Books & Bytes


January 2013 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking:Ike and Mamie Eisenhower
  3. Viva Florida 500
  4. DemographicsNow: Statistics You Can Access Anywhere, Anytime!


Welcome to the January issue of Books & Bytes!

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Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking:
Ike and Mamie Eisenhower

Presidents and Their First LadiesDwight David Eisenhower became popular war hero after he led the Allied forces in Europe to victory during World War II.  During his two terms as the 34th president of the United States, he faced many foreign and domestic challenges: the Cold War, the beginning of the Space Race, the Korean War, and racial tension and desegregation. 

The story of Ike’s time in the White House with his wife, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, is brought to life by the veteran acting and writing team of husband and wife William and Sue Wills.  Their engaging performance is a “must see” for history buffs, students, and anyone interested in human-interest stories.

Seating for this free, one-hour program is limited. Registration begins at 9:00 am on Thu, Jan 3. Sign up at the location of your choice in person, by phone, or by visiting (60 min.)

Schedule of Performances

Thu, Jan 17, 3:00 pm
Jupiter Branch
705 Military Trail, Jupiter
Phone: 744-2301

Fri, Jan 18, 10:30 am
Glades Road Branch
20701 95th Ave., Boca Raton
Phone: 482-4554

Fri, Jan 18, 3:00 pm
Main Library
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-2600

Sat, Jan 19, 10:30 am
West Boynton Branch
9451 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach
Phone: 734-5556

Sat, Jan 19, 2:00 pm
Lantana Road Branch
4020 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth
Phone: 304-4500

Sun, Jan 20, 3:00 pm
Acreage Branch
15801 Orange Blvd, Loxahatchee, FL
Phone: 681-4100

Tue, Jan 22, 11:00 am
Greenacres Branch
3750 Jog Rd., Greenacres
Phone: 641-9100

Tue, Jan 22, 3:00 pm
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch
5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Phone: 233-1880

Wed, Jan 23, 2:00 pm
West Boca Branch
18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton
Phone: 470-1600

Wed, Jan 23, 6:30 pm
Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Phone: 626-6133

Thu, Jan 24, 2:00 pm  
Royal Palm Beach Branch
500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach
Phone: 790-6030

Thu, Jan 24, 6:00 pm  
Wellington Branch
1951 Royal Fern Dr., Wellington
Phone: 790-6070

Fri, Jan 25, 10:00 am –OR–Fri, Jan 25, 2:00 pm
Hagen Ranch Roach Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Rd., Delray Beach
Phone: 894-7500


Viva Florida 500

Viva Florida 500In 2013, Florida marks a significant milestone, the 500th anniversary of European contact on the continental United States. Throughout the year, the Palm Beach County Library System will share the story of how many nationalities and diverse cultures thrived together in Florida and how their legacy shaped America. Join us in commemorating Florida’s heritage and discovering our unique state.

Palm Beach County in the Year 1513
Wed, Jan 23, 2 pm
Okeechobee Blvd. Branch

A look at native American tribes, village sites, and the topography of the Palm Beaches at the time of explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s visit to Florida in 1513.

Presented by Bob Davidsson, Palm Beach County Library System’s Government Research Service (GRS) librarian and author of the book “Indian River: A History of the Ais Indians in Spanish Florida.” Stop by or call the branch to preregister.

Click here to find out more about this statewide and year-long commemoration.


DemographicsNow: Statistics You Can Access Anywhere, Anytime!

By Susan Berger, Business Librarian

DemographicsNowDo you need help identifying business opportunities, discovering sales leads, analyzing sites to locate your new business, determining market trends in a targeted area, identifying potential donors for a non-profit, or developing marketing mailing lists? We have just the tool for you, DemographicsNow, that you can access from our website.

DemographicsNow is a great resource for detailed demographic, business, or residential data about any area of this country. With this excellent tool, you can analyze the demographic and market potential for any area in the U.S., right from your own desktop, at no charge. This user-friendly database, allows  entrepreneurs, business owners, job seekers, or students to obtain a huge amount of critical demographic information.

Here are some additional capabilities of DemographicsNow:

Accesses Key Demographics
DemographicsNow allows you to access a demographic report on any U.S. geography — or compare multiple geographies — for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses, and more. You can search geographically by state, county, zip code, congressional district, metro area, and more. For example, did you know that the median age for Palm Beach County is 42.8 versus the U.S. median age of 36.9 years old? Did you know that the median household income in the U.S. for 2011 was $53,616, in Florida $49,815, and in West Palm Beach $47,545? Did you know that the average amount spent in 2011 on vehicle repair and maintenance in Palm Beach County was $942.92? All of these questions are answered by DemographicsNow.
Provides Data about Businesses & People
Using DemographicsNow, you can search for an individual company or create a mailing list of multiple companies. Search­es can be refined by company name, executive title, business type, number of employees, credit rating, and more. Demo­graphicsNow can aide you in locating difficult to find information on small businesses.

Finds People
With DemographicsNow, you can easily search for an individual, a friend, a relative, or create a detailed market research list from more than 206 million U.S. residents organized in 135 million households. Lists can be exported into PDF, Excel, or Word

Includes a Custom Mapping Tool
DemographicsNow has a mapping tool which can create for you customizable, printable maps with thematic scales in a va­riety of views, such as road, aerial, or base. These maps allow you to “see” the data and understand the informa­tion and the trends in a new way. They can help you achieve greater insight into the nature of a problem or an opportunity.

Supplies Data from the 2010 Census
The Census report wizard in DemographicsNow presents a geography section with data from the 2010 Census. You select from the available geographies, or you can enter a potential site location by typing an address, city, state, and zip code; or select a trade area size in miles or minutes. The wizard provides access to detailed U.S. demographic, business, and residential data. The report can then be exported to a variety of formats including HTML, PDF, XLSX, or DOCX.

Compiles Reports
You can produce a variety of compiled reports, in both standard and custom formats, that can be exported into PDF, Excel, and Word.

Give DemographicsNow a try! You will find many different applications for the information in this database.


Until Next Time

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Brad Metzler

Writers LIVE! 2013:
Wine & Words
Brad Meltzer

Presented by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System

Sat, Feb 9, 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 Feb 9.

Register for Wine and Words with Brad Meltzer.

$25 for Early Bird Registration* through
Jan 26, 2013.
$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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