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December 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. My Library. My Life!
  3. Norton Museum of Art: Book + Art Discussion
  4. Consumer Reports
  5. Quickbyte: WorkFlowy

Welcome to the December Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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My Library. My Life!

These stories demonstrate the valuable impact the library has on peoples’ lives in our community, ranging from our activities and classes to our resources and materials, and our wonderful staff. If you have a story about how the library has impacted your life, please send it to Community Relations.

3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
or email: cr@pbclibrary.org.

Some stories have been edited for clarity.

“For most of the past year, I have spent the vast majority of my weekends in your branch, writing the manuscript for my next book ... the Lantana Branch will be mentioned in my acknowledgment page.
'To the Public Library System of Palm Beach County, Florida, particularly the Lantana Road Branch, where I spent hundreds of hours writing. I have seen first-hand the benefits of public libraries and the positive impact they have on a community and its people. Thank you Lantana Road Branch for the access to an environment conducive to learning and writing. I did some of my best work in your location.'
Again, thank you for all that you do!”
- Dr. Jaime A. Castellano

“I actually brought my eight-year-old son to the CreationStation for him to try it out. He is very into techy things and wants to possibly be a filmmaker or game designer when he grows up. He has an auditory processing disorder and lacks confidence so I used it as an experience for him to learn and help boost his self-esteem. He was very excited to be able to make a video and even uploaded a “tour” of your facility to his YouTube channel. I think it`s a fantastic facility and can completely see how this could be a huge asset to someone for presentations.”

“The Library provides activities and opportunities which have positively impacted my life. Many activities have increased both my creativity and knowledge. One example was learning how to make colorful tissue paper flowers. Socially, I have met friends with whom I have I have shared interesting book discussions and lectures. Educationally, I have participated in new types of learning. Learning about Pierre Chanover’s experiences in France during the Holocaust provided firsthand knowledge of a time that always needs to be remembered, not forgotten.”
- Deborah L.

Book + Art Discussion: "Silent Spring," by Rachel Carson + Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene

Sat, Dec 09, 2:00 pm
Norton Museum of Art
1451 S. Olive Avenue,
West Palm Beach 33401

Rachel Carson’s 1962 exposé of the pesticide industry has inspired generations of environmentalists. Discuss the relationships between Carson’s work and Justin Guariglia’s critically-acclaimed exhibition, “Earth Works.”

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports (CR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer and healthier world. They put consumers’ needs first in the marketplace and empower them with trusted knowledge to make better, more informed choices.

For 80 years, CR has provided evidence-based product testing and ratings, rigorous research, hard-hitting investigative journalism, public education, and steadfast policy action on behalf of consumers’ interests without be constrained by advertising or other commercial influences. They partner with consumers to shape the marketplace, influence businesses, and guide rulemakers.

Consumer Reports unites impartial, trustworthy guidance with eight decades of unwavering commitment to equipping consumers to make informed decisions. By being driven solely by the needs and interests of consumers, CR continues to serve as the gold standard for consumer knowledge and consumer power. Ultimately, our success lies in being a voice for, and giving a voice to, consumers.

Check out the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

Quickbyte: WorkFlowy

Finished your holiday gift shopping early? Neither did we. Between family, friends and co-workers, our holiday shopping lists can pile up fast. WorkFlowy to the rescue!

WorkFlowy is a free, easy-to-use listing and outlining app whose beauty lies in its simplicity. It may seem like a basic bulleted list at first glance, but don’t let the minimalistic design fool you – WorkFlowy is packed with features like tagging, smart search, infinite nesting and one-tap collapse-and-expand, you can make lists within lists within lists and never get lost. All this makes WorkFlowy versatile enough to organize your whole life, but easy enough to make shopping lists a breeze.

Here’s one WorkFlowy recipe for organizing your holiday shopping: make a list of categories, like family, friends, and coworkers, then make sub-lists of gift recipients within each category. Within each of these, you can make sub-lists for brainstorming gift ideas and further sub-lists for notes and price comparisons. Once you’ve figured out who gets what, it’s easy to touch-and-drag to reorganize your list by shopping trip or priority, or just tag your gift ideas by location so you can manage your list one stop at a time. While you’re shopping, simply check off your purchases and hide completed items to clear up the clutter.

WorkFlowy supports all platforms and synchronizes your lists across multiple devices, so you could open the web app to bang out your shopping list on a desktop computer, then open your list on your phone or tablet while you’re out and about. Try out WorkFlowy at WorkFlowy.com, grab the Android app at the Google Play Store, or get it for your Apple device on the iTunes Store.

Until Next Time

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and Mon, Jan 01, 2018
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