Friday, March 28, 2014

New Gone With the Wind Sequel: Ruth’s Journey

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Britannica ImageQuest
Hey Gone With the Wind fans!

Its time to get excited! According to the New York Times, the estate of Margaret Mitchell has authorized a new sequel to southern classic, to be titled Ruth's Journey.

The new book is set to be penned by Donald McCaig, author of the award-winning Civil War drama Jacob’s Ladder.

The book is set to follow the story of Mammy,
 who until now has been nameless. McCaig reintroduces her to readers as Ruth and lets us in on how she winds up at Tara.

Want to learn more? Check out this article in the New York Times, and be on the lookout for the book's arrival at your library!

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) - GABLE, CLARK; LEIGH, VIVIEN. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 28 Mar 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Books at the Movies: Divergent (2014)

Cover image for DivergentDivergent--Veronica Roth (2011)

"In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all."

Are you a fan of young adult science fiction with a side of action and adventure? Did you enjoy The Hunger Games? If so, check out Divergent from your library before the movie version starring a host of familiar faces including Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, and Ashely Judd before it hits theaters this Friday, March 21st.

Find available copies or put one on hold in our new online catalog. If you like it, be sure to check out the other books in the trilogy before they hit the big screen too.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

So You Think You Know Libraries?

Hey you! Yeah, you!

Do you think you know libraries?

Test out your knowledge with The Guardian's daily quiz on libraries, available here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Oprah Winfrey Book Coming This Fall

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour Cocktail Party - Arrivals
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Oprah fans, rejoice! The TV personality is returning to the book side of the publishing world with What I Know for Sure, out September 2nd.
The project, which will be the first release by Flatiron Books, is an adaptation of the column Winfrey writes for O, The Oprah Magazine each month.

Can't wait until September? Don't forget to check out O, The Oprah Magazine from your library. Find copies in the new online catalog.

Bosnman, Julie. "New Book From Oprah Winfrey Is ‘What I Know for Sure.’" The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 12 March 2014. Web. 13 March 2014.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour Cocktail Party - Arrivals. Photography.Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 13 Mar 2014.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Anne Rice Fans: Lestat is Making a Comeback!

Hey Anne Rice Fans! Have you heard?

This week Anne appeared on The Dinner Party Show, "The Internet’s first LIVE comedy variety show," and made a big announcement.

The Louisiana native has finally written a true sequel to her 1988 hit Queen of the Damned! Her next book Prince Lestat is set to be released on October 28th by Knopf. The book is said to focus on the vampires introduced in the first five books in The Vampire Chronicles series.

There are also rumors of another book in the works. Want to read up on the other books in preparation? See which copies we have in the new online catalog here.

Check out the video below and stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#TwitterFiction Festival

Join an "all-day, all-night celebration of storytelling" with the #TwitterFiction Festival on Twitter.

From March 12-16, authors will be sending out burts of fiction in 140 characters or less.

Who's short fiction can you see? How about comedians Jim Gaffigan and Michael Ian Black, New York Times bestselling authors Brad Meltzer and Alexander McCall Smith, and many more!

Check out the other authors and the Tweet schedule here and visit the @TWFictionFest Twitter.

Want to join in on the fun? Tweet your fiction with the hashtag #TwitterFiction starting tomorrow or check out this hilarious instant fiction generator.

Our instant fiction

Monday, March 10, 2014

Learn a Language Through Film

Learning a new language in 2014?

Be sure to check out the newest feature of Mango Languages, "Language Learning through film."

Watch a movie in your desired language with interactive content in Movie Mode, or go deeper to learn the grammar, dialogue, and culture behind the film with Engage Mode.


Not the languages you were hoping for? Try out the "Foreign Courses" feature for access to dozens of other languages, from Spansish to Yiddish to Tagalog!

All you need is your library card and an email address to begin.

¡Buena suerte!

Friday, March 7, 2014

International Women's Day and Women's History Month

Did you know that March 7th is International Women's Day? Or that March is Women's History Month?

That means its prime time to celebrate your favorite female authors and to check out these books that highlight women's achievements in history.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Staff Pick: "What Nora Knew" by Linda Yellin

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin (2014)

Library Copies
Molly Hallberg leads a double life. By day she high-steps with the Rockettes, poses nude for budding artists, and jumps out of airplanes as the features writer for an online magazine; by night she night she eats takeout and watches Nicholas Cage movies with her reliable, and reliably boring, boyfriend.
When she is assigned to write an article about love—Nora Ephron style, of course—Molly begins to realize that as a thirty-nine-year-old divorcee she's never quite experienced the emotion for herself. She takes on a series of adventures in search of the answer to one of life's most important questions: How do you know your partner is the one?
 In the midst of her search, Molly becomes intrigued by an author who's not only the talk of the literary world but also her exact opposite. With a bit of nudging from her closest friends and frenemies and a Nora Ephron movie or two, Molly may finally step out of her comfort zone and discover what the great Nora knew.

Praise for What Nora Knew and Linda Yellin:

  • “Nora Ephron’s influence is felt everywhere in this novel…hang on for a fun ride.”—Publishers Weekly
  • “As romantic and fun as When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle, Linda Yellin's hilarious, heartfelt novel is an urban fairy tale of sophisticated humor and touching charm.”—Amanda Robb, national magazine journalist

Also by Linda Yellin: The Last Blind Date (2011)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Check this out!: 86th Annual Academy Awards

Oscar Award
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Now that gowns have been seen and the Oscar® statuettes have been handed out, its your chance to catch up on the films that the Academy has deemed "best," courtesy of your library.

Did you know that you can hear the Best original song winner on the soundtrack to Frozen?

Or how about watching Sandra Bullock float above Earth in Gravity, winner of six Academy Awards!

We also have copies of the nominees and winners in other categories:

The Great Gatsby, winner: Best costume design & production design
Bad Grandpa, nominee: Best makeup and hairstyling 
The Lone Ranger nominee: Best makeup and hairstyling
Before Midnight, nominee: Best adapted screenplay

Worried that you can't see the night's other big names? Don't be!

We have copies of 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine, PhilomenaNebraska, and plenty others on their way!

More partial to books than to movies? Don't forget that some of the year's biggest films were based on books.

Interested? Be sure to place holds on these hot titles in our new online catalog today.


"2014 Academy Awards: All of the winners." USATODAY.Gannett Satellite Information Network, 3 Mar. 2014. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.
Oscar Award . Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web.
           3 Mar. 2014.

Library Closure: Mardi Gras

CPPL Patrons:

All Calcasieu Parish Public Library Branches will be closed on Tuesday, March 4th, in observance of Mardi Gras.

We appreciate your continued patronage of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.