Books & Bytes


December 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2013
  3. Writers LIVE! 2013: Wine & Words with Brad Meltzer
  4. Success Starts Here- Legal Research
  5. Quick Byte: Google Goggles


Welcome to the December issue of Books & Bytes!

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The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2013

Writers Live!Our Writers LIVE! series brings the community together with authors and their books. Our Fifth Annual event boasts an exciting line-up of best-selling authors who will discuss their latest works, chat with you, and sign books. These talks will be held across the county at different library locations from January through April. Featured speakers and events include:

  • Mystery and romance author Nancy J. Cohen.
  • Peter Abrahams, as known as Spencer Quinn of the Chet and Bernie mysteries.
  • Local author Steven Forman who writes mysteries set in Boca Raton.
  • Florida author and Writers LIVE! veteran Tim Dorsey.
  • Popular thriller writer Mary Jane Clark.
  • Joanne Fluke, author of thrillers featuring tasty dessert recipes.
  • Maryanne O’Hara, novelist of “Cascade,” a “Library Journal” 2012 “Best Bet.”
  • Cara Black, author of mysteries set in Paris.
  • Edgar Award-winning writer C.J. Box.
  • A panel presentation: Palm Beach Peril: The Birth of a Thriller with Karin Slaughter & the International Thriller Writers Debut Authors.

To preregister, visit


Writers LIVE! 2013: Wine & Words with Brad Meltzer

Brad MetzlerPresented by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System

Sat, Feb 9, 5:30 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach 33446
Phone: 894-7500

Fifth AssasinEnjoy a cocktail with this best-selling author as he talks about his latest book "The Fifth Assassin." Cocktails at 5:30 pm and book talk and signing at 6:15 pm. $30 per person registration for this fundraiser for the Friends of the Library is through Feb 9.

Register for Wine and Words with Brad Meltzer.

$25 for Early Bird Registration* through Jan 26, 2013.
$30 Registration* from Jan 27 to Feb 9, 2013.

Make checks payable to The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System and mail to:

Community Relations
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406

or drop off at any Palm Beach County Library System location.

*Non-refundable, charitable donation.


Success Starts Here - Legal Research

Legal ResearchThe library has resources to assist you with many of your legal research needs. Whether you need a form for a business contract or lease, or are researching legal precedent, you can find self-help guides, legal encyclopedias, codes, and statutes. We offer online guides to legal resources at Reference librarians can also help you get started with your research, but please note that librarians cannot offer legal advice.

In addition to the resources available in your local library branch, the Library System subscribes to databases to help you with your legal needs. 

Continuously updated to reflect the latest state laws, Gale LegalForms, available in library branches or from home, with your library card, offers an online collection of legal resources. Features include:

  • Editable Forms — Forms and documents available in Word format can generally be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users' needs by simply "filling in the blanks" with relevant and accurate information
  • Product descriptions — a brief overview describing what the form is used for and any applicable state law requirements
  • Law Digest — this unique module provides law summaries for all 50 states and information generally applicable to all states. Within each Law Digest entry users will find additional resources, including government organizations and their contact information, a bibliography for further research and links to related subjects
  • Legal Q & A — a collection of legal questions with answers from an attorney, arranged alphabetically, and presented in laymen's terms, so information is easily understood.

For researching Florida Case Law, library users have access to the National Law Library database, available at the Main Library.  Find current opinions or a history of case law from 1 So. (1886) through 88 So.3d (2011).

For additional assistance with legal research, contact an attorney, or ask a reference librarian for information about local self-help centers, or free and low-cost legal aid providers.

Quick Byte: Google Goggles

If you’ve ever wanted more information about a book before taking it home to read, check out Google Goggles. Goggles is a free visual search app for your mobile device that enables you to take a picture of a book cover, then analyzes and identifies it. You’ll be able to see a preview of the book and access a listing of Google search results, including reviews.
Google Goggles is useful for more than just books, though. Take a scan of a painting, image, QR code, or barcode and all the information that would show up in any Google search will be on your device. On vacation and want more information about a landmark? Snap a picture and Goggles will search the web for information. You can use it to translate text; just take a picture of something written in English, French, Italian, German, Russian, or Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish and you’ll have the option of translating it into over 40 languages. Goggles will also scan business cards directly into your device contact list!

Google Goggles is available for both Android and iOS devices. For more information about downloading this and other apps, call the Palm Beach County Library Computer Center or your local branch for assistance. You can also register for mobile apps classes being offered at the Library Computer Center.

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Book Sale

Friends of the Library
Book Sale

Sat, Dec 15
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wellington Branch
1951 Royal Fern Drive
ph. 790-6070

Join the Friends for this
book sale.

All proceeds go towards library programs and special events.


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