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June 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Summer Reading Program: "Build a Better World"
  3. The Amazing Mr. A’s Summer Magic Spectacular!
  4. World Refugee Day
  5. Quickbyte: DART

Welcome to the June Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Summer Reading Program:
"Build a Better World"

The Summer Reading Program returns to the Palm Beach County Library System! All ages are encouraged to explore ways to "Build a Better World." Sign up at any Palm Beach County Library System location or Bookmobile stop from Mon, Jun 05 - Fri, Jul 28 and begin earning and tracking points. Once completed, return your log or tracker to receive:
  • A construction duck (ages 0-5), a basil growing kit (ages 6-11), or a multi-device charging pouch (ages 12 & up).
  • A ticket to a Roger Dean Stadium baseball game on Sat, July 29.
  • An invitation to an all ages, end-of-summer ice cream social.
  • A voucher to the Great Book Giveaway (ages 17 & under).
  • A Chipotle coupon.

All giveaways are limited quantity, while supplies last.

Your completed log or tracker also qualifies you for one grand-prize drawing entry! Each Palm Beach County Library System location and the Bookmobile will be offering one of the following grand prizes:

  • Little Learners - LEGO® DUPLO® Creative Play Deluxe Box of Fun
  • Kids - LEGO® Classic Large Creative Brick Box
  • Adults/Teens - 32 GB iPad

Spread the joy of reading and interact with all of the services the Palm Beach County System has to offer - register for the Summer Reading Program today!

The Amazing Mr. A’s Summer Magic Spectacular!

It’s a variety-style magic show you don’t want to miss! With magic, comedy, ventriloquism and audience participation, Mr. A will leave you laughing.
All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

World Refugee Day

"Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement." - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

According to the United Nations, around 14 million people in the world are refugees. A refugee is a person who has been "forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence ... and has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group."

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) sponsors World Refugee Day each year on June 20, to raise awareness of refugee struggles and to honor the contributions of refugees throughout the world. http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/

Our state’s Refugee Services Program, part of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), also does tremendous work to help people affected by war, torture or human rights violations.

How can you participate in World Refugee Day?

  • Attend the events being offered throughout our library system.
  • Visit the UNHCR website and the Florida DCF Refugee Services website to donate and learn more about this local and global crisis.
  • Read a book or watch a film to better understand the experience of a refugee. Visit your local branch library to borrow our books with inspiring and compelling stories about "real people with real needs."
  • Wear light blue, the international color of UN aid workers, on the day of the event and let others know why you are wearing this color.

The Palm Beach County Library System is also proud to take part in the World Refugee Day Celebration and Citizenship Ceremony, presented by the Palm Beach Refugee Task Force and the Dr. Kathryn W. Davis Global Education Center, Palm Beach State College.
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus
Thu, Jun 22, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Quickbyte: DART

With the start of hurricane season, it's important to be prepared. The Damage Assessment Resource Tool (DART) app, developed by the Palm Beach County Public Safety Department, allows the community to prepare for emergencies and report problems afterwards. While our focus in South Florida is on hurricanes, the app is useful no matter what type of emergency arises.

Available for free for Android and iOS devices, the app allows users to find out about activities at the County Emergency Operation Center (EOC), to locate and get directions to emergency shelters, to see where county evacuation zones are located, and to see whether people located in the zones have orders to evacuate. Need to find an open gas station, grocery store, or place to find ice? DART has those clearly marked to save you the hassle of driving around and wasting precious gas.

The app was developed and introduced in 2012, but has had multiple updates and features added to it, so if you haven't downloaded it to your mobile device or checked it out lately, take a look. Hurricane season is upon us, and as we all know, it's better to be safe than sorry.

DART is available on the county website, the Google Play store and on iTunes.

Until Next Time

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