Books & Bytes


November 2011 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Families Reading Together 2011
  3. Family History Online Resources Are Free at the Library
  4. Quickbyte: Health comes to


Welcome to the November issue of Books & Bytes!

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Families Reading Together 2011

Families Reading Together

When the children go back to school, a group of farm animals head into town to find something to do. They end up at a place with many happy faces – the library, of course!

Introducing the book to your child:

Families Reading TogetherBefore you start reading the book, ask your child to look at the cover. Read the title and point out the names of the author and the illustrator. Ask “What does the cover tell us about the story?” Tell them that an author writes books and the illustrator creates the pictures.

Follow-up Activities:

  • Check out books from the library on animals, reading, and libraries.
  • Talk about what kinds of things we can do when we feel bored, including indoor and outdoor activities.
  • The animals in the book find a place with happy faces. Have your child draw, or help them cut out from magazines, pictures of the things that make them happy.

Kick-Off: South Florida Science Museum

Sat, Nov 5, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get Up Close and Personal with Robots
at the South Florida Science Museum!

South Florida Science Museum All children presenting a valid library card from any Palm Beach County library will receive free admission for one child and one accompanying adult to the South Florida Science Museum. Located in West Palm Beach, the Museum features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as the unique, interactive, and fascinating Robotics Exhibit going on this fall.

  • Take a Storybook Stroll on the Science Trail and meet the author of this year’s Families Reading Together book! (11:00 am)
  • Share the magic of Suzy Hammer as “The Bookworm” who has an incredible appetite for books and stories! (1:00 pm)

Meet Dewey the Library Owl! Visit the Bookmobile!
Participate in the Great Book Giveaway and exciting craft activities!

Program sponsored by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Meet the Author Deborah Bruss

Deborah BrussMeet Deborah Bruss, author of this year’s Families Reading Together title, "Book! Book! Book!," the lively story of farm animals who discover the library after the children return to school. Don’t miss the stories, puppets, and fun! (60 min.) 

Fri, Nov 4
10:30 am, Greenacres Branch , Phone: 641-9100
3:00 pm, Wellington Branch, Phone: 790-6070

The Bookworm with Suzy Hammer

Suzy HammerThe Bookworm has an incredible appetite for all kinds of stories as she celebrates Families Reading Together. Come share the wonder of the Bookworm’s magic. Fabulous fun for all! (45 min.)


Tue, Nov 8
10:30 am, Clarence E. Anthony Branch, Phone: 992-8393
1:00 pm, Belle Glade Branch, Phone: 996-3453
Thu, Nov 10
10:00 am, Loula V. York Branch, Phone: 924-5928
Sat, Nov 12
11:00 am, Main Library, Phone: 233-2600
2:30 pm, Greenacres Branch, Phone: 641-9100
Tue, Nov 15
11:00 am, Glades Road Branch, Phone: 482-4554
3:30 pm, West Boca Branch, Phone: 470-1600
Wed, Nov 16
3:00 pm, Gardens Branch, Phone: 626-6133
6:00 pm, Okeechobee Blvd. Branch, Phone: 233-1880
Sat, Nov 19
10:30 am, Lantana Road Branch, Phone: 304-4500
1:00 pm, Hagen Ranch Road Branch, Phone: 894-7500
Wed, Nov 30
11:00 am, Royal Palm Beach Branch, Phone: 790-6030
3:00 pm, Wellington Branch, Phone: 790-6070

What Can You Do with an Old Book?

Go Green! Join Connie Christman of the Resource Depot who will share ideas for turning otherwise unusable books into fun crafts and amazing creations. (60 min.)

Mon, Nov 7, 6:30 pm
West Boca Branch, Phone: 470-1600
Wed, Nov 9, 5:00 pm

Tequesta Branch, Phone: 746-5970
Thu, Nov 17, 1:00 pm

Belle Glade Branch, Phone: 996-3453
Tue, Nov 22, 6:00 pm
Greenacres Branch, Phone: 641-9100
Tue, Nov 29, 6:30 pm
Main Library, Phone: 233-2600


Family History Online Resources Are Free at the Library

During the fall months, Americans celebrate their history and heritage. Starting with National Hispanic Heritage Month in mid-September, moving through Family History Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, Polish American Month, German Heritage Month, and finally winding up with National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in November, we have a rich and diverse background to celebrate in this season!

AncestrySome studies indicate that nearly 60 percent of Americans have an interest in tracing their family backgrounds, and many are using online genealogy resources. Some are paying to use, but library cardholders in Palm Beach County do not need to pay to use this well-known service! Local genealogists can take advantage of Ancestry Library Edition with their library card. Use this service to find information in millions of sources and online images, including immigration, emigration, passport, and naturalization records, military records, census lists, and documents such as court, land, tax, and probate records. Templates for charts and forms assist users with research and record keeping.

Heritage QuestAnother online library service, Heritage Quest, also offers census records from 1790 through 1930. In addition, users can dive into valuable archival information from family histories, local histories, and other books, or use the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), to research genealogy and local history periodicals tracing back to 1800. Other Heritage Quest resources include Revolutionary War records with original images covering nearly 80,000 military officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era. Freedman’s Bank Records assist in tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War. Finally, the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set offers records of memorials, petitions, and private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789.

American Obituaries & Death NoticesResearchers seeking more recent family information can turn to America’s Obituaries & Death Notices for death records from around the country, over the last several decades. This resource collects nearly 90 percent of the death records that appear in newspapers nationwide, offering valuable background information.

bykiUsers can explore the languages of their ancestors by using the library’s online language-learning program Transparent Language Online/BYKI. This service offers instruction on over 80 foreign languages, and includes instructional courses, interactive games, proficiency tests, and other processes to make language instruction both successful and enjoyable.

SanbornUsers researching Florida history can utilize the digital collection of Sanborn Maps, which offers  large-scale, historic maps of nearly 150 Florida towns and cities dating back to the late 19th Century. This collection provides background information for genealogists, local historians, and urban planners about the history, growth, and development of Florida cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Your library card is your key to these valuable tools for genealogy! Take advantage of the convenient access from your home or office, at



Quickbyte: Health comes to

Consumer is one of the most popular products the Library subscribes to and it just got better with content from ConsumerReportsHealth. Now when you access through the Library’s website, you’ll see a link for Health on the left side of the screen. Clicking this will take you to the new content.

From reviews of electric toothbrushes to consumer level advice on prescription drugs, you’ll find current information about health care issues from a resource you can trust. ConsumerReportsHealth also contains information about common conditions and their treatments, as well as hospital rankings and the latest health news.

You can find the link to either on our Electronic Database page or on the Consumer Health Information Services section of the Library’s website.


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