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Books & Bytes


April 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate National Library Week
  3. Read Together Palm Beach County 2012: Last Train to Paradise
  4. Ferguson's Career Guidance Center


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Celebrate National Library Week
April 8-14, 2012

Behind the Scenes at “Saturday Night Live” and NBC

Jan KasoffSponsored by the Friends of the Library

Jan Kasoff, winner of eight Emmy Awards for his work at NBC, will bring you behind the scenes of the network’s long-running hit comedy show, sharing stories, photos, and film clips from his time on set.

Tue, Apr 10, 6:30 pm
Wellington Branch
1951 Royal Fern Dr., Wellington
Phone: 790-6070
Click here to register.

Wed, Apr 11, 2:00 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach
Phone: 894-7500
Click here to register.

Thu, Apr 12, 2:30 pm
Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Phone: 626-6133
Click here to register.

Sat, Apr 14, 2:00 pm
Main Library
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-2600
Click here to register.


Read Together Palm Beach County 2012: “Last Train to Paradise”

"Last Train to Paradise" by Les Standiford

Last Train to ParadiseThe true story of a man of extraordinary vision and drive. Oil tycoon Henry Flagler spent the last years of his life building a railroad to span the length of Florida, including 157 miles of open ocean to Key West. The story captures the herculean efforts of the dedicated men who built this engineering marvel, plagued by mosquito and alligator infested swamplands and the fury of hurricanes. Travel through familiar Florida spots and explore early twentieth century attitudes towards working conditions, the environment, and the tourist industry.

An Interview with Les Standiford
Les Standiford is the award-winning author of the John Deal Series and the fascinating thriller “Spill,” among other suspense and mystery novels. He has a Ph.D in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Mr. Standiford is currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Donna Marie Smith, Systemwide Adult Programming Coordinator, recently sat down with Mr. Standiford following his appearance at our 2012 Writers LIVE! Series on March 14. He and co-author Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews gave a book talk and signing at the West Boca Branch about “Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America,” their gripping account about the abduction and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh.

Mr. Standiford acknowledged his surprise and delight at having “Last Train to Paradise” his history of how Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler and his famous railroad, a marvel of Guilded Age engineering, came to shape and define the state of Florida – be chosen as The Book for the 2012 Read Together Campaign.

DMS: Why do you think “Last Train” makes a good pick as “The Book” for all Palm Beach County residents to read?
Standiford:  Not only is there a lot of information about Florida history, but it’s the story of the richest man in the world undertaking a great achievement in history [the building of the Key West Railroad, one of the “greatest engineering feats ever undertaken”], only to have it blown away by one of the biggest and deadliest storms [the deadly Labor Day hurricane of 1935].
DMS:  What about Flagler’s life story do you think resonates with people today?
Standiford:  Henry Flagler was unusual in that he wasn’t simply trying to make money when he came to Florida. As co-founder of Standard Oil, he could have exploited the state. Instead, he was a creator not an exploiter. What he did benefitted a lot of people. He “created” the state.
DMS: What do you think would be a good question for a book discussion leader to ask a book group reading your book?
Standiford:  What was Flagler’s ultimate motivation to extend his railroad from Miami to Key West?

BooklettersRead Together Book Discussion Schedule

Book discussions sponsored by the Friends of the Library

We invite you to read The Book that everyone will be reading throughout the month of April and then engage in a lively facilitated discussion with us.

Call or stop by the location of your choice to preregister. (90 min.)

Sat, Apr 07, 10:00 am
Belle Glade Branch
530 South Main Street
Belle Glade
Phone: 996-3453

Tue, Apr 10, 10:30 am
Glades Road Branch
20701 95th Avenue South
Boca Raton
Phone: 482-4554

Tue, Apr 10, 6:30 pm
Greenacres Branch
3750 Jog Road, Greenacres
Phone: 641-9100

Wed, Apr 11, 2:00 pm
Lantana Road Branch
4020 Lantana Road
Lake Worth
Phone: 304-4500

Thu, Apr 12, 2:00 pm or
Fri, Apr 20, 2:00 pm

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road
Delray Beach
Phone: 894-7500

Sat, Apr 14, 10:30 am
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
375 S.W. 2nd Avenue
South Bay
Phone: 992-8393

Wed, Apr 18, 2:00 pm
West Boca Branch
18685 State Road 7
Boca Raton
Phone: 470-1600

Wed, Apr 18, 2:30 pm or
Wed, Apr 25, 6:00 pm

Okeechobee Blvd. Branch
5689 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-1880

Wed, Apr 18, 6:00 pm
Wellington Branch
1951 Royal Fern Drive
Phone: 790-6070

Thu, Apr 19, 2:00 pm
Tequesta Branch
461 Old Dixie Highway North
Phone: 746-5970

Fri, Apr 20, 1:30 pm
Jupiter Branch
705 Military Trail
Phone: 744-2301

Tue, Apr 24, 2:00 pm
Royal Palm Beach Branch
500 Civic Center Way
Royal Palm Beach
Phone: 790-6030

Tue, Apr 24, 6:30 pm
Acreage Branch
15801 Orange Blvd.
Phone: 681-4100

Wed, Apr 25, 2:00 pm
Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens
Phone: 626-6133

Wed, Apr 25, 2:30 pm
Main Library
3650 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-2600



Ferguson's Article

Success Starts Here for College and Career Planning

Most people think the library's database collection is intended to aid students with their research, but the collection goes further, assisting you with many major decisions in your life. For instance, did you know the library subscribes to databases designed to help you with your College and Career Planning?

*Ferguson's Career Guidance Center*

This comprehensive college and career research database is broken down into four main sections: Job and Industry Profiles, Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills, Career and Industry Resources, and College Planning and Financial Aid. The material is drawn from a range of authoritative sources and is extensively indexed.


  • Job and Industry Profiles: 94 industry profiles, organized by 16 Career Clusters created by the U.S. Department of Education, and nearly 3,400 job articles
  • Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills: guidance on the essentials of getting a job and keeping it - establishing a career path, honing interview skills, writing résumés, and more
  • Career and Industry Resources: more than 55,000 searchable, browsable resource entries, divided into convenient categories on fellowships, organizations, internships, scholarships, and awards
  • School Searches: four comprehensive, current databases, provided by Peterson's Nelnet, LLC, covering undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and vocational and technical schools in the U.S. and Canada. Users can search for schools by type, region, areas of study, and a variety of other characteristics.
  • Career Interest Assessment: a test that ranks users' work interest areas and suggests related occupations and industries
  • Links to Outside Jobs: access to current, live job postings.


  • Nearly 300 videos covering jobs, industries, and career development skills
  • Advice from nationally renowned author and career expert Sue Morem for recent graduates, job seekers, and people advancing in the workplace
  • "My Life" interviews with professionals, giving a firsthand perspective on exciting jobs
  • Career Opportunities News, updated monthly

Available in the library and from your home computer with a library card or an e-card, our electronic resources can help in every step of your college or career planning activities. E-cards, which are available online, can be converted to a regular library card at any of our branches. The link to our e-resources is www.pbclibrary.org/databases/



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Writers LIVE! 2012:
Wine & Words with Jeff Lindsay

Presented by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System

Sat, Apr 14, 5:30 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch

Enjoy a cocktail with this New York Times best-selling author as he talks about his latest book “Double Dexter: Sixth in the Series,” the inspiration for the hit Showtime television show “Dexter.”

$30 Registration.

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