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March 2014 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. CreationStation is Now Open
  3. Celebrate National Women's History Month
  4. Financial Planning Assistance is Online
  5. Quick Byte: Podcasting

Welcome to the March Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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CreationStation is Now Open

CreationStation is a digital media lab and recording studio at the Main Library where you can create multi-media content with Apple computers, video and digital computers, a photo scanner, sound recording and editing equipment, and a green screen. At CreationStation you can learn to use some of the latest and most popular software to create a masterpiece that can be showcased on the CreationStation website. CreationStation is now open at the Main Library on Summit Blvd. Call 561-233-2600 to make an appointment.

CreationStation Orientation

Tue, Mar 11, 11:00 am
Tue, Mar 18, 1:00 pm
Tue, Mar 25, 1:00 pm
Learn about the brand new digital media lab at the Main Library. You'll have a chance to see CreationStation and hear about all the things that you can create: music, video, podcasts, and much more, and find out how you can share your work on the CreationStation website. (30 min.)

Teen CreationStation Test Drive

Wed, Mar 12, 6:00 pm
Join us for a special "teens only" test drive of our new, amazing equipment in the CreationStation! Celebrate Teen Tech Week and learn how to make video and audio creations for school and for fun! (60 min.) Preregister.

Celebrate National Women's
History Month

Women's History month officially began in America in February of 1980 when President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of Mar 08, 1980, as National Women's History Week. In 1987 Congress designated March as National Women's History Month to honor the accomplishments of women throughout history.

Each year, the National Women's History Project chooses a theme and designates honorees to recognize the important role women play in history. This year's theme, "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment," honors the determination and tenacity of women who demonstrate character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women's experience.

Find Out More About Women's History

The Humor of Judge Judy

Wed, Mar 12, 2:30 pm
Gardens Branch
Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe will talk about "the big mama of courtroom drama." (60 min.) Preregister.

Myrna Goldberger: Ladies of the Press

Thu, Mar 13, 2:30 pm
Gardens Branch
Learn about the significant contributions of Nellie Bly, Ida Tarbell, and Katharine Graham, newspaperwomen who used the power of the press to expose social, political, and economic injustices. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. (60 min.) Preregister.

Lois Ehlert Art

Wed, Mar 19, 3:30 pm
Jupiter Branch
Come read great Lois Ehlert books, dance-along to fun songs, and create exciting art in her style. Ages 3-6. (45 min.) Preregister.

Women Count!

Thu, Mar 20, 4:00 pm
Lantana Road Branch
In honor of Women's History Month we'll meet famous women throughout history, including Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Ella Fitzgerald. Bring your cameras because you'll get the chance to take a picture with some of these fabulous ladies. Ages 5 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Financial Planning Assistance
is Online

Many people think the library's online resources are intended to aid students with their research and homework, but the resources go much further, assisting you with many major decisions in your life. For instance, did you know the library subscribes to a number of business resources designed to help you with your financial and investment planning? What better time to get your finances in order than now, with tax season upon us?
  • Morningstar provides information on over 18,000 stocks and mutual funds and in-depth reports for approximately 4,000 of those by a team of Morningstar analysts, which give up-to-date quantitative and qualitative analyses. Morningstar is designed to provide information to assist investors in making decisions about stocks, funds, industries, and portfolio makeup. This popular resource, previously available in print at your library branch, is now only available electronically, so the library is pleased to offer this access to you!

  • Valueline provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, in-depth full-page reviews, and incisive analyst commentaries on approximately 1,700 of the most actively traded stocks, in over 90 industries, with historical and current financial results, price and earnings projections, charts, and rankings.
Available in the library and from your home computer with a library card, our electronic resources can help in every step of creating your financial plan. If you do not have a library card, you can get a Temporary Research Access Code (TRAC) for immediate access to our databases. The link to our e-resources is www.pbclibrary.org/online-research.

Quick Byte: Podcasting

Do you want to learn about podcasting? Or do you have no idea of what a podcast is? If you can answer yes to either question, then we can help! A podcast is a sound file that listeners can download from the Internet. A podcast is created and then shared with others, to be listened to at their leisure, usually on a mobile device or computer. Some podcasts are available by subscription only while others are free and available to all.

Podcasts are generally created by people who want to share something with the world. This can be their opinion, something instructional, or both – basically if a person has a message to share, they can talk about anything that they want to talk about and distribute in audio format (as opposed to a vodcast which includes video).

Who can create a podcast? Anyone, including you! Tools needed include a microphone, software for editing, and a quiet room. You may have the things that you need to start podcasting at home, but at the CreationStation in the Palm Beach County Library, you'll find high quality equipment, including a Blue Yeti microphone, iMac computers, and GarageBand and Audacity software. Most important, you'll find helpful staff to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, visit the library website at http://www.pbclibrary.org/creationstation or sign up for a free Introduction to Podcasting workshop on Thu, Mar 27, at 2:30 pm.

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