April 2013 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Celebrate National Library Week, April 14 to 20, 2013
  3. Never Again: A Special Observance of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance
  4. Download More than 3 Million Free Songs
  5. Quick Byte: New Website Launches April 15


Welcome to the April issue of Books & Bytes!

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Celebrate National Library Week April 14 to 20, 2013

Viva Florida 500Exploring Florida: A Viva Florida 500 Lecture Series

For National Library Week, we invite you to explore Florida and the state’s rich cultural history with a week-long lecture series. These lectures are part of our year-long commemoration of Florida’s 500th anniversary.

Palm Beaches in the Year 1513
Wed, Apr 17, 2:00 pm

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

Government Research Service Librarian Bob Davidsson will present a special program about the native American tribes, village sites, and history of the Palm Beaches at the time of explorer Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival in 1513.
(90 min.) Preregister.


Pioneering Palm BeachPioneering Palm Beach: The Deweys and the South Florida Frontier

Wed, Apr 17, 2:00 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach
Phone: 894-7500

Thu, Apr 18, 6:30 pm
Wellington Branch
1951 Royal Fern Drive
Wellington 33414
Phone: 790-6070

Sat, Apr 20, 2:00 pm
Glades Road Branch

20701 95th Avenue South
Boca Raton 33434
Phone: 482-4554

Authors Janet  M. De Vries and Ginger L. Pedersen will tell you the fascinating, but forgotten, story of Byrd Dewey, writer, environmentalist, and one of Palm Beach County’s first real estate tycoons. (60 min.) Preregister.


Weird FloridaEliot Kleinberg’s “Weird Florida”
Thu, April 18, 2013

West Boynton Branch
9451 Jog Road
Boynton Beach
Phone: 734-5556

From cows in the Intracoastal Waterway, to haunted airliners, to celebrity sex scandals: it all happens in Florida. Is there a weirder state? Kleinberg, author and writer for “The Palm Beach Post,” will take you on a romp through the wacky side of the Sunshine State with humorous anecdotes and a multimedia presentation. (60 min.) Tickets, two per person, available starting Apr 04. 


Never Again: A Special Observance of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance

The Palm Beach County Library System will be offering a month-long series of programs throughout the Library System in commemoration of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance.

HitlerAdolf Hitler - What Made Him Tick

Thu, Apr 11, 2:00 pm
Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Phone: 626-6133

This lecture and PowerPoint presentation explores how Adolf Hitler's character traits, including a diagnosis of a borderline personality disorder, as well as his family tree, contributed to his virulent anti-Semitism and anti-Communism. The presenter, Dr. Donald Borsand has made a lifelong study of Adolf Hitler, and presents many interesting and perhaps little-known facts. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book Thief “The Book Thief”— A Book Discussion

Mon, Apr 8, 6:00 pm
Acreage Branch
15801 Orange Blvd. Loxahatchee
Phone: 681-4100

Join staff for a lively book discussion on Markus Zusak's "Book Thief."  (60 min.)

 “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”—
A Book and Film Discussions

Thu, Apr 11, 1:30 pm (Book discussion)

Greenacres Branch
3750 Jog Rd, Greenacres
Phone: 641-9100

Join staff for a lively discussion of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyn. Preregister.

“Holocaust Witness”

Mon, Apr 8, 2:00 pm
Glades Road Branch
20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton
Phone: 482-4554

Tue, Apr 23, 2:00 pm
West Boynton Branch
9451 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach
Phone: 734-5556
Tickets available, two per person, beginning Apr 9.

Thu, Apr 25, 3:00 pm
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch
5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-1880

This docudrama follows the story of Halina Laster, a young Polish Jewish girl who was arrested by the Germans for helping smuggle food into a Ghetto and who spent five years in several concentration camps before being released. Videographer Fred Singer leads a discussion following the film screening. (2 hr.) Preregister.

“Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home”

RefugeSun, Apr 14, 2:00 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Rd., Delray Beach
Phone: 894-7500
Tickets available, two per person, beginning Apr 01.

Thu, Apr 25, 2:00 pm
Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Phone: 626-6133

This documentary weaves together historical narrative, archival footage, and deeply personal testimony to give voice to the last generation of Holocaust victims and tell the story of a singular community in Chicago that has provided a safe haven to more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and survivors. Documentarian Ethan Bensinger will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. (2 hr.) Preregister.


Download More than
3 Million Free Songs

FreegalThe Palm Beach County Library System now offers access to over 3 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

Freegal™ is a downloadable music service provided by the Palm Beach County Library. The collection has music from over 10,000 labels and from over 60 countries.

Each Palm Beach County Library System cardholder can download three music tracks per week. There is no software to download, there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, and the tracks never expire. Once downloaded, the music tracks are yours to keep and use as you wish.

Freegal™ Music and the music you download are free in the sense that most things in your library are free to you as a patron of the library. The service is underwritten by the Palm Beach County Library.

Libraries all over the world subscribe to the Freegal™ Music Service, including the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ),  The Edmonton Public Library (AB), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Biblioteche di Bologna (IT),  Nashville Public Library (TN), and Fairfield Public Library (CT).

Freegal™ also offers Mobile Apps. If you have an Apple device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch), you will be able to download the Freegal™ App by doing a search for Freegal™ Music in the App Store. If you have an Android phone or tablet, search for Freegal™ Music in the Google Play store.

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices, and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Max McMillan, the Audiovisual Collection Development Librarian.

Click here for frequently asked questions about Freegal.


Quick Byte: New Website Launches April 15

New SiteThe Palm Beach County Library System will launch a new and improved website on Monday, April 15. The new site features a new look and a new catalog search feature that you are going to love.

The clean, modern look and layout make it easier for you to read, explore, and find what you are looking for as easily as possible. On every page you have a search box and links to the information you want most – Books, CDs & DVDs; eBooks & Audiobooks; Downloadable Music; Magazines & Newspapers, and Articles & Information.

On the homepage you’ll see what’s happening in the Library System today with a real time listing of events and articles about upcoming programs and new services being offered. You can now search for programs for Adults, Children, and Teens or Computer Classes by date or location. You can also search by type of program depending on your interest, whether it be jobs and careers, book discussion, or author talks and much more. Every page features ads for the many resources we have which you might not be aware of. Simply click on an ad and discover what we have to offer.

You’ll also find our new catalog search engine which offers higher-accuracy results. The new system offers results that you have grown accustomed to finding on sites like Google or Amazon.  The previous catalog used Boolean search where words such as “Not,” “And” and “Or” were limiting your results. The new catalog uses natural language searching just enter your terms the way you do on Amazon or Google.  Find titles like “Bud Not Buddy,” “Not Without My Daughter, “Or Not.” You can also filter the results by branch, material type, publication date, etc. these are listed on the left side of the page. When you search the catalog it simultaneously searches the library’s catalog and some of the  databases, like The Palm Beach Post so you don’t  have to conduct multiple searches to access database content.

You can even customize your account information and create reading lists. From the catalog you can share your favorite books and movies on Facebook, Twitter. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for your favorite searches. An example is if you are interested in Florida History you will be notified any time new materials arrive on that topic.


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Book Sale

Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Book Sale
at Gardens Branch
Sat, April 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Doors open for Friends’ members at 10:00 am, and for the general public at
11:00 am.
Bring your Friends’ membership card
or become a Friend of the Library at the door.

Bring the whole family to look through books and other materials in excellent condition and at bargain prices. You can pay
by cash, check, or debit or credit cards.

Gardens Branch is located at 11303 Campus Drive in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call the Gardens Branch Library
at 561-626-6133.


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