VickieHardinLast week’s column addressed library services for elementary and middle school students.  This week I want to give high school students and their parents a quick overview of what is available for them at the library.
One of the keys to having a successful school year is being very familiar with the public library and knowing how to use it.  Research papers can be daunting unless you know where to begin.  Connie Ammons, Bossier Central’s Reference Librarian is always happy to help patrons find their way through the maze of books and materials.
All of the branches have a reference area, but Central is the where the largest collection of reference materials is kept.  For literature research you will find volumes of “Contemporary Literary Criticisms”; “Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literary Criticisms”; “Short Story and Poetry Criticisms”; “Masterplots”; “British Writers”; and many more.  The general reference area contains books on a wide variety of subjects.
The Louisiana Reference section has information on important people in the state, histories of the parishes, Louisiana authors and their works, maps, legal information, and more.  In the History Center, located adjacent to the Central Library you will find genealogy materials, artifacts, books, newspapers, and microfilm on Bossier Parish.
Students have access to online resources using their library card.  Go to  www.bossierlibrary.org and click on Research & Homework.  There is a link to the State Library database, which provides help for students of all ages.  Learning Express, Homework Help, online tutors, college prep tests, GED prep tests are all free with a library card.
Text our reference librarian for help at 66746 and start your question with bossparlib.  You will receive a reply as soon as possible.  This service is also free, but standard message rates may apply.
The computer lab is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Wi-Fi is available if you would like to bring your own laptop or if you would like to check out a laptop to use at home, the library has a few for that purpose.
  • Copy machines and a fax machine are available for nominal fees.
  • Students taking online courses can have their tests proctored at the Central Library for free.  Connie Ammons will work with students and instructors to set up a schedule for taking tests.
  • Come by the library anytime for a brief tour of the Reference Department.  Find out ahead of time what you will need to conduct research before assignments are given.
  • Book it to the Bossier Libraries and get ahead for the coming school year.
Make a note:
Saturdays, August 3 and 24, from 10a.m. –12p.m. children ages 5—9 are invited to sign up for free art classes.
Tuesday, August 6, at 10a.m. kids ages 6—12 are invited to a scavenger hunt.
Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us
New Books at the Library
Fiction

  • “Elizabeth the First Wife” by Lian Dolan
  • “After Earth” by Peter David
  • “Filthy Laundry” by Shan Daniels
  • “The Resurrection” by Matthew Guinn
  • “The Old Turk’s Load” by Gregory Gibson
  • “The Goliath Stone” by Larry Niven
  • “Nemesis: A Nameless Detective Novel” by Bill Pronzini
  • “The Last Hour” by Charles Sheehan-Miles
  • “Loyalty” by Ingrid Thoft
  • “The Thousand Names, Book 1” by Django Wexler

Nonfiction

  • “Louisiana Divorce Handbook” by Steven Rue
  • “Bending Toward Justice” by Gary May
  • “Whitey” by Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neill
  • “Control” by Glenn Beck
  • “The 100” by Jorge Cruise
  • “Moving Miss Peggy” by Robert Benson
  • “Out of the Shadow of Leprosy” by Claire Manes
  • “Arduino for Dummies” by John Nussey
  • “American Gun” by Chris Kyle
  • “Cooked” by Michael Pollan