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February 2015 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. February is Black History Month!
  3. You|Stories 2015
  4. ProQuest Newsstand and Obituaries
  5. Quick Byte: Dropbox

Welcome to the February Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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February is Black History Month!

Join the library as we celebrate Black History Month! We will be offering programs that honor the heritage, contributions and achievements of Palm Beach County's African American communities.

Our celebration begins with a performance by award-winning jazz saxophonist, Randy Corinthian, at the Lantana Road Branch on Sat, Feb 07, 2:00 pm. There will be something for all ages and interests. Join us for book discussions, films, African American genealogical research, poetry workshops and much more. Learn about Palm Beach County's African American communities with award-winning historian, Everee Jimerson Clarke.

Enjoy a musical performance at the Wellington Branch with vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye in a concert filled with warmth and humor highlighting the life and music of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. At the Belle Glade Branch, Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush will perform Negro Spirituals and discuss their significance as a historical American art.

In a special offering in all our branches, families will experience the music and culture of Africa with Julius and Julia Sanna, of Positively Africa! Want to test your knowledge of black history? Participate in trivia-style games at the Royal Palm Beach Branch and the Wellington Branch.

Black History Month has its national roots in a week-long observation initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was expanded into Black History Month by President Ford in 1976, and became Public Law 99-244 in 1986. Bring your family and friends to honor and celebrate our African American communities.

Explore All the Amazing Programs Celebrating Black History!

You|Stories 2015

CLASSICS-CONVERSATION-CONNECTION: Explore Ancient and Modern Narratives of War

These reading events will include a repertoire of scenes from Greek drama, including selections from Homer's "Odyssey," Aeschylus' "Agamemnon," Sophocles' "Philoctetes" and Euripides' "Herakles."

Post-Performance Discussion and "Town Hall Meeting"

After each reading, program scholar Dr. Peter Meineck, of New York University, will lead a town-hall style discussion encouraging audience members to share their impressions and experiences guided by the scholar. Watch and participate as a modern audience member viewing an ancient Greek play. Space is limited. (90 min.)

Preregistration is now available by phone, in person, or by clicking on the branch names below.

YouStories is a program that has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. www.youstories.com. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Sat, Feb 07, 1:00 pm
    14350 Hagen Ranch Road
    Delray Beach 33446
    Phone: 894-7500
  • Gardens Branch
    Mon, Feb 09, 6:30 pm
    11303 Campus Drive
    Palm Beach Gardens 33410
    Phone: 626-6133

ProQuest Newsstand and Obituaries

Trying to keep your finger on the pulse of current events can be challenging with so many sensational and questionable Internet resources clamoring for your attention. For accurate and comprehensive journalism, turn to our nation's newspapers for information. Turn to the Palm Beach County Library System's ProQuest Newsstand.

ProQuest Newsstand offers access to the full text of over 1,300 newspapers from leading publishers throughout the world. ProQuest Newsstand is easily searchable and has archives going back as far as the 1980s for newspapers such as The Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The database provides access to articles, columns, editorials and features published in each newspaper.

Newspaper content of interest to genealogists includes obituaries, and ProQuest provides full text obituaries from the 1980s to the present, as well as a special collection of full image obituaries from the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post and more, going back to the 1800s.

Find ProQuest Newsstand and Obituaries at http://www.pbclibrary.org/online-research. Type in your library card number and start searching today!

Quick Byte: Dropbox

If you haven't taken a look at Dropbox lately, this would be a great time to check it out. Dropbox offers cloud storage to over 300 million users worldwide. The company has been around since 2007, when two Massachusetts Institute of Technology students got tired of having to email files to themselves in order to access them on multiple computers. The free service (with a paid service for additional storage space) lets you store images, documents and other files that are easily accesible from anywhere.

After you install the Dropbox app, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically be accessible to all your computers, your mobile device, and the Dropbox website. You can save email attachments, edit documents, and save mulitple file versions with the ability to restore a previous version (30 days with the free account). You can also “favorite” files that are available offline. Dropbox has also listened to user requests and now allows mobile users to create folders and rename files.

If you're a person who likes to work from different computers or mobile devices, or if you work with others on group projects and share documents, take a look (or a second look) at Dropbox. It's free and available for both Android and iOS devices.

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