Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Moss Bluff Book Chat: December 21, 2010

Book Chat is a weekly meeting at the Moss Bluff Library that allows people to get together and discuss what they are currently reading, as well as get ideas on what to read next. Below are a few books readers discussed at the December 21st meeting.

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

In Blackbird House, Alice Hoffman spans several eras with stories about various inhabitants of the titular Blackbird House, a farm house in Cape Cod. The stories begin in colonial times and extend to the modern day, introducing the reader to a variety of rich characters. The characters include an array of strong women, but the novel's charm is Hoffman's ability to tie together several complex and fascinating stories.

Find it at your library!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner is a Young Adult novel which centers around a teen named Thomas. Thomas awakes in an elevator in the mysterious place known as “The Glade.” Knowing only his name, Thomas is greeted by several other young men who share his lack of memories. The boys have been doing their best to survive while attempting to find a way to escape – the key to which lies in a maze whose pattern changes nightly. The novel is suspenseful and may appeal to reluctant young readers and lovers of dystopian literature alike.

Find it at your library!

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Another great pick for lovers of thrills and suspense is the Stephen King novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. The main character Trisha is only nine when she becomes separated from her family and lost in the woods for over a week. The novel sees Trisha fight for her life through obstacles ranging from basic survival needs to nightmarish encounters with dangerous creatures. Like most King fare, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is not for the weak of heart and may haunt its readers for years.

Find it at your library!

(Images from http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385514019; http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385737944; http://books.simonandschuster.com/Girl-Who-Loved-Tom-Gordon/Stephen-King/9780684867625)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Moss Bluff Book Chat: Dec. 14, 2010

Book Chat is a weekly meeting at the Moss Bluff Library that allows people to get together and discuss what they are currently reading, as well as get ideas on what to read next. Below are a few books readers discussed at the December 14th meeting.

Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times – edited by Janet Allured

Louisiana Women collects seventeen biographical essays, which spotlight important women in the state’s history. While the book features pieces on famous figures such as author Kate Chopin and Voodoo figure Marie Leveau, its highlights may be found in lesser-known stories. Readers of Louisiana Women vocalized their fascination with the section on the Baroness de Pontalba, a wealthy businesswoman, whose spirited personality and resilience helped her survive various ordeals, including a gunshot wound. The book can be challenging to tread through at times but is ultimately an interesting read worth the effort.

Find it at the library!

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven is the latest novel by popular author Nicholas Sparks. The story follows Katie, a new member to the small community in Southport, North Carolina. Holding on to dark secrets from her past, Katie initially hesitates to form relationships with those around her. While the novel tends to contain more violence than Sparks’ usual works, the author’s fans should still find it as enjoyable as his past books.

Find it at the library!

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first in an ongoing series of graphic novels from author Joe Hill. The series centers on the Locke family, who have just moved into Keyhouse after their father was murdered. The aptly-named mansion is home to magic keys and doors, in addition to a mysterious and vengeful spirit. Hill, son of Stephen King, pens a promising fantasy/horror tale which is only intensified by Gabriel Rodriguez’s artwork. Locke & Key is a quick read that will leave readers eager to seek the second installment.

Find it at the library!

Images from: http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/louisiana_women; http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780446547598.htm; http://www.idwpublishing.com/catalog/book/504

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Book Byte: The Christmas List

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans
ISBN 9781439150009

James Kier is a very powerful and wealthy real estate mogul. He has done everything possible to get to this status and has no qualms about the unscrupulous things he's done to get there or who he's crushed along the way to his rise to glory.

He's exactly where he wants to be in life - he has a young girlfriend, his business is doing well, he's in the last stages of divorcing his wife - so what if he had her served with the divorce papers on her first day of chemo... or that his son won't talk to him and basically hates him. More or less life is good - until he wakes up one morning and he finds that he is dead.

Well, that's what the paper says. Now Kier's first reaction is to sue the paper but he quickly decides to use his "death" to his advantage. As people he's known throughout his life talk about what a terrible person he was and how glad they are that he is dead, he begins to realize that his "perfect" life is not so wonderful after all. He makes a pact to try to change and embarks on a journey to apologize to the ones he's wronged - but he quickly realizes that's easier said than done.

The list in the title isn’t a conventional reminder for gifts; it’s a roster of the people whom protagonist James Kier has most wronged. Unabashedly heartfelt and sentimental, The Christmas List has all the best elements of a redemptive Yuletide tale.

This is an original twist on a timeless story - it is about love, loss, forgiveness, family, but mostly it is inspiring. A wonderful Christmas read.

Reviewed by Marilyn
Image from: http://www.richardpaulevans.com/books/the-christmas-list

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Traveling

Flying for the Thanksgiving holiday? The TSA has a few tips to help make passage through the airport a bit smoother.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Librarian's Pick: Twenties Girl

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
ISBN 978-0739383247
   In the book Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella explores the story of a young woman, Lara a young contemporary 27-year-old London woman.  Lara has just been dumped by her boyfriend; she believes that Jason was the one.  To make matters worse she has to attend the funeral of her Great Aunt Sadie, someone she has never met.  The funeral is attended by her parents and her wealthy uncle, Lara wished that she was anywhere else but at the funeral.  During the ceremony Lara hears someone shouting “Where is my necklace?”   The voice is from Lara’s great-aunt Sadie, and Lara is haunted by the ghost of Sadie as experiences Sadie’s feisty lifestyle.  Sadie was a Charleston-dancing flapper, charmingly rebellious living in the 1920’s.  The story takes the reader on a journey to uncover the missing necklace’s whereabouts, and Lara learns about the Sadie’s life and true love.  During the journey to find the necklace Lara encounters new experiences, develops new strengths, and along the way becomes a much stronger person. 
Review by Marilyn

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Book Byte: The Things That Keep Us Here

The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley
ISBN  978-0-440-24509-4

“The Things That Keep Us Here” by Carla Buckley is an edge-of-the-seat read. This is her first book and really worth reading. It is about a pandemic that locks down the town. Trying to keep the family and the relationship together, trust is a big factor for everyone. I definitely recommend it for anyone. Found in the library system at Fontenot and Central.

Review brought to you by Theresa from the Fontenot Memorial Library in Vinton.

Image from: http://www.randomhouse.com/images/dyn/cover/?source=9780440245094&height=300&maxwidth=170

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Book Chat for Adults

The Moss Bluff Library invites you to join them every Tuesday at 10 A.M. for Book Chat. The first Book Chat will be Tuesday, October 19th. Come, enjoy a cup of coffee and talk about what you’re currently reading or the favorite books you’ve already read.  Moss Bluff staff will be prepared to give you tips on what to read next in your favorite genre and possibly select a book for all participants to read.  No registration is required, but you must be 18 years or older to participate.  For more information contact the Moss Bluff Library at (337) 721-7131 or visit the library’s website at http://www.calcasieulibrary.org/.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book Club News

The Central Library Book Club held its first meeting this past Wedneday. If you couldn't make it but still want to join in there are still a few seats available. The next meeting will be Wednesday October 20th at 6PM in the Thielen Room (small conference room) at the Central Library.
The book selections for the next two months are:
  • October: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
  • November: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • December will be selected during the October meeting
We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Calligraphy Class

Ever wanted to learn calligraphy? Now's your chance! Adults in the area are invited to join us on Tuesday September 7th from 10AM- 12PM as we learn calligraphy techniques that are useful for decoration, invitations, gifts, and special correspondence.

Class will be held in the DeBakey Meeing Room on the second floor of the Central Library. Space is limited so be sure to register by clicking here or by calling us at 721-7118!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SWLA Pulpwood Queens Have a good time!

Below are a few pictures of the fun we all had with the Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens and author M.L. Malcolm!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Book Club!

The first meeting of the Central Library Book Club will be September 15th @ 6PM. The first meeting will consist of a meet and greet as well as selecting which books we will be reading. The books we will be choosing from are listed below. If you are interested in joining us, give us a call at 721-7118 to sign up!

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld, 2008 592pp.
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, 2003 464pp.
Empire Falls by Richard Russo, 2001 496pp.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, 2008 528pp.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, 2008(Eng. trans.) 480pp.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 2008 280pp.
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett, 2009 288pp. (Biography)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, 2003 304pp.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, 2010 304pp.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, 2009 384pp.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, 2007 320 pp.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, 2006 432pp.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Seafood Safety

Worried about eating seafood after the oilspill? Check out the Food and Drug Administration's website to get the latest about the state of seafood in the Gulf.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Fun!

Summer has begun here and this summer we have a variety of activities that adults can take part in.

On Tuesday June 8th @ 10AM, there will be a Beginner's Watercolor Painting class.

On Wednesday June 16th @ 2PM, Chef Matthew Beaudin will give a demonstration of his culinary skills.

On Thursday June 17th @ 2PM, crafty adults will use recycled materials and paint to create decorative magazine holders and file boxes.

On Tuesday June 22nd @ 1:30, Magician Bart Glatt will give a demonstration as well as teach a few simple tricks to amuse your friends.

On Wednesday July 7th @ 10AM, we will be making faux lacquer boxes to store keepsakes and other small items.

All of these programs take place at the Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. Space for most of these programs is limited so please remember to sign up by visiting the Information Desk, calling us at 721-7118, or by visiting our program calendar and signing up online @ Program Calendar

In addition to programs, adults can also sign up to participate in this years Adult Reading Program (ARP). This year's theme is "Water your Mind, READ!". Adults can sign up via a link on our home page, calcasieulibrary.org. You must read and review 5 books to complete the program. Those who complete the program will receive a yard sign, an award certificate, coupons, and have their name entered into a prize drawing. The deadline to have all reviews turned in is Friday, July 16th.
On Thursday July, 22nd there will be an Adult Reading Program Party from 6 - 7:30PM.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Spill

With oil approaching the shoreline in Louisiana, some of us cannot help but follow every bit of information updating the situation in the Gulf. Below are a few websites that offer information on the progress of the containment of the oil, as well as frequently asked questions on how to recover from an oil spill.


National Library of Medicine

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Louisiana Government Response

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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

Online Resources that can help!
(All must be accessed through library website http://www.calcasieulibrary.org/, under the Your Library menu / Resources.)

Jobview: A place to look for local job opportunities.
Chronicle Guidance: Contains descriptions of different job titles, including average duties, median earnings, and estimated competition for job openings.
Learning Express: A great place to find study guides and practice tests for GED, ACT, SAT, Civil Service, GRE and many more!
Mango Languages: Edge out the competition by adding bilingual to your résumé! Mango Languages can help you pick up a second language in no time.

Links to local job openings:

Calcasieu Parish Public Library Jobs
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Jobs
Calcasieu Parish School Board Jobs
City of Lake Charles Jobs
Louisiana Workforce Commission

Other Places to Look on the Web:

100+ places to look for jobs and job resources.
This list is found on the website mashable.com and was compiled by Sean P. Aune

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Credit Card Rules

Here's a brief rundown of the new credit card rule changes taking effect on Februry 22, 2010.

Credit Card companies must tell you when they plan to increase your rate or other fees.

Credit Card companies must tell you how long it will take to pay off your balance.

Your credit card company cannot increase your rate for the first 12 months after you open an account.

Increased rates apply only to new charges.

You must tell your credit card company that you want it to allow transactions that will take you over your credit limit. Otherwise, if a transaction would take you over your limit, it may be turned down.

Caps on high-fee cards.

Adults under the age of 21 will not be able to open a credit card account unless they have a cosigner, or can prove that they can make payments.

Standard payment dates and times.

Payments directed to highest interest balances first.

No two-cycle (double-cycle) billing.

For a more detailed description of the changes, visit: http://www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo/wyntk_creditcardrules.htm

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Stay Brady Stay"

Join us on Thursday February 18th at 6:00 PM as Dr. John Sutherlin presents his 30 minute documentary titled Stay Brady Stay. The film, which recently aired on LPB, looks at the challenges of Louisiana college graduates leaving the state in pursuit of jobs. The presentation will take place in the DeBakey Meeting room at the Central Library. Below you will find the trailer for the documentary, which can be found at anytime on Youtube.com.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Attention History Lovers!

Find what you're looking for here at the Library! In addition to rows of books on history and biography, we also offer these online resources that you can use from the comfort of your own home. To visit these resources, log on to http://calcasieulibrary.org/resources
(Access Newspaper Archive available inside library only.)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Literary World Loses Another Author

J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye passed away today at his home in New Hampshire. He was 91 years old. 

You can read more about his passing on the NPR website: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114186193

and also on the USA Today website: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2010-01-28-salinger-obit_N.htm

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mask Making

Mardi Gras is just around the corner. We'd like to jump start the revelry by showing everyone how to create and decorate a Mardi Gras mask of your very own. 

Join the fun on:

Tuesday, February 2nd 
10AM - 12PM

in the DeBakey Meeting room at Central Library.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fun with Felt

Design and decorate your own fabulous felt jewelry just in time for spring!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
10:00am - 12:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room

*Supplies will be provided by the library, but participants are encouraged to bring their own buttons and baubles fro embellishment.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Author Robert B. Parker has passed away

Robert B. Parker, the blunt and beloved crime novelist who helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled genre and branded a tough guy of his own through his Spenser series, has died. He was 77.

To read more about his passing please visit the NPR website at this link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122731884