Program Highlights: July 2015

Here are some highlights from our July calendar. As usual, check out more of our awesome programming in the Happenings.

Acreage Branch

Tue, Jul 14, 6:30 pm
Superhero Trivia
Test your knowledge of superheros by playing a stimulating game of trivia. Form a team or compete alone. Bragging rights and prizes will be awarded to the winners. All ages. (90 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Jul 15, 6:30 pm
“Star Wars” Spectacular: Feel the Force
Immerse yourself in the “Star Wars” universe and take home a craft or two inspired by the epic saga. Ages 6 and up. (90 min.) Preregister.

Sat, Jul 18, 2:00 pm
Board Game Day
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon playing a variety of classic and contemporary board games. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All ages. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Thu, Jul 23, 7:00 pm
Comic Book Night: “X-Men” Edition
Comic book fans unite and chat about your favorite heroes and villains. This month, the group will focus on “X-Men.” Enjoy pizza provided by the Friends of the Library. (90 min.) Preregister.

Jupiter Branch

Fri, Jul 17, 2:00 pm
Comic & Cartooning Workshop
Join us for a cartooning workshop with nationally syndicated cartoonist, Carlos Castellanos, co-creator of the popular “Baldo” comic strip. Carlos will discuss how he started his career and will guide you in your drawing techniques and create your own graphic novel or comic strip ideas. Ages 12 & up. Limit 30. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Lantana Branch

Sat, Jul 18, 2:30 pm
Otaku Club
Be proud to be an anime and manga fan! Join us for anime-related fun. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library. (90 min.) Preregister.

Sun, Jul 26, 2:30 pm
Zombie Summer Blast
Come take down zombies on the Xbox and in card games. Feel free to show up in zombie wear or survival gear! (60 min.) Preregister.

Okeechobee Boulevard Branch

Thu, Jul 30, 2:00 pm
Action Movie Matinee
“The Expendables 3.” ©Lions Gate Films, Inc. (126 min.) Preregister. PG-13.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Tue, Jul 07, 2:15 pm
Carrier Owl Gift Boxes
Maybe you haven’t gone to Hogwarts, but you can still send your secret messages and gifts by carrier
owl. Join us as we make gift boxes disguised as little owls. They’re so cute, you might just want to keep it for yourself. I think I’ll name mine Dewey! Supplies provided. Ages 16 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Thu, Jul 16, 10:00 am
Carrier Owl Postcards
A source of creativity and relaxation, adults everywhere are rediscovering coloring. Join us while we color and create carrier owl postcards for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Who knows, maybe some of your worries will just be carried away. Ages 16 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Tue, Jul 21, 2:15 pm
Art for Adults: Basic Pastels
Learn the basics of pastels and their many uses. The instruction is one-on-one and will enhance the skills of both beginner and advanced students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Limit 25. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Wellington Branch

Thu, Jul 16, 6:30 pm
DIY Mason Jar Glittered Votive Lamps
These glitter votive lamps are as pretty unlit as they are lit. Easy to make, they are perfect for a warm alfresco dinner place setting, or to add a little sparkle to your mantle display. Supplies provided. (60 min.) Preregister.

West Boca Branch

Tue, Jul 21, 2:00 pm
Crafternoon: DIY Bookmarks
Design and decorate a variety of unique bookmarks to use in all your favorite summer reads. (60 min.)

Wed, Jul 29, 10:30 am
Summer Reading Program Book Discussion:
Graphic Novel Memoirs
Read one or more of the selected titles that focus on individuals overcoming childhood adversities to become the heroes of their own stories. Select from the books available at the information desk. (60 min.)

Top Ten Graphic Novels of April 2015

The top ten best-selling graphic novels of April 2015 were:


*published by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Top 100 Graphic Novels: April 2015

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Drawn to Manga June 2015

Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition volume one

Fruits Basket, Ultimate Edition Volume 1
Takaya, Natsuki
2007-10 – TokyoPop

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A family with an ancient curse… And the girl who will change their lives forever. Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysterious Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she’s introduced to the Sohma’s world of magical curses and family secrets. Discover for yourself the Secret of the Zodiac, and find out why Fruits Basket has won the hearts of readers the world over! Includes volumes 1 and 2, interior color art, a new cover, and a new foreword.


Vampire Knight volume one

Vampire Knight, Volume 1
By Hino, Matsuri
2007-01 – Viz Media

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Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy’s secret. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas…


Princess Ai volume 1: Destitution

Princess AI Volume 1: Destitution
By Kujiradu, Misaho
2004-07 – TokyoPop

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Princess Ai is a talented and controversial young woman who utilizes the public stage not only for self-expression but also to hide from her assailants. Ai, the royal princess of Ai-Land, escapes her kingdom after a revolution and finds herself in modern-day Tokyo.


Bleach volume one

Bleach, Vol. 1
By Kubo, Tite
2004-05 – Viz Media

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Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a shinigami and member of the mysterious Soul Society.


Death Note Volume Two

Death Note, Volume 2
By Ohba, Tsugumi
Illustrator Obata, Takeshi
2005-11 – Viz Media

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Light uses the Death Note to kill off the FBI agents working in Japan. The fiance of one of the agents uncovers information that could lead to Light’s capture, and what’s worse, L has emerged from the shadows to work directly with the task force led by Light’s father. Rated for older teens.


Graphic Novel Memoirs and the Importance of Diversity

Graphic Novels had an increased role at this year’s ALA Conference in San Francisco.  The article below talks about one of the most important topics in the comic book/graphic novel industry right now: diversity.  More and more graphic novels are being created featuring diverse characters, but perhaps even more importantly, being created by more diverse authors and illustrators.  Libraries have a great opportunity to promote diverse comics, and many are already doing so.  Here at the West Boca Branch Library, part of the Palm Beach County Library System, we are hosting our first graphic novel book discussion centered on the memoir genre.  Some of the titles we will be covering include Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel; Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, and Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, by Ellen Forney.

For more information on our book discussion, including time, titles, and location, please see the flyer below.

If you would like to participate in our book discussion, but can’t make it to the library, please feel free to leave comments on this or other related posts.  Also, please take a minute to read this article to see all of the hard work and passion for graphic novels from librarians across the country.

ALA 2015: Graphic Novels Mark Diversity, Push Boundaries

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Program Highlights: Celebrate America!

Happy Fourth of July from PBCLS!

***All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. No materials will be due on those days.***

Many of our branches are having special 4th of July programs Wednesday, July 1st and Thursday, July 2nd. Call your local branch to see what they have planned.

Superman Unchained

Superman Unchained

In this 8 part epic story, Superman faces a weapon specifically suited to demolish him – Wraith.

Don’t miss this brilliant masterpiece penned by the amazing Scott Snyder (BATMAN: ZERO YEAR) with art from the legendary Jim Lee (JUSTICE LEAGUE). Superman Unchained collects issues #1-9 and material from SUPERMAN UNCHAINED DIRECTORS CUT #1.

Pick up a copy at your local PBCLS library!

Drawn to Comics June 2015


June 18th is officially Superman’s birthday (also marked as the day he was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent)! Learn more Superman trivia from’s article
“Superman Secrets: 10 Things You Maybe Didn’t Know” by Alan Kistler.

Check out the following titles and more at your library!

DC Friends Happy Birthday Superman

Happy Birthday, Superman!
By Fisch, Sholly
Illustrator Bone, J.
2014-07 – Stone Arch Books
The Super Friends get together for a party celebrating DC’s first and greatest super hero. But LEXLUTHOR wants to wish SUPERMAN an entirely different kind of day.


Superman The Power Within

Superman: The Power Within
By Stern, Roger
Illustrator Swan, Curt
2015-01 – DC Comics
When Superman saves an innocent man from murder, he discovers two disturbing facts: That the man he saved is part of a cult that worships the Man of Steel, and that the would-be killer is part of another faction dedicated to wiping them out Even worse, both groups are gaining super-powers due to a mysterious, spaceborn source that Superman traces back to the dread ruler of Apokolips: Darkseid.


Superman Krypton Returns

Superman: Krypton Returns (the New 52)
By Lobdell, Scott
Illustrator Rocafort, Kenneth
2015-02 – DC Comics
Crossing over between SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL, SUPERBOY, and ACTION COMICS, this Super-family team up brings all the fan-favorite heroes together to take on H’el The Super team must travel through time and Krypton’s history to prevent H’el from dooming the entire universe.


Earth One Volume Three

Superman: Earth One Vol. 3
By Straczynski, J. Michael
Illustrator Syaf, Ardian
2015-02 – DC Comics
The follow-up to the NEW YORK TIMES #1 bestselling graphic novels SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 and 2 is here Written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Ardian Syaf (BATGIRL), SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 3 follows a young Clark Kent as he continues his journey toward becoming the World’s Greatest Super Hero. After defeating villains terrestrial and beyond, Superman faces a threat that he can’t simply outmuscle. A threat smarter, more cunning and deadly than he can imagine: the Luthors.


Superman in the Forties

Superman in the Forties
By Siegel, Jerry
Created by Shuster, Joe
2005-11 – DC Comics
Tracing the root of the world’s fascination with Superman from his debut in 1938 and through the 1940s as his powers developed and his place in society changed, these stories have been culled from the comics, comic strips, and other rare sources.