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November 2018 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Families Reading Together
  3. Read Together Palm Beach County
    One Book, One Community
  4. 7 Ways to Incorporate More Reading Into Your Day
  5. Quickbyte: Kahoot!

Welcome to the November Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Families Reading Together

This November marks 15 years of the Palm Beach County Library System's Families Reading Together Campaign, reminding the community of the importance of sharing books with children. Reading together is a great way to encourage and prepare children to read on their own. This annual tradition brings families together while providing educational, social and linguistic benefits to young children that last a lifetime.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading to young children can strengthen parent-child relationships, language skills, and a child's love for books. This special time spent reading together can spark your child's creativity and curiosity through simple follow-up activities. Families should discuss the book and encourage children to ask questions while reading as this can boost confidence and helps build the foundation for literacy skills.

We've planned family-friendly events throughout November including a kickoff at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens on Sat, Nov 03, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Children who present a valid PBC library card will receive a free admission along with one accompanying adult.

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Read Together Palm Beach County
One Book, One Community

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County's Read Together Palm Beach County campaign is aimed at getting adults throughout the county to read the same book at the same time. This year's book is "Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland," by Florida resident and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Barry. In the book, Barry takes on the people who think of the Sunshine State as Flori-DUH.

Copies of the book are available at your local branch library. The campaign runs through the end of November.

Dave Barry will attend the campaign's finale event on Nov 28, at the Harriet Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach. The finale features a silent auction. RSVP for the event beginning Nov 01. The event is free, but the Literacy Coalition welcomes a donation. For more information visit www.literacypbc.org.

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7 Ways to Incorporate More Reading Into Your Day

Reading is said to help you escape and unwind, increase your focus and knowledge base. Trying to balance work and life can make it difficult to find the time to relax and read a novel, much less dive into the latest, best-selling, life-changing nonfiction book. These seven tips will help you find ways to incorporate more reading into your life.
  1. Read books while on the go. Your reading material does not have to be a physical book. Consider listening to a book on your commute to work or on your evening walk. The Library has downloadable books that you can store on your phone.
  2. Always carry something to read. We often find ourselves waiting in line at the supermarket or in the doctor's office. Use that time to read. You can download a book or magazine to your phone or tablet so you always have something that interests you.
  3. It doesn't have to be literature. You can get the benefits of reading from magazines and newspapers too. Reading a magazine or newspaper will keep you informed and provide you with something interesting to talk about at your next networking function. With a Wi-Fi connection you can flip through the pages of some of your favorite magazines. You can also download magazines from Flipster and RBdigital from the Library's website at www.pbclibrary.org.
  4. Reading should be enjoyable. Find something that you like to read. Ask friends, neighbors and Library staff for recommendations. Just because you borrowed the book from the Library doesn't mean you have to read the whole thing. If you don't like it put it down and find something else that is more to your taste.
  5. Read several books at a time. If you are reading several books at a time, have them in different locations. It is convenient to have a book on the coffee table, by the bed, in the kitchen or even in the car. You might find that it is easier to read if the book on the bedside is relaxing and while driving you are able to listen to a self-help audiobook.
  6. Join a book club. Reading doesn't have to be a solitary endeavor. Joining a club will motivate you to read more. You can use the Library's Book Club in a Bag to help you get your club started.
  7. Make reading a habit. Set aside a specific time that you can read for 10-20 minutes. You could decide to read for 10 minutes while on the treadmill at the gym, or in the morning before the rest of the household is awake.

Quickbyte: Kahoot!

Create your own quizzes in seconds!

Kahoot! is a game-based learning and trivia platform used in classrooms, offices and at home. Teachers have been utilizing this app in the classroom and have made learning not only more fun but empowering. Students have used the app to really power their presentations and assignments, while corporate trainers find the app to be equally engaging.

Students play Kahoot! on their phones for revision and reinforcement. The app's new update, designed for Kahoot! is available for both iOS and Android, empowers students to take control of their learning and go from consumers to creators of knowledge. Creating and sharing their own Kahoot!s allows for deeper understanding and mastery of the subject at hand, and improves engagement. Making a quiz is easy, just add a title, description and cover image. Add the question and answer options, and change the time limit to fit the question type.

Businesses can also use Kahoot! to improve their training, presentations, and meetings, and onboarding through engaging games that don't require the purchase of additional clickers or remotes. Planning to train a team or want to reinforce knowledge after a session? Assign Kahoot! challenges that trainees can play in the mobile app and so they can complete their training remotely or on the go. Note that the business version is not free, but subscripting to premium plans keeps Kahoot! free for teachers all over the world.

Kahoot! is available for both iOS and Android.

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