Books & Bytes


November 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Families Reading Together
  3. Downloading Books to Your Nook Just Got Easier
  4. Quick Byte: Muzzy, a Fun Way for Kids to Learn a Second Language


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Palm Beach County Library System:
Families Reading Together 2012

Artful ReadingThis November, all preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders are encouraged to read "Artful Reading" by Bob Raczka. The month kicks-off with “Have an Artful Reading Adventure at the Norton Museum of Art.” Additional programs are scheduled throughout the month.

Families Reading Together Kick-Off:
Norton Museum of Art

Sat, Nov. 3, 2012
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System. 

Norton Museum of ArtBring your valid library card from any Palm Beach County library and enjoy free admission for your family. Meet Bob Raczka, the author of this year’s Families Reading Together Book, "Artful Reading," take an Artful Reading Treasure Hunt, and make your own book at the Museum’s DIY Art Project. In addition, you can celebrate the opening of the special high school photography exhibition, Based on Books, in the Museum’s Marden Community Gallery. Also meet Dewey the Library Owl, visit the Bookmobile, and participate in the Great Book Giveaway. Newcomers can also get a Library card during their visit. Click here for the events schedule.

Ballet by the Book with The Florida Classical Ballet Theatre
Florida Classical Ballet TheatreJoin us for a special story time featuring the Families Reading Together book “Artful Reading,” by Bob Raczka, performed by the Florida Classical Ballet Theatre and enjoy other favorite stories about books and reading. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

Thu, Nov 8, 4:00 pm
Main Library (Phone: 233-2600)

Fri, Nov 9, 3:30 pm
West Boca Branch (Phone: 470-1600)

Wed, Nov 14, 3:30 pm
Gardens Branch (Phone: 626-6133)

Families Reading Together: Patrick Ball Celtic Harp and Story

Patrick BallPatrick Ball, one of the premier Celtic harp players of the world, offers an introduction to this rare, legendary instrument and shares tales of enchantment that come alive to delight the young and young-at-heart. A warm and magical performance! All ages. (45 min.)

Tue, Nov 13
10:30 am Okeechobee Blvd. Branch (Phone: 233-1880)
3:30 pm Gardens Branch (Phone: 626-6133)
6:30 pm Tequesta Branch (Phone: 746-5970)

Wed, Nov 14
10:15 am Royal Palm Beach Branch (Phone: 790-6030)
3:30 pm Jupiter Branch (Phone: 744-2301)
6:30 pm Acreage Branch (Phone: 681-4100)

Thu, Nov 15
10:00 am Belle Glade Branch (Phone: 996-3453)
3:30 pm Clarence E. Anthony Branch, South Bay (Phone: 992-8393)
6:30 pm West Boynton Branch (Phone: 734-5556)

Fri, Nov 16
10:00 am Loula V. York Branch, Pahokee (Phone: 924-5928)
3:30 pm Lantana Road Branch (Phone: 304-4500)

Mon, Nov 19
10:30 am West Boca Branch (Phone: 470-1600)
4:00 pm Hagen Ranch Road Branch (Phone: 894-7500)
6:30 pm Greenacres Branch (Phone: 641-9100)

Tue, Nov 20
10:00 am Glades Road Branch (Phone: 482-4554)
3:00 pm Wellington Branch (Phone: 790-6070)
6:30 pm Main Library (Phone: 233-2600)

Downloading Books to Your Nook Just Got Easier

OverDrive for NookBorrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the library just got a whole lot easier for users of the NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™. Barnes & Noble has added the OverDrive Media Console app to the NOOK Apps™ storefront. This NOOK app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.

All NOOK devices—including  NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight—have always enabled you to read eBooks borrowed from the library, but the process required sideloading the files from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions and a USB cable. Now users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet, and NOOK Color can borrow eBooks and audiobooks wirelessly using the OverDrive app.

Users can visit the NOOK Apps storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console app. While the app is free, you will need a valid NOOK account in order to download the app. The app enables you to locate your library, browse or search the eBook and MP3 audiobook collection and, after entering your valid library card, check out and download the title for up to three weeks. At the end of the lending period, the title simply expires.

To guide you, OverDrive has created step-by-step instructions on how to install OverDrive’s mobile app on the NOOK. Once the app is installed, it functions just like OverDrive Media Console for Android. Please reference Android Help articles for more information regarding functionality and features.


Quick Byte: Muzzy, a Fun Way for Kids to Learn a Second Language

MuzzyWe are pleased to announce that Muzzy Online, a comprehensive, interactive, and fun way for children to learn a second language, is now available.

Based on the award-winning BBC language program, Muzzy Online features instruction in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Russian. Children work their way through self-directed units by watching video clips and playing interactive language games. The lessons in each unit are centered on themes such as greetings, telling time, and parts of the body.

Muzzy Online can be used in any Palm Beach County Library location on our public access computers. Muzzy Online can also by used at home or anywhere with an Internet connection using any web browser and your Palm Beach County Library card. Simply click on the Muzzy banner to get started. The link to Muzzy Online can also be found in the For Students section of our Electronic Databases page or on our Kids Homework Help page.

Until Next Time

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Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 13
2:00 pm
Main Library

3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 561-233-2600

Join us for a short business meeting and election of officers, followed by a talk
by Dr. Robert P. Watson.


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