Books & Bytes


February 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate Black History Month
  3. Get Heart-Healthy
  4. Classic eBooks to Download


Welcome to the February issue of Books & Bytes!

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February is Black History Month!

Black History MonthBy Marjorie Lear, Multicultural Librarian

This month, Palm Beach County joins the nation in commemorating Black History Month, which has its roots in a week-long observation initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, was expanded into Black History Month by President Ford in 1976, and became Public Law 99-244 in 1986. We invite you to join us at our various libraries as we offer programs that celebrate the unique contributions of African Americans and reflect upon important struggles toward freedom and equality.

Local favorites Orisirisi will perform “Drum Stories” for families in all library locations, sharing stories from the African continent and incorporating the tradition of audience participation with fun-filled call and response songs, as well as spirited African drumming. At Gardens Branch, Professor Allen C. Guelzo will conduct a four-week DVD tour of Lincoln's life, from his forebears' arrival in America through an evaluation of how his legacy lives on for us today.  Lantana Road Branch will present Haitian/Creole Specialist Bito David’s compelling account of Haiti in his program, “The Black Heritage: Haiti History at a Glance.”

Three libraries will host Black History Month book discussions, facilitated by librarian Ron Glass and focusing on fascinating contemporary reads, including Decoded by Jay-Z at the Lantana Road Branch; Disintegration: the Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson at the Wellington Branch; and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson at the Gardens Branch.

During the month of February, various libraries will show special films celebrating Black History.
Lantana Road Library also hosts a special art exhibit this month, featuring artwork submitted by students for an annual contest sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee. For over 37 years, this group has sponsored celebrations of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and also held competitions encouraging young people to express themselves and become involved in community efforts toward greater racial harmony.

Please join us as we honor our own African American community and celebrate our nation’s rich and powerful Black History.

For dates, locations and times click here.


Get Heart-Healthy

Heart HealthFebruary is American Heart Month, a time to battle cardiovascular disease and learn what we can do to live heart-healthy lives.  Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

For more heart-healthy information visit our user-friendly electronic databases, an authoritative source of health information, right from your home, office, or library branch. The Library’s health databases let you research a condition, alternative therapy, medical term, and much more. Not meant to be used as a substitute for a consultation with your health care provider, the databases are a handy, searchable tool to support your doctor’s recommendations. Electronic databases are easy-to-use, and from reliable publishers. Whether you are researching blood pressure monitors, an alternative therapy to ease arthritis pain, or planning a new exercise program, the databases allow you to read, print, and email complete articles with a library card or e-card. Be sure to check the Library’s health databases for valuable information and then follow-up with your doctor.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module has trusted medical reference materials from encyclopedias and dictionaries, directories, magazines, journals, pamphlets, and newspapers, in addition to a broad collection of Gale health reference titles. At your fingertips, you will find complete articles in English and Spanish on current health news and research, diseases and conditions, herbal remedies, local support information, and much more.

Savvy healthcare consumers check Consumer Reports Health to find comparisons of medical tests and treatments, drugs, devices, healthcare providers, health insurance plans, and hospitals. Analyses and ratings of these services and products can help you make important decisions in our expensive and complex healthcare system.
The Library’s Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) has more free health information to read and discuss with your doctor. If you are looking for drug information, doctors’ credentials, information about diabetes, breast cancer, arthritis, or any information that has a bearing on your health or wellness please call CHIS at 233-2736 or visit us on the web at


Classic eBooks to Download

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott(Not just for) Homework Downloads

What if you need to read a book for your English class, but all the copies are checked out? If it's a "classic work of literature" (meaning "old") book and you have your smart phone, you may be able to download it and read it on your phone right now. 

But you'll need a few things to use the codes: your phone, the Overdrive Media Console software, and a QR code reader. The QR codes are links to eBooks you can read on your phone or tablet computer.

If you don't already have it, you can download the Overdrive Media Console from here: Overdrive Media Console. Install it on the phone or portable device you'll use to read the eBook.

If you don't have a QR Code reader on your phone, you can download one from the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Windows Marketplace, or BlackBerry App World depending on your phone.

Once you install the code reader, you can open the app and use your phone's camera to scan the code for the book you want. And when the book downloads, it will be yours to keep, for free!

And if you don't have a smart phone or app-enabled device, you can still click on the code and download the book to your computer.

The collection of texts on this page was chosen from the most popular downloads and from popular selections from student reading lists. If you want to browse through over 34,000 free texts available for downloading, click here.



Until Next Time

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Jeff Lindsay

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.”

$25 for Early Bird Registration*
through Mar 30.

Make checks payable to The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System and mail to: Community Relations
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Click here to register for Wine and Words with Jeff Lindsay.


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