A Message from Our Program Services Librarian

One Book Boca, our community reading experience, is back for its second year! Don't miss out on reading The Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery. It is insightful, funny and an overall immersive reading experience. And if you feel you don't have time to read, then do what I did and download the audiobook from hoopla. That way you can hear the author herself read the entire mesmerizing book. Regardless of which format you choose, print or audio, you have the opportunity to meet the author on February 12 at the Downtown Library.
 
February is also Black History Month, and we are featuring documentary films, a historical lecture and a live storytelling performance that celebrate and highlight black culture and concerns in America.
 
We hope you enjoy and take advantage of all the library has to offer, but just to make sure, we need your input! Our Survey of Library Services ends February 10, so fill out the survey today and get your voice heard. Your feedback will help us to develop strategic initiatives to better serve the community.
 
We look forward to seeing you in our libraries this month!
 
~ Oyuki
 
Be a part of Boca's reading experience and join us for this fascinating presentation by Sy Montgomery, author of The New York Times bestseller, The Soul of a Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. Stop by either library location to pick up your copy to read or download it from our eLibrary. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Register here.

Montgomery's uniquely intimate portrait of the elusive octopus profoundly recalibrates our perception of consciousness, communication, and community.
~Donna Seaman, Booklist
Foreign Film Series: The Conformist
Downtown Library, February 14, 6:30-9:00pm
Join us for this series that features the best in world cinema, from arthouse classics to the latest releases. Our series begins with The Conformist, a case study in the psychology of conformism and fascism. (R, 111 min) Register here.

Celebrating Black America
Story Central's 2017 series for adults, "One World, Many Cultures," is a reflection of the library's signature initiative, Cultural Connections. This free program featuring professional storytellers -- most of whom reside in Florida -- will highlight several of the unique cultures in our state. Our February storyteller is:
 
My African-American Dream
Presented by Tamara Green
Downtown Library, February 25, 3:30-4:30pm
Blending cold, hard history with light and laughter, this extraordinary performance exposes a simple truth: Everybody wants a chance to possess his or her own American Dream. From conducting the Underground Railroad to recounting the turbulent 1950s and 60s, Tamara Green cradles African-American history, faith and hope in the arms of the supernatural and mythical to create unforgettable urban legends. Register here.

Black History Presentation with Dr. Al Dorsey
Downtown Library, February 16, 7:00-8:00pm
Join Dr. Al Dorsey, Visiting Scholar at FAU, for a timely and fascinating presentation, "Historically, Black Lives Did Not Matter, but Black Bodies Did." The United States prides itself on the assertion that it is a country composed of immigrants, but the original Africans did not come as immigrants looking for better opportunities. They were captured, shackled and placed on slave ships, and forced to come here and work solely for the benefit of their owners. Dr. Dorsey will dissect the roots and evolution of African-American labor over hundreds of years in order to demonstrate that, even today, black Americans' lives are still seen as less valuable and more expendable in parts of the American ethos. Register here.

Black Experience Through Film
Selma (PG-13, 128 min)
Downtown Library, February 6, 6:30-9:00pm
This film depicts Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people -- a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964. Register here.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Not Rated, 100 min)
Downtown Library, February 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker. Register here.
More Than a Month (Not Rated, 60 min)
Downtown Library, February 9, 6:30-8:00pm
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a young African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America. Register here.
Author Talk and Book Signing
Arielle Ford, Author of Inkspirations Love by Design
Downtown Library, February 25, 11:30am-12:30pm
Arielle Ford has taught thousands of men and women around the world her "Soulmate Secret" to help them meet the love of their lives. Now, Arielle's miraculous methods are paired with the romantic artwork of internationally acclaimed artist Manja Burton in this first-of-its-kind transformational coloring book. Inkspirations Love by Design: Coloring the Divine Path to Manifest Your Soulmate contains simple yet specific exercises and information to create the frequency of love in your life. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Register here.

Year of Reading Women: Muriel Barbery
Downtown Library, February 1, 1:00-2:30pm
Neil Schulhoff leads a lively discussion of Muriel Barbery, a French novelist and professor of philosophy. Her novels include the worldwide bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Register here.
 
Monday Morning Muffins & Mysteries
Red Lights, by Georges Simenon
Downtown Library, February 13, 10:30-11:30am
Join Neil Schulhoff for a discussion of acclaimed mysteries, and enjoy coffee and muffins. This month's selection is Georges Simenon's Red Lights, which The New York Times called "a silken-smooth shocker."  Register here.  

A Novel Idea Book Club: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Downtown Library, February 16, 7:00-8:00pm
Discover the best in new contemporary fiction in this new book club for adults. This month's selection, Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett was a New York Times #1 bestseller. It tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives. Register here.
Special Veterans Event
Military Intel: Veterans' Information Event
Spanish River Library, February 22, 11:00am-1:00pm
This free program, open to the public, provides veterans and their families with information on benefits, counseling and job search assistance. Q&As follow presentations. Presenters include:
  • Andrew Reese, Veteran Service Officer, Army (Ret), Palm Beach County Community Services Department Division of Human & Veteran Services
  • Claire Eberhart, Veterans Outreach Specialist, Pompano Beach Vet Center
  • Representatives from CareerSource of Palm Beach County

DISCOVER STUDIO
Enhance your photos
Create better selfies
Turn your ideas into 3D projects

Join us in the Discover Studio this month for our popular Photoshop classes where you can learn the basics or apply your skills to real-life applications. Plus, sign up for a 3D printing class where you can bring your great ideas to life! All classes are Mac-based, and participants should be moderately proficient with computers before attending. 
 
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop Basics 1: Become familiar with the Photoshop interface, and learn how to crop, transform, straighten, and superimpose images. Users new to Photoshop should start here!
Photoshop Basics 2: Learn about adjustment layers to make precise changes, and how to alter images in subtle and seamless ways.
Photoshop Intermediate: Build upon the basics by learning how to composite and retouch to make a new image. Prerequisites: Adobe Photoshop Basics 1 & 2.
Photoshop Project: Photos and Nature: Want to enhance your travel photos? Learn how to add life to dull skies, enhance sunsets, adjust tones and vibrancy, learn better black-and-white conversions, and more! Get your images picture perfect to print and cherish for a lifetime.
 
3D Printing
Introduction to Tinkercad: Gain firsthand knowledge of basic 3D design principles. Design your very own 3D object using easy-to-use modeling software. No prior experience is required. 
Intermediate 3D Fundamentals: Learn how to use Sketchup Pro to make your very own 3D designs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Tinkercad.
3D Printing Studio: Use this creative space to bring your digital creations to fruition. A staff member will be present to answer questions about Tinkercad or Sketchup.
 
Click on the button below to see all of our
class times in February and enroll. 
Network with professionals, start a small business,
or download magazines for free --
our Classes for Adults can show you how!
 
Learn how to use this social networking site that helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broad network of professionals.
Learn the basic features and functions of your Android tablet. Bring your charged device.
Refresh your library skills. Walk the library with an expert. Learn to locate what you want. Get a cool map of the library.
This class for entrepreneurs and small business owners will cover how to start, manage, finance, and market a small business using the Small Business Resource Center.
Bring your laptop or tablet and learn how to download popular magazines for free with Zinio and Flipster.
 
Classes fill up quickly, so sign up now!
Half School Day Movie
Downtown Library, February 2, 1:30-3:30pm
Cinderella (PG, 114 min). Recommended for school-age children. No enrollment required but space is limited.
Spanish River Library, February 2, 1:30-3:15pm
Kubo and the Two Strings (PG, 102 minutes). Ages 9-14 only. No enrollment required but space is limited.   
 
Tween Explorers: Design a Japanese Garden Terrarium
Downtown Library, February 8, 6:30-7:30pm
Children ages 9-12 will learn about the features of Japanese gardens and make their own terrarium! Enroll here.

Pokémon Safari
Spanish River Library, February 11, 11:00am-12:00pm
 Do you have Pokémon Go on your smartphone or tablet? Join us for a Pokémon-catching safari! Don't have the app? Join us anyway! Learn about Pokémon origins in real animals, as well as Japanese myths. Then onto an adventure outdoors to use your knowledge to find the Pokémon (on and off screen) hiding outside! Enroll here.
 
Special Drop-in Story Times
Bilingual Story Time: Chinese
Downtown Library, February 2, 10:00-10:30am
Bilingual Story Time: Spanish
Spanish River Library, February 6, 10:00-10:30am
Develop language and fine motor skills with rhymes, songs and stories. Learn simple words in a new language!
Guest Reader: School Bus Driver
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Spanish River Library, February 13, 10:00-10:30am
Downtown Library, February 16, 10:00-10:30am
Read a fun story with a school bus driver and then join us for a sing-along of "The Wheels on the Bus" onboard a real school bus, which will be parked in front of the library!
 
Holy Cow! The Breakdancing Cow Storytelling Show
Downtown Library, February 17, 3:30-4:15pm
Storytelling, breakdancing, audience interaction and skits performed by author and performer, John Mallory.  No enrollment required but space is limited. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required and available 1/2 hour prior to show time. Funded by the Friends of BRPL.

ART EXHIBITS
Christian Bauer: Four Years in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Downtown Library, Through February 11
Last chance to view the works of South Florida-based landscape artist, Christian Bauer. This exhibit depicts the scenic landscape preserved within the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the only remnant of the northern Everglades in Palm Beach County.
 
NEW EXHIBIT! Dana Donaty: The Art of Imagination
Downtown Library, February 17-March 25
An accomplished artist, Dana Donaty is widely recognized for her provocative canvases with unusual narratives. An exhilarating mix of monstrous party animals and humans that are having a great time, Donaty convinces us of their potential reality and believability.

MORE TO ENJOY
So many terrific people have generously donated their time at BRPL to make a difference in our community by reading to kids, playing games with tweens and teens, launching new programs, and much more. Click on the picture at right to watch a video featuring highlights from these special visits.
 
Calling all readers! Elevate your 2017 reading experience by joining our Read Up Challenge. Participants will select and read books on various topics, guided by BRPL's curated checklist. Print out the Read Up Challenge List, or pick one up at one of the libraries. Share your book selections on social media using #BocaLibrary #ReadUp. Happy reading!
 
Library Holiday Hours
Presidents' Day, February 20: Closed

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