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October 2015 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. National Italian American Heritage Month
  3. Kreyol Ayisyen, Celebrate Creophonie Month
  4. Learning Express
  5. Quickbyte: DART

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National Italian American Heritage Month

Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is in recognition of the many achievements, contributions and successes of Americans of Italian descent, as well as Italians in America. They have been essential to this country from its beginning, not only as explorers but also in the arts, literature, government and business.

The heritage of Italians in the United States begins at the origins of the country. Important Italian explorers came soon after Christopher Columbus under the flags of different countries. In 1497, Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) sailed under the British flag and was the first to explore parts of New England - it is thought he was the first European since the Vikings to touch land in North America (probably Newfoundland). Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed under the French flag and explored the American coastline from North Carolina to New York in 1524. Italians settled in what became the United States and played an important role in its history. Filippo Mazzei, from Tuscany, influenced Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Declaration of Independence and Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, from Venice, settled in New York and Philadelphia. The first Italian immigration came from the Northern part of Italy. During the late nineteenth century mass immigration of Italians to the Americas (including the United States) occurred and overwhelmingly from the Southern part of the peninsula. The Italian emigration of the period was the greatest movement of populations in the modern era.

Famous names of the modern period include Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City, Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York State; Geraldine Ferraro, first female vice presidential candidate of a major American political party; Joe Di Maggio and Rick Pitino; Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino, Danny De Vito, Francis Ford Coppola and many more!

This year, celebrate Italian American Heritage Month as we screen an award-winning documentary, "My Italian Secret,” detailing the courage of Gino Bartali, the charismatic Italian Cycling Hero who risked his life to save the innocent lives of Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis during War War II. Look for screenings at our West Boca Branch, Lantana Road Branch and Gardens Branch libraries!

Kreyol Ayisyen, Celebrate Creophonie Month

According to the School District of Palm Beach County, there are over 150 languages and dialects spoken by the student’s in this county. One of the most popular languages spoken in the county is Haitian Creole. To celebrate the language and the literature written in Haitian Creole we are proud to celebrate Kreyol Ayisyen – Creophonie Month. Special programs are being offered this month to learn about the Haitian culture and what makes this language special.

At the Main Library, a mini-course on Haitian Creole will be taught to give an overview of the language for non-speakers. At the Lantana Road Branch, the entire community is invited to listen as local Haitian authors share their works of art.

Haitian Creole 101

Main Library
Mon, Oct 05, 6:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Bito David will walk you through this mini-language session to give you the building block basics of learning the Kreyò l language. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Asistans pèsonèl an Kreyòl /Individuelle Assistance en Français
(Book-a-Librarian, in Creole and French)

West Boynton Branch
Mardi, 20 Octobre, 10:00 am
Jeudi, 29 Octobre, 2:00 pm
Madi, 20 Oktob, 10:00 am
Jedi, 29 Oktob, 2:00 pm
Bezwen èd pou itilize yon ò dinatè, fè yon rezime, ranpli epi voye aplikasyon sou Internet oswa itilize sit entènèt bibliyotèk Palm Beach la pou ou aprann Anglè gratis? Rele pou ou pran randevouak yon bibliyotekè ki pale Kreyòl pou ede ou. (30 min.) Anregistre alavans.

Vous voulez apprendre à naviguer le web, créer un document sur Microsoft, insérer une pièce jointe, utiliser les ressources numériques de la médiathèque. Appeler pour planifier une séance de formation individuelle gratuite en français. (30 min.) Sur rendez-vous.

Haitian Creole Author & Book Showcase

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Oct 29, 6:00 pm
Join us for an evening of culture and language. Hosted by Bito David, enjoy a thought-provoking mini-conference discussing the history of the Haitian Creole language accompanied by a panel of local authors and their books. Copies of the books will be available for purchase. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Learning Express

Whether you are a high school student prepping for the SAT, a college grad studying for the GRE, or a career changer updating computer skills or seeking certification in a new field, you may have visited the library to look for test study guides, or skill building resources. But more and more, savvy library users are turning to useful electronic resources to succeed in school and on the job.

Students from six to sixty can brush up on their skills with Learning Express. This e-resource has math and reading resources for elementary students, and workplace and computer tutorials for more mature students. Use Learning Express to study for certification for a new field (nursing, firefighting, cosmetology, law enforcement and more), or prepare for the Citizenship test, the ACT or the ASVAB are just a few of the interactive study guides and eBooks available.

Learning Express includes test preparation for the new GED 2014 in English and in Spanish, offering a comprehensive introduction to the current test. You'll learn about the new test format, practice with the new question types, find out what is assessed on all four tests, and more. You’ll find eBooks, practice tests and tutorials.

Your library card is your key to these valuable tools for education! Take advantage of the convenient access from your home or office, at our online research page. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now for a Temporary Research Access Code (TRAC) to immediately access most of the library’s electronic resources.

Quickbyte: DART

Palm Beach County Disaster Awareness and Recovery Tool App

The Damage Assessment Resource Tool (DART) is the app that we hope we never have to use. Developed by the Palm Beach County Public Safety Department, it allows the community to both prepare emergencies and report problems in the aftermath of an emergency.

Available for free for Android and iOS devices, the app allows users to find out about activities at the County Emergency Operation Center (EOC), to locate and get directions to emergency shelters, to see where county evacuation zones are located, and to see whether people located in the zones have orders to evacuate. In the unfortunate circumstance of damage to homes, people can report directlyto the EOC.

The app has been around for several years, but the county has continued to add features to it, including locations of gas stations, grocery stores, and home improvement stores with emergency power. Not sure of what you need in your disaster preparedness kit? The information is available with DART!

DART is available on the county website, or in the Google Play Store and on iTunes. Download it today and have it ready, just in case.

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