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December 2014 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. 10 Holiday Staycations at the Library
  3. Book Life: December
  4. Consumer Reports Online for Free
  5. Quickbyte: Wattpad

Welcome to the December Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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10 Holiday Staycations at the Library

The holiday season is a hectic time with shopping, decorating, baking and seasonal parties. But we all need to take some time to relax and enjoy the season with our families and friends. The Library offers many chances for you to do just that. Here are 10 things you can do at the Library to get in the holiday spirit or to take a break from all the festivities.
  1. Check out a movie - you can visit one of our locations to check out a DVD or stream one from our website using Hoopla. Or you can join us for one of the movies being shown at our branches.
  2. Take in a concert - throughout the month you can enjoy musical performances.
  3. Make your own music - bring your own acoustic instrument and take part in Acoustic Java Jam at the Acreage Branch on Sat, Dec 06, 2:00 pm and at the Main Library on Sat, Dec 13, 2:00 pm. Don′t have an instrument? You can still attend and listen to the local talent.
  4. Get crafty - craft programs are offered at many of our branches for children, teens and adults. Enjoy a variety of mediums from crochet to scherenschnitte, soap-making to card-making.
  5. Have your family photo taken - CreationStation at the Main Library is offering family photos on Wed, Dec 03, 6:00 pm and on Sat, Dec 06, 10:00 am.
  6. Get cooking - gingerbread house making, cookie decorating, and Mason jar cookie mix making are just a few of the offerings.
  7. Play a game - adults can play board games and trivia while the kids and teens can play video games, Minecraft and more.
  8. Get moving - Zumba, Salsa and Jigglecise are just some of the programs that will get you moving and help burn off some of the calories from the holiday bashes.
  9. Try some yoga or meditation - join us for yoga, or learn to meditate and practice mindfulness.
  10. Enjoy story time - bring the kids in for story time. Adults and teens can participate in book discussions too.
Check the listing of events for times and locations for all programs mentioned.

Book Life: December

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.

Book Life Presents: Jane Austen Cinema

Wellington Branch
Sat, Dec 06, 2:00 pm
©Focus Features. (127 min.) Preregister. PG

Book Life Presents: Jane Austen Cinema

West Boynton Branch
Mon, Dec 08, 2:00 pm
©Focus Features. (127 min.) Preregister. PG

"Pride and Prejudice" and "Longbourn"

Mounts Auditorium, Mounts Botanical Gardens
531 N. Military Trl., West Palm Beach 33415

Thu, Dec 11, 2:00 pm
Dr. Susan Jones, Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, will compare each novel and the role of formal english gardens. After the program, tour the Mounts Botanical Garden. Sponsored by the Friends. (60 min.) Register online one week prior to the event.

Book Life Presents: Women’s Work and Thrift in the Jane Austen Era

Jupiter Branch
Tue, Dec 16, 2:00 pm
Dr. Susan Jones, Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University and co-author of “Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift,” will speak on the roles women played in the household in the time Jane Austen lived and how it relates to the characters in “Longbourn.” A book signing will follow. (60 min.) Preregister.

Consumer Reports Online for Free!

Need help with your holiday shopping? Not sure which smart phone, tablet or coffee maker to choose? Consumer Reports is chock full of invaluable information to help you through the holiday season.

Consumer Reports, in addition to its well-known magazine, has an online database which provides product ratings and reviews for thousands of products and services. With your library card, you can access the Consumer Reports database - it's free and quite easy to do.

We are now offering classes to teach you how simple it is to use Consumer Reports. Just in time for the holidays, we are holding free classes in December around the county. At these classes, our Business Librarian will offer instruction on how to access and use this useful database.

Quickbyte: Wattpad

If you are an aspiring writer or avid reader, take a few minutes to explore Wattpad. The site is "a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests and languages."

Wattpad currently offers 75 million stories, 35 million members and if you join the site, you’ll have access to free stories and books as well as the opportunity to share your writing with others. Because the site is open to all and writing is largely unedited, the quality of the work varies, but users can filter content by category, length, and language, with almost 50 different languages represented. Much of the content is unfinished, as members might write a chapter at a time; the story unfolds as a serial novel would, with readers waiting for the next installment. Wattpad members can comment and vote on stories, offering valuable feedback to authors. Content is not, however, limited to original member-created stories, but also offers many classics, including "Jane Eyre," "Pride and Prejudice," "Sherlock Holmes," and "The Invisible Man."

Wattpad is set apart from other reading sites by its robust communities. There are “clubs” for different categories of writing, like clubs for improving your writing, discussing multimedia design, and sharing information about the publishing industry. Plus, the Wattpad "Café" allows members and authors, many of whom are well-known, to connect socially on any topic.

For more information, visit Wattpad or download the Wattpad app. It’s free and available for both Android and iOS devices.

Until Next Time

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will remain closed on
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