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March 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Get Crafty
  3. National Women's History Month
  4. Literary Madness
  5. Online Research: LexisNexis Library Express

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Get Crafty

March is National Craft Month and we have many opportunities to celebrate with crafting activities and workshops for children, teens and adults. Whether you are a seasoned crafter or a beginner, there is something that will appeal to your crafty side. Many locations offer knitting, crochet and sewing circles where you can sit and stitch, meet new people, and share your knowledge with others who are just learning the necessary skills.

Many of these needle working classes are available for all ages as well as our coloring clubs. Coloring is a fun activity that fosters creativity and has stress-relieving benefits. Join other coloring enthusiasts for a session and color beautiful pictures, mandalas and more.

Adults can discover calligraphy with Chinese brush while enjoying the aroma and taste of Chinese tea. You can also learn doodling in the Zentangle® style to create works of art. Sit in on one of our art workshops to learn the basics of watercolor, or join an open session that provides time and space for you to shape your vision into a finished work of art.

Upcycle empty wine bottles into pretty painted vases or arrange an assortment of mosaic tiles to create beautiful coasters or a decorative trivet. Create a memory page with photos or string the bits and pieces of your life together to craft your memoir. Organize your photos and record your memories by using scrapbooking techniques and materials.

Kids can participate in crafty activities to celebrate various March activities including Dr. Seuss’ birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, spring and more. In addition, various materials will be used including buttons, beads, cereal, duct tape, finger paints, paper, shells and stickers.

Teens also have a variety of activities on tap to foster their creative side with an array of classes on nail art, crochet, duct tape, sewing and more. See the complete list of classes, workshops and clubs to find what crafty adventures are available at your local branch.

National Women's History Month

In 1987, a Congressional order honored the accomplishments of women throughout history by designating March as National Women’s History Month. Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a theme and distiguished honorees to recognize the significant contributions of women around the globe.

The theme for 2017 is "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business" - recognition of the often undervalued, underpaid work centuries of women have endured and those that have challenged the role of women in business and the labor force. Each of this year’s honorees successfully challenged the social and legal structures that kept women’s work unappreciated. Spanning three centuries of American history, and representing an array of backgrounds, they proved that women can indeed excel in every field imaginable, and that women leaders should be the norm. Most importantly, the honorees paved the way for future generations of women to follow.

Literary Madness

Participate in a literary version of March Madness by selecting your favorite antagonist and protagonist from some of your favorite genres. Follow us on Facebook to see weekly match-ups and find out who comes out on top.

Online Research: LexisNexis Library Express

Do you have legal questions but don’t know where to find the answers? Or perhaps you are looking for news stories from across the globe? Maybe you are interested in finding a list of executives for a specific company? Accessing all of this information just became easier with the library’s subscription to LexisNexis Library Express.

For those members interested in legal research, the legal information from Library Express can be accessed from any of our 17 locations. In addition to decisions from both federal and state courts, Library Express provides access to law review articles from over 500 publications. Interested in researching patents? Library Express allows members to search patents dating back to 1790 by keyword, patent number, inventor and even by lawyer!

Unlike the legal information, news and company resources can be accessed from home. All you need is a Palm Beach County Library card! Library Express has full text articles from thousands of newspapers and magazines. Are you interested in a transcript from one of your favorite news shows? Library Express has transcripts from many of the major television and radio networks including CNN, Fox News Network, MSNBC, NPR and many more. And check out the Company Dossier section to get a complete picture of the structure, financial strength, brands and competitors for over 80 million U.S. and international companies.

Check out LexisNexis Library Express today.

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