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Books & Bytes


September 2011 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Hispanic Heritage Month
  3. McDonald’s Reading Challenge: Ronald McDonald Show
  4. Quickbyte: Reference USA


Welcome to the September issue of Books & Bytes!

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Hispanic Heritage Month:
September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Heritage MonthBy Marjorie Lear, Multicultural Outreach Librarian

Palm Beach County Library System will celebrate our Sixth Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with a special theme, “Sueños e Historias (Dreams and Stories),” that reflects the creative potential of our growing Hispanic community, as well as sharing rich historical traditions. This month, through music, dance, film, art, and literature, community artists and leaders will offer creative programs that highlight our various Latin American 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.

Hispanic Heritage Month will feature events for people of all ages and interests, at every location of the Palm Beach County Library System. Hispanic associations in the county, as always, have collaborated with the libraries in our effort to promote this celebration throughout our diverse Hispanic community.

We invite you to find these special programs in our September and October calendars, and on our website, and join us as we appreciate the important contributions coming from our community’s Hispanic cultures.

Check the calendar for special programs at your local branch.


McDonald’s Reading Challenge: Ronald McDonald Show

Ronald McDonaldReading is its own reward but Ronald McDonald makes it fun! Join us for Ronald’s magic show and juggling act with lots of audience participation stressing the importance of reading.

Preregister today!


  • Jupiter Branch, Thu, Sept 8, 3:30 pm
  • Lantana Road Branch, Sun, Sept 11, 1:00 pm
  • Glades Road Branch, Thu, Sept 15, 11:00 am
  • West Boca Branch, Wed, Sept 21, 4:00 pm
  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch, Thu, Sept 22, 4:00 pm
  • Belle Glade Branch,, Wed, Sept 28, 10:00 am
  • Clarence E. Anthony Branch, Thu, Sept 29, 10:30 am

Quickbyte: Plan Your Next Vacation with ReferenceUSA

You might already know that ReferenceUSA is a powerful database listing contact information for millions of businesses and residences, but did you know that you can use this information to plan a vacation?

Here are some searches to try:

  1. Go to U.S. Businesses Databases and click on Custom Search.
  2. Pick Business Type: Keyword and Geography: City.
  3. Now you can look up public golf courses near Mt. Dora, fishing opportunities in the Keys, or spas in Savannah.

After you view your results, you can click Map to see where your vacation spots are located, Download them to a spreadsheet or Print them off.


Until Next Time

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