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May 2016 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month!
  3. Holocaust Days of Remembrance
  4. National Mental Health Month
  5. Quickbyte: What’s all the hoopla?

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Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month!

Share the beauty of the Haitian culture through the celebration of the written word, music, and dance.

Author Jessica Fievre makes a special visit to the West Boynton Branch to discuss her book, “A Sky the Color of Chaos,” based on the true story of her Haitian childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of President-Priest Jean-Bertrand.

The Main Library will be hosting the Haitian Cultural Showcase. Enjoy a festive afternoon with a musical performance by renowned Haitian musician Papi Joe, dance performances, and much more.

Additionally, Lantana Road Branch will be hosting an annual book festival featuring Haitian authors and literature. This event is co-sponsored by the School District of Palm Beach County, and will highlight the diversity of style and prose that makes Haitian literature unique.

Haitian Heritage Month would not be possible without the support and generosity of the Friends of the Library, who have supported our participation in this celebration since 2010!

Meet the Author: Jessica Fievre

West Boynton Branch
Sat, May 14, 2:00 pm
In Celebration of Haitian Heritage Month, Jessica Fievre makes a special visit to discuss her book, "A Sky the Color of Chaos," based on the true story of her Haitian childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of President-Priest Jean-Bertrand. A book signing will follow. (60 min.) Preregister.

Zumba® Gold Haitian Heritage Edition

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, May 19, 6:30 pm
Join the party in this Afro-Caribbean inspired dance fitness class where we mix fun moves and rhythms to burn calories. Suitable for active older adults and beginners! Don't forget your towel and water! (90 min.) Preregister.

Haitian Cultural Showcase

Main Library
Sat, May 21, 2:00 pm
Celebrate Haiti’s culture and the winners of the School District of PBC Haitian Heritage Month essay contest. Enjoy a festive afternoon with dance performances by students from The Best of the Best Dance Club from Lake Worth High and The Toussaint L’Ouverture School, a musical performance by renowned Haitian artist Papi Joe, and more. Program offered in English and Creole. (90 min.) Preregister.

Celebrate Haitian Heritage: Book Festival

Lantana Road Branch
Sat, May 28, 2:00 pm
In recognition of Haitian Heritage Month join host Bito David, from the School District of PBC Department of Communications and Engagement, for a celebration of Haitian authors and literature. Featured authors include Regine Coicou Stewart, Dr. Gerard Ferere, Dr. Diane Allerdyce, Jessica Fievre, Dovilas Anderson, Margaret Papillon, and others. Program offered in English and Creole. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Holocaust Days of Remembrance

Marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during the Second World War, Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah in Hebrew, this year is officially commemorated on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Once again the Palm Beach County Library System is proud to join the nation in commemorating Yom Hashoah.

Holocaust Days of Remembrance: Righteous Among the Nations Documentary Series

Wellington Branch
Wed, May 11, 1:30 pm
Main Library
Tue, May 24, 6:00 pm
©PBS Home Video. (60 min.) Robert Satloff set off post 9/11 to find an Arab hero whose story would change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves and their own history. He found not only the Arab heroes whom he sought, but a vast, lost history of what happened to the half-million Jews of the Arab lands of North Africa under Nazi, Vichy and Fascist rule. A lively discussion will follow. (2 hr.) Preregister. Shown with permission. Not rated.

Holocaust Days of Remembrance: Dr. Robert Watson

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Wed, May 11, 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm
Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies at Lynn University and acclaimed author, will discuss his new book, "The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II." Per the author, the book "is based on declassified government documents and tells the story of the last major tragedy of the Holocaust and WWII. The event is both bizarre and unknown, and is the world’s worst instance of friendly fire, the worlds’ worst maritime disaster, and the story of an intriguing Nazi ship built to be their version of the Titanic." (60 min.) Tickets available, two per person, starting Mon, May 02.

National Mental Health Month

Because mental health conditions are tackled by millions of Americans each year, the Palm Beach County Library System is proud to commemorate National Mental Health Month throughout the month of May. Through our many years we have collaborated with the Boynton Beach Mental Health Initiative and with the support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, awareness is being raised about mental health issues. This year the Library will host a series of programs that focus on eating disorders, the stigma around mental health issues, and childhood trauma. Screenings of the film, “Dark Side of the Moon,” which delves into the issue of maternal mental health, will be shown at locations throughout the county. Local film producer, Jennifer Silliman, will be on hand at the Gardens, Wellington, and Greenacres branches to answer questions and facilitate a discussion on the care of mothers and families right here in Palm Beach County.

The Great Courses® Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, May 10, 2:00 pm
Thu, May 12, 2:00 pm
In this DVD series, we will learn meditative practices that can lead to enhanced awareness, self - mastery and lasting happiness. (90 min.) Shown with permission. Not rated.

Allowing Abundance into Your Life

Gardens Branch
Thu, May 12, 2:30 pm
Learn ancient practices that decrease stress, reduce resistance, and allow abundance into our life. Open yourself up through breathing techniques, meditation and the use of primordial sound. The class is taught by Joe Hamilton from Hospice of Palm Beach County, a stress reduction coach and certified meditation instructor. (60 min.) Preregister.

Mental Health Month

Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Sat, May 14, 2:00 pm
©Lions Gate Films, Inc. (110 min.) PG-13

Eating Disorders Awareness

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Mon, May 16, 2:00 pm
Join The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness as they discuss eating disorders and the challenge of these mental health issues when co-occurring with substance use. They will discuss eating disorders in depth and the similarities and differences in their recovery process with that of substance addiction. (60 min.) Preregister.

Mental Health Month: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences of Mental Health

Acreage Branch
Tue, May 17, 2:00 pm
Child maltreatment and trauma, especially toxic stress, affects every aspect of a child's development and functioning. Learn about one of the largest studies conducted to assess the association between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. Presented by Jane Robinson and Clarissa DeWitt from the Center for Child Counseling. (60 min.) Preregister.

Mental Health Month: Stomping Out Stigma/Sharing the Shame

Main Library
Tue, May 24, 2:00 pm
Learn from Ladi March about her nonprofit organization, Mind Over Matter, as she raises awareness and provides support to those living with a mental illness in under-served communities and the families who are affected. (60 min.) Preregister.

Connecting Your Inner Self

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, May 26, 2:00 pm
Maisie Ross, a Certified Family Life Educator from PBC Extension Services, leads a discussion on topics such as fears, aging, changing obstacles into opportunities, dealing with problems optimistically, and appreciating where you are in life. These are all important factors in connecting with one's inner self. (90 min.) Preregister.

The Art of Meditative Doodling

Lantana Road Branch
Fri, May 27, 2:00 pm
Join us for an hour of doodling! We will be doodling in the Zentangle style; meditating and relaxing while creating works of art. All materials provided. (60 min.) Preregister.

Mental Health Month Movie: "Dark Side of the Full Moon"

Jupiter Branch
Fri, May 06, 2:00 pm
Royal Palm Beach Branch
Fri, May 20, 2:00 pm
Gardens Branch
Wed, May 18, 6:00 pm
Greenacres Branch
Sat, May 28, 2:30 pm
Lantana Road Branch
Thu, May 19, 2:00 pm
West Boynton Branch
Tue, May 10, 2:00 pm
Wellington Branch
Thu, May 26, 6:30 pm
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch
Thu, May 12, 11:00 am
©Fura Films. (75 min.) "Dark Side of the Full Moon" delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. It uncovers the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected each year. Preregister. Shown with permission. Not rated.

Quickbyte: What’s all the hoopla?

You may know hoopla as the Library’s streaming movie service, but did you know that hoopla also has eBooks, audiobooks, music and television shows? And there is no waiting or holds required. You can “check out” up to 12 items each month!

Many different genres of eBooks are available in both fiction and nonfiction including: Christian fiction, celebrity biographies, classic literature, urban fiction, cookbooks, dieting and nutrition, Star Wars and many more. You can even borrow Disney books for children and Marvel comics for adults. The audiobook selection is great too with The New York Times best-sellers, contemporary romances, self-help, urban fiction, religion and spirituality as well as Star Wars and more. You can also check out Disney eAudiobooks for children and Marvel eAudiobooks for adults.

Each month you can download or stream entire albums including AMC and Grammy award winners. You can also find music from American Idol and the Voice winners. There are also albums from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and music from your favorite movies and TV shows. Movies include award winners, true stories, recently released, westerns and documentaries. You can also stream your favorite TV shows from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Whatever you are into hoopla has something for you to enjoy today.

To start steaming click here.

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