Thanksgiving Hoopla!

The Palm Beach County Library System will be closing early November 25 (all branches will be closed by 5 p.m.) and will be closed November 26 and 27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. No materials are due on those days, so don’t sweat over the books you already have checked out.

If you’re looking for something to pass the time between parades and football games, you can always log onto the PBCLS homepage to access some of our streaming e-materials.

Hoopla provides access to ebooks (including comics!), audiobooks, streaming movies, and music!

Overdrive has thousands of options for ebooks and audiobooks. See what’s available today!

If you just need some tunes to get you through dinner with the family, try Freegal. You can download up to 5 songs a week for FREE!

We also have a new service called Flipster which provides access to magazines!

Whatever your plans for Thanksgiving weekend, I hope you enjoy yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving

Top Ten Graphic Novels of January 2015

According to Diamond Comic Distributors, the top ten best-selling graphic novels of January 2015 were:

  1. Death of Wolverine HC (Marvel)
  2. Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Vol. 1 TPB (Image)
  3. Saga Vol. 4 TPB (Image)
  4. Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome to Nowhere TPB (Image)
  5. Saga Vol. 1 TPB (Image)
  6. Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Spider-Verse Prelude TPB (Marvel)
  7. Saga Vol. 3 TPB (Image)
  8. Saga Vol. 2 TPB (Image)
  9. The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye TPB (Image)
  10. Deadpool: The One With Deadpool TPB (Marvel)

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Banned Books Week

This week (Sept 21st-27th) is celebrated as Banned Books Week. Libraries across the nation are recognizing their patrons’ freedom to read whatever you want, regardless of controversies surrounding certain titles.

Celebrate the freedom to read with these activities:

  • Read a thought-provoking book, e-book, magazine or newspaper.
  • Take a child to story time at the library.
  • Join a lively book discussion at the library or in the community.


Top 10 Challenged Books for 2013

Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
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How to place an ILL

Are you looking for a particular book and you can’t find it at any of our libraries? Don’t give up hope just yet! PBCLS offers an Interlibrary Loan service to our members – FOR FREE! Keep reading to find out how to use this fabulous service. Continue reading

Comic Convention Provides Exposure for a Library and Its Collection

From Library Journal, Sep 27, 2011

The people attending PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comics Book and Collectibles Show held in Greenacres, FL, on September 17 had a chance to connect with the Palm Beach County Library.

The convention organizers had offered the library a free booth at the convention, and staff saw it as an excellent opportunity to expose the library’s collection to an audience that might not be aware of everything the library had to offer (such as ebooks).

“We were there to promote the library and give out information of what we provide, particularly our graphic novels, manga, and our anime club,” said Kelly Handy, a library associate, who was one of seven staff members who handled booth duties at the convention and circulated among the crowd of about 500 attendees.

Read more: Comic Convention Provides Exposure for a Library and Its Collection.

See our pics: PalmCon 2011

Manga Visual References

Ever read a manga title and wonder why a character is suddenly sweating, having a nosebleed or is sporting some fangs?

Check out this helpful guide produced by Graphic Novel Reporter:  Manga Visual References where you can learn things like:

A ghost (maybe looking like a wavy bubble) coming out of someone’s mouth shows they’ve gone through something so traumatic they might as well have died.