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July 2013 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. National Parents’ Day
  3. Adult Summer Reading Programs
  4. Gale Virtual Reference Library
  5. Quick Byte: Pocket

Welcome to the July Issue of Books & Bytes!

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National Parents’ Day

In every culture and time period, the family has stood as the most fundamental human institution. Family is the starting point of life, the sustainer of well-being, and the school of love. The most powerful of human bonds is the parent-child relationship.

Parents' Day provides an opportunity to recognize and promote parenting as a pillar for our families and communities. It is an opportunity to honor and promote the vital role of parenting in the development of children.

National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 by President Bill Clinton as a day for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Parents’ Day is perennially celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every July. This year, National Parents’ Day will be Jul 28. The Palm Beach County Library System will celebrate Parents’ Day from Jul 22-29, with parenting programs at all library branches.

Acreage Branch

Every Child is Special

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30 pm

Join us for fun, interactive and stimulating activities designed to encourage respect and self-esteem in young children, presented by the Anti-Defamation League. Limited availability. Ages 3-5. (60 min.) Preregister.

Belle Glade Branch

Smokey the Bear

Thu, Jul 18, 3:00 pm

Smokey the Bear and the Division of Forestry will teach us how to be safe all summer. This program is subject to cancellation if Smokey has to put out a fire. Another program will be substituted. All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Clarence E. Anthony Branch

Family Nutrition

Mon, Jul 08, 4:30 pm - Get Moving.
Wed, Jul 10, 4:30 pm - Plan, Shop, Save.
Mon, Jul 15, 4:30 pm - Fruits & Veggies: Half Your Plate.
Wed, Jul 17, 4:30 pm - Make Half Your Grains Whole.
Mon, Jul 22, 4:30 pm - Build Strong Bones.
Wed, Jul 24, 4:30 pm - Go Lean Protein.
Mon, Jul 29, 4:30 pm - Make a Change.
Wed, Jul 31, 4:30 pm - Celebrate!

Learn how to make healthy and good choices for the whole family, prepare delicious and safe food, and save money when food shopping. You will receive helpful kitchen tools and a certificate upon completion. Adults. (45 min.)

Gardens Branch

CPR and AED Training for Parents

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm

Bob Smallacomb of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will offer a free CPR and AED training course to help parents feel better prepared to handle an emergency involving their child. Participants will receive certificates of attendance. Adults. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Glades Road Branch

A World of Difference

Mon, Jul 29, 4:00 pm

The Anti-Defamation League offers ideas for families that encourage appreciation of our differences. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

Greenacres Branch

It’s Parent’s Day!

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30 pm

A special evening designed just for you! The library is having an open-house with information about the library and outside resources for you and your family. While here, play a round of Wii golf, and enjoy some refreshments. Bilingual. (60 min.) Preregister.

Hagen Ranch Road Branch

Taking Care of Our Teeth

Tue, Jul 23, 9:30 am

Ms. Betsy, from Kava Orthodontics, will teach parents and children about foods that help clean our teeth when we’re unable to brush, how to brush and floss, and the importance of taking care of our teeth and gums. She’ll have a goodie bag for you to take home, including a new toothbrush! Parents welcome! Ages 6-12. (45 min.)

Summer Family Fun – Water Safety

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00 am

Stay safe around the water this summer! In our meeting room, parents will learn tips for keeping their children safer around the pool or at the beach, while in our story time room, kids will participate in fun, instructive games that promote safe aquatic experiences. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

Lantana Road Branch

Triple P – Positive Parenting

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00 pm

The Children’s Services Council offers a program to promote: the independence and health of families, non-violent, protective, and nurturing environments for children and young people, and the development, growth, health, and social competence of young children. We will discuss the ways we can reduce the incidents of child abuse, behavioral and emotional problems, delinquency and substance abuse, and academic failure. All ages. (90 min.) Preregister.

Loula V. York Branch

Power of Positive Parenting Seminar

Wed, Jul 24, 5:30 pm

See the power of positive parenting in action! Do you want to tame the tantrums? Nip nagging in the bud? Encourage behavior you like? Then, please join us for this Triple P seminar presented by Children’s Services Council. Triple P offers simple strategies you can use today to strengthen your relationship with your child and create a more peaceful home. Adults. Childcare provided. (90 min.) Preregister.

Main Library

Be Prepared: Get Your Family Ready for… Anything!

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00 pm

Learn how to make sure your whole family is prepared and safe during common emergency situations such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more. County experts will discuss how to keep everyone safe when the unexpected happens. Bring questions! All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Okeechobee Blvd. Branch

Parenting Program Oral Health

Wed, Jul 24, 4:30 pm

Celebrate Parents' Day with a special guest presenter from the Caridad Center. Learn about the importance of brushing, flossing, dental care, and disease prevention. All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Fire Safety Program

Thu, Jul 25, 3:30 pm

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will present tips and tricks for keeping your family safe from fires. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

Tequesta Branch

Miller Early Childhood Initiative Family and Child Workshop

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00 am

Adults and their children participate together in interactive activities designed to foster respect and prevent the development of prejudice in young children. Parents and children ages 3-6. Limit 15. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wellington Branch

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What it Means

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00 pm

The Anti-Defamation League presents the Miller Early Childhood Initiative workshop for parents and children to come together and enjoy activities designed to foster respect both for oneself and others, as well as prevent the development of prejudice in preschool-aged children. Ages 3-6. Limit 20. (60 min.) Preregister.

West Boca Branch

Helping Children Cope

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00 am

A professional from the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County will discuss important issues with parents to help them support their children through difficult times in life such as bullying and coping when disasters happen in the world around us. Adults. (45 min.) Preregister.

West Boynton Branch

Family Nutrition

Wed, Jul 25, 6:30 pm

Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service offers ideas to help a child of any age select healthy choices anytime, anywhere. We will discuss the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits. All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Adults Dig Into Reading

The Summer Reading Program continues in July. Our programs and special events will encourage you to dig into reading and see what you discover through books. What will you unearth?

Acreage Branch

Summer Reads & Travel Needs

Mon, Jul 08, 4:00 pm

Develop language skills, find a good read, learn about our downloadable eBooks, and library resources to explore this summer.

Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

Sat, Jul 20, 10:30 am

Follow in the footsteps of the Avalon Ladies and lay out a page or two of your own pictures while we discuss the book. (90 min.)

Greenacres Branch

Adult Summer Reading Program - Viva Florida 500

Mon, Jul 01, 2:30 pm

Join Reference Librarian Isabel Toolsie as she explores some historical resources of Florida, including underwater archaeological gems in “Museums in the Sea.” (45 min.) Preregister.

Adult Summer Reading Program - Exploring the Past

Mon, Jul 08, 2:30 pm

The Great Courses® Documentaries: A History of European Art - Professor William Kloss appears in this DVD tour of a handful of remarkable altarpieces and the perceived quality of geometric abstraction in Piero’s figure compositions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. (60 min.) Preregister. Shown with permission. Not rated. Lecture 15: Northern Renaissance Altarpieces. Lecture 16: Piero della Francesca in Arezzo.

Adult Summer Reading Program - Sci Fi Book Discussion

Thu, Jul 11 & 18, 1:30 pm

"2001: A Space Odyssey". Join in a lively discussion of Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction classic. (60 min.) Preregister.

Adult Summer Reading Program - Subterranean Worlds

Sat, Jul 27, 2:15 pm

©Sony Pictures. (88 min.) Preregister. R

See "Happenings" for Movie Titles and Descriptions

Lantana Road Branch

Based on the Book: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Wed, Jul 10, 2:00 pm

Join us for a book/film discussion of the movie. Sign up and check out Doris Kearns Goodwin's book. ©Walt Disney Pictures. (150 min.) Preregister. PG-13

See "Happenings" for Movie Titles and Descriptions

Main Library

Club de lectura en español (Book discussion, program in Spanish)

Martes, 9 de julio, 6:30 pm
Tue, Jul 9, 6:30 pm

Venga para una conversación literario e informal entre amigos de la lectura, sobre la novella “Las Voces Bajas,” que trata de la memoria y la imaginación, del escritor Español Manuel Rivas. Ejemplares del libro están disponibles en el Mostrador de Circulación (“Check Out”). (75 min.)

Come for a literary conversation among friends who enjoy reading, about the novel “Las Voces Bajas,” which deals with memory and imagination, by Spanish author Manuel Rivas. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk (Check Out). (75 min.)

Okeechobee Blvd. Branch

Florida Authors Book Discussion Series

Thu, Jul 18, 3:00 pm

Staff will lead a discussion of “A Moveable Feast,” by Ernest Hemingway. Sign up and check out the book. (90 min.)

West Boca Branch

Book Discussion: Cooking the Books

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00 pm

Read “Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans,” by Pam Brandon, then pick a recipe to try at home. Discuss and share recipes and techniques with facilitator/foodie/librarian Stacy Alesi. Sign up and check out the book. (90 min.)

West Boynton Branch

Summer Book Discussion: The Light Between Oceans

Tue, Jul 09, 2:00 pm

In this debut book from Australian author M.L. Stedman, the miraculous arrival of a child in the life of a barren couple delivers profound love, but also the seeds of destruction. Led by Judy Kamiat. (60 min.) Preregister.

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Club

Tue, Jul 09, 7:00 pm

Join other Sherlock fans and facilitator Howard Schoen for films and discussions of the renowned literary detective. (75 min.)

Meet the Author: William G. Crawford, Jr.

Sat, Jul 13, 2:00 pm

The Intracoastal Waterway winds from Boston to Miami, but do you know its origin and history? Hear the fascinating story from this local attorney and historian, author of “Florida's Big Dig: The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville to Miami, 1881 to 1935.” Preregister.

Meet the Author: Ron Wiggins

Tue, Jul 16, 2:00 pm

This award-winning former travel and features columnist for The Palm Beach Post will discuss his off-the-beaten-track travel guide “Florida Authentica.” A book signing will follow. (60 min.) Preregister.

Tertulia Literaria: “El Libro Secreto de Frida Kahlo” (Literary Gathering: “The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo,” program in Spanish)

Martes, 16 de julio, 6:30 pm
Tue, Jul 16, 6:30 pm

Esta novela, escrita por F.G. Haghenbeck, explora la complejidad de la vida amorosa, las obras de arte, y las tragedias de Frida Kahlo. Entre cada capítulo se encontrará las recetas de su librito misterioso, El Libro de Hierba Santa. Copias de este libro están disponibles en el Mostrador de Información. (75 min.)

This novel, written by F.G. Haghenbeck, explores the complex love life, works of art, and tragedies of Frida Kahlo. With each chapter you’ll find recipes from her mysterious notebook, The Book of Sacred Herbs. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. (75 min.)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

It seems like summer just started, but school’s just around the corner! Homework and research papers are only about a month away. This year, we want to tell you about a variety of reference books that you can access on your home computer. A virtual reference book collection for your home, to help you with your studies!

The collection is the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Arranged in subjects, just like the books in the library, here you can find books about the arts, business, the environment, history, nations, medicine, religion, science, and more. If you’re writing a paper about "Beloved," by Toni Morrison, you can find a plot summary, character descriptions, and criticism in "Novels for Students." Find additional biographical information about the author in "Who’s Who Among African Americans" or the "Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History."

Students studying countries such as Indonesia can first look at "Countries of the World and Their Leaders" for extensive information and overviews. Then move on to the "Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World." Find out what role Indonesia played in World War II in the "World War II Reference Library."

A science paper about epidemiology might bring you to the "Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine" or the "Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health." More information about this topic can be found in the "Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society," or the "Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics." Remember, these are not anonymous websites with information - they are actual books that can be found on the library reference shelf, and now online on your home computer in full-text, complete with charts and illustrations.

When a project is due, many of us are guilty of leaving things until the last minute. No matter what your topic is, if you have not left yourself time to get to the library, get to the Gale Virtual Reference Library!

The link to our e-resources is http://www.pbclibrary.org/online-research. Input your library card to access these and many other useful resources. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now for a Temporary Research Access Code (TRAC) to immediately access most of the library’s electronic resources. Learn more about TRAC at http://edb.pbclibrary.org/TRAC/TRACFAQ.pdf.pdf.

Quick Byte: Pocket

Have you ever been reading something online and didn’t have time to finish it? Now you have the ability to put it in your Pocket and read it anytime you want.

Pocket is a free and useful tool that allows you save and read content anywhere at any time. Native apps are available for your iPhone and iPad, Mac, Android, and Kindle Fire so anything you want to read is at your fingertips.

Saving to Pocket is easy. Once you find information you’d want to save, simply use the tools made for your browser. Not using your own computer? No problem. Grab the URL and email it to add@getpocket.com, and it will instantly be added to your reading queue! Pocket even integrates with many other native apps. If you’re browsing an app that streams multiple sources, you can isolate an article that peaks your interest and add it to Pocket; making Pocket your one-stop-shop for all your information.

Pocket makes viewing your content quick and easy. Anything you Pocket is delivered to you without the clutter, making news or articles easy-to-read on your device. Viewing can be customized even more by adjusting fonts, colors, and screen brightness straight from the app.

Going to a place without Internet access? Open the app on your device before you leave and download all your content so you can access your reading material from anywhere, no Internet required.

Anything added to your Pocket queue can be favorited, archived, or deleted. You can even add tags to help organize your content further. If you found something particularly interesting, you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other online services.

Pocket is an amazing tool to help keep you informed, educated, and up-to-date. Now you’ll never forget where you saw or read something again - just find it in your Pocket.

Until Next Time

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4th of July Closing

The Palm Beach County Library System will be closed on Thu, Jul 04, for Independence Day.
No material will be due that day.

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