Books & Bytes


January 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2012
  3. Spend Wisely with your Library Card and Consumer Reports
  4. Quick Byte: Now You Can Access the Library from Your Android Phone


Welcome to the January issue of Books & Bytes!

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The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 10 Years AgoOur Writers LIVE! series brings the community together with authors and their books. Our fourth 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:

  • James Grippando, Lisa Gardner, Kim Harrison, M.J. Rose, and James W. Hall will thrill you with their latest best-selling page-turners.
  • Mary Kay Andrews will engage you with her lively tales sprinkled with humor, romance, and all things antique.
  • Jodi Picoult will involve you in her gripping fiction.
  • Carly Phillips will charm you with her contemporary romances.
  • Elizabeth Stuckey-French will delight you with her clever tale of revenge of “atomic” proportions.
  • Kim Harrison will intrigue you with her supernatural fantasies.
  • Florida author and Writers LIVE! veteran Tim Dorsey will visit two of our locations. What wacky adventure has Storm Serge gotten himself into this time?
  • Les Standiford and Joe Matthews will delve into the heartbreaking Adam Walsh case with their nonfiction work “Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America.”
  • Steve Forman will entertain you with his off-beat mysteries set in Boca Raton, FL.
  • Are you a fan of the hit Showtime series “Dexter?” Jeff Lyndsay will intrigue you with his latest novel, on which the show is based, during our second annual Wine & Words fundraiser for the Friends of the Library.

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, Inc. 

For preregistration information for Writers Live! events, visit


Spend Wisely with your Library Card and Consumer Reports

Consumer ReportsMany New Year’s resolutions deal with finances and what better way to achieve financial stability than by spending your money wisely? If you have a library card, then the experts at Consumer Reports are only a click away! From detailed reviews on e-readers and HDTVs, to useful articles and video clips, features a wealth of information from a trusted resource. also contains two exciting modules: Cars Best Deals Plus and Health. Car ratings are easily searchable and extra content includes car buying advice, safety tips, and repair calculators. The Health module covers everything from electric toothbrushes to consumer level advice on prescription drugs. It also contains information about common conditions and their treatments, as well as hospital rankings and the latest health news. is available within the Library or through our Library website with your card number.


Quick Byte: Now You Can Access the Library from Your Android Phone

BookmyneWith BookMyne, now available for Android phones and iPhones, you can access the Library from your smartphone.

  • Barcode scanning capability.
  • Social recommendations via Goodreads.
  • New York Times best-seller list cross-referencing.
  • Enhanced My Account interaction.

Simply download and install the free BookMyne application. Watch the Video on YouTube to see BookMyne in action!


Until Next Time

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Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

Aquila Theatre
Ancient Greeks/
Modern Lives

A National Conversation
Rites of Passage: Changing Worlds, Transforming Lives

Wed, Feb 8, 2012
2:00 pm

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Phone: 561-894-7500

Seating for this free, 90-min. program is limited. Preregister at to register online beginning at
9 am on Wed, Jan 18.


Check out our language learning system! Visit one of our branches to register at the Byki website and continue your training on any Internet connected computer.

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