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January 2016 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: Ronald and Nancy Reagan
  3. The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2016
  4. Stream in the New Year With New hoopla Features
  5. Quick Byte: Habitica

Welcome to the January Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: Ronald and Nancy Reagan

Ronald Reagan may seem to have had the most unusual background of any American president, but he actually came to the office with great executive experience having headed the Screen Actors Guild union and then as governor of California. His eight years as president were filled with notable events: the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet Union, a tremendous economic recovery, the rise of Islamic terrorism, and the Iran-Contra affair. Beside him was his loving wife Nancy, who had to struggle as a mother to a blended family, suffer through the assassination attempt on her husband, and eventually deal with her own physical difficulties. Theirs is truly a great love story.

The story of Reagan’s time in the White House with his first lady, Nancy, is brought to life by the veteran acting and writing team of husband and wife, William and Sue Wills. Their engaging performance is a “must see” for history buffs, students and anyone interested in human-interest stories.

Seating for this free, one-hour program is limited. Preregistration begins Tue, Jan 05, at 10:00 am, in person, or online at www. pbclibrary.org/presidents-2016.

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

  • Glades Road Branch
    Mon, Jan 11, 11:00 am
    20701 SW 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton
    Phone: 482-4554
  • West Boynton Branch
    Sat, Jan 16, 3:00 pm
    9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach
    Phone: 734-5556
  • Gardens Branch
    Tue, Jan 12, 11:00 am or 6:30 pm

    11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens
    Phone: 626-6133
  • Jupiter Branch
    Tue, Jan 12, 2:00 pm
    705 Military Trail, Jupiter
    Phone: 744-2301
  • Greenacres Branch
    Wed, Jan 13, 11:00 am
    3750 Jog Road, Greenacres
    Phone: 641-9100
  • Main Library
    Wed, Jan 13, 2:00 pm
    3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach
    Phone: 233-2600
  • Lantana Road Branch
    Fri, Jan 15, 11:00 am or
    Sun, Jan 17, 2:00 pm

    4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth
    Phone: 304-4500
  • West Boca Branch
    Fri, Jan 15, 3:00 pm

    18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton
    Phone: 470-1600
  • Belle Glade Branch
    Sat, Jan 16, 11:00 am
    725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade
    Phone: 996-3453
  • Wellington Branch
    Tue, Jan 19, 11:00 am or 6:30 pm

    1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington
    Phone: 790-6070
  • Okeechobee Blvd. Branch
    Wed, Jan 20, 11:00 am
    5689 Okeechobee Boulevard
    West Palm Beach
    Phone: 233-1880
  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Wed, Jan 20, 2:00 pm

    500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach
    Phone: 790-6030
  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Thu, Jan 21, 10:00 am or 2:00 pm

    14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach
    Phone: 894-7500

The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present:
Writers LIVE! 2016

Our Writers LIVE! series
brings the community together with authors and their books. Our eighth annual event series boasts an exciting line-up of best-selling authors who will discuss their latest works, chat with you, and sign books. These talks will be held across the county at different library locations from January through April. Featured speakers and events include:
• Val McDermid, author of “Splinter the Silence: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel.”
• Janice Kaplan, best-selling author of “Mine are Spectacular” and the inspirational memoir “The Gratitude Diaries.”
• Tim Dorsey, a perennial favorite with the 19th entry in the Storm Serge series, “Coconut Cowboy.”
• Debbie Macomber, New York Times best-selling author of her new book, "A Girl’s Guide to Moving On."
• Phillip Margolin, best-winning novelist of his new book, "Violent Crimes."
• Ronald Balson, best-selling author of “Once We Were Brothers” and his new novel, “Saving Sophie.”
• Tami Hoag, a fifteen-time best-selling author of the Kovac/Liska series with her latest “The Bitter Season.”
• Stephanie Evanovich, New Jersey romance author and tae kwon do warrior with her third contemporary romance, “The Total Package.” “The Travelers.”
• Eloisa James, best-selling, award-winning historical romance author with her latest, “My American Duchess.”
• Allison Brennan, New York Times best-selling author of her new book, "Poisonous."

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Writers LIVE! Presents: Palm Beach Peril:
The Birth of a Thriller with Scott Turow &
the International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Panel

Fri, Jan 29, 2:00 pm

Best-selling novelist Scott Turow (“Identical”) hosts a panel of debut thriller writers at the Lake Worth Playhouse, located at 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. Oline Cogdill of the Sun Sentinel moderates. A book signing will follow. (90 min.)

Preregistration begins Fri, Jan 22, at 10:00 am, by phone, in person, or online
at www.pbclibrary.org/writers-live-2016

Stream in the New Year With New hoopla Features

Start the New Year off right with some great new content and features for our popular streaming service hoopla!

In addition to being able to stream movies, music, audiobooks, and television series, hoopla now offers access to over 37,000 eBooks. Like all hoopla content, eBook titles are always instantly available with no waiting lists or holds required. Best of all you don’t have to do anything new to start using them. hoopla eBooks checkout and display in your computer’s browser or through the mobile hoopla app just like the other formats. Be sure to check out the hundreds of Disney eBook titles now available.

Along with eBooks, hoopla has added over 4,000 comics and graphic novels. Many popular and classic titles from publishers such as Dark Horse, Image and DC Comics are available. Each title comes with hoopla’s exclusive “Action View” technology which allows you to switch from full page to panel-by-panel views of comics and illustrations so you don’t lose any detail when reading on a small screen.

Finally, there is good news for those who want to ditch the small screen. The hoopla iOS and Android apps are now Google Chromecast compatible! If you have a Google Chromecast connected to your television at home, make sure you have the latest version of the hoopla app installed on your device, checkout a movie, and tap the Chromecast Cast button associated with the title in the app. Sit back, relax and enjoy your selection in all its “Big Screen” glory.

As always, your library card allows you to borrow up to 12 items from hoopla each month, and new titles are added weekly. Movie and television titles circulate for 2-3 days, music for a week, and eBooks, comics and audiobooks for 21 days. You can watch, read or listen to your items as much as you want during the circulation period, and all items will be returned automatically when they expire so there are never any late fees to worry about.

For more information please visit our hoopla FAQ at http://www.pbclibrary.org/using-the-library/find/streaming-video

Quick Byte: Habitica

Want a cool app to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions? Habitica could be just what you are looking for. This free app helps you build habits like going to the gym or eating healthier. The app helps you achieve your goals in a gaming format. Create an avatar and define the habits that you want to make or break. You can create three different types of tasks: habits which provide positive or negative feedback, dailies which need to be completed by a certain time or you lose health, and a to do list with or without deadlines.

The color of the tasks change based on your behaviors providing immediate feedback to encourage you to move to the next level. You gain levels when you keep new habits or break old ones. You lose health when you indulge or fail to complete a task. As your progress improves you can level up - increasing your stats and unlocking additional features such as classes and pets. Create teams to help you stay motivated. Get started in creating better habits while gamifying your life.

Habitica is available for free for both iOS and Android devices.

Until Next Time

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