Snuggle up with a good book this holiday season

Librarian Lines


Blessings to all during this holiday season. May the usual hustle and bustle be enjoyable to you and your family. Please find time to snuggle up with a good book while enjoying hot chocolate. I wish I could also say…and watch the snow fall while feeling so warm and cozy, but snow in Southwest Louisiana is one of those rare possibilities.

“Delicious Christmas” cookbooks are still available, but with limited numbers.  The Jeff Davis Parish Library Board of Trustees and the Staff provide recipes for your enjoyment and sharing during the holidays and throughout the year.

I wanted to update all patrons regarding a new database on our website called Audio Cloud. The description from the web site reads:

“ allows you to listen to your favorite audio books with just a click of a button.”

Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audio books! There are 1,000 books in the collection and we’re always adding more!

These books are always available, never on hold, and no need to download.

Browse. Click. Listen. It’s that easy!”

I must say that it is that easy. Go to Jeff Davis Parish Website and click on Louisiana Library Connection. This will bring you to a listing of excellent databases for your use. Finally, click on Audio Cloud. As I reviewed the site, I noticed some of the classics are available. Since all students have assigned reading for school, this service would be especially helpful. For example, students who are auditory learners retain more when listening. What a treasure to assist students with upcoming required reading. They could follow along while sitting at a computer or laptop, hear the book and even be able to take any necessary notes. The variety of books includes Spanish language audio books.  This resource could possibly assist students who are studying the Spanish language in that they could distinctly hear the pronunciation of Spanish words.

I also noted that the novel Anna Karenina is on this site. I personally enjoy reading a book before I see the movie. This is just yet another idea in enjoying books and later seeing the newest film release.

Another book I found on this site is entitled “Bird Songs in Literature.” In the introduction John Keats is quoted, “the poetry of earth is never dead.” The narrative connects poems written by American and English poets and bird songs from both England and North America. I have always appreciated the lyrical sounds of birds and I am fortunate to live in the country where I often can sit on my porch and listen to “my” birds. I eagerly await listening to this book and its bird songs during my Christmas holiday.

I encourage all patrons to also check the site entitled “Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture.” This is a fascinating work sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. There are listings on this site for  art, architecture, folk life, history, literature and music. Clicking on the link brings the reader to a site called KnowLa. In reviewing the information on Louis Armstrong I read information on his early and professional life. An audio clip was available that would certainly enhance a student’s report on a person so entrenched in Louisiana musical history. As a retired educator, I had to smile when I noticed that even proper citation of the article was listed to include APA Style, MLA Style and Chicago Manual Style. Other books and articles regarding Louis Armstrong were also provided. Doing research has certainly been made easy in this technology world of ours. In reviewing the Fall of New Orleans, I noted an informative video. History really comes alive in this manner.

Why not try these sites? As you browse, I know you will see others of interest to you. Enjoy the knowledge and enjoyment that we all literally have “at our fingertips.” Happy New Year! Never forget to keep learning and experiencing new things!


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