February 2016 Happenings Highlights

PBCLS celebrates Black History Month

Orisirisi African Folklore shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. Orisirisi spins yarns and shares learning experiences that none will soon forget!

Orisirisi is performing at all of our branches during Black History Month. Check their schedule here.

Check our Happenings for more Black History Month programs at your local library.

Every month we like to feature programs we think you’ll enjoy. Here are some February highlights:

Acreage Branch

Club Pokémon

Tue, Feb 16, 6:30 pm
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and make new friends or try your hand at a Pokécraft. Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Anime Otaku Club

Tue, Feb 23, 6:30 pm
Hang out, watch anime, and eat snacks while you talk with friends and fans about all the coolest stuff from Japan. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Card Gamers Club

Wed, Feb 24, 7:00 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon, Magic and more. If you like collectible card games, this is your place to be. Bring your deck, box or binder, and come with a friend or make a new one. All ages. (90 min.) Preregister.

Main Branch


Thu, Feb 11, 4:00 pm
Tue, Feb 23, 5:00 pm
We will be watching an anime of your choosing to kick us off so keep some in mind that you’d like to watch. Remember, you can bring your own art, manga, video games, or shows to share so don’t be shy! Walk-ins are welcome. . If you like manga, anime, K-Drama, K-Pop, J-Pop, or cosplaying, then this is your chance to meet others just like you. Ages 11-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Comic Book Craft

Tue, Feb 16, 4:00 pm
Do you like to read comics, but keep losing your place? Well, here is our solution: comic book bookmarks! You may draw, color or cut out comics or superheroes to make your very own bookmark. Be sure to bring your creative side! Ages 7-11. (30 min.) Preregister.

Walking Dead Trivia

Sat, Feb 20, 2:00 pm
Test your knowledge of “The Walking Dead” during our trivia event. Form a team, or compete alone, in a ghoulish game of trivia about the hit television and comic book series. Bragging rights and prizes will be awarded to the winners. (90 min.) Preregister.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Anime Club

Sat, Feb 13, 3:00 pm
Meet other teens who enjoy watching and talking about anime, eat Pocky and share your knowledge about manga. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wellington Branch

Anime Nation

Tue, Feb 16, 6:00 pm
View new anime titles. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. Limit 25. (90 min.)

West Boca Branch

Superhero Mini Camp

Tue, Feb 16, 3:30 pm
Create a superhero identity, craft, and tackle a few superhero activities as you discover your inner superhero. Costumes welcome. Grades K-5. (60 min.) Preregister.

Program Highlights: November 2015

November is Families Reading Together month at the Palm Beach County Library System. Check our Happenings for family programming near you!

Acreage Branch

Sat, Nov 21, 2:00 pm
Monster Trivia
Test your monster knowledge with 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.

Sat, Nov 21, 3:30 pm
Monster Mash Costume Contest
Show off your best monster, Regency-era and steampunk costumes. Prizes awarded at 4:30 pm to
age groups: 0 to 7 years, 6 to 11 years, 12 to 17 years, 18 years & up. All ages. (60 min.)

Belle Glade Branch

Tue, Nov 17, 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving Stories & Crafts
Hear some great stories and make a fun Thanksgiving craft or two. Ages 5-8. (45 min.) Preregister.

Gardens Branch

Tue, Nov 24, 3:15 pm
Thanksgiving Crafts A-Plenty!
Come join us as we read a story, then craft away with one, two, or all three Thanksgiving crafts that are sure to make the holiday a special one! Ages 6 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Glades Road Branch

Tue, Nov 03, 2:00 pm
Color Me Calm
Coloring is a calming, relaxing activity, even for adults. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. (60 min.) Preregister.

Tue, Nov 17, 6:30 pm
Hunger Games Party!
Celebrate the final film with trivia, games and snacks. May the odds be ever in your favor! Grades 6 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Mon, Nov 23, 6:30 pm
Thanksgiving Stories & Crafts
Celebrate Thanksgiving with stories, songs, crafts and a short film. All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Greenacres Branch

Thu, Nov 05, 11:00 am
It’s Pumpkin Time!
Pumpkins are everywhere! Listen to stories of how they grow, count and sort them and then make a special pumpkin book to take home. Ages 3-5. (45 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Nov 18, 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving Story Yoga
Story Yoga integrates reading with yoga poses. Learn simple yoga as we listen to “The Bear Says Thanks!” Yoga is beneficial for children in learning how to calm the mind, enhance self-esteem, strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Ages 5-7. (30 min.) Preregister.

Hagen Ranch Road Branch

Wed, Nov 18, 11:00 am
Thankful Turkeys
Calling all little gooblers! Join us for thankful stories and songs to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will also watch a short movie and make a turkey craft. Ages 2-5. (45 min.) Preregister.

Jupiter Branch

Tue, Nov 24, 11:00 am
A Time for Giving Thanks
Enjoy Thanksgiving stories and songs, and make a special craft for your holiday table. Ages 3-6. (45 min.) Preregister.

Lantana Road Branch

Sat, Nov 28, 2:30 pm
Otaku Club
Be proud to be a fan of anime and manga! Join us for anime-related activities and watch anime episodes. Ages 16 & up. (90 min.) Preregister.

Main Branch

Mon, Nov 09, 3:30 pm
Pokémon Club: I Choose You!
Are you a fan of Pokémon? Then we’ve got the perfect club for you! Get together with other Pokémon fans to play games, make crafts, and talk about your favorite Pokémon. Be sure to bring your Nintendo DS, Pokémon games, Pokémon trading cards, or anything Pokémon related to show off. We’re going to get our Poké-fun on! Ages 7 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Sat, Nov 14, 2:00 pm
Walking Dead Trivia
Test your knowledge of The Walking Dead during our trivia event. Form a team, or compete alone, in ghoulish game of trivia about the hit television and comic book series. Bragging rights and prizes will be awarded to the winners. (90 min.) Preregister.

Tue, Nov 17, 2:00 pm
Paisley, Print & Mandala Party
According to recent articles in The New York Times and The Miami Herald, adult coloring is gaining in popularity. Enjoy a coloring session with fellow enthusiasts. Coloring sheets containing a variety of paisleys, prints and mandalas, as well as colored pencils will be provided. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Nov 18, 6:00 pm
Caramel Apple Dipping
Apples + caramel + candy = a perfect fall evening. All supplies provided. Grades 6-12. Limit 15. (60 min.) Preregister.

Okeechobee Blvd Branch

Sat, Nov 07, 3:00 pm
Anime Club
Meet other teens who enjoy watching and talking about anime, eat Pocky and share your knowledge
about manga. Show off your manga drawings, too! Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Sat, Nov 21, 11:00 am
Teen Wii U Gaming & More
It’s International Game Day so meet your friends for some Wii gaming and classic board game fun. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Nov 25, 10:30 am
It’s a Craft Bonanza – Thanksgiving Style!
Drop in and make as many crafts as you want with the supplies from our Craft Closet. All materials will be provided. Ages 2 & up. (60 min.)

Wellington Branch

Tue, Nov 17, 3:00 pm
Game Day
Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun! Ages 8-12. Limit 24. (90 min.)

Sat, Nov 21, 2:00 pm
The Maharajah Magic Show
Witness the impossible as Prof. Kumar, Magician Maharajah of India, presents a humorous and entertaining program of amazing sleights, astonishing illusions, and surprising stunners that will dazzle your mind and leave you speechless. Fun for the whole family. (60 min.) Preregister.

West Boca Branch

Thu, Nov 05, 7:00 pm
Comics and Coffee: Adult Book Discussion
Whether you’re a longtime comic fan or just getting started, this is the book club for you! Discuss great graphic novels and enjoy delicious coffee. This month read “The Fade Out, Volume 1,” by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Books available at the information desk. (90 min.)

Tue, Nov 17, 2:00 pm
Crafternoon: Coloring for Adults
You are never too old to color! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon unleashing your creative side coloring in
beautiful designs and pictures. All materials provided. (60 min.) Preregister.

Thu, Nov 19, 11:00 am
Little Turkey Time
Enjoy Thanksgiving stories, fun songs and a special craft. Ages 3 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Thu, Nov 19, 3:30 pm
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
Get ready for turkey day by listening to a Thanksgiving story or two, playing a game and making a cool craft. Grades K & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

West Boynton Branch

Tue, Nov 10, 7:00 pm
Sherlock Holmes Mystery Club
The game’s afoot with facilitator Howard Schoen and other Sherlock fans for films and discussions of the renowned literary detective. (75 min.)

Program Highlights: August 2015

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

Acreage Branch

Superhero Cinema & Craft
Mon, Aug 03, 2:30 pm
“The Avengers.” ©Walt Disney Pictures. (142 min.) Enjoy an out-of-this-world afternoon constructing a superhero craft while watching your favorite heroes save the planet. Preregister. PG-13

Board Game Day
Sat, Aug 08, 2:00 pm
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon playing a variety of classic and contemporary board games. All ages . (2 hr.) Preregister.

Comic Book Night: “Justice League” Edition
Thu, Aug 13, 7:00 pm
Comic book fans unite and chat about your favorite heroes and villains while enjoying pizza. This month, the group will Continue reading

Blankets, a Perfect Choice for Libraries

Blankets_coverThe West Boca Branch Library will be hosting a Graphic Novel Memoir Book Discussion on July 29th, at 10:30am.  We will be discussing several different graphic memoirs, including Craig Thompson’s classic, Blankets.  Blankets was originally published in 2003, by Top Shelf Productions.  It was an instant classic, taking the comic world by storm.  The memoir focuses on Thompson’s adolescence and being raised in an Evangelical Christian household.  A majority of the story revolves around his first love, and how that relationship was shaped by his religious beliefs, and also Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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.