Books & Bytes


March 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Success Starts Here for Your Financial Planning
  3. Transparent Language with Byki Demonstrations
  4. Quick Byte: Pinterest


Welcome to the March issue of Books & Bytes!

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Success Starts Here for Your Financial Planning

Financial DatabasesNews headlines on the subject of the economy highlight one favorable indicator: the stock market. A recent article from the Associated Press noted that all three major averages are “ahead for the year,” with the Dow up 5.9 percent, the S&P 8 percent, and the Nasdaq 12.6 percent.

To wade through the hype, the savvy investor will arm himself with information before making any trading decisions, and the library is the place to go for information.

Many 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. In this instance, did you know the library subscribes to a number of business databases designed to help you with your financial and investment planning?

  • Morningstar Investment Research Center is a one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and reading up on the most up-to-date financial news commentary. This database provides information on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed end funds. Also provided are analyst reports on over 3,500 securities, offering in-depth background and opinions on top investments. Users can also learn about retirement savings, college savings, and many other personal finance topics. Morningstar features resources such as video tutorials and webinar training programs; a Portfolio X-Ray Tool for analyzing holdings; a Newsletters module featuring such familiar Morningstar print subscriptions as Mutual Funds, FundInvestor, StockInvestor, and ETF Investor; as well as additional articles and videos that provide current industry commentary from Morningstar experts. 

  • Value Line  is one of the most widely used independent investment information services in the world. The Value Line Investment Survey includes full-page reports with analyst commentaries and rankings on approximately 1,700 large cap companies. Every week, about 135 stocks in seven or eight industries are covered. The Investment Survey - Small and Mid-Cap covers nearly 1,800 mostly small-capitalization issues featuring consensus earning estimates, business descriptions, recent corporate developments, and Performance Ranks, designed to predict relative price performance over the next six to 12 months. The Mutual Fund Survey offers information including rankings, analyst commentaries, and profile summary reports on over 10,000 mutual funds. Additionally, users may screen the Value Line database to find specific funds that meet investment objectives. The Daily Options Survey offers daily evaluations and ranks on about 200,000 options, 80,000 longer-term options (LEAPS), and more. The Special Situations Service provides recommendations for more aggressive investors who want to capitalize on emerging growth stocks with exceptional long-term capital gains potential. Finally, the Convertibles Survey has analysis and evaluation of nearly 600 convertible issues and 120 warrants, including buy and sell recommendations, comprehensive reports on recommended securities, and company news.

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 creating your Financial Plan. 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


Transparent Language with Byki Demonstrations

Transparent Language with bykiTransparent Learning with Byki is visiting many of our branches presenting hands-on introductions to their language learning system.

Here's the full schedule:

Tue, March 20
Main Library - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Greenacres Branch - 4:40 pm - 7:00 pm

Wed, March 21
Royal Palm Beach Branch - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gardens Branch - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Glades Road Branch - 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Quick Byte: Pinterest

Pinterest.comWhat do you do with all your favorite websites? You might use Internet Explorer “Favorites” or Safari “Bookmark” tools, or an online site such as, where you can build and share themed “stacks” of sites with others. Yet, the hottest place on the web to explore, save, and share images from your favorite sites is

Pinterest is an online social networking site where you can collect, save, and share all your favorite ideas, hobbies, and interests onto visually-based virtual “pinboards.” Instead of bookmarking, you “pin” a website onto a thematic pinboard. For example, if you are interested in cooking and find a recipe for pumpkin gooey cake on the website, you can then save the recipe onto a board you label “Recipes.” Like Facebook or Twitter, you have friends who can see and share your interests.

To join Pinterest, you have to get an invitation, either from a friend who is already on the site or from the website itself, for which, at present, has a long waiting list. You need a Facebook or Twitter account in order to sign in to your Pinterest account. Then you need to download a “Pin It” application from the Pinterest site to your bookmark bar on your web browser, your personal blog or website, or to your iPhone. You can even set your Pinterest account to share your “pins” on your Facebook wall or Twitter feed. For more information about how you can be inspired and discover new interests, visit the site at



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