Thursday, November 29, 2018

Getting into the Holiday Groove!

If you're like me, you'll be doing all of your holiday shopping online this year. But how to replicate that once a year experience of hearing nothing but Christmas music everywhere you go?



The library has you covered with Freegal and Hoopla!


Freegal allows each card holder five downloads a week of DRM free MP3s. Classics as well as new popular hits are available here. From the solemn to the outright raunchy, you will find something for everyone. My personal favorite for an adults only party is A Very Big Freedia Christmazz, but if you want to go a more "traditional" route, Freegal also has jazz (Christmas Dream by Aaron Bing is lovely), country (White Christmas Blue by Loretta Lynn), and even children's music. The best part about Freegal is that you get to keep these MP3s for as long as you'd like. There are no "check outs," just your 5 weekly credits!


New for patrons this year is Hoopla, with its massive collection of Christmas music and movies. While you don't get to keep the movies and music you borrow from Hoopla, you also never have to worry about late fees. Just check out and download the music to your device, and it's yours for 7 days. If you love an album so much, you want to hear it all season long, you can check it out again with another one of your free monthly credits. With Hoopla, you will never have to wait for an item to become available and you will never have a late fee!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Finding Your Veteran Ancestors with Fold3

100 years ago today, World War I officially ended. Since 1926, the United States has celebrated this day as Veterans Day, a day to honor those who served in the United States military. Service in the military has touched the lives of millions of families and has left a significant paper trail extremely useful to those researching their ancestors. 

The Battles of Saratoga: October 7, 1777

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives.

WWII Draft Registration Cards. Exclusive access.


Click here to watch the video Finding Your Military Veterans on Fold3 to learn more about searching Fold3's archive, including looking for enlistment records, casualty records, and draft cards. This video explores not only how to find these resources in Fold3, but also how to use them to further your genealogical research. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Creativebug is LIVE!

Creativebug is LIVE!


The newest addition to the many resources that Terrebonne Parish Library offers its patrons is FREE, unrestricted access to the Creativebug streaming service.


 Including over 1000 classes on subjects such as art, sewing, baking, quilting, and much more, Creativebug classes are taught by professional instructors and artists.



Lessons contain lists of all the materials you will need to complete your project, a section for chatting with the instructor and other participants, and often contain the pattern for your project (yes, even sewing patterns!).

How to Set Up Your Creativebug Account

  1. Visit creativebug.com/lib/mytpl
  2. Enter your library card number and PIN
(Your PIN is your six digit date of birth. Ex: 010186 for January 01, 1986)
3. Create an account with your first name, last name, email address, and password.  
4. You are finished! You will now only need your email address and password to log in to Creativebug.


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

What's All the Hoopla About Hoopla?

You may have heard a funny new word floating around at your library. It's been a whole lot of "Hoopla" here and there at our branches, and for good reason! 

Our newest option for ebooks, audio books, comics, TV, music, and movies is Hoopla Digital. Hoopla allows streaming as well as downloads via their app. A very convenient Roku app makes viewing Hoopla content on your TV a breeze. 

Here's the most important info you need to know about Hoopla: 

How Do I Get a Hoopla Account? 
Simply visit MyTPL.org and click on the large "Hoopla" banner. You will be brought to a page where you can go through a one time account creation process. Thereafter, when you visit Hoopla through the library's homepage or your app, you will be able to sign in with your user name (email address) and password and you won't need to remember your library card number.


How Many Items Can I Check Out? 
You can check out an unlimited number of items at a time, but you are limited to five total items for the month.


How Long Can I Have Them Checked Out? 
TV/Movies: 3 days
Ebooks/Audiobooks/Comics: 21 days
Music: 7 days

Will I Be Charged a Late Fee, or, Can I Renew My Items? 
There are NO late fees and NO renewals on Hoopla. However, items are available to multiple users at a time, so there are NO wait lists! If you aren't done with your item, feel free to check it out again. It will cost one of your monthly download credits. 



Do I Get to Keep the Music/Movie/TV Show/Book?
No, these are just borrowed items, and they will no longer work once your loan period expires. 


Remember, if you have any more questions about Hoopla or any of our library's services, never hesitate to call us at (985) 876-5861, extension 2.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Relive the '90s with Salem History Digital Reference

Remember the 90s? 

You may, or may not, remember the 1990s. You may have been too young, or too busy, to realize what was going on around you. In those ten years, America changed drastically, and you may have missed a few things. If you'd like a refresher (or an introduction) to the politics, entertainment, and cultural movements of that last decade of the 20th century, Salem History has a resource that will provide just that.










In The Nineties in America, you can read about Beanie Babies, The Spice Girls, and Garth Brooks, but you can also read about the Lorena Bobbitt case, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and drug use. The entire three volume set is available for perusal in person at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library, and is available digitally 24/7, at your fingerprints in the Salem History database on MyTPL.org. With over 600 articles and 1,300 pages of content, including photos, illustrations, and graphs, this is a fantastic resource for research as well as casual interest reading.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Gale Legal Forms: Free Legal Forms for Louisiana

 Since Louisiana still uses the Napoleonic Code to inform its legal proceedings, Louisiana law is unique in the United States. Are you looking for a legal form, specifically one that is appropriate to Louisiana law? Though the library can't offer legal advice (we are librarians, not lawyers!), we can offer you the forms for free. 

Gale Legal Forms Library is a database from US Legal Forms. Categories of legal forms available include the following: 


Don't know where to look? A search function makes finding the correct form less intimidating. Sample searches are provided to get you started. In addition to forms, a limited amount of legal information is provided in the "Legal Q&A" section.

Do you need legal advice or free legal aid? Another site you may consider is LouisianaLawHelp.org. A project of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the website provides links to free legal help for low income residents as well as current legal information from law professionals. Though this site is not sponsored by or related to the library, it is a fantastic resource and a great place to start before heading to Gale Legal Forms Library to find the appropriate legal form for your situation. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ASVAB Prep @ MyTPL.org

Looking forward to a career in the military? The ASVAB test may be a major factor in determining your future. Terrebonne Parish Library has several always available resources to help you prepare. In our Gale Virtual Reference Library database, you will find 46 practice tests, ebooks, and subject reviews available 24/7 with no checkout required. All you will need is an active Terrebonne Parish library card. 


Highlight, save, and make notes in this virtual textbook. You can even print out or email pages for offline review. 


Another database, Learning Express Library, houses additional e-texts and practice tests. Four full books and 9 practice tests are available free of charge, 24/7, with no checkout required. Just create a free account with your Terrebonne Parish library card, and your work will be saved as you progress through the ebooks and tests.