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. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mind Your Business @ the Library

Working for yourself is the dream for many, but it is a long, hard road to get your own small business of the ground and to keep things running smoothly. As you may be aware, a business owner never has a day off. It can be a struggle just to find accurate information on the process of becoming a business owner, insuring your business, and hiring and managing your employees. But, as always, your Terrebonne Parish Library has you covered!

In the "business" section of our "databases by name" page at MyTPL.org, you will find a handful of tools which will help you at every step along the way, from writing your business plan to maintaining your corporate records. One of the easiest to use is the Small Business Reference Center, hosted by EBSCO. 


Featuring tutorials, videos, documents, and full text ebooks from NOLO, a leading publisher of legal books for the lay person, almost any question you have regarding the process of building and maintaining your business can be answered with the materials available in this database. A state specific "start up information" page of the database provides vital statistical information by state, such as demographic data, fastest growing cities, and licenses/permits; all information that you will need to plan and execute your professional vision. 


There are no holds or requests necessary. All of the books are available 24/7 to multiple users. You can even save and print PDFs from the database and the ebooks in it. And of course, it is all free, funded by your Terrebonne Parish Library. 



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Looking Back with America's Historical Newspapers

Newspapers may be considered passé in today's society, often just an annoyance to be thrown immediately into the recycling bin or saved up for lining the table at your next crawfish boil. But in times past, they were an essential way of learning what was happening in your community, around the country, and around the world. If it was important, it was in the paper. And now, newspapers from the past are an essential tool in learning about what shaped the lives of those who came before us. 

Here at Terrebonne Parish Library, we are fans of the printed word. We subscribe to various papers in print, including The Advocate, The Times Picayune, The Houma Courier, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and several more local and national publications. But these are sources for learning about what is happening now. Where should you look for historical newspapers? 

Terrebonne Parish Library subscribes to two databases which are extremely useful for historical research: America's Historical Newspapers and Newspaper Source. Both are available for free, 24/7, at mytpl.org/reference. All you need is your active Terrebonne Parish library card. 


 America's Historical Newspapers has a very simple search functions, so if you are looking for a specific topic, you can type in a word in the text box, just like you would in Google. From there, you can narrow down your results with several filters such as dates, newspaper titles, and location. 

You can also choose to get more specific results by using the "advanced search" function at the beginning of your search to find combinations of words. This is helpful when you are searching for a topic that is very specific. 


For example, I did a search for "Terrebonne Parish" and "yellow fever," which yielded only three results; However, these results were extremely relevant to my search. 

Viewing the newspapers inside of America's Historical Newspapers is even easier than reading them in print. Your search terms will be highlighted in your results. You can zoom in and out on the tiny font, making it much easier to read than regular print. You can also download your results to a PDF and email it or print it out, so keeping track of your research is easy. 



EBSCO's Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 U.S. & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional United States newspapers. In addition to newspapers, this source contains the full text of television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, and more. Use EBSCO's multiple search filters to find the content you want quickly and easily.


 Both of these databases provide a wealth of information to researchers, both professional and amateur. If you would like help learning to use databases, consider attending a class with Reference Department staff, or as a librarian for a demonstration. We are always happy to help someone discover the past with our fantastic historical resources! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

American Presidents in Salem Online




Curious about the lives of the United States presidents? Wondering what their greatest accomplishments were, and their biggest pitfalls? Perhaps you just want to reminisce about your favorite past commander in chief. Salem History, an ebook collection  by Salem Press and provided for you by Terrebonne Parish Library, is available to you 24/7 in its entirety.


























Each article provides extensive information about all 43 past American Presidents, including a list of their cabinet members, their vital statistics, and lengthy narratives about their lives before the presidency, their accomplishments and major decisions during their term(s), images, suggested reading, and more. Every entry also includes a link to help you cite the article, email, or print it. If you are writing about the presidents, or just curious, this is an invaluable resource for students and enthusiasts alike.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Juneteeth Resources

June 19th, or "Juneteenth," is the largest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. However, it is not nearly as well known or widely celebrated as other holidays. If you would like to  learn more about the history of the holiday, and about African American history in general, the Terrebonne Parish Library has a plethora of free resources available at your fingertips, 24/7.

A great place to begin is with the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). To access GVRL from our website, select "Research" then "Databases by Name" and scroll down to the "G's." Withing GVRL, you will find titles such as the American Civil War Reference Library, a collection featuring five volumes of Civil War history. 

Also in GVRL, The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture has a fantastic article on African American food traditions that features a sidebar on Juneteenth, explaining its cultural significance in the African American community:



Works such as The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, and Gale Encyclopedia of Multi-Cultural America, all available in full online through Gale Virtual Reference Library, feature significant information on African American culture, history, and traditions from various sources. 



Gale Virtual Reference Library is available for free, 24/7, to anyone with an active Terrebonne Parish Library Card. No check outs are required; simply log on from MyTPL.org and enjoy unlimited access to these titles and dozens more. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Twayne's Author Series

Do you have a favorite author? Would you like to know more about them? Have you tried reading classics, but you just can't seem to get at the meaning behind all those symbols and metaphors? 

Twayne's Author Series, a database by Gale, is a great place to do your research and help crack the code of all those amazing, but hard to understand, works of fine literature. 

Authors such as Edith Wharton, Anthony Trollope, Anton Chekov, and even Aristotle are analyzed in these full text ebooks detailing the lives of the authors as well as the literary analysis of their most important and lasting works. A full, clickable table of context, index, list of illustrations, and more are available. Citation tools make using these texts for school assignments a breeze. 

Other tools such as highlighting, adding notes, saving to Google Drive and saving to "my folder" make this a time saving resource over traditional print books, often only available in print in our reference section, where it can't be removed for extensive note taking at home. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ACT Prep at Your Library! Part I: Homework Louisiana

Summer is just around the corner! Tomorrow is officially the last day of school in Terrebonne Parish. Your student is going to be ready to sleep late, relax, and decompress from their busy schedule. That's great! Studies from the CDC have shown that teens need more sleep than the rest of us. But when your teen isn't busy getting ten hours of much needed rest, you might want to nudge them a bit to think about their future. 

The "summer slide" is real. Your student can easily fall behind in her studies without continuous practice. And, as many students head into the latter part of high school, ACT testing begins in earnest. The ACT can determine not only your child's eligibility for entrance into a certain school, but also her eligibility for scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. 

Luckily, your Terrebonne Parish Library has a multitude of high quality resources to give your child an advantage when it comes to ACT testing. 

This summer, we are conducting a pilot program of our very own, completely free, six week ACT prep course. The course will be taught by library staff and tutors, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Terrebonne Parish Library. The program is currently full, but, if it proves successful this summer, we intend to continue these sessions next summer.

The class may be full, but most of the resources we are using to prepare students for the ACT are available for free through the library's website. Two databases in particular are excellent for preparing students for the ACT: Learning Express and HomeworkLouisiana.org

From our home page, select the "Research" tab on the top right of the screen. Choose "databases by name" and scroll down to either Learning Express or Homework Louisiana. 







When  you enter Homework Louisiana, you will see a screen offering a variety of options for free tutoring and test prep. For ACT prep, click on "Prep for the SAT/ACT." You will be prompted to log in or create an account. Don't worry, your account registration and use of this site is completely free! 

After sign in, select "other tools," then "Prep for the SAT/ACT." There, you will find multiple tools for your student's success. 

There are multiple practice tests, a module to help track success and goals, and a "coursework" section for reviewing core concepts. All of your progress is saved with your user name and password, so you can take your time reviewing.







In the next blog entry, I will be showcasing LearningExpress Library's fantastic ACT/SAT prep resources. In the meantime, go create an account on Homework Louisiana and check out all it has to offer! 


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Family Time with TumbleBooks

Do you have little ones at home? Are they stuck to their screens? Do you wish there was a way to spend more time learning and less time playing mindless games? 

Then you should know about TumbleBooks Library!


TumbleBooks is an e book service for children. As with all library resources, it's free: all you need is an active library card. 

TumbleBooks has a massive story book collection, as well as a "read along" feature for children in grades 2 to 6. The book highlights the text as it reads aloud to the child. Fun animations make the book engaging for visual learners. This feature may be turned off for silent or family reading. Many books are award winners by popular authors. 

In addition to picture books, TumbleBooks offers a selection of chapter books, including such classics as The One And Only IvanElla Enchanted, and Fortunately, the Milk!

Graphic novels, math stories, and language learning round out the collection to make TumbleBooks Library an invaluable resource for families with young children. Get your child started reading on TumbleBooks today!







Monday, April 2, 2018

April is National Poetry Month

Get some poetry in your life this April with resources from your Terrebonne Parish Library! 

Listen to poetry read aloud on Freegal. You can stream entire albums, or download three tracks per week. 
Overdrive also offers audio books of poetry read aloud. The following titles are available for download.
And don't skip the 43 books in the ebook poetry collection, available on Overdrive as well! This collection features some of the titles shown below, as well as many others. 


 Do you want to find out more about the lives of your favorite poets? Visit Gale Virtual Reference Library and browse through the seventh edition of Contemporary Poets

Three of our databases, Scribner Writers Series, Twayne's Authors Series, and Salem Literature, specifically focus on the lives and works of famous authors. 

And, of course, our print collection of poetry books is a great place to start a new poet or reacquaint yourself with an old one. 


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Infobase eBooks, Research at your Fingertips

Looking for some high quality reference books to complete your report, or do you (like me) just love to read encyclopedias to find interesting random facts? Infobase eBooks is there to be your go-to late night, last minute reference or insomnia companion. 

Within this database, you will find the full, unabridged text of 51 encyclopedias and reference books, all high quality and comprehensive, on subjects ranging from heredity, to poetry, to the US Presidents, and much more. 
 Science, art, history, and more are explored in the pages of these volumes. There is no difference in content between these books and the large volumes of reference materials housed in the Main Library's reference department. The difference between these e-texts and those books, however, is a beneficial one for you: they can be viewed, searched, printed, and copied by multiple users at one time, 24/7, and require no checkout. All you will need is your library card to access these titles. Bookmark, email, and save articles or entire texts to assist you in your research. Full bibliographic information is included with each title, so citation will be a breeze. 

 Check out InfoBase eBooks today, and you'll be ready to use it for your next project!