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September 2016 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Hispanic Heritage Month
  3. Book Life
  4. Nitromania!
  5. Quickbyte: LaLa Lunchbox

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Books & Bytes!

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Mes de la Herencia Hispana 2016

For the eleventh consecutive year the Palm Beach County Library System celebrates our community’s cultural diversity, the beautiful traditions of Latin American countries, and the important contributions Hispanics have made to American society.

The national commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month began with a week-long observance, started in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observation to September 15 - October 15, a month-long period which includes several Latin American countries’ anniversaries of independence. In 1988, Congress approved Law #100-402 to call on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

On Sat, Sep 10, at the Lantana Road Branch, this month long celebration will kick off with a musical presentation by students of the Ñ School of Music, Folkloric Dance by Grupo Raíces, traditional Mariachi music by Mariachi Pancho Villa and more! Programs offered during Hispanic Heritage Month are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Check the calendar for special programs at your local branch throughout the months of September and October.

Book Life

The Palm Beach County Library System is proud to present the third annual Book Life series, a month of activities and experiences designed for those who love to read. This year, we have selected two books exploring journeys; the literal and figurative, the personal and shared, and their power to define or redefine all who proceed along the various emerging paths.

The featured books for Book Life 2016 are:

  • "Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator," by Homer Hickham
  • "Find a Way," by Diana Nyad

Discover the reading selections and enjoy a total of 11 educational, engaging experiences inspired by the books. Activities, events and book discussions will be held at various library branches and community locations throughout the month of September.

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System. Please consider joining the Friends; find out more about them by visiting www.pbclibrary.org/friends.

To register for select off-site activities, visit the Book Life page one week prior to the date of the event.

Print and digital copies (including eAudiobooks) of both titles are available via our catalog.

See Upcoming Book Life Events


If you’re interested in the "coolest" science around, check out this liquid nitrogen demonstration by the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! See the physical properties of two of the most important chemicals on Earth: water and nitrogen, change before your very eyes! Ages 5 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Quickbyte: LaLa Lunchbox

The school year has started, and your kids are probably tossing out half of the food that you sent for lunch. Why not teach them how to eat in a healthy way and involve them in meal planning? You can with LaLa Lunchbox, a free app that encourages kids to plan and pack a healthy, balanced lunch.

Users can create their own "lunchboxes," choosing colors and design, then choose their own avatar and personalize it with their names. When it’s time to plan a meal, kids can swipe the food of their choice from the customizable food library into the mouth of their monster, including a protein, fruit, vegetable and snack. Parents can control what choices are available, and kids learn how to create a balanced meal. Multiple meals can be planned at one time, and kids and parents can decide which days to eat each lunch. Food choices are saved in a handy grocery list for parents.

LaLa Lunchbox can also be used to plan breakfasts from the additional categories of eggs, protein, grain, and produce. Finally, the app includes a calendar that shows what meals have been planned in the past, allowing kids (and parents) to repeat them as desired.

If you have a child who is a fussy eater, chef-in-training, or if you simply want a new and fun way to plan meals, check out LaLa Lunchbox, available for free on iOS devices.

Until Next Time

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