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

AniMAINia

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.

Programming Highlights: March 2015

Acreage Branch

Tue, Mar 03, 6:30 pm
Club Pokemon
Bring your DS or Pokemon cards to battle, trade and make new friends! Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Mar 11, 6:30 pm
Gamerz Nite: App Attack!
Celebrate Teen Tech Week with a night of video games. Play Smash Bros on the library’s Wii or try out funny and free smart phone and tablet games perfect for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Tue, Mar 17, 6:30 pm
Acreage Anime Club Presents Haru Matsuri!
Spring is in the air and Anime Club is celebrating Haru Matsuri, the spring festival. Enjoy refreshing snacks and watch relaxing springtime anime. Wear a kimono or learn to make one with origami. Create a simple painting inspired by the sakura, or cherry Continue reading

Magic City Comic Con 2015

An affiliate to Florida Supercon, Magic City Comic Con kicked off its inaugural events January 16th, 2015 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Featured guest appearances included Karen Gillan (Dr. Who and Guardians of the Galaxy), Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman in the Batman animated series), and the voice talents from the popular anime Attack on Titan, among many other wonderful celebrity guests. You can check out the full roster at the Magic City Comic Con site.

My boyfriend Nick and I attended the con on Friday especially to speak to some artists and writers but we also enjoyed seeing some other celebs and celebrity cosplayers (Colt Cabana, anyone?). Unfortunately, we didn’t take a lot of pictures. Continue reading

February Programming Highlights

Acreage Branch

Wed, Feb 04, 6:30 pm
Japanese Animation & Culture Club
Hang out, watch anime, and eat snacks while you talk with friends and fans about all the coolest stuff from Japan. Ages 12-17. (90 min.) Preregister.

Gardens Branch

Wed, Feb 25, 6:00 pm
Frosted Notes
Rave or trash the current book, graphic novel or manga you’re reading and share it while making ice cream sundaes or root beer floats. Join your friends or make new ones! Grades 6-12. Limit 15. (60 min.) Preregister.

Greenacres Branch

Sat, Feb 21, 11:00 am
Club Anime
Interested in anime? Already a fan or curious to know what it’s all about? Join us for old and new
favorites plus snacks and socializing. We’ll view some Continue reading

Drawn to Comics January 2015

The Palm Beach County Library System provides e-newsletters for our patrons. Today I’d like to feature our popular e-newsletter Drawn to Comics, which updates our patrons on the newest graphics novels in our system. Here are some highlights from the January issue. Continue reading

March: Featuring programs for kids and teens.

Lately, it seems the Minecraft phenomenon is sweeping our library system. This month, the Acreage and West Boca branches are hosting exciting programs.

Acreage Branch
Thu, Mar 20, 11:00 am
Making Minecraft
Join Steve as we build our own real life versions of Minecraft favorites like torches, pigs, nethergates, and even the horrible Creeper. Then see who can build the strongest fortress as we attack each other with catapults. Ages 6-16. (90 min.) Preregister.

West Boca Branch
Fri, Mar 21, 10:30 am
Minecraft & Your Craft
Gather with other Minecraft enthusiasts. Bring your device and challenge other players or just come for a craft. Ages 7 & up. Space limited. (90 min.) Preregister.

The hit series Divergent, by Veronica Roth, is debuting it’s title feature film in theaters March 21st. Pick up a copy of the first book and join us for festivities and an exciting discussion.

Gardens Branch
Sun, Mar 09, 2:00 pm
Divergent Party!
Celebrate the upcoming release of the movie “Divergent,” based on Veronica Roth’s popular teen series. Ages 12-17. Limit 20. (60 min.)

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Sat, Mar 15, 2:00 pm
Divergent: One Choice Can Transform You
What faction will you choose? Celebrate the release of the movie with games, trivia, and snacks. Grades 6-12. Limit of 15. (90 min.) Preregister.

West Boca Branch
Sun, Mar 16, 2:30 pm
Divergent: What If You Had to Choose?
“One Choice Can Transform You.” Prepare for the forthcoming movie by discussing the book and eating cake. Grades 6 & up. (45 min.) Preregister.

Glades Road Branch
Tue, Mar 25, 6:00 pm
Divergent Party!
What faction are you? Explore the Divergent world, including a Dauntless challenge. Snacks provided. Grades 6 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Jupiter Branch
Fri, Mar 28, 4:00 pm
Divergent Movie VIP After-Party
Celebrate the release of the film of Veronica Roth’s popular YA novel “Divergent.” Walk the red carpet and join us for snacks, crafts, and trivia. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Other Amazing Programs: Continue reading

Have Fun at PalmCon

Going to PalmCon? Lucky you.  I won’t get to be there this year but I’ll be with you in spirit.
Going to a convention can be an overwhelming experience. There will be a lot of people and lots to do, so I’m going to give you some advice to make the most of your experience.

1. Take a Camera
PalmCon is going to have a costume contest and the ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters and the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Also there will probably be lots of cosplayers. In other words, lots of photo worthy stuff. Let us know what the coolest thing you’ve seen was, and I’ll put it up here.

2. Talk to the Comics Creators
PalmCon has a few really cool comic guests. One of my favorite artists, Ethan Van Sciver, will be there. Ask him if Cyberfrog is never coming back. I love talking to the golden age creators, like Allen Bellman, who will be there. They have great insight on the history of comics. Last but not least, the Indy guys! PalmCon is run by Cosmic Times, a local small publisher. Inverse Press and Creature Entertainment Studios will be there and a few more. These guys put so much work into their stuff. Check them out and give their books a chance.

3. Try Something New
If you’ve never been to the costume contest, go to that. Talk to the 501st or the South Florida Brown Coats, you may find a new side to fandom that you’ll love. Try a Roleplaying Game. There will be two tabletop roleplaying games ran there, DCC and Necessary Evil. They’re simple to learn, lots of fun and ran by two good guys I know.

But no matter what you do, just have fun and let me know how it went.