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August 2016 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Fantasy Football 2016
  3. Micheal Dale: The Indian Ocean & Beyond
  4. Hit the Books With an Array of Online Tools
  5. Quickbyte: HERE Maps

Welcome to the August Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Fantasy Football 2016

Calling all fans of friendly competition and great prizes! The Palm Beach County Library System is gearing up for its third season of Fantasy Football. Get acquainted with fellow league members and assemble the ultimate roster at any of our six participating branches. Prizes will be awarded to the winner at each location. Never played before? No problem! All skill levels are welcome and staff will be glad to assist you on your path to a championship. A valid email address is required to participate. Ages 16 & up. (2 hr.) Preregister

Micheal Dale: The Indian Ocean & Beyond

Globetrotting musician, Micheal Dale, shares the fascinating story of his years spent in Africa and Asia. His one of a kind narrative is accompanied by original compositions for guitar and dulcimer, and a display of objects he gathered along the way. (90 min.) Preregister.

Hit the Books With an Array of Online Tools

Getting an "A" on your paper or project is now easier than ever with these online resources for students of all ages at www.pbclibrary.org/online-research. There are many tools available ranging from live online tutors to interactive tutorials, practice tests and more.

If you need a tutor to get help in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, or Writing check out Tutor.com. Just visit our site from any computer, enter your library card number, grade level and the subject you need help in and you will be matched with the right tutor. Live one-to-one help is available Sun - Thu, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sat, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Assistance is also available in Spanish for Math and Science homework, Sun - Thu, 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Want to ace that test in English, History or Science? The World Almanac® for Kids Online is a fun way for you to practice what you’ve learned in class. You can take quizzes again and again to reinforce what you learned in class and to identify areas that need more practice. There are more than 40 new interactive worksheets specially created to support the STEM content with topics like animals, the human body, planet Earth, plants, and space and astronomy. Students can use the drag-and-drop functionality to label diagrams, match words, and fill in the blanks. There are also crossword puzzles and word searches to make learning fun.

Do you need help in your French or Spanish class? Transparent Language is the answer. This online learning system is fun and engaging. Once the program assesses your familiarity with the language it will offer a learning plan and tracks your progress. You can pratice listening, speaking, reading and writing in 80 different languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu!

Want to boost scores in core subjects, prepare for tests and get extra help with assignments in Math, Language, Social Studies, Science, and Logic and Reasoning then check out Learning Express. The School Center section helps students in elementary, middle and high school with interactive tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks. College bound students will also find practice tests and eBooks for the SAT, ACT, AP, and PSAT/NMSQT. There is also a section to help to Write a College Admissions Essay.

If you are studying design, web development, business, photography or videography Lynda.com is the place to go. You can access Lynda.com free with your Library card. This online learning library provides training so you stay ahead of software updates, pick up new skills, and explore new hobbies. You can set your own pace, learn what you want, when you want, and practice with the instructor's files while you watch and listen. The teachers are respected authorities in software, creative, and business fields. There are more than four-thousand video courses and more added weekly. Courses are for all levels and cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

Quickbyte: HERE Maps

Picture this scenario: you are on the road (driving, riding a bike, or walking) and you need directions. You program a mapping app, such as Google Maps, and are getting step-by-step directions when suddenly you lose your connection. With no idea of where you are, you’re stuck with randomly making turns, getting more and more lost.

If this has ever happened to you, then HERE Maps might be the perfect app for you. Available for free for both iOS devices and Android, the app provides offline navigation. While other apps allow the user to download a map for offline use, HERE Maps gives you turn-by-turn instructions whether you’re connected to Wi-Fi/cell service or not. The app offers the highest number of maps available for download than any other mapping apps, better indoor views of malls, museums, and other public buildings, and real time traffic and public transportation views for over 700 cities worldwide.

Whether you’re traveling on vacation, or simply trying to navigate your way to a friend’s house, HERE Maps could be the right tool for you.

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