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October 2013 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. National Italian American Heritage Month
  3. Learn About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
    at Your Library
  4. Pay Your Fines Online
  5. Gale’s Business Insights: Essentials
  6. Quick Byte: Key Ring

Welcome to the October Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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National Italian American Heritage Month

Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is in recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian descent, as well as Italians in America.

Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci. Celebrate Italian American heritage by attending one of the many programs being offered this month at the Gardens Branch, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens.* Also, be sure to check your local branch for book displays in recognition of Italian Heritage Month.

Lecture: Italian Art from the Baroque & Renaissance Periods

Gardens Branch
Thu, Oct 03, 6:30 pm
Professor John Barber will discuss art from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. Coffee and cookies served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Leonardo's Italian Link. (90 min.) Preregister.

Sites of the World Cultures: Venice & Florence

Gardens Branch
Wed, Oct 09 & 23, 2:30 pm
These two cities that had a profound influence on the development of western culture are explored in these films. Sponsored by Leonardo's Italian Link and the Friends of the Library. Preregister. Shown with permission. ©Kultur. (60 min.) Not rated.

Lecture: Is Venice Sinking?

Gardens Branch
Tue, Oct 15, 2:30 pm
Professor Randolph Guthrie, Chairman Emeritus of the Save Venice Society, will explore the phenomenon of high water in Venice and examine possible solutions, and well as historical attitudes and actions of Venetian authorities in relation to the problem. (60 min.) Preregister.

Thursday Film

Gardens Branch
Thu, Oct 17, 2:30 pm
The film honors the accomplishments and contributions of Italians to American culture and society. Sponsored by Leonardo's Italian Link and the Friends of the Library. Shown with permission. ©Kultur. (105 min.) Not rated.

Film: Celebrate National Italian American Heritage Month

West Boca Branch Tue, Oct 29, 2:00 pm
©MGM/UA. (102 min.) PG

Bella Notte: An Afternoon of Italian Songs

Gardens Branch
Tue, Oct 29, 3:00 pm
Don Meritt and Annette Moreau celebrate their Italian heritage singing favorite Italian songs, old and new. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Leonardo's Italian Link. (60 min.) Preregister.

*These events were brought to you courtesy of Leonardo’s Italian Link – Northern Palm Beaches, a social club for lovers of all thing Italian, from their contribution to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library, Inc. for the Gardens Branch.

Learn About the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at Your Library

Starting Oct 01, Americans will be able to choose a qualified health plan in the new health care marketplace. Are you interested in learning about the new insurance plans, forms, and the enrollment process? Do you have questions?

The Library’s Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County to help explain the marketplace and assist you with finding answers to your questions. Presentations are scheduled throughout the county at different Library locations for your convenience. Please register today to attend a lecture by calling any of these locations:

You can find information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Library’s Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) webpage, by checking under "Medical Insurance and Financial Assistance." You can also find information on eligibility, enrollment, and referral assistance at https://www.healthcare.gov and on the National Marketplace toll-free call center 800-318-2596.

In addition to information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Library’s Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) webpage has health information to read and discuss with your doctor. If you would like to learn more about health and medical resources or have other health-related questions, please contact the Consumer Health Information Service at 561-233-2720. Please also visit CHIS at the Main Library or on the web at http://www.pbclibrary.org/consumer-health.

Pay Your Fines Online

Beginning Oct 01, 2013 you will be able to pay your Library fines online with your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. There is no minimum amount and you can pay all or part of your fines and/or fees. Payments made online are applied immediately to your account. Once you have paid your fines and/or fees down to a balance less than $4.99, you will be able to place holds and borrow materials.

You will need your Library Card Number and your PIN to access your account and pay your fines.

For more information: http://www.pbclibrary.org/onlinefines/

Gale’s Business Insights: Essentials

Did you know that with Business Insights: Essentials you can…

  • Easily research companies, industries, and business topics by using - Company Finder.
  • Instantly analyze and compare financial and statistical information by accessing data with interactive charting tools by using - Interactive Comparison Charts.
  • Utilize data from Gale’s publications, including the International Directory of Company Histories, Market Share Reporter, Business Rankings Annual, the Encyclopedia of American Industries, and many others.
  • Access company profiles and industry rankings, as well as brand and product information by using – Industries.
  • Locate financial analysis tools, business associations, investment reports, and more.

What's Inside

Business Insights: Essentials includes an updated, user-friendly interface that makes it easy for you to use in-depth information on U.S. and international businesses, industries, and products.

Some of the new features in this database include…

  • The ability to search across multiple data types from a single search box.
  • One can manipulate statistical data and customize your own charts using – Interactive charting.
  • Links within search results that get you to the most relevant content in fewer clicks.
  • Text-to-speech capabilities using – Readspeaker.
  • Translate the user interface and/or article-level translations using - Translation Tools.
  • Glossary with thousands of business terms – Business Glossary.

Business Insights: Essentials

Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Includes detailed company and industry news and information.

  • Company profiles, including corporate parent/sibling relationships.
  • Industry ranking.
  • Products and brands.
  • Stock prices.
  • Investment reports.
  • Industry statistics.
  • Corporate chronologies and histories.
  • Consumer marketing data.
  • Emerging technology reports.
  • Industry newsletter news and analysis.
  • Business journal news and analysis.
  • Press releases.
  • Global coverage.
  • Investext (ASCII) reports.
  • Comprehensive financial overviews.
  • Twenty-minute, delayed stock quotes.
  • Company performance ratings.
  • Current investment ratings.
  • First Call Consensus Estimates.
  • CDA/Investnet Insider Buying & Selling Activity.
  • CDA/Spectrum Major Shareholders.
  • Pricing Momentum Short Interest Share and Ratios Key Measures.
  • Balance sheets and income statements.
  • Financial ratios.
  • Coverage of major business events and trends back to 1980.

Quick Byte: Key Ring

Shopping rewards cards. You know what they are – those little plastic cards that you get when you shop at certain stores. You start out with one, hoping that someday it will give you money back or a discount on your purchase. Then it becomes a collection, and you put them on a keychain. But no doubt, if you have them, you’ve been shopping and realized that the one that you need is hanging from a key chain miles away from where you’re standing.

Help is on the way in the form of Key Ring Loyalty Cards, a free app from Mobestream Media. According to its developers, Key Ring was created to provide people with a hassle-free solution to save time and money while on the go. Key Ring allows you to scan the bar code from each of your cards, add the name of the store or business – then, when you’re shopping, you can pull out your phone, select the store, and scan the image into the store’s code reader. No more jingly key ring weighing down your pocket or purse! If you want, you can also view the store’s weekly ads and coupons. You can manage card information from your mobile device or your computer, and have the ability to sync to new devices as needed. Key Ring has been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine (among others), and is available for free for all major platforms.

If you’d like to find out more about shopping tips and shopping on the Web, the Library will be hosting a program on Online Shopping on Oct 29 at 11:00 am at the Main Library's Computer Center on Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information or to preregister, call 561-233-2600 or visit the Information Desk.

Until Next Time

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Columbus Day

Columbus Day

The Palm Beach County Library System will be closed on Mon, Oct 14, for Columbus Day. No materials will be due on that day.

Columbus Day

Friends of the Library: Book Sale

Sat, Oct 19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Phone: 561-894-7500

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