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July 2014 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Lions, and Tigers, and Whales! Oh, My!
  3. Have a Safe Summer
  4. What a Novel(ist) idea!
  5. Quick Byte: Gogobot

Welcome to the July Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Lions, and Tigers, and Whales! Oh, My!

Fizz, Boom, Read!
The Summer Reading Program continues through July! Be sure to check out the following great programs presented in conjuction with the Palm Beach County Library System.

Family Reading Safari with the Palm Beach Zoo

Go on a wild safari adventure! Meet zoo animals up close during this special visit from the Palm Beach Zoo and discover all the wonderful animal books the library has to offer. All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Ocean Science With Mark Fischer

Calling Young Scientists! Join the fun as we explore the extraordinary lives of ocean dwellers by using the scientific method to uncover the mysteries of live sea animals. You will be amazed by the secrets revealed! Ages 5 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Have a Safe Summer

Summer is here! Which means it's time for a backyard BBQ, going on vacation with family, and having fun. Stay safe with these easy tips.

Sun Safety

Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (or UV) rays seriously threatens our health. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Over time, excess UV radiation can also cause eye damage, immune system suppression and premature aging. The American Cancer Society has developed the catch phrase, "Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!" to help you remember ways to protect yourself from harmful UV rays:

  • Slip on a shirt.
  • Slop on sunscreen.
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them.

Water Safety

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a child can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone. An average of 240 children under five years old drown in swimming pools nationwide each year. According to the American Red Cross, the best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swimming lessons. Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or support@redcrosstraining.org.

Bug Bites

Information from MedlinePlus, a web site supported by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, claims that most insect bites are harmless, though they sometimes cause discomfort. Bee, wasp, and hornet stings and fire ant bites usually hurt. Mosquito, flea, and mite bites usually itch. To prevent insect bites and their complications:

  • Don't bother insects.
  • Use insect repellant.
  • Wear protective clothing.
  • Be careful when you eat outside because food attracts insects.
  • If you know you have severe allergic reactions to insect bites, carry an emergency epinephrine kit.

The Library’s Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) has health information, including summer safety and more, 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 233-2736. Please also visit CHIS at the Main Library or on the web.

What a Novel(ist) idea!

Finished the "Divergent" series and want to read more dystopian fantasy fiction? Done with Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries and want to find another spunky female private eye to follow? Whatever your reading preferences are, the library has some fun and useful tools for YOU!

Try Novelist Plus and explore author read-alikes, book discussion guides and articles about genres and series with suggested reading. Search for books by particular authors or subjects, and limit by age range, lexile reading level or even number of pages! Peruse lists of award winners. Find book summaries, reviews and author information. When you start finding interesting titles to read, create a My Novelist account and start saving lists of titles you want to read, titles you have read or authors you are interested in.

If you know somebody whose reading tastes are more "Wimpy Kid" than "Divergent," then we have Novelist K-8 Plus for this age group. Novelist K-8 offers all the same benefits as Novelist Plus author read-alikes, reviews, lexile reading levels and many ways of seeking out fun and interesting new books to read, but for children aged 0–12 years old.

Enjoy using these resources to discover a world of "good reads!" They are available in the library and from your home computer with a library card or Temporary Research Access Code (TRAC) using our Online Resource page.

Quick Byte: Gogobot

Summer is in full swing, and whether you’re planning a vacation, a staycation or simply a day trip, Gogobot can help you plan your activities and get “trusted travel advice” from people who share your interests. Gogobot, with over two million registered users, is not just a travel app but also a social media site for travelers. The app allows you to create a profile, connect with friends, add places, and create digital postcards. You can get recommendations from expert travelers, as well as friends, while checking airfare and hotel rates, and booking rooms. Gogobot also has an “ask a question” feature so you can not only search the site, but get new answers tailored specifically to your travel needs.

Using an Android device? Gogobot is integrated with Google Street View for Android, which uses the phone’s compass to turn your phone or tablet into a window that offers 360-degree views of any location in the Gogobot database. But perhaps the best thing about Gogobot is the ability to become an active part of the community. You have the ability to tag content and the most active users are recognized as Gogobot pros. You can write travel reviews, plan a trip, and post pictures. You can also find people and places, follow friends and experts, and create custom guides. So before you plan your next trip, download the Gogobot app and test it out! Gogobot is available for free for both Android and iOS devices.

Until Next Time

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