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May 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Haitian Heritage Month
  3. Mental Health Awareness Month
  4. May the 4th Be With You
  5. Quickbyte: Coach Me

Welcome to the May Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Haitian Heritage Month

For the eighth consecutive year Palm Beach County Library Systems shares the beauty of the Haitian culture through the celebration of the written word, art, music and dance.

Join us on Sat, May 13, 2:00 pm at the Lantana Road Branch for the unveiling of the new Haitian cultural collection. The collection highlights Haiti’s history and culture and includes adult and juvenile books in Haitian Creole, French and English. Following the unveiling, enjoy a festive afternoon with dance performances by Dayana Dolne, meet beloved Haitian author Jessica Fievre, and more! /p>

Haitian Heritage Month would not be possible without the support and generosity of the Friends of the Library.

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Mental Health Awareness 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 Awareness Month throughout the month of May.

Meditation for Total Wellness

Lantana Road Branch
Wed, May 17, 11:00 am
Join John Bednarik for this powerful workshop that can positively impact your life. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Mental Health Month: Positive Parenting

Royal Palm Beach Branch - Wed, May 17, 2:00 pm
Lantana Road Branch - Wed, May 24, 2:00 pm
Acreage Branch - Wed, May 24, 6:00 pm
Main Library - Sat, May 27, 2:00 pm
Learn about the different parenting styles, as well as utilizing positive parenting to strengthen your relationship with your child and manage misbehavior. (60 min.) Preregister.

Mental Health Month

Gardens Branch
Wed, May 17, 2:30 pm - Music Thearapy for Relaxation
Thu, May 18, 2:30 pm - Grief & Loss: What is Normal About That
TrustBridge Health professionals will speak about interventions and strategies to promote mental health for individuals, families and caregivers. (60 min.) Preregister, beginning Thu, Apr 20.

Music Therapy for Relaxation

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, May 23, 2:00 pm
Music therapy has shown to be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. Presented by Tiffany Womack of TrustBridge Health. (90 min.) Preregister.

Five Steps to a Stress-Free Life

Wellington Branch
Wed, May 24, 6:30 pm
Joe Hamilton of TrustBridge Health teaches practical, easy techniques to lower stress levels for a healthier life. (60 min.) Preregister.

Meditation Techniques

Greenacres Branch
Wed, May 31, 2:30 pm
Counselor and meditation instructor Maya Malay demonstrates easy to apply techniques which help establish mental stability and emotional well-being. (60 min.) Preregister.

May the 4th Be With You

It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.

In a galaxy far, far away ... the force guides you to our “Star Wars” celebration with themed crafts and activities. Preregister.

Quickbyte: Coach Me

Do you have a goal that you’re working on? Maybe to exercise more, learn how to play the piano, or perform a random act of kindness each day? Check out Coach.me, the free app that can help you make progress on whatever it is that you want to achieve.

The app is very simple to use: set up your goal or goals, and check in each time you make progress. You set your own level for success (i.e., write 300 words), and the app keeps track of how frequently and how successful you’re being at achieving your goal. To start, you add your goals to a dashboard. You can choose from several categories and either choose a sub-category, choose a goal from a list, or create one that is unique to you. Once you’ve added it to your dashboard, you can decide whether you want the app to send you reminders, set targets, and, for a fee, hire a personal coach.

But wait, still not motivated enough? If you keep your goal public, others who share the same goal will be able to encourage and congratulate you, and offer advice when needed. Each time you make progress you’ll not only get a high five from the app, but real people from across the globe will be there, virtually, to cheer you on, offer advice, and encourage you.

Give it a try today and take one step closer to getting fit, learning to play the piano, or preforming a random act of kindness. Coach.me is available for free for both Android and iOS devices as well as for use on the web.

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