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Library: New resource item now on BPL website


On the home page of the BPL (Bossier Parish Library),, under Research and homework is a new addition to the resource list, The Oxford African American Studies Center. The website is described as “the most comprehensive collection of scholarships available online to focus on the lives and events that have shaped African American and African history and culture.”

There are over 10,000 articles verified by the Editorial Advisory Board of the Oxford African American Studies Center. The basic content includes:

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


•Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895

•Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1896-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 Oxford Companion to Black British History are also mentioned. There are over 2,500 images, 450 primary sources, 200 maps included in the website. Over 150 charts and tables provide insight into demography, government, politics, business, labor, education, and the arts.

The site continues to grow with new and updated content added regularly, including the latest biographies of the African American National Biography Project and additional primary material with commentary.

An additional feature for teachers is a section for lesson plans, teacher resources, and the reference book guide that can be particularly useful in the classroom.

Contact one of the eight BPL branches for more information on the research sources found on the library’s website.

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Fall Festival Hours

Aulds – 742-2337: Tuesday October 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all ages. The theme is under the sea.

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

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On Thursday, October 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., kids 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 p.m. to 5 p.m. Make-up, games, candy and the “Pet Education Project”.

New books


Reach of the Guardian ”by Carla Neggers

Two years eight months and twenty-eight nights ”by Salman Rushdie

Girl of the House ”by Rosie Thomas

The Doors of Evangeline ”by Hester Young

Eve “by William Paul Young

Sophie must be saved: 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

non-fictional works

The Vatican Prophecies “by John Thavis

Like, jump, jump “by Shelene Bryan

Our Thousand Wells “by Jena Lee Nardella

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

Power Forward “by Reggie Love

A nation of nations “by Tom Gjelten

The Negotiator ”by George J. Mitchell

Imagine Your Prosperity ”by Ellen Rogin

A Righteous Man “by Arthur Browne

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations at the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at [email protected]



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