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December 2016 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Writers LIVE! Presents:
    Wine & Words With Andrew Gross
  3. Welcome to Winter Wonderland
  4. The "All New Consumer Reports"
  5. Quickbyte: More Magazines & Books
    to Enjoy On the Go

Welcome to the December Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Writers LIVE! Presents: Wine & Words With Andrew Gross

Enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments with this New York Times best-selling author as he talks about his latest book, "The One Man." Food and drinks at 5:30 pm, followed by an author talk and book signing. All proceeds from the event will go towards library activities sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

$25 per person for early registration through Sun, Jan 01.

$35 per person from Mon, Jan 02 to Sat, Jan 14.

Tickets are a non-refundable, charitable donation.

Make checks payable to: The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System or pay online at: www.pbclibrary.org/friends

Welcome to Winter Wonderland

Winter - the season when the days are shorter and the weather dips, snow flurries fall and icicles form and we tend to hibernate indoors to avoid the cold. Well not in the Winter Wonderland known as Palm Beach County. While we enjoy somewhat cooler temperatures we can still embrace the winter season with events and activities at many locations.

Although snow days are rare for us many branches are offering up snow-themed activities to warm your heart. There are movies, songs, stories, crafts, snowflakes, ice painting and snowman too. Teens can even learn about Winter Celebrations Around the World at the Jupiter Branch. See if snow is in the forecast at your favorite location.

When we are hibernating from the cold it’s a great time to spend time making crafts and we are offering up a wonderful selection of classes to inspire your creativity. There are so many options to choose from. Learn to make glitter bowls, mosaic candle holders, and winter luminaries. You can make holiday crafts including greeting cards, table decorations, clever card holders, holiday ornaments, magnets, book page wreaths, and gift wrap. There are classes for you to create gifts of headbands, ornaments, key chains, earrings, peppermint soap and more. Learn the Japanese art of Kusandama Ball, the Pennsylvania Dutch art of scherenschnitte and the Native American craft of finger weaving. Whether you are already a coloring enthusiast or a newbie, you can wind down and escape at our many coloring sessions and clubs.

For those who are into sweets we have hot cocoa making classes, holiday cookbook discussions along with cookie and gingerbread-inspired themed events and classes that will fill your head with sugar plums. Make gingerbread houses, decorate cookies and cupcakes and enjoy the season.

Bring in the new year with your child at one of the Noon Year’s Eve Parties taking place at the Greenacres Branch, Hagen Ranch Road Branch or the West Boynton Branch.

Check the complete list of classes and activities for more information about these and other events to fill the chilly winter days. While you’re here, don’t forget to borrow a book, DVD or CD so you can curl up and get cozy and enjoy the winter (with the air conditioner on of course).

The "All New Consumer Reports"

Consumer Reports has been around for 80 years. They have tested and reported on products and services we use every day, to create a fairer, safer, healthier world. However, Consumer Reports has heard from their audience that the ways we shop, buy, decide, and wish to be heard has changed! In response to this outcry, Consumer Reports has changed their ratings to make them more intuitive. The ratings system has always been red and black circles; finally they have changed the scale. The new scale goes from green being excellent to red which indicates poor. In addition, the numerical values in the buying guides have been paired with interactive videos and images to help with the decision making process. The brand-new video hub allows you to take virtual tours of both individual products and large-scale home projects.

Quickbyte: More Magazines & Books to Enjoy On the Go

We are pleased to announce two new electronic resources: Zinio and OneClick, which gives you more electronic magazines and eAudiobooks when you are on the go.

Zinio provides access to a variety of magazines. You can access current issues, as well as back issues, from many popular magazines with no borrowing limits, holds, or loan periods. Magazines from Zinio can be downloaded to an app or computer for offline reading, or streamed with an internet connection. Zinio works on Windows and Mac computers, as well as Android and Apple devices. In order to browse the collection, and to borrow magazines, you will need to use a web browser - seither on a computer or mobile device. Once you have borrrowed a magazine, you can then use the app to read or download it to read whenever you like.

We have over 40 titles currently available through Zinio. Some popular titles include, The Economist, OK!, Star, Food Network Magazine, Soap Opera Digest, National Geographic, PC Magazine, National Enquirer, and many more. In addition to these magazines, our Zinio collection also features five unique adult coloring books. Magazines, as well as coloring books, in the Zinio collection are available to download and print.

OneClick is another option for eAudiobooks. OneClick is mostly comprised of exclusive eAudiobook titles from Recorded Books. These are titles that are unavailable from our other providers Overdrive or Axis 360. OneClick has apps available for Windows and Mac computers, Android and Apple devices, and the Amazon Kindle Fire. With OneClick, you can borrow up to ten eAudiobook titles at a time. Each title can be on loan for up to 21 days, and can be renewed once for up to seven days. Additionally, OneClick users can have up to three titles on hold at a time.

Happy reading and listening!

Until Next Time

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All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed on Sat, Dec 24, Sun Dec 25 and Mon, Dec 26, for Christmas. No materials will be due on these days.

Friends Book Sale

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Friends Members Only
Fri, Jan 27
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Public Sale
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Public Half-price Sale
Sun, Jan 29
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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