Just Arrived

Almost everyone loves candy. This week we received a new book showing how you can make some delicious and unusual candies to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Check out: Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients Modern Recipes by Jami Curl. The author is a candy-maker extraordinaire and the owner of Quin, a popular handmade candy company in Portland. She was recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in food, and Bon Appteit dubbed her “the new Willy Wonka.” In this book she offers more than 200 of her unique and delicious recipes using natural ingredients. You will learn to make things like Chai Tea Lollipops, Cherry Cola Gumdrops, Chocolate Pretzel Caramels, and light-as-air Marshmallows. She begins with the foundations of candy, things like delicious syrups and purees that are the building blocks for many types of treats. Then she shows how to use these to make many unique confections.

The book is filled with delicious looking photographs of many of the treats. The detailed instructions break down each recipe into precise, foolproof steps. She also gives hints to allow you to experiment and come up with your own creations. There are even suggestions on how to utilize your delicious candies for parties and gifts.

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Posted Saturday April 29, 2017 02:00pm

Staff Picks: Nolos Essential Guide to Divorce

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.

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce by Emily Doskow

My Staff Pick is Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce. It has been an extremely valuable resource in going through my divorce. You can avoid some potential problems by reading this book, and it will help to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety associated with divorce. I have heard that divorce is the most stressful event that can occur in a person’s life. Now that I have experienced it, I would agree.

This book covers topics such as: contested and uncontested divorce, mediation, custody, child support, property division, spousal support, insurance, preparing a marital settlement agreement, military divorces, and post divorce agendas. It provides financial forms that you will need to complete as part of your divorce. This is generally one of the first forms an attorney will expect you to complete. This manual includes online resources where other necessary material may be retrieved.

Obviously, I hope that none of you will ever need this book; but in some cases it is unavoidable. This book can save you time and money.

If Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Thursday April 27, 2017 09:00am

Money Smart Week Events

Beauregard Parish Library is helping our patrons celebrate Money Smart Week. We have several activities this week for different ages to help you get the best out of your money. We hope to see you there!

What's in a will?: Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00 pm in the DeRidder branch Rotary Meeting Room

Join a local attorney and learn general information about wills. Who should have one? What goes into making a will? What constitutes a legal will in Louisiana? Learn all this and more!

Please note that our guest speaker will be providing general information and cannot provide specific legal advice during this program.

Winning With Stocks - An Introduction to Fundamental Investing: Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 pm in the DeRidder branch Rotary Meeting Room

The stock market has its ups and downs, buffeted by perceptions. However, over the long haul good companies are always profitable. By buying stocks, that is “pieces” of those good companies, you can increase the value of a portfolio over time. This program is for individuals interested in learning how to get started in the stock market and for those who would likea reliable approach for purchasing stocks.

In this session, designed for beginners, we will introduce you to guidelines for building a long-term portfolio made up of high quality stocks with strong growth characteristics. Resources for finding potential stock picks will be provided. Key characteristics of winning stocks will be covered. We will also demystify some of the language of the stock market.

This program is presented by the Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter of BetterInvesting, a non-profit, volunteer-based, member-driven organization for investor education.

Preventing and Recovering from ID Theft: Friday, April 28 at 10:00 am in the DeRidder branch Rotary Meeting Room

If you become the victim of identity theft, what steps should you take and what does the process on the road to recovery look like? Deputy Matt Barrett of BPSO shares the story from the law enforcement perspective. Library director Erin Chesnutt also shares tips & resources for keeping your privacy intact and your identity safe.

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Posted Wednesday April 26, 2017 09:00am

♬The Music Minute♬

Up to your eyeballs in money? Not sure about your finances? Well, this week kicks off Money Smart Week at the Library and we have some programs to help you plan for your future. Check out our on-line (or paper) calender for events.

And what better way to save money than to have free music? Actually we give away 5 free downloads weekly and 3 free hours of commercial-free streaming music daily. All through Freegal, the music website paid for by The Beauregard Parish Library. You just can’t get enough of free.

To keep in the spirit of things, The Music Minute would like to offer some money songs. All FREE!

  • "Money, Money, Money"
  • "Busted"
  • "I’m Broke"
  • "Three Coins in a Fountain"
  • "I Want Gold"
  • "She Works Hard for the Money"
  • "Tapped Out"
  • "We’re in the Money"

    Did I mention this is all FREE?

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    Posted Monday April 24, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    In the next few weeks many young people (and some not so young) will be graduating from college. If you are one of those people – Congratulations! You are probably thrilled, excited, and proud of your achievement. You may also be a little stressed with all of the details and planning for the future. The library has many resources to help with all of the planning. But this week we received a new book that may help with the stress part by bringing you some much needed humor.

    Check out Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To! A Parody by Dr. Suits. Most of us remember the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This book uses the same type of illustrations and quirky rhyming verses to capture all of the joys and stress of beginning this new chapter in life. You will relate to the descriptions of the job search and the difficulties of landing that first real job. Then, in true “Dr. Seuss style” verses you will learn that your dream job can sometimes seem like a nightmare. There will be setbacks and difficult people to deal with. But in the end, with lots of hard work and determination, things will work out and you will succeed.

    This book can be found in the adult literature section of the library – Dewey number 818.602. This might seem confusing since it looks just like one of the Dr. Seuss children’s books. But rest assured that it is written for adults and can be enjoyed both by new graduates and those who remember this exciting, but stressful time in our lives.

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    Posted Saturday April 22, 2017 02:00pm

    Find It Friday - The New Alphabetical Resource List

    The library has a huge list of resources available online to our patrons. It's not always easy, though, to see just how much we have, as they're spread out on various pages. Today, we're introducing the Alphabetical Resource List, available from a new button over on the left side of the webpage.


    This massive list links all of the databases we offer, as well as identifying any that can only be accessed from within the library (something we try to avoid), and any with mobile apps available for those on the go. Take a look through, and we expect you'll be surprised at some of the things you didn't know we had!

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    Posted Friday April 21, 2017 09:00am

    Staff Picks: Bacon Freak

    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.

    Bacon Freak: 50 Savory Recipes for the Ultimate Enthusiast by Rocco Loosbrock, Sara Lewis and Dawn Hubbard

    Do you like a side of bacon with your bacon? Do you crumble it on salads, pasta,...ice cream? Do pigs run when you are nearby? Maybe you are a bacon freak! This cookbook is filled with delicious recipes made especially for those who like their pork fatty, salty, and crisp.

    From the mouthwatering photos to the easy-to-follow directions, this is the perfect book to checkout in preparation for a memorable brunch...or dinner...or second breakfast....

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

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    Posted Thursday April 20, 2017 09:00am

    Today in History

    Today is Independence Day for Zimbabwe!

    According to Global Road Warrior

    The British gained a firm foothold in the territory (formerly known as Rhodesia) after the British South Africa Company established a settlement in Salisbury (now Harare) in 1890. Southern Rhodesia declared its independence from Great Britain in 1965 and became a republic in 1970. Nonetheless, the country remained under a conservative, white minority government. With economic sanctions and growing discontent within the black majority, the government consented to multi-racial elections won by Robert Mugabe. On April 18, 1980, following a century of British rule, and under the new name, Zimbabwe declared its independence.

    If you want to know more about Zimbabwe or other countries of the world, Global Road Warrior is available through our free Research resources 24/7. You can find it grouped with Encyclopedias.

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    Posted Tuesday April 18, 2017 10:00am

    ♬The Music Minute♬

    Come On, Get Happy!

    Do you remember the TV show that had your head bobbing along with the theme song? I’m talking about The Partridge Family, a show in the 70’s about a single mom who is in a band with her five musical children. Teen Idol David Cassidy played lead singer and oldest son Keith Partridge. In honor of David Cassidy’s April birthday, The Music Minute will highlight his music and that of The Partridge Family. Enjoy music of The Partridge Family and David Cassidy by using your 5 free weekly downloads and/or your 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music from Freegal (the free and legal website paid for by The Beauregard Parish Library).

  • “I Think I Love You”, “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat”, “Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque”, “Somebody Wants to Love You” from The Partridge Family Album
  • “I Woke Up In Love This Morning”, “Twenty-Four Hours A Day”, “Summer Days”, “I’m On My Way Back Home”, “Rainmaker” from Sound Magazine
  • “I’ll Meet You Halfway”, “You Were Always On My Mind”, “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted”, “Umbrella Man” from Up to Date
  • “Sunshine” from The Partridge Family Crossword Puzzle
  • “Maybe Someday” from The Partridge Family Notebook
  • “Hello, Hello” from The Partridge Family Shopping Bag
  • “Roller Coaster”, “How Long is Too Long” from The Partridge Family Bulletin Board

    David Cassidy's music:

  • “Cherish”, “Ricky’s Tune”, “I Am A Clown” from Cherish (1972)
  • “Sing Me”, “Daydream”, and a new arrangement of “Summer Days” from Dreams Are Nuthin’ More Than Wishes (1973)
  • “Rock Me Baby” from the album Rock Me Baby (1974)

    Other albums: Cassidy Live! (1974), The Highter They Climb (1975), Home Is Where The Heart Is (1976), Gettin’ In The Street (1976), Romance (1985)

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    Posted Monday April 17, 2017 06:00am

    Just Arrived

    We have just finished celebrating National Library Week with several fun events showcasing all the exciting things the library has to offer. In that spirit, check out a new installment in the Library Lover’s Mystery Series, which was added to the collection this week.

    Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinley. In this cozy mystery, the Briar Creek Public Library is having its first overdue book amnesty day – no fines for late materials. The response is overwhelming. But one late book catches the attention of library director Lindsey Norris. It is a copy of The Catcher in the Rye, which is twenty years overdue. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she is shocked to discover that it was a teacher who was murdered on the very day she checked the book out. Her murderer was never found and Lindsey wonders if the book, and its return could provide a clue to the old case. No one noticed who returned the book, but Lindsey is determined to catch the killer and provide long overdue justice for the victim.

    Our new copy of this book is a Large Print edition, perfect for those who prefer bigger print. However, we also own this title in a regular print hardback, an eBook, and an eAudio.

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    Posted Saturday April 15, 2017 02:00pm

    Library Closed for Easter

    Beauregard Parish Library will be closed from Friday, April 14, 2017 until Monday, April 17, 2017. On Monday, April 17, our staff will be participating in staff training to help us bring you the best library service possible.

    We will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

    We apologize for any inconvenience. Drop boxes are available to return items even when the library is closed, and our digital collections are available online 24/7.

    Please note: During holidays and closures, no items are due and no late fees accrue.

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    Posted Thursday April 13, 2017 03:00pm

    Staff Picks: Be the Miracle

    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.

    Be The Miracle: 50 lessons for making the impossible possible by Regina Brett

    Be the Miracle is a story of ordinary people, who believe change is possible and making a difference in there own neighborhood.

    Each of these 50 stories has a life's lesson of how ordinary people made a miracle of change. Telling me the little things we do for others can bring about a miracle.

    If you want to be uplifted and inspired to be that miracle in someone's life I recommend this book.

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

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    Posted Thursday April 13, 2017 09:00am

    Happy National Library Week

    This week BPL joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable resources they offer.

    The Beauregard Parish Library is celebrating National Library Week in a variety of ways.

  • While supplies last, each patron who checks out a physical item from any of our branches receives a Library branded tote bag.

  • Everyone is also invited to a “Drop Everything and Read” read-in event at all open branches on Wednesday, April 12. Find a cozy corner and curl up with a good book!

  • Our DeRidder branch is also hosting a reception on Thursday April 13 from 6 to 7 pm. We'll have a few words of welcome at 6:00 followed by refreshments, library themed give-aways, a digital presentation on our Library's history, and, at 6:20, families are invited to bring the kiddos by for a special pajama story-time.

    First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. We invite you to join us in celebrating National Library Week!

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    Posted Wednesday April 12, 2017 08:00am

    April Fools Day Fun Recipes

    For those of you who attended or missed the April Fool’s Day fun, here are the recipes to the slime and Cow Patty cookies/candy that we made.

    The slime is sometimes called flarp – since it makes noises, too. The website for the slime recipe is www.marthastewart.com/267929/green-slime.

      
    Flarp Cow Patty Candy

    The recipe for the Cow Patty Candy is really easy. Melt one package of chocolate almond bark in the microwave for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add chopped pretzels, peanuts, and/or oatmeal to the consistency of your choosing. Eat immediately or allow to harden. Enjoy!

    We enjoyed hearing and sharing about April Fool’s pranks. One such joke our staff experienced when they thought they were being treated to jelly filled donuts. Instead, they actually ate ketchup and mustard filled donuts! YUCK! Thank you mysterious librarian prankster who makes working here a blastl!

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    Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 09:00am
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