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September 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
  3. Banned Books Week: Celebrate the
    Freedom to Read
  4. Exciting Electrons
  5. Quickbyte: Emergency by the American Red Cross

Welcome to the September Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Palm Beach County Library System invites you to the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. We celebrate our community’s cultural diversity, the beautiful traditions of Latin American countries, and the contributions Hispanics have made to American society. Join us for a wide variety of events for the entire family offered in both English and Spanish.

On Sat, Sep 09, at the Main Library, this month-long celebration will kick off with the children's Mexican folkloric dance group, México Mágico and a repertoire of traditional and contemporary melodies from the highlands of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, presented by Wayna, Music of the Andes.

Activities offered during Hispanic Heritage Month are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library.

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Discover All Events & Activities.

Banned Books Week:
Celebrate the Freedom to Read

September 24 - 30

During the week of September 24, visit any of our library locations to learn more about banned and challenged books, attend a book or film discussion and borrow a book from one of our Banned Books Week displays. Check out the Banned Books Week activities listed below.

Banned Book Selfie!

Belle Glade Branch
Mon, Sep 25, 4:00 pm
Get caught reading banned books in our photo booth! Learn why some of your favorite books have been challenged or banned. All ages. (60 min.)

Book Chat: Banned Book Week Edition

Belle Glade Branch
Wed, Sep 27, 4:00 pm
Enjoy pizza and a discussion of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie. Copies are available. Grades 6 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Banned Books Week: Book & Film Discussion

Greenacres Branch
Fri, Sep 29, 2:30 pm
Sat, Sep 30, 11:00 am
Return on 09/30 to see the film adaptation followed by a brief discussion. Join in a discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, "The Namesake," about a family struggling to balance two distinct cultures and learn why the novel was challenged in 2015.
09/29: Book discussion.(60 min.)
09/30: ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. (122 min.) Film viewing and discussion. (2.5 hr.) PG-13

Exciting Electrons

This electrifying demonstration from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium includes many classic energy tricks sure to make your eyes light up! Ages 5 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library.

Quickbyte: Emergency by the American Red Cross

We are right in the middle of hurricane season, unfortunately, emergencies of all kinds can occur throughout the year. The time to prepare is now. One way to do that is by downloading the Emergency app, created by the American Red Cross. This free app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows you to monitor conditions across the U.S., let your family know that you are safe in case of a disaster, and take steps to prepare yourself and your family for any type of crisis.

The app includes very specific steps that you can take to create an emergency plan, along with fun, interactive games and quizzes that allow you and your family to earn badges as you go. It offers severe weather alerts for your local area, including hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, and other scary occurrences. Emergency is fully customizable; there is pre-loaded content that will provide helpful contact information even if you are not connected to a mobile network. The app even provides a flashlight, alarm and strobe light in case searchers ever need to find you.

None of us expect to be in a situation where these tools are needed, but why not take a few minutes to be prepared just in case. Check out the Emergency app today!

Until Next Time

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