Books & Bytes


May 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate Memorial Day: “Memories from the Greatest Generation”
  3. May is National Mental Health Month for Adults and Teens
  4. Looking for the Perfect Book?
    Try NoveList Plus
  5. Quick Byte: Make Your Presentations Zoom with Prezi


Welcome to the May issue of Books & Bytes!

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Celebrate Memorial Day: “Memories from the Greatest Generation”

Memorial Day 2012Our veterans have many compelling stories to tell. Professional videographer Fred Singer captures the stories of eight Florida veterans who served during World War II. Singer, who worked in the event and documentary field for over 20 years, interviewed these great heroes and their spouses, taking over 12 months to produce and complete the project. A question and answer session with the videographer follows this special hour-long documentary presentation. (90 min.)

Thu, May 3, 2:00 pm
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch
5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-1880

Tue, May 8, 2:00 pm
Glades Road Branch
20701 95 Ave. So., Boca Raton
Phone: 482-4554

Wed, May 9, 2:00 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach
Phone: 894-7500
Tickets available beginning Mon, Apr 30.

About Fred Singer:
Fred SingerBorn in Philadelphia, Fred is now a resident of Delray Beach. As a professional videographer in the event and documentary field for over 20 years, Fred's newest speciality focuses on personal video biographies. The "Memories of the Greatest Generation" film required over 12 months to produce from its inception to its completion. I would like to thank all eight Veterans and their spouses for their time and cooperation.


May is National Mental Health Month for Adults and Teens

Mental Health MonthBy Donna Marie Smith, Community Relations

The Palm Beach County Library System recognizes the importance of providing information to the community regarding mental health issues. With that in mind, we offer these free programs for adults and teens in partnership with the Boynton Beach Mental Health Initiative during National Mental Health Month.

“Orchards:  A Novel in Verse:” A Community Discussion on Teen Bullying and Suicide with Author Holly Thompson

When the book’s Kana Goldberg, a half-Japanese and half-Jewish-American teen, learns of a bullied classmate’s suicide, she is sent to her family’s home in Japan, where her parents hope she will realize that doing nothing to prevent the bullying is as harmful as doing the actual bullying. Although fiction, this award-winning young adult novel deals with the real-life problem of teens committing suicide after being bullied. How can we as a community increase awareness and help foster understanding of our responsibility in helping prevent bullying and suicide? Engage in a discussion about this important issue with author Holly Thompson following a talk she will be giving from her home in Japan via Skype. Books will be available from Classic Bookshop for purchase at the event. For teens and adults. (90 min.) Preregister with the Youth Services Department.

Tue, May 22, 6:30 pm
Main Library
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-2600

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Inside Look At Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery

At the age of 13, Michele Rosenthal survived a rare life-threatening illness. While she made a full physical recovery, her emotional state was not so resilient. Twenty-five years later, the young girl had become a woman imprisoned by memories, fear, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In an effort to reclaim her life and heal her soul, Michele, host of “Your Life After Trauma” on Seaview Radio, founder of, and author of Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future,” embarked on a healing odyssey that spanned several years, multiple treatments, and travel from New York City to South Florida. Today, she is 100% PTSD-free. In this presentation, she shares her story and provides hope for those suffering from PTSD. (90 min.) Preregister.

Mon, May 7, 2:30 pm
Glades Road Branch
20701 95th Ave. So., Boca Raton
Phone: 482-4554

Wed, May 9, 6:30 pm
Acreage Branch 
15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee
Phone: 681-4100

Thu, May 17, 2:00 pm
Main Library
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-2600

Wed, May 30, 2:00 pm 
Greenacres Branch
3750 Jog Road, Greenacres
Phone: 641-9100

Releasing Shame and Defeating the Stigma of Mental Illness
An alcoholic father. A drug-addicted mother. A son with bipolar disorder. Local attorney Dena Foman, author of “Only I Can Define Me: Releasing Shame and Growing Into My Adult Self,” shares her story about the pain and insecurity she experienced growing up with mentally-ill parents, and subsequently, how she helped her son get treatment for and cope with the stigma of being bipolar. Eventually coming to peace with herself and her family, she now advocates through her non-profit organization, the Let’s Talk Initiative, Inc., for an open and judgment-free dialog in the community regarding children and mental health issues. (90 min.) Preregister.

Wed, May 9, 2:30 pm
Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Phone: 626-6133

Thu, May 17, 2:30 pm
Wellington Branch
1951 Royal Fern Dr., Wellington
Phone: 790-6070

Tue, May 22, 2:00 pm
Lantana Road Branch
4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth
Phone: 304-4500


Looking for the Perfect Book?
Try NoveList Plus

Summer vacation allows us to relax and do things we don’t normally have time for. A trip to the beach, afternoon showers, and longer days are perfect opportunities to read a good book. 

Whether you’re looking for a light romantic comedy, the latest thriller, or the biography of your favorite baseball player we have something in our catalog to fit your taste. Need help selecting your next book? Check out NoveList Plus, our online resource. It includes:

  • Novelist PlusFeature Articles
    Brief discussions about titles in a particular genre or that feature a particular theme.
  • Author Read-alikes
    Descriptions of the writing style of your favorite author, and suggestions for authors who “read like” them.
  • Book Discussion Guides
    Great for your book clubs! Includes information on the author, summary, discussion points, and more.
  • BookTalks
    Designed especially for Teens and Kids — these book descriptions will grab their attention without giving away the ending.
  • Recommended Reads
    Suggested reading lists that cover a wide variety of subjects in all genres.
  • What We're Reading
    Find out what some of the nationally known experts are reading.

There is also NoveList K-8 Plus for younger readers including reviews and Lexile scores.

We have a variety of other sources to help you pick something that fits your mood. Check out our reader’s advisory page with additional links to help you find the perfect book.


Quick Byte: Make Your Presentations Zoom with Prezi

PreziPrezi is a cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool that allows you to pan and zoom between elements on your presentation slides. It allows you to display and navigate through your presentation instead of showing boring text-based slide presentations.

You can add text, images, videos, and other presentation media to your presentation. Group the items together in frames, then determine the relative size and position between all presentation objects, and you can pan and zoom in and between these objects. Or you can create a linear presentation, and create a navigation path.

With Prezi you can present online or download and show the presentation from your computer. You can work with others in the same room or in a different country in real time. Prezi was developed as an architectural visualization tool. Prezi’s stated mission is to “make sharing ideas more interesting.” There is a free public version and  upgraded packages are available from $59 to $159 per year. To find out more


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