Contents

February 2013 Issue

   
  1. Introduction
  2. Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives
  3. February is Black History Month
  4. Help!  What Do I Read Next?
  5. Quick Byte: “Going Places” with New Computer Skills
 

 

Welcome to the February issue of Books & Bytes!

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Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

Aquila Theatre

Presents: Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue

Ancient Greeks Modern LivesDr. Carol Gould, Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, will explore how classical Greek literature resonates in our lives today with a lecture, a film discussion, and two reading discussions. Each program will highlight themes that were as important to the ancient Greeks as they are to to our modern society.

This series is sponsored by the Aquila Theatre of New York, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Fri, Feb 08, 3:00 pm
A Lecture on Love & Romance
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Phone: 894-7500
This lecture on the themes of love and romance will be based on Homer’s “Odyssey” and Plato’s “Symposium” and “Phaedrus.” (90 min.)
REGISTER HERE

Fri, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
Gender & Sexuality: A Reading Discussion
West Boynton Branch
Phone: 734-5556
A discussion on the themes of gender and sexuality will be based on the plays of Euripides’ “Hippolytus,” “Medea,” “The Bacchae,” and Sophocles’ “Antigone”. (2 hr.)
REGISTER HERE

Fri, March 08, 3:00 pm
Ethics: A Film Screening and Discussion
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Phone: 894-7500
A discussion on ethics and morality will follow the screening of a Woody Allen film about a former tennis pro. ©Dreamworks. (2.5 hr.) R
REGISTER HERE

Fri, March 22, 2:00 pm
The Veteran’s Experience: A Reading Discussion
West Boynton Branch
Phone: 734-5556
A discussion on the veteran’s experience will be based on Sophocles’ “Philoctetes,” and Homer’s “The Iliad.” (2 hr.)
REGISTER HERE

Seating for these free programs is limited. Registration begins at 10:00 am on Fri, Jan 25 by phone, in-person, or online above. A selection of reading materials will be available for check out at the host branch location in limited quantities. Familiarity with these texts will enhance your experience, but is not necessary to enjoy these programs.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a program that has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. www.ancientgreeksmodernlives.org

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

NEH

 

February Is Black History Month

By Marjorie Lear, Multicultural Librarian

Black History MonthJoin the Library this month as we celebrate Black History Month! Several libraries are offering special programs and displays to highlight African American culture and history, with a focus in 2013 on our Florida communities.

This month, library staff members Ronald Glass and Chandra Thornton will lead discussions of the book, “Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town,” by Bryan Mealer, at three library branches: Royal Palm Beach, Hagen Ranch Road, and West Boynton. Read the book and join the conversation to learn about the Lake Okeechobee area of Palm Beach County and the struggles of its citizens. Also during the month of February, various libraries will show special films in celebration of Black History.

Families can learn about that colorful and expressive American music known as jazz through listening games, humorous demonstrations, and storytelling in a highly interactive and fun presentation offered at various branches by Shenole Latimer, jazz saxophonist. In another special offering at many libraries, multicultural storyteller and folklorist Donna Washington’s amazing vocal pyrotechnics and dynamic personality will enthrall and delight audiences, making her stories come alive for everyone age four to one hundred and four!


Please help us honor our own African American
community and celebrate our nation’s
rich and powerful Black History, which has
its roots in a weeklong observation initiated
by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, was
expanded into Black History Month by President
Ford in 1976, and became Public Law
99-244 in 1986.

FOR ADULTS
ACREAGE BRANCH (Loxahatchee)
Phone: 681-4100

Wed, Feb 13, 5:30 pm
Celebrate Black History Month Movie
“To Kill a Mockingbird.” ©Universal Pictures.
(130 min.) Preregister. Not rated.

Wed, Feb 20, 5:30 pm
Book Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird in honor of Black History Month, librarian Margaret Whiting will lead a discussion of Harper Lee’s classic book. (60 min.) Preregister.

CLARENCE E. ANTHONY BRANCH
(South Bay) Phone: 992-8393

Sat, Feb 09 & 23, 2:00 pm
Black History Month Film Festival

Sat, Feb 09, 2:00 pm
“Boyz n the Hood.”©Columbia Pictures. (112 min.) R

Sat, Feb 23, 2:00 pm
“A Raisin in the Sun.”©Columbia Pictures. (128 min.) G

GARDENS BRANCH (Palm Beach Gardens)
Phone: 626-6133

Sun, Feb 10, 2:00 pm
Sunday Cinema: Black History Month
“Do the Right Thing.” ©Universal City
Studios. (120 min.) Preregister. R

GLADES ROAD BRANCH
(Boca Raton) Phone: 482-4554

Wed, Feb 20, 2:00 pm
Book Discussion: Salvage the Bones
In celebration of Black History Month, we will be discussing Jesmyn Ward’s book. Books available at the Information Desk. (60 min.)

GREENACRES BRANCH
Phone: 641-9100

Black History Month: Musician Documentaries
Preregister.

Mon, Feb 04, 6:00 pm
“Thelonious Monk: Straight No
Chaser.” ©Warner Bros. (90 min.) PG-13

Mon, Feb 11, 6:00 pm
“Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy
Jones.” ©Warner Bros. (114 min.) PG-13

Mon, Feb 25, 6:00 pm
“Tupac: Resurrection.”
©Paramount Pictures. (90 min.) R

Thu, Feb 21 & 28, 1:30 pm
Book & Film Discussions: The Help
In recognition of Black History Month, join
us for a lively discussion of Kathryn Stockett’s
book. Return on 2/28 to see the movie
followed by a brief discussion. ©Dreamworks
Pictures. (146 min.) PG-13

HAGEN RANCH ROAD BRANCH
(Delray Beach) Phone: 894-7500

Wed, Feb 20, 10:00 am
Black History Book Discussion Series: Muck City
Library staff members, Ronald Glass and Chandra Thornton will lead a discussion of“Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town,” by Bryan Mealer. Learn about the Lake Okeechobee area of Palm Beach County and the struggles of its citizens. (60 min.) Preregister.

LANTANA ROAD BRANCH
(Lake Worth) Phone: 304-4500

Wed, Feb 13, 2:00 pm
Based on the Book: Film & Book Discussion
“The Color Purple.” Watch the film based on Alice Walker’s book followed by a brief discussion comparing the film to the book. Books available for pick-up at the Information
Desk. (3 hr.) ©Warner Bros. (154 min.) Preregister. PG-13

MAIN LIBRARY
(West Palm Beach)
Phone: 233-2600

Thu, Feb 21, 6:30 pm
Black History Film
“Zora’s Roots” examines the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, best known for her novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and follows her to the subtropical paradise in Florida that shaped her childhood and her life’s work.©PBS Home Video. (60 min.) PG

ROYAL PALM BEACH BRANCH
Phone: 790-6030

Wed, Feb 13, 2:00 pm
Black History Book Discussion Series: Muck City
Library staff members, Ronald Glass and Chandra Thornton will lead a discussion of“Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town,” by Bryan Mealer. Learn about the Lake Okeechobee area of Palm Beach County and the struggles of its citizens. (60 min.) Preregister.

Thu, Feb 21, 2:00 pm
Thursday Movie Matinee
“Thunder Soul.” ©Lionsgate. (83 min.) Preregister. PG

WELLINGTON BRANCH
Phone: 790-6070
Wed, Feb 20, 6:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month Movie Special
“The Express.” ©Universal City Studios. (130 min.) Preregister. PG

WEST BOYNTON BRANCH
Phone: 734-5556

Tue, Feb 05, 2:00 pm
Celebrate Black History Month: Movie Special
“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.”©Question Why Films. (84 min.)
Preregister. Shown with permission. Not rated.

Wed, Feb 27, 2:00 pm
Black History Book Discussion Series: Muck City
Library staff members, Ronald Glass and Chandra Thornton will lead a discussion of“Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town,” by Bryan Mealer. Learn about the Lake Okeechobee area of Palm Beach County and the struggles of its citizens. (60 min.) Preregister.


FOR CHILDREN

MAIN LIBRARY (West Palm Beach)
Phone: 233-2600

Sat, Feb 02, 2:00 pm
American Girl History Club: Addy Walker
Celebrate African American History Month
with Addy Walker, a slave on the run during America’s Civil War. Ages 6-10. (60 min.) Preregister.


LOULA V. YORK BRANCH
(Pahokee)Phone: 924-5928

Wed, Feb 06, 5:30 pm
“I Have a Dream” Talent Program Students will showcase their talent through a variety of arts, tipping their hats to the inspirational writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

Donna Washington: Multicultural Storyteller
& Folklorist

Donna Washington’s amazing vocal pyrotechnics
and dynamic personality will enthrall and delight audiences, making her stories come alive for all ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Mon, Feb 25, 10:30 am
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch (West Palm Beach)

Mon, Feb 25, 3:30 pm
Gardens Branch (Palm Beach Gardens)

Tue, Feb 26, 11:15 am
Acreage Branch (Loxahatchee)

Tue, Feb 26, 3:30 pm
Royal Palm Beach Branch


Wed, Feb 27, 11:00 am
Hagen Ranch Road Branch (Delray Beach)

Wed, Feb 27, 3:30 pm
West Boca Branch

Thu, Feb 28, 11:00 am
Tequesta Branch


What’s All that Jazz About?
WATJA
with Shenole Latimer

Learn about that colorful and expressive American music known as jazz through listening games, humorous demonstrations and storytelling in this highly interactive
and fun presentation with jazz saxophonist Shenole Latimer. (45 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Feb 06, 10:30 am
Belle Glade Branch

Wed, Feb 06, 1:00 pm
Loula V. York Branch (Pahokee)

Wed, Feb 06, 4:00 pm
Clarence E. Anthony Branch (South Bay)

Thu, Feb 07, 10:30 am
Greenacres Branch

Thu, Feb 07, 4:00 pm
Glades Road Branch (Boca Raton)

Thu, Feb 07, 6:30 pm
West Boynton Branch

Fri, Feb 08, 11:00 am
Jupiter Branch

Fri, Feb 08, 4:00 pm
Main Library (West Palm Beach)

Sat, Feb 09, 10:30 am
Lantana Road Branch (Lake Worth)

Sat, Feb 09, 2:30 pm
Wellington Branch


 

Help!  What Do I Read Next?

Novelist PlusFinished the Twilight series and want to read more vampire love stories? Done with Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries and want to find another spunky female private eye to follow? Whatever your reading preferences are, the library has some fun and useful tools for YOU!

Try Novelist Plus and explore author read-alikes, book discussion guides, articles about genres and series with suggested reading. Search for books by particular authors or subjects, and limit by age range, lexile reading level, or even number of pages! Peruse lists of award-winners. Find book summaries, reviews and author information. When you start finding interesting titles to read, create a My Novelist account and start saving lists of titles you want to read, titles you have read, or authors you are interested in.

Like Novelist Plus, Books & Authors allows the user to browse titles by title, author, or genre. Find handy lists of “Expert Picks,” suggestions by librarians and subject experts, such as “15 Steampunk Novels for Steampunk Beginners” or “If You Like Maeve Binchy, You Might Enjoy...” Explore more information about the author, read reviews, and browse lists of read-alikes.  Create an account in the Books & Authors Reading Room to save lists of titles and authors, or rate and review titles.

Finally, no discussion of good reads would be complete without mentioning the Library Catalog! Use our catalog to search for books, CDs, and DVDs. Search for authors and subjects. Browse lists of best-sellers and award-winners. Before you select a title, peruse a review, or check out the table of contents. You can place a hold and arrange for a title to be ready for you to pick up as soon as you are notified. Our catalog also links back to Novelist Plus, so if you see the Novelist symbol in a book record, you can toggle over to Novelist to get additional information about the title, add it to a reading list, or search for similar materials.

Enjoy using these resources to discover a world of “good reads!” They are available in the library and from your home computer with a library card or a TRAC (Temporary Research Access Code). The link to our e-resources is www.pbclibrary.org/databases/

 

Quick Byte: “Going Places” with New Computer Skills

Have you been thinking about learning new computer skills? Or perhaps you just need a refresher course for a new job? The Library Computer Center can help you “get going” with your goals! The Center offers free monthly workshops for both new and experienced computer users in a variety of subjects, including basic “Going to Work” skills like Microsoft Office and Excel, as well as “Going Mobile” classes that cover mobile apps and eReader devices. And if the Computer Center classes don’t fit your schedule, you can take advantage of online learning through the Library’s Learning Express database.

Learning Express courses are available to all library patrons, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. All you need is Internet access and your library card. There are classes that cover lots of widely used software titles, including tutorials for Mac users. But Learning Express is not just for improving computer skills. Find career guidance, public speaking help, and test preparation practice! Classes are divided into “learning centers” that include GED Preparation, Job Search and Workplace Skills, Jobs and Careers, Skill Building for Adults, U.S. Citizenship, and Resources for Spanish Speakers, as well as Popular Software Tutorials. Learning Express also offers learning centers by grade level, so if you’re a high school student, for example, you can go directly to classes that are tailored to your level.

The bottom line: If you want to “go places” by improving your skills, your library can help you in or out of the building. To register for Computer Center classes, call 561 233-2600.

 

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Brad Metzler

Writers LIVE! 2013:
Wine & Words
with
Brad Meltzer

Presented by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System

Sat, Feb 09, 5:30 pm
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach 33446
Phone: 894-7500

Enjoy a cocktail with this best-selling author as he talks about his latest book "The Fifth Assassin." Cocktails at 5:30 pm and book talk and signing at 6:15 pm. $30 per person registration for this fundraiser for
the Friends of the Library is through Feb0 9.

Register for Wine and Words with Brad Meltzer.


$30 Registration* from Jan 27 to Feb 9, 2013.

Make checks payable to The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System and mail to: Community Relations
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406
or drop off at any Palm Beach County Library System location.

*Non-refundable, charitable donation.

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