    Posted Saturday July 16, 2016 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - Community Help

    The Library strives to be of assistance to all of the members of our community. Sometimes, the best we can do is help patrons find help that they really need that's available in the community.

    Supporting that, we have the Community Support Services Directory page. This can also be found by clicking the Community Button in the menu at the top of the Library's home page, then selecting "Community Support Services" listed under Beauregard Parish. Listed are a number of organizations that reach out to help those in need - be it men or women looking to escape domestic violence, help feeding a family, support groups for various addictions, and more.

    Check it out, and even if you don't need help yourself, maybe you'll find something there you can support and provide help to those in need. And as always, if there's something you know of that would be useful to add to the page, please let us know at webmaster@beau.org.

    Posted Friday July 15, 2016 09:00am

    Mango Premiere

    Say hello to Beauregard Parish Library's multi-media language-learning resource: Mango Premiere™. The newest addition to the popular Mango Languages database, Mango Premiere™ is the first and only language-learning resource to teach through film.

    Turning the entertainment experience into a learning experience, Mango Premiere™ exposes students to four key areas of language learning – vocabulary, phrases, culture and grammar – all while enjoying the fun and excitement of a movie.

    Users are able to customize their learning experience by choosing how they want to watch a film. In “Movie Mode”, you can watch the entire movie with your choice of subtitles (English subtitles, subtitles in the language you’re learning, or both). Or you can select “Engage Mode” to learn each scene’s dialogue, part-by-part.

    Along the way, you’ll see all the same features that Mango users have come to know and love: semantic color mapping, phonetic pop-ups, quizzes, Grammar Notes, Culture Notes, and more.

    How to Find Mango Premiere

    Our language learning resources are currently located on our website as part of our Online Learning page. Log in to Mango Languages. Movies are listed with their languages as available.

    To see a list of all the movies available through Mango Premiere, click the Languages menu from the choices at left (9 box icon vertically between the Home icon and the My Activity icon). It is the choice farthest to the right as shown in the screen shot below.

    Posted Thursday July 14, 2016 09:00am

    Midweek Montage

    Having an exciting summer?

    Your library is!

    This week's Midweek Montage is a collection of pics from our events at all of the library's branches!

    We still have a few weeks left of summer fun so be sure to stop by your local branch.

    And while you are checking us out, you can check out the Pokemon Stops and Gyms located nearby!

    Posted Wednesday July 13, 2016 08:00am

    Travel Tuesdays: France

    For this week's Travel Tuesday we will visit France. We in Louisiana have many historical and cultural ties to France, but the reason we are looking at France this week is in honor of Bastille Day on July 14.

    There are many things travelers and curious folk can learn about France by reading through the country profile in Global Road Warrior. Listed below are 5 more quick facts to get you started.

  • National Holiday: "France's national day celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris that marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Spectacular military parades take place on the morning of July 14, with the largest one proceeding down the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the president. Parades and processions are also held in other parts of the country. At night, balls and street parties are staged, mostly at national parks or squares. It is customary for firefighters to organize these dance parties. The festivities are capped with a spectacular fireworks display at Trocadero."
  • Business Culture: "The French tend to focus on long-term objectives and will encourage personal relationships between parties. It is essential that foreigners remain polite and cordial, but not assume that overly friendly behavior will be acceptable. It is better to be reserved, pleasant, and focused on 'proper' behavior and manners than it is to smile excessively, laugh out loud, or exhibit 'outgoing' mannerisms. Professionalism is the key to being accepted as an outsider."
  • Cell Phone Dialing Guide: "When calling a mobile phone from within France, always dial the Domestic Access Code before the nine-digit number. Do not dial this access code when calling from another country."
  • Transportation, subway: "A Paris Visite pass provides for one to five consecutive days of unlimited transit on most types of public transport, as well as discounted admission at 18 attractions. You can get a Paris Visite pass that just covers the inner three tariff zones, or you can one for zones 1–6."
  • Tipping: "Tipping in France is not required and is seen as personal decision made solely on one's enjoyment of a service provided. Servers are paid a living wage in France, so any extra gratuity should directly reflect your experience. It is French law that all restaurants add a 12 to 15 percent service charge to the bill total—even if it is not explicitly noted on your check. As a general rule, rounding up to the nearest whole number, or nearest multiple of five, will ensure a generous gratuity. On the other hand, if you found the service to be unsatisfactory, don't tip."

    Language Learners: French is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.
    Music Lovers: Visit our Freegal music service to explore more music options from French and French-language music artists.

    Recipe Corner: For an example French recipe, try Gratin Dauphinois.

    Sliced potatoes baked in cream are a French standard served with all types of roast meats. Thin cream is normally used for this dish, and seasonings are limited to salt, pepper, and garlic. Recipe Serving: Serves 4–6


  • 2 lb (1 kg) potatoes, peeled, sliced
  • 1 quart (1 l) cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Arrange a layer of potatoes in a buttered baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic, and pour cream over.
  • Repeat with all remaining potatoes, finishing the top with cream, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for up to 1 hour, until potatoes are very tender and the top of the gratin is golden.
  • Serve hot.
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    Posted Tuesday July 12, 2016 09:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free Stephen Curtis Chapman Music from Freegal

    Christian Contemporary Artist Stephen Curtis Chapman got his big break in the 1980’s. He sang at churches and Christian Universities. He was always very friendly and willing to sign autographs. I actually saw him at a university in Oklahoma and he was very friendly to everyone there and took pictures and signed autographs. Freegal, the free and legal music service provided by the Beauregard Parish Library has his latest album Worship and Believe full of praise songs featuring the upbeat single “Amen”, and live versions of several songs as well.

    Freegal also has his 2013 album The Glorious Unfolding which is full of songs written to ease one’s grief after the loss of a loved one. Stephen Curtis Chapman’s adopted daughter was accidentally run over by his son as the girl went to greet the brother and she died. This tragedy left Stephen heartbroken but he kept his faith and belief that one day in heaven he would see his daughter again. The title track “The Glorious Unfolding” talks about how life is a glorious unfolding and it is far from over but in fact just the beginning as you have your life in heaven too. This theme is continued with the song “See You in a Little While” where the person is dying and you want to hold on but Jesus is calling them home. It will only be the blink of an eye until you see them again and you will be with them forever. And the song “A Little More Time to Love” talks about how we feel when we are left behind when a loved one passes but we can do good things for people in need and we can love as we have been loved. These songs may make you cry but it helped me grieve and they are upbeat and uplifting.

    He also has a Christmas Album entitled Joy.

    Remember that you can get Stephen Curtis Chapman's music by using your 5 free weekly downloads or simply listen with 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music all from Freegal.

    Posted Monday July 11, 2016 07:00am

    Just Arrived

    Check out a few of our latest large print additions to the library collection. Large print books are great for people who have trouble with the tiny print in some books. Enjoy these great stories with no strain on your eyes.

    Flight Patterns by Karen White. Georgia Chambers is a fine china expert who has vowed never to return to her family home on the coast of Florida. A customer brings in his grandmother’s china and asks for information about it. Georgia is not able to find anything, but she thinks she remembers her grandfather having some of the same pattern. Her boss insists that she go home and find out what she can about the china. Upon arriving, she must deal with her estranged sister, her mentally ill mother, and her grandfather who is beginning to suffer from dementia. She realizes that something has been missing in her life and she needs to heal the rifts and become part of the family again.

    The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews. Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina, while others only come for the weekends. Riley Griggs is expecting her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon. Instead, she is served with papers stating that her island home is being foreclosed. Her husband never arrives. She turns to her island friends for support, but they are not much help. Riley must investigate her husband’s disappearance alone and discover the secrets of Belle Isle and the man she may not really know.

    Tall Tail: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. In the middle of a storm, Harry Haristeen nearly collides with a careening car that swerves into a ditch. The dead driver is Barbara Leader, who was a nurse and confidante to the former governor. Her death is ruled a heart attack, but there are many who are not so sure. She had been in perfect health. Then there is a baffling break-in that might be related to the death. It is up to Harry and her feline detectives, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker to discover and expose the truth.

    Posted Saturday July 9, 2016 02:00pm

    Fields Branch Closed Today

    Our Fields branch will be closed today due to a problem with the AC. The bookdrop by the gate is available for returns, or Fields patrons can use one of our other branches. Merryville and Singer branch are open regular hours today, 9:00-1:00; and DeRidder branch is open 9:00-5:30.

    Posted Friday July 8, 2016 09:30am

    Find It Fridays - Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Sometimes, how you get to a site matters as much as what the site is.

    In this case, the Gale Virtual Reference Library. As it happens, the State Library of Louisiana has a subscription to this offering. However, the Beauregard Parish Library also has a subscription, where we selected a few different options.

    To get to them, you start out on the Louisiana Library Databases Page, found by clicking the appropriate button on the left side of the BPL Homepage. That's the same button as last week's Find It Friday started out with. From there, on the left side of the page, listed in the alphabetical order that libraries so love, is the Gale Virtual Reference - My Library link. This link leads to the BPL's collection of reference works.

    On the right side, however, again scrolling down alphabetically, until you find Gale Virtual Reference Library. Clicking that link will take you to the selection of works picked by the State Library. Some works will be in one, some the other, and some in both. So, if you would swear you found something one day, and can't find it again even though you're on the same site, you might not be going crazy - you might just have logged in to the wrong version of the site!

    Posted Friday July 8, 2016 09:00am

    Staff Pick

    Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

    We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

    Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) by Yoko Kamio

    Japanese Anime/Manga is not all violence, or superheroes. A lot of it is much more restrained, and covers a wider variety of audiences. While there are certainly the battle-heavy "shonen" stories such as Naruto or Gundam, there are also stories aimed more at girls - called "shojo" stories. "Shonen" or "shojo" are not genres, but audiences, and within these can be mystery stories, horror stories, battle stories, music idol superstar stories, or even sports & games stories. Or they can be, as today's pick is, romance.

    Boys Over Flowers is a fun story of a poor girl, Tsukushi, who is sent by her family to an expensive Elite School so that, they hope, she will seduce a rich boy and lift them out of poverty. She's not so on board with this plan, though, and decides to keep her head down and graduate.

    When a friend is bullied by the school gang - called the Flower Four, or F4, this sparks a declaration of war. Tsukushi doesn't do the usual victim thing - she attacks back, targetting the leader of the F4. This so surprises the leader, Tsukasa, that he steps back and actually thinks! Of course, first impressions last, so Tsukushi doesn't want anything to do with Tsukasa, as she's got her eye on another boy. But when that boy leaves to chase the girl he's got his eye on, Tsukuski slowly comes to realize that Tsukasa actually has changed. Her hard working ways and determination slowly changes all of the boys in the gang.

    I love this story for the way the characters actually change over time, growing and maturing. I grew up in a time when TV series and comic books essentially reset after each show or each issue. The characters never really grew, never really changed, except in comic books when a new artist or writer took over.

    If you like your teen-aged angst served with a helping of art work done with flair and talent. If you like a glimpse of a different culture, without lots of explosions and battles. If you like true romance, with the bad boy being civilized into a good guy, and along the way, the lady learning a thing or two about herself - you just might like Boys Over Flowers

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

    Posted Thursday July 7, 2016 09:00am

    Midweek Montage

    Having an exciting summer?

    Your library is!

    This week's Midweek Montage is a collection of pics from our events at all of the library's branches!

    We still have a few weeks left of summer fun so be sure to stop by your local branch.

    Posted Wednesday July 6, 2016 08:00am

    Travel Tuesdays USA

    In honor of Independence Day yesterday, this week's Travel Tuesday brings you home to the USA! Our nation is home to a wide variety of cultures, natural wonders and so much more. From our urban landscapes to the beauty of our national parks, there is much to offer in our proverbial back yard. Global Road Warrior (found under Encyclopedias on the Online Research page) can help you get your edge on travel, even when it's within your own country.

    Here are some USA trivia bits thanks to Global Road Warrior that you might not know:

  • "The rose has been the official floral emblem for the US since 1986. Though roses are rarely consumed in the US today, pesticide-free roses are edible. The petals can be candied with egg white and sugar or sprinkled plain over desserts. Rose hips have long been employed for jams and syrups. Pastry chefs use the leaves as molds to create exquisite chocolate decorations."
  • "The standard Thanksgiving meal in the United States is roast whole turkey, usually basted with butter and stuffed with a bread and herb stuffing. Stuffings vary by region and personal preference... A green vegetable is usually served, though it is more often an afterthought. Pumpkin pie is the standard finish to the Thanksgiving meal. Many Americans serve a similar dinner for Christmas, as well."
  • "Rail travel is a widely overlooked mode of transportation in much of the country. When Americans want to cover short distances, they use cars. If they need to travel across the country, they will usually fly. Nevertheless, trains remain a mainstay of travel along the northeast seaboard, connecting Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. The rest of the U.S. is like a different country from the densely populated northeast when it comes to train travel. Generally, trains run once daily over a small number of long-distance routes. Chicago is the central rail hub, with routes fanning out over the rest of the U.S."
  • "Tipping is absolutely expected in the United States. Service providers in the US are often paid below minimum wage and rely on tips as a significant source of their income. You may adjust the amount you tip based on the quality of service you receive, but it is highly recommended to always leave something, even if the service was poor. Tipping with either cash or a credit card is acceptable."
  • "The materialistic Americans love to give each other gifts on all kinds of occasions. While gifts can vary across this multicultural nation, there is no strict protocol about giving and little chance of committing a faux pas if one takes the recipient's personal tastes into consideration. The liberal-minded and unfussy Americans have few gift-giving taboos. The few that do exist tend to be religious or cultural, even when that culture has successfully integrated into mainstream society. Knowledge of the recipient's particular culture and beliefs are important when choosing an appropriate gift."

    Language learners might be surprised to know that the USA does not have an official language, though English is most often used in government. For those who do want to learn English, Mango Languages and Pronunciator both have English as a Second Language learning modules.

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    Posted Tuesday July 5, 2016 10:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Free 4th of July Music on Freegal

    Need some entertainment this 4th of July? Freegal has much patriotic music to fill your needs. Like a little Country? Try the album Patriotic Country with various artists like Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, BlackHawk, Montgomery Gentry, and Brooks & Dunn or try Patriotic Country 2 with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aaron Tippin and Willie Nelson or try Patriotic Super Hits: American Made with The Charlie Daniels Band, B.J. Thomas, Waylon Jennings and Charlie Rich.

  • Or maybe you would like instrumental songs such as “Stars and Stripes Forever” , “You're a Grand Old Flag”, “Star Spangled Banner”, “America the Beautiful”, or “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.

  • Or maybe you would like to play music from the different branches of the Military Service.

  • Or how about Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA” (live version or re-recorded).

  • You can stream (just listen) the music for up to 3 hours daily or download 5 songs a week to keep forever all free from Freegal, the free and legal website found on www.library.beau.org.

    Posted Monday July 4, 2016 09:00am

    Sunday Funday

    Exciting events at your Beauregard Parish Library

    Check out some of the exciting events on the way at your library.

    The week of July 18-July 23, 2016 is filled with opportunities to enjoy your library!

    • Homemade Sports for Teens at the DeRidder branch beginning at 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 20thDeRidder Storytime at 10 a.m.; South Beauregard Storytime at 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, July 7thMerryville Storytime at 2:30 p.m.; DIY Sportswear, DeRidder, 5 p.m.
    • Friday, July 8th Merryville Senior Coffee Club, 10 a.m.; Singer Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 9th Name That Veggie!, DeRidder, 10 a.m.; Merryville Lego Club, 10 a.m.

    Posted Sunday July 3, 2016 08:00am

    Just Arrived

    Playing the piano can be a fun and relaxing hobby. The library has several resources that can help you learn this entertaining skill. We have some excellent DVDs and books for beginners. If you already know the basics, but are frustrated by difficult song books, we received a book this week that might be just the thing for you.

    The Easy Country Fake Book: Over 100 Songs in the Key of "C" is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, a leader in music instruction books. It contains many classic country songs in a format that is easy to read and play. The melody is printed in large notes that are easy to see. There are simplified chords above the music so you can create your own accompaniment. If you are not familiar with the chords, there is a chart in the back to help. All songs include lyrics so you can enjoy a sing-a-long.

    Some of the songs included are: Your Cheatin’ Heart, Always on my Mind, God Bless the U.S.A., I Walk the Line, Love Me Tender, and many others.

    While Fake Books are great for novice piano players, advanced players can use them too. In fact, even some professional musicians use them. They get creative with the chords to enhance the music with their own style.

    So, whatever your playing ability, check out this book and have fun making music.

    Posted Saturday July 2, 2016 09:00am

    July is National Recreation and Parks Month

    Take some time this month to enjoy Mother Nature's company. Beauregard Parish offers lots of parks for free family fun and Louisiana is home to many State Parks and National Parks, Preserves, and Heritage Centers.

    For those of you participating in this summer's "Ready! Set! Read!" program : don't forget to keep track of your activities. Time spent hiking, playing, etc. may count towards one of your Challenges!

    Do you know the story of how American National Parks began? Hear the story here:

    NOTE:You may be required to enter your library card number to view the video if your current internet connection is not through the Library.

    Posted Friday July 1, 2016 01:00pm

    Find It Fridays - EBSCO Hobbies and Crafts

    Looking for something new for a new month? Bored or stressed out? We have you covered!

    Check out that mysterious Louisiana Library Databases button. It leads to a page full of things that we get as a service from the State Library of Louisiana, and today's featured resource is listed there!

    The Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a large collection of articles, videos, and pictures from a wide variety of sources on all types of interesting hobbies and projects! Here, you can learn how to knit and crochet, play Texas Hold'Em Poker, build Model Rockets, develop a discerning collector's eye for those fabulous antiques from the "Antiques Roadshow," and thousands of other skills and pasttimes: it's all fun, all educational, and some may be useful or profitable!

    Many of the reference works listed on this site are available as PDF files: free to download and store for later reference or even to upload to your tablet or smartphone!

    The Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is just one of a variety of EBSCO databases available either through the Beauregard Parish Library, or our partnership with the State Library of Louisiana. Keep visiting, keep exploring, and keep learning!

    Posted Friday July 1, 2016 09:00am
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