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October 2014 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Douglas Crane Appointed as the Palm Beach County Library System Director
  3. Continuing Book Life
  4. Election Time 2014: Know the Issues!
  5. Learning with lynda
  6. Quick Byte: Tuts+

Welcome to the October Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Douglas Crane Appointed as the Palm Beach County Library System Director

Doug Crane becomes the fourth person to serve as the Director of the Palm Beach County Library System. He is originally from Toronto, Canada where he earned undergraduate degrees in History and Geography, and his MLS from the University of Toronto. Having worked in the Toronto Public Library while he went to high school and college, he is one of the few librarians who began working on his library science graduate degree right after graduation.

Doug came to the Palm Beach County Library System in 1998 as a youth services librarian in part to see what winters were like without snow. In 2000, he was promoted to Electronic Resources Coordinator overseeing the library’s web site and internet training classes. In 2007, Doug became the Wellington Branch Manager where he reopened the building following a major expansion. In 2013, he was selected to be the Director of the Branch Public Service Division, overseeing 16 branch locations and 370 staff.

In 2012, Doug earned a PBC Golden Palm Award for his work on the Sorter Installation Project and has received numerous Library Employee Recognition Awards. He presented a workshop called ‘Getting Things Done,’ based on the book of the same name for Palm Beach County employees and SEFLIN members. A graduate of the SEFLIN Sun Seekers Leadership and the PBC Leadership Level I programs, he has also served as a mentor in the Sunshine State Library Leadership Program. Doug is a member of the Florida Library Association’s Leadership Development Committee and Vice President of Education for the newly formed PBC government Toastmasters Club.

Doug, his wife, Janet, and their daughter, Sierra, live in Jupiter, FL. His parents, brother and sister still reside in Canada with their families. Doug became a naturalized American citizen in 2009.

Continuing Book Life

The Palm Beach County Library System has partnered with area organizations to present the first annual Book Life series, an engaging series designed for adults. This series is being held across the county at different library branches as well as other community locations from September through December.

October Programs

Book Life Presents: The Crime Scene Effect, How TV and the Media Have it All Wrong

Wellington Branch
Thu, Oct 09, 6:30 pm
Dr. Paul L. Friedman, Professor and Department Chair, Crime Scene Technology and Criminal Justice at Palm Beach State College will present this lecture about Crime Scene Investigation. The lecture will concentrate on what really happens behind the yellow tape and in our crime labs. Due to graphic subject matter, mature audiences suggested. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book Life Presents: Crime in Everyday Life;
Myths and Facts

Glades Road Branch
Mon, Oct 20, 3:00 pm
Dr. Rachel Babo Santos, Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, will discuss how routine, everyday activities set the stage for illegal activities and will debunk the myths about crime, criminals and the criminal justice system that have become part of conventional wisdom. She will present simple and inexpensive changes in the physical environment and patterns of everyday activity that can often produce substantial decreases in crime rates. Dr. Santos will relate her talk to some of the themes in the book "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book Life Presents: "Gone Girl"

Main Library
Tue, Oct 21, 2:00 pm
This mystery thriller was the book that we could not put down, a wild ride of a page turner! Let’s get together to talk about all the chilling twists, startling revelations and non-stop surprises. Who did you believe, suspect, sympathize with, and despise? Chatting about it could be almost as fun as reading it! Check your local branch or our online catalog for available copies. (60 min.) Preregister.

Book Life Presents: Herbs for Health and Wellness

Royal Palm Beach Branch
Wed, Oct 22, 2:30 pm
Cooperative Extension Palm Beach County, University of Florida, Ada Medina-Solórzano, BS Certified Servsafe Instructor discusses how to add herbs to enhance your meals and the health benefits of particular herbs. Receive information on how to plant and take care of herbs. (60 min.) Preregister.

Election Time 2014: Know the Issues!

State Constitutional Amendments and local ballot questions will be voted on during the upcoming election. Todd Bonlarron, of the County’s Legislative Affairs Department, will offer a clear explanation of what each of these initiatives means to you, the taxpayer. (60 min.) Preregister.

Upcoming Events

Library Locations Open for Early Voting

Beginning Oct 20 - Nov 02 from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Learning with lynda

lynda.com, that is! lynda.com is a website where you’ll find online courses for all levels of learners. lynda offers tutorials that focus on technical skills, graphic design, business management and lots more, and it’s now available in CreationStation, the new digital media lab at the Palm Beach County Main Library.

The site has been around since 1997 and specializes in self-paced learning taught by educators knowledgeable in their fields. In contrast to learning things by watching a YouTube video, you’ll know that when you take a class on lynda.com, you’ll be learning from a respected expert.

Topics are divided into eight subject areas: Design, Developer, Web, Business, Photography, Video, Audio and 3D, but excels in teaching creative software, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. If all this seems a little scary, keep in mind that tutorials are available at ALL levels. You’ll have access to a folder that contains classroom materials, so you’ll be working on the same examples that the instructor is using to teach. Even if you’re a complete beginner, within a short period of time, you can master the subject of your choice.

Test it out in CreationStation, then create and share your work! To use lynda.com, stop by or call the Main Library at 561-233-2600 to reserve CreationStation for up to two hours.

Quick Byte: Tuts+

If you’re looking for a free online platform for learning, check out Tuts+. The folks at Tuts+ are committed to "helping people learn and earn online." The site is dedicated to helping people learn creative skills that are primarily tech-oriented. You can search through a vast catalog of online tutorials in the categories of Design and Illustration, Code, Photo and Video, Music and Audio, 3D Motion and Graphics, Web Design, Game Development, Computer Skills, Business, and Crafts and DIY.

Tuts+ offers over 18,000 written tutorials, all of them free. The course material is presented in small, easy to understand chunks with clear and simple to follow illustrations. Test a few simple tutorials and you may have the same experience that our staff did. We learned how to make a face icon in Adobe Illustrator and how to create a poster in Adobe InDesign, and found the instructions easy to follow, even for someone unfamiliar with the programs. The 400+ video tutorials consist of two to three hours of video, organized into chapters and short lessons. These courses are only available to paying subscribers, but at $15 a course, the price is still reasonable.

If you want to learn technology skills from the comfort of your own home, check out Tuts+. Remember, the Palm Beach County Library System offers workshops in both basic computer skills and specialty workshops on multimedia skills at CreationStation at our Main Library. Check out the latest course offerings on the library website.

Until Next Time

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