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May 2014 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Let’s Honor & Support Our Veterans
  3. Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month
  4. Happy Mother's Day!
  5. Attention Nursing Students
  6. Quick Byte: Have You Met TED?

Welcome to the May Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Let’s Honor & Support Our Veterans

May is Mental Health Month!

Each May, Americans recognize Mental Health Month with events and activities in communities across the country. This year, the Library, through the Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS), will be honoring and supporting U.S. military personnel by recognizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, PTSD can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that they see, hear about, or that happens to them, like combat exposure, child sexual or physical abuse, terrorist attack, sexual or physical assault, serious accidents like a car wreck, or natural disasters like a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood or earthquake. During a traumatic event, a person thinks that their life or others' lives are in danger. They may feel afraid or out-of-control over what is happening around them. Most people have some stress-related reactions after a traumatic event, but not everyone gets PTSD.

Almost all service members will have reactions after returning from a war zone. Most service members will successfully readjust. The reality is that injuries, including psychological injuries, affect the strong and the brave just like everyone else. Some of the most successful officers and enlisted personnel have experienced these problems.

Please join us and learn about PTSD during the month of May as we host educational programming presented by professionals from the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Library branch locations will also have other programs and book displays for May is Mental Health Month! that will include a bibliography of mental health titles in our collection, along with literature from the Boynton Beach Mental Health Initiative (including NAMI and MHA). Visit your local branch to learn more about PTSD and other mental health issues.

The Library’s CHIS has more 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 a specially credentialed consumer health librarian at 233-2736. You can also visit CHIS at the Main Library or on the web.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Greenacres Branch
Mon, May 12, 6:00 pm
In recognition of National Mental Health Month, join representatives from NAMI of PBC for information on programs and services. An individual living in recovery with mental illness will be a featured speaker. (75 min.)

Meet the Author - Steve Sundberg

Gardens Branch
Tue, May 13, 2:30 pm
Steve Sundberg will discuss "Street Logic," his reality-based novel about chronic homelessness, drawn from his experiences as a member of a federally funded homeless outreach team in Boston. He teaches journal writing in educational programs, including addiction treatment centers, and has worked in the mental health field for more than 25 years. (60 min.)

May is Mental Health Month: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Our U.S. Military Veterans

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Wed, May 14, 2:00 pm
Let’s honor and support those who serve us by learning about PTSD from Kenneth E. Dempsey, RN, RRT, Veterans Mental Health Re-engagement Coordinator, Lt Col USAF (Ret) of the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. (60 min.)

Gardens Branch
Thu, May 15, 2:00 pm
Let’s honor and support those who serve us by learning about PTSD from Jerry Troyer, LCSW, Mental Health Program Coordinator at the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and Vietnam Veteran. (60 min.)

Main Library
Wed, May 28, 2:00 pm
Let's honor and support those who serve us by learning about PTSD from Rita Clark, LCSW. Not only is she the Suicide Prevention Coordinator of the West Palm Beach Veteran's Administration Medical Center, but also a close family member of veterans who served in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. (60 min.)

National Mental Health Month: Stress Management - Letting Go of Stress

Royal Palm Beach Branch
Wed, May 28, 2:30 pm
Maisie Ross from the PBC Extension Service shares various methods you can use to de-stress and improve your quality of life. (60 min.)

Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month

This month, we celebrate Haitian Heritage Month to honor Palm Beach County’s largest immigrant group, which has shown huge growth in the past decade. Since 2001, Palm Beach County has held celebrations for Haitian Heritage Month in May, a month which incorporates the important holiday of Haitian Flag Day on May 18.

Haitian Heritage Movie Special: "Aristide and the Endless Revolution"

West Boynton Branch - Thu, May 08, 2:00 pm
Main Library - Tue, May 20, 6:30 pm
©First Run/Icarus Films. (83 min.) Guest speaker and Haitian historian, Bito David, presents a lively discussion of the film. (2 hr.)

Haitian Heritage Book Festival

Greenacres Branch - Sat, May 17, 2:00 pm
In recognition of Haitian Heritage Month join host Bito David from the School District of PBC Office of Communications for a celebration of Haitian authors and literature. Featured authors include Dr. Gerard Ferere, Dr. Diane Allerdyce, Herve Fanini Lemoine, Navia Magloire, Bito David, Dr. Margaret Armand, Margaret Papillon, Jessica Fievre and others. (90 min.)

Haitian Heritage: The Land & The People

West Boynton Branch - Thu, May 22, 2:00 pm
Main Library - Wed, May 28, 6:30 pm
Take a brief journey into Haiti's history and culture presented by Bito David, Haitian historian. (60 min.)

Happy Mother's Day!

We’ve all had one at some point in our lives. I’m talking about mothers, of course, and while we should honor our mothers every day, the second Sunday of May is when we give them official recognition by celebrating Mother's Day.

A few facts about Mother's Day: It was first celebrated in 1908 when, in West Virginia, Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. With the help of Phildadelphia merchant John Wanamaker, she then began a campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday throughout the country. In 1914, it became an official holiday and is now celebrated all over the world. In the tradition of Mother's Day this year, take time to remember and honor your mother, grandmother, and the other important women in your life.

Mother's Day Make & Take Crafts

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Tue, May 06, 4:00 pm
Join us as we make some special gifts to give mom on her special day. Ages 5 & up. (45 min.)

Mother's Day

Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Wed, May 07, 5:00 pm
Celebrate your mother by making a special card just for her. (45 min.)

Yummy Tea for Mommy & Me

Acreage Branch
Thu, May 08, 3:15 pm
Celebrate the mom, auntie or grandma in your life with the best kind of party, a tea party! Enjoy tea, lemonade, snack and stories she's sure to love and make her an unforgettable Mother's Day present. Ages 3 & up. (45-60 min.)

Make & Take Mother's Day Cards

Greenacres Branch
Fri, May 09, 3:30 pm
Drop by and make a unique card to honor your mother on her special day using paper, glue and a bit of sparkle too! All ages. (45 min.)

Attention Nursing Students

You have access to an invaluable resource for nursing and allied health students - CINAHL®with Full Text . The CINAHL® database is the world’s largest and most in-depth nursing and allied health research database. In CINAHL® (which stands for Cumulative Index to Allied Health Literature) you will find full text for more than 610 nursing and allied health journals and indexing for an additional 3,000 journals. It also has health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, and much, much more.

All you need is a library card to use CINAHL® from home or from school. Just visit our Online Research page. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now for a Temporary Research Access Code (TRAC) to access most of the library’s electronic resources. Learn more about TRAC.

Need help using CINAHL®? Or finding other health information for an assignment? Contact the Library’s Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) by visiting the Main Library, emailing a CHIS Librarian through our website, or by phone (561) 233-2736. The Library has over 5,000 health and medical books, magazines, electronic databases, a health information website and specialized health reference staff to help you.

Quick Byte: Have You Met TED?

If you’re not familiar with TED, it’s a nonprofit organization devoted to "spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks." The organization hosts TED Talks, and through the TED app, you have the option of watching and listening to inspiring speakers from TED conferences worldwide. The talks focus on technology, entertainment, design, science, medicine and social issues. Each talk is presented by experts in their field.

Once the app is downloaded, users can swipe through available content by popularity and date, or search by theme, rating, or tags. There is plenty of content to keep you busy for many months, and more is being added each week. The TED app offers the option of viewing or listening to content through Wi-Fi or 3G, or you can download to enjoy offline. Just tap on the My Talks tab to access your downloaded content. With this app, you’ll have access to more than 1,700 video and audio talks in 22 different languages; if you discover something that you’re interested in, but it’s in a different language, there is even an option to enable subtitles.

So if you’d like to stay informed and be inspired, the TED app is worth checking out. It’s available for free for iOS, Amazon, and Android devices.

Until Next Time

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