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February 2014 Issue

   
  1. Introduction
  2. The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2014
  3. February Is Black History Month!
  4. Moonlight Stories with Orisirisi African Folklore
  5. Be in the Know
  6. Quick Byte: Wix

Welcome to the February Issue of
Books & Bytes!

There is always a lot going on at the Library, so be sure to visit our website, Facebook page, Google+ page, and Twitter page often to keep up-to-date!

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The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present:
Writers LIVE! 2014

Our Writers LIVE! series brings the community together with authors and their books. Our Sixth Annual event boasts an exciting line-up of best-selling authors who will discuss their latest works, chat with you, and sign books. These talks will be held across the county at different library locations from January through April. Featured speakers and events include:
  • Contemporary Romance authors Lori Wilde, Candis Terry, and Cara Connelly.
  • Thrill writer John Katzenbach.
  • Elaine Viets, Agatha, Anthony and Left Award winner.
  • Florida author and Writers LIVE! veteran Tim Dorsey.
  • Historical fiction writer Robin Oliveira.
  • Edgar Award-winning writer Laura Lippman.
  • Julie Kramer author of thrillers set in the world of TV news.
  • James Grippando, former Miami trial lawyer and author of seventeen thrillers.
  • J.A. Jance, author of mystery and horror novels.
  • New York Times best-selling author, Cara Black.
  • Q&A with best-selling author Jane Greene.
  • Elin Hilderbrand, author of summer beach reads romance novels.
  • Local author Hugh Howey who writes the Wool series.
  • A panel presentation—Palm Beach Peril: The Birth of a Thriller with Andrew Gross & the International Thriller Writers Debut Authors.

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, Inc. To preregister for Writers Live! events at Hagen Ranch Road Branch, visit www.pbclibrary.org/writers-live-2014 one week prior to the event*.

*A valid email address is required for online registration. Email address is used to deliver confirmation receipt of your reservation.

Tim Dorsey

Gardens Branch
Mon, Feb 10, 6:30 pm
This Florida novelist will talk about his latest book "Tiger Shrimp Tango." (90 min.)

Valentine's Day Tea with Robin Oliveira

Main Library
Fri, Feb 14, 2:00 pm
This novelist will talk about her new book "I Always Loved You." (90 min.)

Laura Lippman

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Wed, Feb 26, 2:00 pm
This best-selling novelist will talk about her new book "After I'm Gone." (90 min.) Preregistration begins Wed, Feb 19, at 10:00 am, by phone, in person, or online.

Julie Kramer

Main Library
Wed, Mar 5, 2:00 pm
This best-selling novelist will talk about her new book "Delivering Death." (90 min.)

James Grippando

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Mar 6, 2:00 pm
This best-selling novelist will talk about his new book "Black Horizon." (90 min.) Preregistration begins
Thu, Feb 27, at 10:00 am, by phone, in person, or online.

J.A. Jance

West Boynton Branch
Sat, Mar 8, 2:00 pm
This best-selling novelist will talk about her new book "Moving Target." (90 min.)

Cara Black

Glades Road Branch
Thu, Mar 13, 11:00 am
This best-selling novelist will talk about her new book "Murder Below Montparnasse." (90 min.)

Jane Green

Wellington Branch
Fri, Mar 21, 2:30 pm
Best-selling novelist Jane Green will talk about her new book "Tempting Fate." (90 min.)

Elin Hilderbrand

West Boca Branch
Thu, Mar 27, 2:00 pm
This best-selling novelist will talk about her new book "Beautiful Day." (90 min.)

Hugh Howey

Jupiter Branch
Tue, Apr 22, 6:30 pm
This best-selling novelist will talk about his new book "Wool" during a question and answer session moderated by Oline Cogdill of the Sun-Sentinel.
(90 min.)

Palm Beach Peril: The Birth of a Thriller with Andrew Gross & the International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Panel

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Fri, Apr 25, 2:00 pm
Best-selling novelist Andrew Gross ("Everything to Lose") hosts a panel of debut thriller writers. Oline Cogdill of the Sun-Sentinel moderates. (90 min.) Preregistration begins Fri, Apr 18, at 10:00 am, by phone, in person, or online.

February Is Black History Month!

Join the Library as we celebrate Black History Month! In branches throughout the entire county, we will be offering more than 50 programs that will pique the interest of youth and adults alike!

For the first time ever, the Library’s celebration of Black History Month was kicked off with a special event at the Main Library on Sat, Feb 01. This program featured the Delray Divas step team, a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by singer/songwriter Ty Swasey, and the scintillating sounds of award-winning jazz saxophonist Randy Corinthian who will also share his talent and music at the Belle Glade and Lantana Road Branches.

Library staff members will lead book discussions of classics such as Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Lantana Road Branch and recent titles such as Jay-Z’s book, "Decoded" at the Main Library. The richness of African American history can also be experienced at the Royal Palm Beach, Belle Glade, and West Boynton Branches as Florida Book Award Silver Medal winner Virginia Lynn Moylan discusses her book "Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade."

Want to test your knowledge of black history? The Wellington Branch gives children ages 10 and up an opportunity to participate in a trivia-style game with prizes! Families have much to choose from when it comes to learning about black history – from celebrating African American heroes at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch to creating your own Kente cloth duct tape wallet at the Lantana Road Branch.

Black History Month has its national roots in a week-long observation initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was expanded into Black History Month by President Ford in 1976, and became Public Law 99-244 in 1986. Bring your family and friends to honor and explore Palm Beach County’s African American communities and their rich histories all month long!

Black History Month Miniseries

Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Feb 05, 6:00 pm - Pt. 2.
Mon, Feb 10, 6:00 pm - Pt. 3.
Wed, Feb 12, 6:00 pm - Pt. 4.
Mon, Feb 24, 6:00 pm - Pt. 5.
Wed, Feb 26, 6:00 pm - Pt. 6.
©Warner Bros. (90 min.) Not rated.

Black History Month Film

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Feb 06, 2:00 pm
©Xenon Entertainment Group. (97 min.) Not rated.

Celebrate Black History Month: The Librarian and the Banjo - Film Screening & Live Music

West Boynton Branch
Thu, Feb 06, 2:00 pm
As a Music Librarian from Chicago, Dena Epstein’s 25 years of research prove the African origin of the banjo and banjo music. Tony Thomas will perform selections on this magical instrument following the film. (90 min.) Shown with permission.

African American Cinema

Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Sat, Feb 08, 2:00 pm
©Warner Home Video. (90 min.) PG-13

Black History Month: Jazz Saxophone Performance by Randy Corinthian

Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 08, 3:00 pm
Honored as one of South Florida's 40 under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow by Legacy Magazine in 2012 and by ICABA HONORS as a Finalist for Entertainer of The Year in 2013, Randy Corinthian will share soulful and scintillating sounds of the jazz saxophone in his solo performance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. (60 min.)

Celebrate Black Americans: Music

Lantana Road Branch
Sun, Feb 09, 12:30 pm
We'll listen to and enjoy storybooks that celebrate famous Black musicians, beautiful music from the Harlem Renaissance, and then create a beautiful work of art. Ages 7 & up. (45 min.)

Sunday Cinema

Gardens Branch
Sun, Feb 09, 2:00 pm
©Warner Bros. (128 min.) PG-13

African American Poetry

Lantana Road Branch
Mon, Feb 10, 11:30 am
Celebrate Black History Month with poetry from African American authors. Ages 4 & up. (45 min.)

Black History Month Movies

Main Library
Mon, Feb 10, 6:00 pm
©Lionsgate Films. (86 min.) PG-13

Black History Month: "Old School" Documentary

Jupiter Branch
Tue, Feb 11, 6:00 pm
Spady Museum presents their original documentary, "Old School," detailing the life in Palm Beach County's black high schools prior to desegregation. A discussion will follow. (60 min.)

Meet the Author: Virginia Lynn Moylan

West Boynton Branch
Wed, Feb 12, 1:30 pm
This author, recipient of the 2011 Florida Book Award for Nonfiction, shares her meticulously researched book of the end of Hurston’s life in "Zora Neale Hurstons' Final Decade." A question and answer period will follow. (60 min.)

Film & Discussion: Celebrate Black History Month/Lincoln's Birthday

West Boca Branch
Wed, Feb 12, 1:30 pm
Barbara Wolk, a local Film Festival organizer, introduces a movie screening, followed by a lively discussion. ©Dreamworks Pictures. (3 hr.) PG-13

Negro Settlers of Delray Beach

Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
Learn about the black community who migrated to Delray Beach from the Bahamas, Carolinas, and North Florida in this presentation by The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. (30 min.)

Who's Your Hero?

Loula V. York Branch
Wed, Feb 12, 5:30 pm
Join us for this Black History Month reception and display of community artwork, highlighting major contributions by black leaders. Tell us who your hero is! Refreshments served. All ages. (60 min.)

Black History Month Book & Film Discussion

Greenacres Branch
Thu, Feb 13, 1:30 pm
Thu, Feb 20, 1:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of Chris Gardner's autobiographical book. Return Feb 20 to see the film followed by a brief discussion. ©Sony Pictures. (117 min.) PG-13

Get Back to Your Roots!

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 13, 4:00 pm
Create your own African-inspired beaded necklace. Ages 8 & up. (45 min.)

So You Think You Know Black History

Wellington Branch
Thu, Feb 13, 6:00 pm
Come test your Black History savvy at this fun-filled trivia-style game show for a chance to win a prize! Families with children ages 10 & up. (45+ min.) First-come, first-served.

Who Am I? A Lesson for Black History Month

Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Feb 15, 11:00 am
Young adults in costume will portray famous African Americans in a game called "Who Am I?" (60 min.)

Black History Month Movie Matinee

Greenacres Branch
Sat, Feb 15, 2:00 pm
©Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (108 min.) Not rated.

Meet the Author: Virginia Lynn Moylan

Royal Palm Beach Branch
Sat, Feb 15, 2:30 pm
This local author, and recipient of the Florida Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction, will discuss her award winning book "Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade." (60 min.)

Celebrate Black Americans: Visual Art

Lantana Road Branch
Sun, Feb 16, 12:30 pm
We will look at some of the artwork created by famous Black Americans and then create a masterpiece of our own. Ages 7 & up. (45 min.)

Black History Month Cinema

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Feb 18, 2:00 pm
©Smokewood Entertainment. (109 min.) R

Celebrate Black History Month: Faith Ringgold

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Feb 18, 3:30 pm
Learn about this fascinating artist, book illustrator, and writer, and then create art in her style. Ages 8-12. (90 min.)

Heroes of African American History

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Wed, Feb 19, 4:00 pm
Celebrate amazing African American heroes in our country's history with music, stories, fun activities, and a short film. Ages 5-10. (45 min.)

African American Leaders

Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Feb 19, 6:30 pm
Mr. Leonard Burton, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College, will give a lecture on African American leaders. (60 min.)

Black History Month Book Discussion: To Kill A Mockingbird

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 20, 10:00 am
Librarian Margaret Barry will lead a discussion of Harper Lee's classic novel. (60 min.)

Book Discussion: Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Glades Road Branch
Thu, Feb 20, 10:30 am
Born in 1969 in Jackson Mississippi, author Rebecca Walker is the daughter of African-American novelist Alice Walker and white Jewish civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal. In her autobiography Walker refers to herself as a "movement child." (60 min.) Sign up and check out the book.

Black History Month Adult Book Discussion: "Decoded"

Main Library
Thu, Feb 20, 2:00 pm
Staff will discuss groundbreaking work by Hip-hop artist Jay-Z. Part memoir, part social commentary, part history, and altogether engrossing. Sign up and check out the book. (60 min.)

Movies at Main

Main Library
Fri, Feb 21, 2:00 pm
©Warner Bros. (128 min.) PG-13

Show Way Story Time

Wellington Branch
Sat, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
What was a show way? Find out in this special story by Jacqueline Woodson, then make your own show way. After that, we’ll gather to celebrate Black History Month with prizes and refreshments! Ages 5-11. Limit 24 (90 min.) First-come, first-served.

Black History Family Fun Day

Wellington Branch
Sat, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
Adults will discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot, while children will be treated to a special story time. Then children and adults will play a special game to celebrate the early contributions of African Americans to science and everyday life. Sign up and check out the book. (2 hr.)

Meet the Author: Virginia Lynn Moylan

Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
This local author and recipient of the Florida Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction will discuss her award-winning book "Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade." (60 min.)

Black History Month: Jazz Saxophone Performance by Randy Corinthian

Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
Honored as one of South Florida’s 40 under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow by Legacy Magazine in 2012 and by ICABA HONORS as a Finalist for Entertainer of The Year in 2013, Randy Corinthian will share soulful and scintillating sounds of the jazz saxophone in his solo performance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. (60 min.)

Black History Month Movies

Main Library
Mon, Feb 24, 6:00 pm
©Lionsgate Films. (95 min.) PG-13

Black History Month Adult Book Discussion

Royal Palm Beach Branch
Mon, Feb 24, 6:30 pm
Staff will discuss "Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America," by Eugene Robinson, 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for distinguished commentary. (60 min.) Sign up and check out the book.

Black History Month Cinema

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Feb 25, 2:00 pm
©Dreamworks Pictures. (146 min.) R

Black History Month Book Discussion: Warmth of Other Suns

Acreage Branch
Wed, Feb 26, 5:30 pm
History comes to life in this skillful depiction of the "Epic Story of America's Great Migration." Discuss the lives of four individuals and how their stories reflect the true history in this best-seller by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. (90 min.)

Thursday Movie Matinee

Royal Palm Beach Branch
Thu, Feb 27, 2:15 pm
©Warner Bros. (128 min.) Preregister. PG-13

Celebrate Black History Month!

Main Library
Fri, Feb 28, 3:30 pm
Celebrate with exciting stories, music, and crafts that emphasize the beauty of African American culture. Ages 4-11. (45 min.)

Moonlight Stories with Orisirisi African Folklore

With African tales, drumming, dance, songs and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. Orisirisi spins yarns none will soon forget! All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

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You can also sign up to receive "DVD Spotlight" which highlights hot and featured DVDs, often with video links to trailers. This e-newsletter also includes links to the catalog to place holds on the featured DVDs.

There is also a e-newsletter that features information on programs in your area of the County: north, south, central or west. Sign up for Calendar of Events e-newsletter and be the first to know about programs coming to your local branch.

For Adults

  • DVD Spotlight - hot and featured DVDs, often with video links to trailers
  • Book Sizzle - books in the media, authors on the air and the latest TV/movie adaptations
  • Future Best-sellers – forthcoming books from popular authors
  • PBCLS Best-sellers Fiction – the most circulated fiction books in Palm Beach County
  • PBCLS Best-sellers Nonfiction – the most circulated nonfiction books in Palm Beach County
  • Fiction Best-sellers - the top 15 New York Times best-sellers in hardcover fiction (weekly)
  • New Fiction - tomorrow's best-sellers, with selections in women's fiction, historical novels, and suspense
  • Romance - new romance novels, from historical and contemporary love stories to romantic suspense and inspirational titles.
  • Mystery - forecasts of promising new mystery series, and profiles of top writers in the world of crime fiction
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy - new science fiction titles, recommendations for rising stars in fantasy and alternate history
  • Books on the Air – (sent every Friday) descriptions of recent TV and radio appearances by authors and their recently released books
  • Past and Present - new books on current events, with recommended memoirs, biographies, and history titles
  • Business - business books, information on business programming

For Children

  • Children's Picture Books - new books and sure-to-please choices for story time
  • Children's Chapter Books - new chapter books in fiction and nonfiction
  • Children's Nonfiction - new nonfiction books for young readers
  • Teen Scene – the latest titles for teens
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Quick Byte: Wix

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials on TV for Wix.com. In a matter of moments, a website is created before your eyes. Is this product as easy to use as the commercials claim it is?

On Wix.com there are hundreds of templates available for you to chose from. There are blank templates available, as well as those already formatted with backgrounds, images, and text.You can choose a template from a category list, then you can easily change pretty much everything – colors, background, images. In about 10 minutes you can customize the site you started with.

Unlike some other templated site building programs, Wix has a lot of features to enhance your site, with most being highly customizable. It offers a comment function, contact forms, shopping carts, and PayPal integration, and a large variety of image display options. Plus with the click of a button, you can optimize your site for mobile phones and tablets.

There are different options for publishing your site, starting at no cost for basic hosting with a variety of more expensive options.

If you are looking for a simple site for your business or hobby, give Wix a try. It may not be the answer for you if you want a highly customizable site, but it’s definitely worth checking out.

Need some help getting started? The Palm Beach County Library System is offering a free workshop at the Main Library on Thu, Mar 6, at 1:00 pm. To preregister, call the Main Library at (561) 233-2600.

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