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November 2015 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate the 12th Annual "Families Reading Together"
  3. Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
  4. Basic ESL -- A Free and Easy English Language Learning Tool
  5. Quickbyte: Companion

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Celebrate the 12th Annual "Families Reading Together"

This November we will be celebrating the 12th Annual Families Reading Together. Reading as a family is an important bonding experience. Studies show that spending even 15 minutes a day can help a child become a better reader. To promote this, each year a book is chosen for all preschool through first grade children to read with their families. This year the book is "Up, Down, and Around," written by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Clever rhymes and fun illustrations reveal a colorful vegetable garden growing up, down and around with help from visitors both large and small.

Kicking things off will be a day at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. On Sat, Nov 07 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, children showing their library card will receive free admission along with one accompanying adult. The Bookmobile will be onsite for children to visit and the staff will issue cards to those who do not have one. Children can also participate in the Great Book Giveaway, go on a vegetable scavenger hunt, experience Kamishibai Japanese storytelling, enjoy performances by Pumpkin Patty, and meet Dewey the Library Owl.

We will have other activities as well throughout the month to promote Families Reading Together. All County Library locations will feature the book at story times and Outreach staff will provide programs to day care centers. There will also be a bookmark design contest for children ages 7-12.

Families Reading Together is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System and other community sponsors. All events are free to the public.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

This exhibit explores how Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein," provides a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Nov 21 - Jan 03, 2016
Acreage Branch - 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee 33470

Join us on Sat, Nov 21, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for Frankenstein Family Fun and enjoy an electrifying day of Frankenstein-themed activities, crafts, trivia contests, monster mash, face painting and more.

Basic ESL -- A Free and Easy English Language Learning Tool

Adult Literacy Project now offers a free and easy tool to help non-English speakers improve their English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. "Basic ESLĀ® Online English Learning for Libraries" provides native language support in 19 languages and enables learners to access multimedia ESL tutorials in any of our 17 locations or wherever Wi-Fi is available. The program is available on the Library website at our Online Research page.

The Adult Literacy Project also offers programs for members of the community who want to learn English in a comfortable and informal conversational environment. English Exchange programs are offered at the Main Library and the Belle Glade, Greenacres, Glades Road, Lantana Road, Loula V. York (Pahokee), Royal Palm Beach, and West Boca branches. Visit the website for dates and times.

With approximately 70,000 adults in Palm Beach County who lack basic reading and writing skills, the Adult Literacy Project trains and pairs volunteer tutors with English-speaking students for one-on-one sessions to improve literacy skills. The Glades Literacy Program offers residents of Belle Glade and surrounding areas one-on-one and group activities to improve literacy skills.

The Adult Literacy Project was established in 1985 and works in conjunction with the Library Literacy Friends, Inc. to help improve literacy skills for English speakers and non-English speakers as well.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor or know someone who would benefit from the Adult Literacy Services call 561-894-7510.

Quickbyte: Companion

Wouldn't it be great if we lived in a totally safe world? Unfortunately, we don't, which is why the Companion app was developed. Companion allows you to designate one of your friends or family members as a "companion" so that they can track your whereabouts when you're traveling in an area where you might feel unsafe. Your contact doesn't need to download the app. You just enter your location and end point, and the app will follow your track; your companion will receive a text message with a link to an interactive map that shows your location as you walk. Occasionally, you will receive a prompt of "Are you OK?" and if you don't respond within 15 seconds, your designated companion will be notified. Your phone will also emit a loud alarm sound, scaring off any would-be attackers and offers an option for immediately contacting law enforcement. The app also has the functionality to detect when your headphones are removed from your device or when you break into a run. Of course, the Companion app is not a substitute for maintaining your personal safety by following general rules of being aware of your surroundings, walking in groups, and staying in well-lit areas. But if you've ever felt unsafe when walking, or if you have kids who walk to and from school, it offers one more safeguard against something dangerous occurring. Companion is available for free for both Android and iOs devices.

Until Next Time

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