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May 2015 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Flipster
  3. Mental Health Awareness Month
  4. Haitian Heritage Month
  5. Quickbyte: Government Made Easy: Federal Mobile Apps Directory

Welcome to the May Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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The magazines you know and love are now available to read anywhere, anytime with our new digital service, Flipster!

Use Flipster to view many popular magazines right on your computer or mobile device. All titles are full-page, full-color duplicates of the print titles and are available the same day the paper copies hit the newsstands. Back issues for each title are also available. Every issue is available instantly with no holds or waiting lists, and there are no limits on the number of titles that can be read online or downloaded to the mobile app.

Flipster is easy to use. All you need is your library card, a computer or device with a browser, and an Internet connection. Access the collection from a Flipster link on the Library’s webpage, select a magazine, and click on it to start reading. The entire magazine with its layout preserved will be displayed. There are no accounts to create or software/plug-in to install. There is a Flipster app available for tablet devices that will allow you to store magazines for offline reading, but it is not required to open and read a magazine online.

Our Flipster collection currently has 25 titles to appeal to a wide range of interests, and more titles will be added in the future. There are titles for children such as Ranger Rick and Sports Illustrated Kids. Our collection also features news and politics standards like Time and National Review, as well as lifestyle favorites like Southern Living and Health, plus much more.

Click on a Flipster link to get started or visit our Flipster FAQ for more information.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and brought this issue to the forefront of our nation’s thoughts and discussions. This year, we are honored to work with organizations like the Boynton Beach Mental Health Initiative, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Alliance for Eating Disorders to offer programs featuring authorities on a wide range of mental health topics.

This month we are offering informational programs about eating disorders, the Baker Act, and the effects of bullying on mental health. Additionally, the Acreage, Greenacres and West Boynton Branches will be presenting programs on meditation as a practice to improve and maintain positive mental health. With the support of the Boynton Beach Mental Health Initiative, displays featuring materials on mental health topics will be available throughout the county for further exploration of this important topic.

The Great Courses® Practicing Mindfulness:
An Introduction to Meditation

Greenacres Branch
Mon, May 11, 2:30 pm
In this DVD series we will learn meditative practices that can lead to enhanced awareness, self-mastery and lasting happiness. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Lecture 9: Mind-Working with Thoughts.
Lecture 10: Walking-Mindfulness While Moving.

Meditation for Optimal Health

West Boca Branch
Tue, May 12, 2:00 pm
Certified Occupational Safety & Health Technologist, John M. Bednarik, introduces basic meditation and discusses how it can improve the quality of everyday life. Meditation can be a pathway to greater health, happiness and peace.

What is the Baker Act?

Okeechobee Blvd. Branch - Thu, May 14, 2:00 pm
Main Library - Mon, May 18, 6:30 pm
The Baker Act is a means of providing individuals with emergency services and temporary detention for mental health evaluation and treatment when required. Donna Hague, Director of Behavioral Health at the Institute for Mental Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center, will present information about what the Baker Act is and how it works.

Meditation for Relaxation

Acreage Branch
Thu, May 14, 6:00 pm
Maya Malay of the Palm Beach Dharma Center will demonstrate easy-to-apply techniques to help you achieve emotional well-being.

Eating Disorders Through the Life Span

Glades Road Branch - Tue, May 19, 2:00 pm
Gardens Branch - Tue, May 19, 2:30 pm
The Alliance for Eating Disorders will discuss eating disorders in men, women and children. The realities of eating disorders in lifespan stages as children, adolescents, college students, midlife and the elderly will be addressed.

Mental Health Month

Greenacres Branch
Wed, May 27, 2:30 pm
Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County for a presentation on the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents.

Teens, Tweens and Technology: What Parents Need to Know about Bullying, Mental Health and the Internet

Wellington Branch
Thu, May 28, 6:30 pm
Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, Clinical Director, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Assistant State Attorney Greg Schiller, Internet Crimes Against Children Prosecutor, offer real world insight into bullying: what it is, the warning signs, its effect on mental health and most importantly, what you can do about it.

Haitian Heritage Month

Since 2010, when Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the Palm Beach County Library System has made it a priority to honor Haitian culture, history and language during Haitian Heritage Month in May. This year is no exception. The winners of the School District of Palm Beach County Haitian Heritage Month essay contest will read from their works at the Lantana Road Branch on May 21. Our commitment to the written word continues on May 30 as we welcome authors from around South Florida to share in the annual Haitian Heritage Month Book Festival. Both programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Haitian Heritage Month Celebration

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, May 21, 6:30 pm
The winners of the School District of Palm Beach County Haitian Heritage Month essay contest will read from their works and answer your questions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month Book Festival

Lantana Road Branch
Sat, May 30, 2:00 pm
Join host Bito David, from the School District of PBC Department of Communications and Community Engagement, for a celebration of Haitian authors and literature. Featured authors include Dr. Gerard Ferere, Dr. Diane Allerdyce, Bito David, Dr. Margaret Armand, Margaret Papillon, Jessica Fievre and others.

Quickbyte: Government Made Easy: Federal Mobile Apps Directory

Yes, your federal government is working for you! Instead of covering one app or technology resource this month, we’re going to direct you to the United States government mobile apps directory webpage, where you’ll find dozens of links to helpful mobile apps designed and created to help you. A few of our favorites include:
  • First Aid by the American Red Cross, now available in both English and Spanish.
  • Census Pop Quiz, a population challenge about the 50 states and the District of Columbia that allows you to share results on social media.
  • U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Guide, with maps and tips for making the most of a visit to our nation’s capitol.
  • Ask Karen, a Department of Agriculture app that allows you to ask questions about food safety.
  • NORAD Tracks Santa, a Santa tracker for people who want to follow Santa’s movements on Christmas Eve.
  • NASA’s Be a Martian app, allows the public to participate as citizen scientists to assist Mars science teams studying data about the Red Planet.
  • The FEMA app, helps you prepare for emergencies and includes weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
The Smithsonian Institute alone has 15 apps that offer information and insight into the museum collections! Whatever your interests and needs are, you’ll probably find a useful app on the site. All apps are free, but not all are available for all devices so check it out at www.usa.gov/mobileapps.shtml.

Until Next Time

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