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November 2013 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Friends of the Library Present: Groundbreaking Reads: Adult Book Discussion Series
  3. Palm Beach County Library System Celebrates
    10th Annual "Families Reading Together Campaign"
  4. Viva Palm Beach County
  5. Literature Criticism Online/Literature Resources from Gale
  6. Quick Byte: Jobrary

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Books & Bytes!

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Friends of the Library Present: Groundbreaking Reads: Adult Book Discussion Series

November 2013 to
March 2014

What is a groundbreaking read? Perhaps classics like Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” or Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” which have stood the test of time? Or perhaps fascinating memoirs like Madeleine Albright’s “Prague Winter” or Barack Obama’s “Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” which shed light on influential leaders of the day? Or popular science fiction and fantasy novels like J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” or Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” which immerse you in imaginative worlds? Still more, a groundbreaking read can be a book that inspires you or touches your life in some personal way.

The Adult Book Discussion Series provides readers with an opportunity to experience new fiction, rediscover classics, or enjoy favorite authors. At locations throughout the Library System, experienced and dedicated facilitators will lead these monthly discussions. Since each leader and group has its own unique style and membership, you might try more than one discussion group to maximize your enjoyment of the series.

For more information on the dates and times of each discussion, how to preregister, and how to check out a copy of the book you will be reading each month, please call or visit the participating library of your choice or visit our website.

Read more about the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Palm Beach County Library System Celebrates 10th Annual "Families Reading Together Campaign"

November 2013 marks the Library System’s 10th Annual Families Reading Together Campaign. This event serves to remind the community of the importance of sharing books with children and encouraging them to read on their own. This project is made possible by community sponsors and all events are free to the public.

During this year’s celebration, all preschoolers and children attending kindergarten through first grade will be encouraged to read “Where Should Turtle Be?” by Susan Ring and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein. Elementary school and public libraries will conduct special programs for the event. Additional outreach programming for day care centers will be provided by the Library System.

Kicking off the festivities on November 02, the Library System has planned a day of exciting activities at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. Admission is free and children showing their library card will receive a free book of their choice at the Great Book Giveaway. Other activities that day include craft-making, a special visit by Neptunia the Sea Goddess, and a Storybook Stroll in Loggerhead Park with an appearance by Laurie Allen Klein, the campaign title illustrator. Families Reading Together programs during November include performances by Suzy Hammer as Neptunia the Sea Goddess at all library branches, “Ballet by the Book,” performed by Ballet Palm Beach, and a bookmark design contest.

This campaign is sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Viva Palm Beach County

Sat, Nov 16,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Main Library
3650 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Join us in celebrating Palm Beach County’s cultural heritage with a day of festivities beginning with the unveiling of a time capsule featuring photos of present day Palm Beach County. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Door Prize Drawings every hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Must be present to win. Prizes donated by:

Gun Club Cafe Morikami Museum The Norton Museum Park Avenue Grill

Schedule of Events

Time Capsule Unveiling Ceremony
9:00 am
Featuring photos of present day Palm Beach County.

9:30 am
Enjoy cake and cookies courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Mariachi de Mi Tierra
10:00 am
Join us for traditional Mexican mariachi songs.

Cultural Fair
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit displays from local community and cultural organizations that showcase the unique cultures in Palm Beach County.

Book Cart Float Parade
10:30 am
View Library staff’s interpretation of Florida history throughout the years and vote for your favorite float.

Food Trucks
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sample delicious treats for purchase from a variety of local food trucks.

Balloon Masterz Zany Balloon Show
11:30 am
Enjoy balloon twisting taken to wild new extremes with comedy, audience participation, and a terrific craft.

Meet Dewey the Library Owl
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Have your photo taken with Dewey & the Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon.

Cultural Showcase
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Enjoy performances by local cultural organizations that showcase our diverse community.

All Day
Children’s Area

Literature Criticism Online/Literature Resources from Gale

English and literature homework no longer requires hours at the library going through large collections of literary criticism books in the reference section. Today, students of all ages just need to log-in to our online resources page at www.pbclibrary.org/online-research, and click on a couple of databases in the Literature category. The library subscribes to two complementary databases, Literature Resources from Gale and Literature Criticism Online, to bring this trusted material, formerly only available in print format in your library, straight to your desktop.

Literature Resources from Gale includes full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. Researchers at all levels will find the information they need, with content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world.

Literature Critcism Online (LCO) is the largest, curated, online collection of literary criticism in the world, bringing together nine multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres. When your teacher says that “only a book will do,” you’ll be happy to know that the pdf digital format of the content in Literature Criticism Online duplicates the print version of these resources exactly.

Literature Criticism Online includes the entire backfile of all of the following titles, and is updated regularly:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism®
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®
  • Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Children’s Literature Review

In addition, Literature Criticism Online adds Something About the Author, with biographies of classic, contemporary, and emerging authors and illustrators of children's and young adult literature.

Remember, the link to our online 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.

Quick Byte: Jobrary

If you’ve ever needed a quick and easy way to create a résumé or portfolio, Jobrary provides the solution. Jobrary is a free online tool that gives you a very basic start for creating a résumé.

You can choose to begin by using Facebook, Twitter, or entering your email to start the sign up process. As you create an account, you’re asked to choose a “Unique URL“ for your own Jobrary website. You can change this later if you want under Account Settings.

Once you’ve created your account and have logged in, you can immediately begin filling out your basic information including your name, contact information, websites, and the ability to upload an image. By default, you are given three sections to start filling out: Objectives, Education, and Experiences. Using the icons at the top of the page, or the drop-down at the bottom, you can choose to add Skills, Certifications, References, or Custom Sections that best suit your needs.

Any of these items can be removed by clicking the “X” in their upper right corner or can be moved up and down in their hierarchy by using the arrows. A similar process is used by each “entry” in these sections, so if you discover you forgot an important skill, you are able to add and arrange as you wish.

If you want to be able to showcase a visual portfolio, Jobrary has you covered as well. Simply click on Portfolio and choose to create a new gallery. Uploading is very simple, and you can choose to add descriptions to each image. If you need to rearrange their order, it follows the same method used in arranging your résumé.

Clicking on the Account Settings tab allows you to choose your résumé or your portfolio as the default landing page. It is also possible to disable one of these items. You can also change your URL and link your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Once you’ve finalized your résumé, you can preview it or start sharing it with others. From the résumé page, you can forward your profile through email, print it, download a PDF version, or share using Facebook and Twitter.

Jobrary takes some of the difficulty out of starting your résumé while creating something visually pleasing to share with potential employers. It’s always possible to take your résumé building further by attending one of our Résumé Basic classes, but Jobrary is a great way to get started gathering all of your information together.

Until Next Time

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November Closings

All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed Monday, November 11, for Veterans Day, and Thursday, November 28 &
Friday, November 29,
for Thanksgiving

No materials will be due on these days.

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