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September 2013 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Banned Books Week
  3. Hispanic Heritage Month - Viva Hispanic Culture
  4. Ask a Librarian
  5. Quick Byte: Stay Organized with SpringPad

Welcome to the September Issue of Books & Bytes!

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Banned Books Week

Celebrate The Freedom to Read!
September 22 - 30, 2013

Every day you read something - a book, a magazine, a blog, a billboard – of your choice. Imagine if you didn’t have a choice, if you could read only what the government or society deemed “official” or “acceptable?” Fortunately, for those of us in America, we can read whatever we want. Our Founding Fathers built into the Constitution the right to read, to write, and to receive information without hindrance from the government or other people:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, December 15, 1791.

We recognize this most basic of freedoms in a democratic society – the freedom to read freely – and encourage everyone not to take this freedom for granted. During this week we are reminded that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to, or view. Palm Beach County Library System, and thousands of libraries across the country, will celebrate the freedom to read by encouraging you to celebrate with us.

Celebrate the freedom to read with these activities:

  • Read a book, eBook, magazine, or newspaper.
  • Take a child to library story time.
  • Join a book discussion at the library.

American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library!

During the week of September 22, visit any of our branches for a free bookmark and see our special displays.

For more information on challenged books, visit the following Internet resources:

You can also participate in book and film discussions

Book & Film Discussion

Greenacres Branch
Thu, Sep 12, 1:30 pm
Fri, Sep 27, 1:30 pm
Join us for a “spirited” discussion of an Isabel Allende book. Return on 9/27 to see the film based on the book followed by a brief discussion. ©Miramax. (138 min.) Preregister. PG-13

Banned Books Bingo

Greenacres Branch
Tue, Sep 24, 6:30 pm
Celebrate your freedom to read freely with a fun and informative game of "Banned Books Bingo." (60 min.) Preregister.

View & Discuss: Forbidden Reading

Gardens Branch
Wed, Sep 24, 7:00 pm
Everyone should have the freedom to read … and read freely! Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Forbidden Reading” a documentary from the “Empire of the Word” series. ©Films for the Humanities & Sciences. (52 min.) Facilitated by Dr. Sallie Brown, FAU Professor Emeritus. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book Discussion

West Boca Branch
Thu, Sep 26, 10:30 am
Join staff for a lively book discussion on “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book & Film Discussion

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Sep 26, 2:00 pm
Join staff for a book and film discussion of a classic Ray Bradbury sci-fi novel about individual freedom and book burning. ©Universal Pictures. (113 min.) Not Rated.

Hispanic Heritage Month - Viva Hispanic Culture

Each year, Palm Beach County joins the nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15 and October 15. Our program series in 2013, Viva Hispanic Culture (¡Viva la Hispanidad!), offers opportunities for the whole community to learn about and enjoy Latin American traditions from various countries through music, dance, literature, food, and art.

The annual commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month began with a weeklong observance, started in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observation to September 15 - October 15, a month-long period which includes several Latin American countries’ anniversaries of independence. In 1988, Congress approved Law #100-402 to call on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Programs throughout Hispanic Heritage Month at various branches will invite the whole family to honor Hispanic culture. Join us as we celebrate Viva Hispanic Culture, ¡Viva la Hispanidad!

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff - Apertura del Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Main Library
Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 - Sábado, 07 de septiembre, 2013

Food Truck Fiesta

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sample delicious treats for purchase from a variety of local food trucks. (4 hr.)

Fiesta Con Carritos de Comida

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pruebe comida deliciosa para comprar, de una variedad de carritos de comida.

Viva Hispanic Culture! With Mariachi Music

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for traditional Mexican mariachi songs by Mariachi Pancho Villa, to celebrate the beginning of our program series honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. (60 min.)

¡Viva la Hispanidad! Con Música Mariachi

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Únase a nosotros para escuchar canciones tradicionales en estilo mariachi de Mariachi Pancho Villa, y para celebrar la apertura de nuestra serie de programas en honor del Mes de la Herencia Hispana. (60 min.)

Ask a Librarian

Whether you are stumped with a complex research project, want help with our library databases, or have a simple question, Ask a Librarian is a free online service that allows you to chat or text with a librarian for immediate assistance from 10:00 am until midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. More than 100 libraries, including the Palm Beach County Library System, work together statewide to provide this service.

When you log on to Ask a Librarian, a trained information professional will guide you to the resources and answers you need in mere minutes. At the end of your chat session, a transcript will provide links to all of the resources you visited during the session

Another option is texting us from your phone. Send your question via text to 561-672-0388 for quick answers from an expert - a Florida librarian. Enter pbc as the first three characters of the text, then type your question. You should receive a reply within minutes!

And if chatting and texting aren’t your preferred methods of communication, you can email us instead!

You may wonder why you should use Ask a Librarian instead of a search engine like Google. Librarians are experts at sorting through information and finding what you need from a credible source. With over 100 million sites on the Internet, searching on Google and Yahoo can return millions of Websites filled with information that’s not quite what you were looking for. And often, those sites have questionable Information. With Ask a Librarian, you have a professional to help evaluate resources and separate the good from the not-so-good. Ask a Librarian brings this valuable resource straight to you when and where you need it.

You can use any computer, tablet, or even a smartphone to access this service. You can even download the app from your app store. All you need to get started is Internet accessibility.

So, if you have a question, go ahead, ask us! You can find us at www.askalibrarian.org/palmbeach.

Ask a Librarian is administered by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Ask a Librarian is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. Ask a Librarian is a service of the Florida Electronic Library.

Quick Byte: Stay Organized with SpringPad

Are you desperately in need of a personal assistant? If you are, check out SpringPad, the free app for your computer or mobile device that, according to its creators, can “help people manage and simplify their lives by making the Web work for you, whenever and wherever you need.”

There are plenty of apps to help you stay organized, but SpringPad has moved beyond managing documents and tasks. It has a “search and suggest” option and allows you to “clip” interesting things and adds useful information to supplement your choices. All the information that you save can be organized into Notebooks.

For example, if you clip or bookmark a new movie title, SpringPad will fill in additional information, such as reviews, premier dates, and links to ticket purchasing sites. Want to buy something? SpringPad will be on the lookout for a drop in price and let you know when one occurs. And, if you want, SpringPad will offer new suggestions for you to consider based on your current preferences. Looking for information about your city’s green market? SpringPad will provide details about other area green markets, too.

In a nutshell, it is less of an online organizer (like EverNote) and more of a personal assistant that helps you make the most of your choices. Plus, it does all this in a very visual way that can help you grab a notebook easily when you’re on the go. So if you’d like a personal assistant that will travel with you all the time, take a look at SpringPad.

Until Next Time

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