Saturday, November 30, 2013

An update regarding the reported security breach of Adobe data

As widely reported, Adobe confirmed that they suffered a security breach of customer data on their servers. The company posted information at their blog here:

Adobe has confirmed that the Library's digital collection library users with activated Adobe eBook accounts may have been affected. Here is information that they have provided.

  • Adobe is in the process of resetting passwords and notifying affected users. Affected users will receive an email alert advising them to reset their Adobe password in order to continue access to their Adobe account. For security purposes and as a recommended practice, Adobe is encouraging affected users to reset their Adobe passwords as well as reset passwords for any non-Adobe services/applications (in case they used the same user ID and password as was used with Adobe).
  • Reactivation of previously authorized eBook software and apps using Adobe DRM (Adobe Digital Editions and OverDrive Media Console) is NOT required in order to maintain access to Adobe eBooks or to download new ones, even if users have since changed the password on their Adobe ID.
  • New activations of ADE and OMC will not be possible until users have reset their password with Adobe. This is because Adobe has reset everyone’s existing password.
  • OverDrive users can choose to de-authorize ADE or OMC on their devices and re-authorize with their new password; however, that is not necessary or recommended.
  • Users who have changed their Adobe password and wish to also update their passwords through OverDrive should do so. Changing passwords periodically and using different passwords for different accounts are good security practices.

At OverDrive, we do not store emails or passwords for Adobe ID on OMC. We do store emails and passwords for those that registered an OverDrive ONE account. Users can change and reset their OverDrive ONE password by either using the “Forgot password” link or by using the “Settings” panel. Users who have registered for OverDrive ONE using their Facebook account will have to re-authenticate OverDrive ONE in OMC if they have also updated their Facebook email or password.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Library Closures: Thanksgiving

CPPL Patrons:

All library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th, so that our staff can celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. 

Please be sure to take care of your library needs in the days before and after the holiday, when the libraries maintain/resume their regular schedules. 

Have a safe and happy turkey day!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tami Hoag brings back Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska!

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (2013)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag brings back her fan-favorite Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska in the haunting new thriller The 9th Girl.

"Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . "

On a frigid New Year's Eve in Minneapolis a young woman's brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America's heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl's life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil--the devil you know or the devil you don't?

Praise for Tami Hoag:
  • “Hoag’s prose is martial-arts quick and precise, her humor is high-voltage, and her insights into the misery of high school, the toxicity of divorce, and the extreme psychosis of a serial killer are knowing and thought-provoking…one of her very best.” – Booklist
  • “Hoag keeps tight control over her plot in this book, raising the tension with every page that turns. She knows her characters, both good and bad, and intensifies the conflict in the most absorbing way. Not every writer of suspense can manage it so successfully, but Hoag does it from beginning to end.” —Huffington Post
Other titles featuring Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska:
  • Down the Darkest Road (2012) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, and eAudio.
  • Prior Bad Acts (2006) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, eAudio and eBook.
  • Dust to Dust (2004) Available formats: Standard print book and eBook.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sneak Peek: New Online Catalog!

You asked, and we listened!

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is bringing you a new way to search the library's collection.

Check out great new features including the ability to place multiple items on hold at 1 time and only show items available  for check out.

Want to check it out for yourself? Explore the new online catalog!

Coming Soon! Online registration, card renewal & fine payment

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Audubon Day at the LSU Libraries

If you have some free time this Saturday, November 16th, be sure to check out Audobon Day at the LSU Libraries.

The Hill Memorial Library will once again display its double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America in Baton Rouge.

From 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., Hill Memorial will host a free viewing event that is open to the public. Be sure to make a reservation though, because reservations are required prior to entry. Only 40 individuals are allowed in the viewing area per hour.

To place your reservation request, please use the LSU Libraries online registration form or contact the Special Collections during business hours.

Special Collections
LSU Libraries
Louisiana State University

For more information about the event, visit the LSU Libraries Special Collection page, or read the The Wall Street Journal's write up about the 2011 program here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Calling All Couponers!

Interested in learning how to coupon or brush up on your couponing skills?

Join Tameka Nelson, local Lake Charles resident and day care provider at the Epps Branch today, Tuesday November 12th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for Couponing Tips that Work!

Tameka will show participants how to coupon and provide tips on using coupons to save money.

Are you a couponer? Share some of your favorite couponing tips in the comments.

Monday, November 11, 2013

DVD & Blu-Ray checkout period changing

Did you know that your library has a large DVD/Blu-Ray collection? We have oldies & classics like The Caine Mutiny, Great Expectations, Les misearbles, Halloween or The Rock. We have blockbusters too like LincolnBatman: The Dark Knight returns pt 2, Cars 2 or Madea Gets a Job.
We have kid friendly titles such as Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing GameBabar and Goofy Movie too.
We even have television series like Law & Order, Midsomer Murders, Beauty and the Beast, Psych, Hill Street Blues just to name a few. Plus we now offer a streaming service that offers adventure, comedies, musicals, kid friendly titles and many other categories.
Pretty cool, right? Well guess what. We have a high demand for this great collection so to help with the high demand of DVDs and Blu-Rays and the long waiting time for patrons who place holds on these items, starting on December 2nd, all DVDs & Blu-Rays will have a checkout period of one week. 
Check out the collections below!!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe

Join Astrophysicist Kevin Manning at the Central Branch on Monday, November 11th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 he transports people of all ages into the fascinating world of astronomy. This program will expertly guide the audience on an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe.

Kevin is a retired astrophysicist, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories. Kevin has won national and international awards in his field.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Who does "Homeless" really belong to?

A Dog Called Homeless
by Sarah Lean (2012)
Library Copies

Reading Level: ages 8 and up
A year ago Cally Fisher’s mother, Louise, was killed in a car wreck…on Cally’s father’s birthday. Since then, Cally’s father, who was once bubbly and joyous, has sunk into an ever deepening depression. In his grief, he has shut himself off from his children and has removed all reminders of Louise from his life.  As far as Cally is concerned, her father is now a stranger and his silence has rendered her mother almost nonexistent.  
Though Cally’s brother, Luke, seems to be taking everything in stride, Cally is not coping well. Once a well behaved student, she is now constantly in trouble at school and even her best friend has turned her back on her. What Cally really needs is comfort from her father, but he has become so emotionally removed that Cally’s erratic behavior only causes him anger. He wants her to forget the past, but she can’t. Although she understands that her mother is dead, Cally still needs to talk about her. She wants to share memories about her mother, so that her mother stays alive in her heart and in her mind.
On the first anniversary of Louise’s death, the Fishers, and their extended family, go to the cemetery to lay flowers on her grave. It is here that Cally sees the ghost of her mother for the first time. Unfortunately, Cally is the only one that can see her, so no one believes her when she insists that her mother is there. Because Cally’s behavior upsets other members of the family, her father becomes angry. He scolders her and tells her that he doesn’t want to hear another word on the subject. He ends up getting more than he bargained for, however, when, after participating in a day long sponsored “silence” for a locate charity, Cally decides to quit talking… indefinitely.
Things become even more complicated, when Louise appears to Cally a second time, accompanied by a large grey wolfhound, that Cally eventually names “Homeless”. The dog takes to Cally immediately, leaving her with the impression that the dog is connected to her mother in some way.  But, unlike her mother, the dog is not a ghost and when he continues to appear to her, it causes Cally trouble both at school and with her father. 
After failing to get her father to accept the dog, Cally decides to help Homeless find a home before he’s sent to the pound. But before she can help Homeless, Cally loses the only home she’s ever known. Without consulting his children, Mr. Fisher sales their house and moves the family into a tiny apartment in town. Cally is devastated, but things turn around when she meets a physically challenged boy named, Sam Cooper. Not only does Sam share in Cally’s silence, he also believes that Cally can see her mother. With Sam’s help, Cally sets out to save Homeless, little knowing that her actions will save more lives than she could ever have imagined. Who does Homeless really belong to? The answer will surprise you.
Praise for A Dog Named Homeless
  • A Dog Called Homeless is a tender story of heartache and hope, doubt and courage, silence and song. Sarah Lean’s graceful, miraculous writing will have you weeping one moment and rejoicing the next. A luminous debut.” Katherine Applegate, award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan.
Praise for Sarah Lean
  • “Sarah Lean has given us a wonderful story about the poser of friendship, promises made, words and silence, and the love of one very big dog. This perceptive and poignant story is a must-read for anyone who has lost something they loved- in other words, everyone!” Bobbie Pyron, author of A Dog’s Way Home
Be sure to read these books by the reviewers:

The Irish Wolfhound
Males: 32 inches tall & 120 lbs.
Females: 30 inches tall & 105 lbs.
Coat: Rough, medium length, wiry hair.
Colors: Grey, Brindle, Red, Black, Pure White, Fawn, Wheaten & Steel Grey.
Life span: 6 to 10 years, though 7 years is average.
Temperament: Quiet & easy going, yet fearless when their family is threatened.
The Irish Wolfhound is the largest of the sight-hound breeds, and is the tallest of all other dog breeds. An old breed, it has been suggested that its forbearers may have been brought to Ireland as early as 7000 B.C. They were originally used for hunting and as war dogs, but today they are considered a companion animal. The Irish Wolfhound almost became extinct, but was saved by an Englishman, Captain George Augustus Graham, who helped recreate the breed using what few specimens that were left. Unfortunately, inbreeding problems have occurred, threatening the breed’s genetic health.

Monday, November 4, 2013

RELIC Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library will host three weekly sessions of RELIC Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State. This program will explore the uniqueness of French pirate and privateer, Jean Lafitte, through the lens of biography.

Participants will discover this colorful personality through Lyle Saxon's Lafitte the Pirate and engage issues involving this genre of reading: What makes a life worth writing about?

This three-part event will take place on November 5th, 12th, and 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Iowa Branch.

Registration is required for this program. Please visit the Library's event calendar or call or stop by a library branch to sign up. 

The RELIC program is presented by Dr. Cheryl Ware and sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Library To-Go on TV!

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library's new outreach service, Library-To-Go has recently gotten the TV treatment.

KPLC's Erica Bivens interviewed Outreach Librarian Jayme Champagne to get the word out to the community. She also spoke with Jimmie Moriarty a satisfied Library-To-Go patron. 

Missed the original broadcast? Check out the video or transcript on the KPLC website or at the Library's website, and be sure to fill out an application if you think the service would be a good fit for you or someone you know.