Friday, December 18, 2009

Study: Louisiana the Happiest State?

People in sunny, outdoorsy states — Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida — say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine.
The places where people are most likely to report happiness also tend to rate high on studies comparing things like climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.
The happiness ratings were based on a survey of 1.3 million people across the country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used data collected over four years that included a question asking people how satisfied they are with their lives. Read more: Study: Sunshine States Are Happiest
Story can be found at

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Genre Spotlight - Holiday Novels

What better way is there to get into the Christmas spirit than to pick up a holiday novel?

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern:
Modern day Scrooge learns lessons from a homeless man.
The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans:
What would you do if you read your own obituary and found out what the world really thought of you?
Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs:
A novel about the richness of family bonds and the joys of friendship.
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber:
Single woman, lonely for holidays, hires a matchmaker and gets more than she bargans for.
A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor:
A short comic novel about a Hawaii-bound holiday traveler who ends up stranded in his North Dakota hometown during a blizzard.
Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb:
A vivid slice of 1960s life, a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been—and how far we've come.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Just Who is Saint Nicholas?

He is also called Nicholas of Bari or Nicholas of Myra one of the most popular minor saints commemorated in the Eastern and Western churches and now traditionally associated with the festival of Christmas. In many countries children receive gifts on December 6, Saint Nicholas Day.
Nicholas's existence is not attested by any historical document, so nothing certain is known of his life except that he was probably bishop of Myra in the 4th century. According to tradition, he was born in the ancient Lycian seaport city of Patara, and, when young, traveled to Palestine and Egypt. He became bishop of Myra soon after returning to Lycia. He was imprisoned during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian but was released under the rule of Emperor Constantine the Great and attended the first Council (325) of Nicaea. He was buried in his church at Myra, and by the 6th century his shrine there had become well-known. In 1087 Italian sailors or merchants stole his alleged remains from Myra and took them to Bari, Italy; this removal greatly increased the saint's popularity in Europe, and Bari became one of the most crowded of all pilgrimage centres. Nicholas's relics remain enshrined in the 11th-century basilica of San Nicola at Bari.

Nicholas's reputation for generosity and kindness gave rise to legends of miracles he performed for the poor and unhappy. He was reputed to have given marriage dowries of gold to three girls whom poverty would otherwise have forced into lives of prostitution and to have restored to life three children who had been chopped up by a butcher and put in a tub of brine. In the Middle Ages, devotion to Nicholas extended to all parts of Europe. He became the patron saint of Russia and Greece; of charitable fraternities and guilds; of children, sailors, unmarried girls, merchants, and pawnbrokers; and of such cities as Fribourg, in Switzerland, and Moscow. Thousands of European churches were dedicated to him, one, built by the Roman emperor Justinian I at Constantinople (now Istanbul), as early as the 6th century. Nicholas's miracles were a favourite subject for medieval artists and liturgical plays, and his traditional feast day was the occasion for the ceremonies of the Boy Bishop, a widespread European custom in which a boy was elected bishop and reigned until Holy Innocents' Day (December 28).

After the Reformation, devotion to Nicholas disappeared in all the Protestant countries of Europe except Holland, where his legend persisted as Sinterklaas (a Dutch variant of the name Saint Nicholas). Dutch colonists took this tradition with them to New Amsterdam (now New York City) in the American colonies in the 17th century. Sinterklaas was adopted by the country's English-speaking majority under the name Santa Claus, and his legend of a kindly old man was united with old Nordic folktales of a magician who punished naughty children and rewarded good children with presents. The resulting image of Santa Claus in the United States crystallized in the 19th century, and he has ever since remained the patron of the gift-giving festival of Christmas.

Under various guises Saint Nicholas was transformed into a similar benevolent gift-giving figure in The Netherlands, Belgium, and other northern European countries. In the United Kingdom, Santa Claus is known as Father Christmas.

Nicholas, Saint ." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2009. Web. 3 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Upcoming Programs

Etched Glass Creations

Join us on Thursday, December 3rd, and we will teach you how to make your own Etched Glass Creations. Participants are asked to bring their own glassware and we will help you to create a unique holiday design. This class will take place on Thursday, December 3rd from 10-11:30 AM, in the 2nd floor Meeting Room.

Patrons must be 18 years or older to join us.

This class is limited to 15 people, therefore registration is required. To register please call 721-7118.

Hand Painted Christmas Cards

Come join us on Monday, December 7th as we show everyone how to create Hand Painted Christmas Cards. This class, located in the 2nd floor Meeting Room, will start at 10:00 AM and last until noon.
Patrons must be 18 years or older to join us.

This class is limited to 15 people, therefore registration is required. To register please call 721-7118.

Bonsai Exhibit

If you happen to be visiting us on December 12th or 13th, please take a moment to view the Bonsai Exhibit. This exhibit will be put on by The Lake Charles Bonsai Society & Black Bayou Bonsai, and will be located in the Children's area.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Bit of History

A national holiday in the United States since 1863, Thanksgiving has come to play a number of important roles in popular culture. It was customary in Europe to hold days of thanksgiving both for successful harvests and for events such as military victories, deliverance from plagues, and royal births. The date and site of the first Thanksgiving in what is now the United States are still debated, but the most famous in pre-independence times was that held in October, 1621 in the Plymouth Colony. There, European immigrants, "the Pilgrims," and indigenous Wampanoag Indians celebrated the harvest season with feasting that included the dish that would become a traditional part of the day: turkey. Throughout the colonial era, days of thanksgiving were common, especially in New England, but not universal or regular. Although national days of thanksgiving were proclaimed by the Continental Congress in 1777 and by President Washington in 1789, there was no great clamor for an annual festival until the nineteenth century.

Credit for the establishment of Thanksgiving Day as a nation-wide holiday must go to Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, the editor of an influential women's magazine (and author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") who lobbied legislatures and presidents from 1827 on. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a day of "thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," and since then it has been an annual celebration, though the date has varied. From 1939-1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in response to the complaints of businessmen that there was insufficient shopping time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the third Thursday in November. This, however, created conflicts with the dating of the holiday in many states which had their own Thanksgiving legislation, so Congress in 1941 passed a joint resolution decreeing that the observance should fall on the fourth Thursday of November.

Bowler, Jerry. "Thanksgiving." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 5 vols. St. James Press, 2000. Reproduced in History Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

National Diabetes Month

Take a few minutes to read up on Diabetes this month and find out what you can do to prevent diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

During pregnancy -- usually at around 28 weeks or later -- many women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn't mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you're planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby both remain healthy.

For more information, check out and

For books on dealing with diabetes, see call numbers 616.4.

For books with recipes for diabetics, see call numbers 641.5631.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Do you know what dishes you're preparing for your family's Thanksgiving get togethers yet? Get a head start! Check out these recipe websites, or you can always come into the library and browse our extensive cookbook section.
You may have to do a bit of navigating around the different hosts to find recipes for you, but the Food Network website posts all of the recipes that we love to watch the chef’s create but may be scared to try. For a twist to your Thanksgiving turkey, try this recipe from Alton Brown.

You will also find cookbooks by Food Network stars in the 641.5 section of our library. Check out 30 Minute Meals by Rachel Ray, or Down Home with the Neely’s.
You don’t need a membership to cruise this website’s recipes. Registered users have added many variations to basic dishes, so you can find a way to jazz up your own basic meals. Here’s one for Cranberry Sauce.
Another recipe site where membership is free and optional. Check out this recipe for garnet yams with maple syrup, walnuts, and brandied raisins.
Will you need to prepare an appetizer for your guests this Thanksgiving? If so try the Thanksgiving appetizer section on this website.

Don’t forget dessert! Try out our 641.8 section to find baked goods, such as cookies, cakes and pie!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Upcoming Book Talk

Join us as McNeese professor Dr. Gay Gomez presents us with an illustrated book talk of her recent work, The Louisiana Coast: Guide to an American Wetland. Dr. Gomez will also be available for a book signing.

The book talk will take place on Thursday, October 29, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the upstairs Central meeting room.

Join us to find out why our Louisiana coast is "worth seeing, worth saving, worth celebrating."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Genre Spotlight: Ghost Stories

Louisiana Haunted Forts - Elaine Coleman

Filled with historical adventures and intriguing tales of suprnatural happenings, Louisiana Haunted Forts relates eerie stories of soldiers who still patrol the ruins of fortifications they built, defended, and died for, and others whose lives ended tragically. Based on eyewitness accounts and sightings by residents, visitors, and passersby, these unsettling narratives tell of spirits lingering and appearing near the sites of their deaths. (From jacket.)

Louisiana's Haunted Plantations - Jill Pascoe

In this collection of thirteen chilling tales you will explore the ghosts along the River Road at some of Louisiana’s best known plantations, and also along the back bayous of the state. You will encounter the ghosts of the most haunted house in America, meet ladies in white and black who refuse to leave, learn of spectral children who continue to play, Civil War soldiers trapped where they died, pirates guarding buried treasure and even the ghosts of homes that met a fiery end. These true tales will delight and frighten you during your unique journey through the bayou state. (From product description.)

Phantom Army of the Civil War and other Southern Ghost Stories
Compiles thirty-five tales of first-hand encounters with specters and phantoms, of ghost-ridden swamps and the eerie mansions that populate the haunted South. The stories are alphabetically organized by the state in which they occurred, and cover a span of more than forty years. (From product description.)

Texas Ghost Stories
Some humorous, some haunting, and some just late-night terrifying, these stories, gathered by two favorite Texas tellers, span a rich cultural heritage from the earliest Spanish explorers to the present, from La Llorona (the Weeping Woman) to the vanishing hitchhiker. (From product description.)

Boogers and Boodaddies - John F. Blair Publishing

Over its fifty-year existence, John F. Blair, Publisher, has become known for its Southern folklore -- its tales of ghosts, goblins, ghouls, spirits, witches, devils, phantoms, haints, boogers, boo-daddies, plat-eyes, demons, apparitions, Doppelgangers, banshees, disappearing hitchhikers, pirate legends, ghost dogs, dog ghosts, dogs who see ghosts... In recognition of its golden anniversary, the company offers this volume of twenty stories culled from its folklore collections.

The Haunting of the Presidents - Joel Martin
What were the chilling revelations of the seances conducted by Mary Todd Lincoln, Martha Washington, and Eleanor Roosevelt? What secrets did John F. Kennedy reveal after his death? Why was Hillary Clinton compelled to channel the spirits of past First Ladies? Which presidents admitted in private to having UFO encounters? What's the source of the strange light emanating from the Rose Room? Who-or-what is playing the haunted strains of phantom music in the private halls of the White House? The answers to these and even more tantalizing questions can be found in this unique history of the never-before-revealed phenomenon of the White House. And this isn't hearsay. It's based on declassified, substantiated records dating back to George Washington through the Clinton Administration. (From product description.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Our Hours are Changing!

Beginning on Sunday October 4th, Central Library will have new hours of operation. Our branch will now be open during the following hours:

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Why are our hours changing? Well, The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is introducing a change in service hours for all 14 locations. The changes are a result of the 2008-2012 Bridges for Calcasieu Strategic Plan. This plan is a culmination of a 7-month effort by a panel of 20 stakeholders in Calcasieu Parish, coordinating with National Library Consultants Sandra Nelson and June Garcia, all levels of library staff, and approved by the Library Board of Control in July, 2008.

Acting on the Organizational Structure Initiative to conduct a review of service hours, research was done in 2008 and 2009 in which hourly checkouts, computer usage and walk-ins were tracked to determine when and how citizens used the library facilities.The changes indicate how patrons use the libraries. The hours of the past were decided before the internet revolution, which provides access to the library resources and services 24/7. Library users can now manage their accounts 24/7 by phone or internet.

The new hours reflect a 20.5 hour increase in service across the board, and standardize opening and closing times. Any questions or concerns about the changes may be directed to library administration by calling 721-7147 or complete this Contact Us Form.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meet the Author!

Catherine Sharpe and Julie Bryson are the authors of Eternity's Account: Stones of Fire, a christian fantasy/adventure novel. The second novel in this series is set to be released this October. Catherine and Julie will join us a the Central Library on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:30pm to talk about their novels and meet with our community.

So anyone who likes stories such as The Lord or the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia please join us in the upstairs meeting room at Central and bring a friend!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
In case you missed it, earlier this year Orson Scott Card released Ender in Exile, a novel that takes place directly after the events of his award winning book, Ender’s Game. This book details the time Ender Wiggin spent as the governor of a human colony founded on a world whose civilization he helped to destroy.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Once every ten years the gates of the decenarian math open for apert, a ten day event in which the cloistered fras and suurs of the maths go out into the world and discover what has happened in the ten years since the previous apert. After this apert however, world events occur that require the knowledge and skills of these avout. What follows is a whirlwind ride across continents and space in order to save the planet of Arbre.

The Ashes of Worlds by Kevin J Anderson
Published last year, this is the final novel in the Saga of the Seven Suns series. The series begins with Hidden Empire, where humans are busy with the task of colonizing and exploiting the known universe. To their knowledge, there are only two alien races: the extinct Klikiss and the Ildirans, who have helped humans in their endeavors. Lives will change when humans experimenting with Klikiss technology awaken a dormant alien species intent upon war.

Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
A race of aliens appears one day and tells the world that many years ago they wronged mankind. For atonement, they wish to give twenty-one volunteers a tour of seven planets to witness what they’ve done. What those volunteers discover will change our civilization.

The Walls of the Universe by Paul Melko
A high school senior is approached by a doppelganger of himself and is offered a device that will allow him to travel to other dimensions. It isn’t until he’s already used the device that he discovers the catch: the device is only one way.
Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
These authors continue Frank Herbert’s incredible Dune saga. This novel follows Dune Messiah, first published in 1969.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Meet the Author

This Thursday, August 27, the Central Library will be welcoming Dr. Janet Allured. Dr. Allured is the director of the Women's Studies Program at McNeese University and she is one of the editors of Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times.

Once again she will be joining us on Thursday, August 27th from 7-8:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Central Library.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Did You Know...

That the Archives Department of the McNeese Library has worked hard to digitize over 3,000 photographs of our area? The photographs, purchased or donated from a variety of generous sources, document McNeese, Lake Charles, and the Imperial Calcasieu region from 1890's to the present. To view this collection online, please follow this link: Historic Photographs of Southwest Louisiana

Ryan St., ca. 1988 (top)
Lake Charles lake front, 1938 (bottom)

The McNeese Collection is part of a larger collection of digitized photographs that tell the history of our state. Organized by the State Library of Louisiana, the LOUISiana Digital Library contains photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more that document Louisiana's history and culture. To visit this collection, go to

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NPR Audience Picks 100 Best Beach Reads

Over 16,000 people voted in NPR's recent "Best Beach Reads Ever " poll. The top twenty results are posted here. You can find the rest of the list at the NPR website, .

1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
11. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
12. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
13. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
14. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
16. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
17. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
18. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
19. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
20. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Adult Reading Program

We would just like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Adult Reading Program. Over 200 reviews were submitted. Even though the program ended Friday, July 17th; you can still visit the ARP site and read through those reviews. The direct link is

Also a reminder, the End of Summer ARP party is Thursday July 23rd @ 6pm in the upstairs Central Library meeting room. For those who completed the program, prize drawings will be held. If completed the program but are unable to attend the party, don't worry, we'll send the prize to you later.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Genre Spotlight: Historical Fiction

Take a walk through a period of history by checking out one of these books.

The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane is set in the Republic Era of Rome 265-230 B.C.

The Fall of the Templars by Robyn Young takes place during the last days of the Templar Knights, during the rule of Richard I, 1239-1307 A.D.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe alternates between the Salem Witch Trials of Colonial Massachusetts and a grad student in the 1990's studying them.

Roanoke by Margaret Lawrence is a reimaging of what could have happened to the lost colony of Roanoke during the 16th century.

The Disagreement by Nick Taylor is about a Med Student during the American Civil War.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Career Resources

Job hunting is never easy. Here are a few resources that may make the hunt a little more bearable.

Resume Guides in the library@ call number 650.142 :

101 great resumes by Ronald W. Fry
Gallery of best résumés by David F. Noble
Hire Me, Inc. resumes and cover letters that get results by Roy J. Blitzer
How to say it on your résumé : a top recruiting director's guide to writing the perfect résumé for every job by Brad Karsh
Amazing résumés : what employers want to see--and how to say it by Jim Bright

Interview Guides in the library @ call number 650.144 :

Can I wear my nose ring to the interview? : the crash course, finding, landing, and keeping your first real job by Ellen Gordon Reeves
The complete idiot's guide to the perfect interview by Marc A. Dorio
Next-day job interview : prepare tonight and get the job tomorrow by J. Michael Farr
Instant interviews : 101 ways to get the best job of your life by Jeffrey G. Allen

Links to local job openings:

Jobview (must be accessed through library website, under the Resources and Services menu.)

Other Places to Look on the Web:

This list is found on the website and was compiled by Sean P. Aune

Thursday, June 18, 2009

For a Limited Time Only...

The library currently has access to the Career Library Database. This database offers assessment tests to see where your skills lie, an occupation search to see the basic information of certain careers and the average salary, college search, a description of types of financial aid, a video library of descriptions of occupations, and a resume builder. You can find this database and others by going to our website,, and selecting State Library Online Databases from the Resources Menu.

This database is only available for limited time so check it out!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crochet Class

If you've ever been interested in learning to crochet or would simply like to hang out with those of us who like to crochet; come join us on Monday June 22 from 10am to 11:30am. Mrs. Emma Hobbs will conduct a basic crochet class for adults wanting to learn a new hobby. We will meet upstairs in the Central Library Conference Room. The library will have some materials available for those who need it however if you have crochet yarn and needles available please bring them along.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Learn to make bead necklaces... from old magazines?

Do you like interesting jewelry? Do you like to recycle? On Thursday June 11 the Central Library will host a demonstration of how you can create beautiful beads from old magazines. The program will be held from 10am untill 11:30am in the upstairs meeting room. All supplies will be provided by the library. No experience is necessary to participate.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Master the Art of Reading

What is it? Master the Art of Reading is an adult summer reading program that begins on June 1st and ends on July 17th. Participants will log the books they read with reviews online and be able to read reviews that others have written.

Can anyone sign up? This reading program is for adults 18 or older.

Are there prizes? Yes! In order to complete the program and receive a certificate, each participant must read and review at least 5 books. At the end of the program a drawing will be held and 3 grand prizes will be awarded.

So how do I sign up then? Sign up begins June 1st. Participants can sign up by logging on to the library’s webpage at From there look for the Master the Art of Reading logo and follow the link. Simply create a username and password and fill in your information. Once you are registered, log your books! You will use your username and password to log in each time you want to log another book or read other participant reviews.

How long does this run again? The program will begin on June 1st and end on July 17th. After the conclusion of the program a celebration party will be held for participants to meet and mingle and for prizes to be awarded.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Forthcoming titles

Skin trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series #17)/ Laurell K. Hamilton
Matters of the Heart / Danielle Steel
Medusa / Clive Cussler
The Story of Sisters / Alice Hoffman
Undead and Unwelcome / MaryJanice Davidson
My Father's Tears and other stories / John Updike
The Lovers / John Connolly
Fugitive /Phillip Margolin
Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance series) / Jeffrey Deaver
Relentless / Dean Koontz

Monday, May 11, 2009

Popular Baby Names 2008

Are you trying to find an original name for your baby? Do you want to know the most popular names that people have been using recently? The Social Security Administration has released its list of popular baby names for 2008. To get a look at this list and lists from previous years, head on over to the SSA website at

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Did You Know...

That you don't have to come down to the library to check out books? You can check out ebooks, audiobooks, videos and music from home using our Overdrive Digital Library. All you need is your home computer and the free software to read/view your material; and of course your library card. Our e-collection is always growing, so even if you've checked us out before, take another look at what we have to offer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Information

For those of you who want information from credible sources on the emerging swine flu situation, follow the links on the image below.

The April 28th edition of The Lake Charles American Press listed this information for those who are considering going to an emergency room for suspicion of swine flu.

Patients who may have swine flu symptoms will be subject to the following procedures should they decide to go to local hospitals, according to emergency room personnel from each:

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital — Call before going to the emergency room or walk-in clinic. Patients will speak to a physician, who will determine where they should go to be fully evaluated. Patients entering the emergency room or a clinic will be asked to wear a mask.

Jennings American Legion Hospital — An admissions clerk will route those with flu symptoms to a separate waiting area. From there, a doctor will see the patients.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital — Patients will be examined by a nurse, who will determine if they need to wear a mask until fully evaluated. Those with flu symptoms will have to keep their masks on.

Christus St. Patrick Hospital — Patients should tell the intake clerk if they may be suffering from flu symptoms. Patients will be asked to wear masks until they are evaluated.

Women & Children’s Hospital — The intake clerk has a set of questions to determine if patients have to wear a mask. If they do, the masks must stay on until the patients are seen by a doctor.

From page A3, April 28,2009

Newsletters in your Email

Want to know what books are popular right now? Want to have books of a certain genre suggested to you? Curious about what your library staff is reading? Then sign up for one or more of the newsletters available from our library's website. You can even sign up for RSS feeds of your favorite newsletters if you don't want to add more mail to your inbox.
Either follow the link provided below, or go to our library's website, , and look under the Resources and Services drop box for Newletters via Email.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ALA Releases List of Most Challenged Books of 2008

Topping the list are the following titles, along with the reasons for their challenge:

1. "And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Anti-Family, Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. "His Dark Materials Trilogy" (Series), Philip Pullman
Reasons: Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint, Violence

3. "TTYL"; "TTFN"; "L8R, G8R" (Series), Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

4. "Scary Stories" (Series), Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, Religious Viewpoint, Violence

5. "Bless Me, Ultima," by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Sexually Explicit, Violence

To find the complete list, visit the ALA website here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poem in your Pocket Day

The second annual Poem in your pocket day will be next week on Thursday, April 30. As part of National Poetry Month, everyone is encouraged to carry their favorite poem in their pocket to share with friends, family, and coworkers throughout the day. For more information on how you can participate, visit .

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Did You Know...

The library is signed up with a webservice called Library Elf. This service is offered for free to our patrons and it allows you to view all materials on your account and sends alerts when items are overdue or holds are available. Alerts can be sent via email, RSS, and even text messaging. Families with mulitple cards are able to view a consolidated list of what each member has checked out and on hold. Find out more information by following the link below.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday April 18 10am-2pm

A day filled with activities for the whole family. Visit and see CPPJ TrashSquash on display! Children can visit the Home Depot Team to make a project, or visit one of the interactive computers to learn about "Thibodeaux's Treasure," a children's guide to coastal wetlands, or "Explore Coastal Louisiana with Boudreaux and Marie." Teens can bring old jeans or other clothing to "re-purpose" them into various items like tote bags. Adults can visit the Entergy "Go Green" Team for energy-saving tips, the Mosquito Control Display, get a plantable book mark, and receive a seedling to plant.
For more information, contact the Central Library at 337-721-7116.