On the BPL (Bossier Parish Library) homepage, www.bossierlibrary.org, under Research & Homework is a new item among the list of resources, The Oxford African American Studies Center. The website is described as “the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.”

There are more than 10,000 articles vetted by the Oxford African American Studies Center Editorial Advisory Board. The core content includes:

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.


Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present

Black Women in America, Second Edition

African American National Biography

Dictionary of African Biography

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and the Oxford Companion to Black British History are referred to as well. There are more than 2,500 images, 450 primary sources, 200 maps included in the website. Over 150 charts and tables provide a look at demographics, government, politics, business, labor, education and arts.

The site continues to grow with new and updated content added on a regular basis, including the latest biographies from the African American National Biography project and additional primary documents with commentary.”

A bonus feature for teachers is a section for Lesson Plans, Teacher’s Resources, and Guide to Reference Works which can be particularly useful in the classroom.

Contact any of the eight BPL branches for more information about research sources found on the library website.

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Fall Festival schedules

Aulds– 742-2337: Tuesday, October 27 from 10a.m.—6p.m. for all ages. Theme is Under the Sea.

Benton– 965-2751: Friday, October 30 from 10-a.m.—5p.m. Face painting, popcorn, Halloween movie (G-Rated), and games.

Bossier Central– 746-1693 and History Center 746-7717: Wednesday, October 28 from 10a.m.-4p.m., for all ages. Crafts, games, face painting, and candy tour.

East 80– 949-2665: Saturday, October 31. Fun, games, and candy.

Plain Dealing– 326-4233: Friday, October 30 from 3:30—5:00p.m., for ages 0—12. Games and prizes.

Haughton– 949-0196: Thursday, October 22 from 3:30—5:00p.m., teens ages 13—18 are invited to a Luau with games and snacks.

Thursday, October 29 from 3:30—5:00p.m., children ages 12 and under are invited to a Fall Festival with games, crafts, prizes, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Tooke Memorial– 987-3915: Thursday, October 29 from 3—5p.m. Face painting, games, candy, and “Pet Education Project.”

New Books


Keeper’s Reach” by Carla Neggers

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” by Salman Rushdie

Daughter of the House” by Rosie Thomas

The Gates of Evangeline” by Hester Young

Eve” by William Paul Young

Saving Sophie: A Novel” by Ronald H. Balson

Vintage: A Novel” by David Baker

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders: A Novel” by Julianna Baggott

The Real Justine” by Stephen Amidon

The Blue Guitar” by John Banville


The Vatican Prophecies” by John Thavis

Love, Skip, Jump” by Shelene Bryan

Our Thousand Wells” by Jena Lee Nardella

Modern Families” by Joshua Gamson
“Conscious Uncoupling” by Katherine Woodward Thomas

Power Forward” by Reggie Love

A Nation of Nations” by Tom Gjelten

The Negotiator” by George J. Mitchell

Picture Your Prosperity” by Ellen Rogin

One Righteous Man” by Arthur Browne

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@bossierlibrary.org