Books & Bytes


September 2012 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Voces Hispanas
  3. Back to School
  4. McDonald’s Reading Challenge -- Ronald McDonald Show


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Hispanic Heritage Month

Voces HispanasJoins the nation each year in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15 and October 15. Our libraries will offer exciting programs that feature the theme of Voces Hispanas (Hispanic Voices). Through music, dance, literature, and art, our Hispanic community will share beautiful expressions of rich cultural traditions, coming from a variety of countries and cultures.

This annual commemoration began with Hispanic Heritage Week, started in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observation from September 15 to October 15, a month-long period which includes several Latin American countries’ anniversaries of independence. In 1988, Congress approved Law #100-402 to call on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In this year's programs, we highlight the diversity of Hispanic Voices – from Venezuelan folkloric music, Chilean artisan crafts, and songs interpreted within the Spanish tradition of the Tuna– to explorations of more modern storytelling by world-renowned Hispanic authors. We invite you to join us as we appreciate the creativity and authenticity of our many Hispanic cultures.

The month kicks off with two events:

Hispanic Heritage MonthBilingual Fiesta

It’s a fiesta! Sing, clap, move, and dance with Jody Dreher! While you do, you will learn Spanish, too! (45 min.) All ages.

Sat, Sep 15, 11:00 am
Glades Road Branch
, Phone: 482-4554

La Tuna de West Palm Beach

Hispanic Heritage MonthA Musical Encounter, with Hispanic Flavor Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music by the Tuna of West Palm Beach. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sat, Sep 15, 3:00 pm
Main Library,
Phone: 233-2600

Click here for a complete listing of events.


Back to School Tools

Back to SchoolThe school year is underway and your library has tools to help students and teachers make this the best school year ever! Take advantage of this great, free, toolbox of resources both in the Library and from home.

In the Library:     
Librarians can help you find books for reports, or areas of interest, and at the right reading level for research.  The Library has multiple copies of popular books (like “The Hunger Games”), including those selected by the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program for students in Grades 3-8. We have resources for both educators and homeschooling parents

There are computers in areas designed especially for children and teens and you can access the Library’s online resources.

Library staff can help you and your child stay informed about upcoming events such as author talks, community celebrations, educational programs, new book releases, and local opportunities for families to enjoy together.

Live Homework Help - Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, first-year college, and adult learners can get on-demand help from qualified tutors online. Now students, from five to 85, can connect to a tutor for one-to-one help through our website - and it's free!

Ask a Librarian - A free online reference service that allows you to chat live with a librarian for immediate assistance. A trained information professional can provide you with brief answers to factual questions, or guide you to useful web sites or other online resources, which can help to get you started on your research.

Junior Reference Collection - Find out about history, literature, science, social studies, and more. The content comes from a wide range of reference books and also includes primary sources and multimedia content, with audio and video clips, and more than 7,400 photographs, maps, and flags. For middle school students.

Muzzy Online  - Especially for kids, Muzzy Online is a simple, fun way to begin learning a second language. Muzzy Online features self-directed units in eight languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Russian.

Learning Express - A leading source for online test preparation materials and practice exams. Take practice tests for the GED, SAT, FCAT, firefighter, postal worker, and many more.


McDonald’s Reading Challenge -- Ronald McDonald Show

Ronald McDonaldReading is its own reward, but Ronald McDonald makes it fun with a magic show and juggling act, featuring lots of audience participation and stressing the importance of reading. (45 min.) Preregister.

Ronald will visit:

Mon, Sep 10, 11:00 am
West Boynton Branch Phone: 734-5556
Tue, Sep 11, 10:00 am
Clarence E. Anthony Branch (South Bay) Phone: 992-8393
Thu, Sep 13, 11:00 am
Glades Road Branch (Boca) Phone: 482-4554
Sun, Sep 16, 3:30 pm
Lantana Road Branch (Lake Worth) Phone: 304-4500


Until Next Time

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Todd Bonlarron

It’s election time.
Know the issues.

Several state Constitutional Amendments will on the November ballot. Todd Bonlarron of the County’s Legislative Affairs Department will offer a clear explanation of what each of these initiatives mean to you, the taxpayer.
Call to preregister

Thu, Sep 6, 2:30 pm
Gardens Branch
Phone: 626-6133

Thu, Sep 13, 2:00 pm
Main Library
Phone: 233-2600

Fri, Sep 28, 10:30 am
Glades Road Branch
Phone: 482-4554

Wed, Oct 10, 2:30 pm
Wellington Branch
Phone: 790-6070

Thu, Oct 11, 2:00 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Phone: 894-7500
Tickets available
beginning Oct 1.

Thu, Oct. 18, 6:30 pm
Lantana Road Branch
Phone: 304-4500


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