A Wonderful Year @ BRPL 

Another wonderful year full of educational opportunities is coming to a close at the Boca Raton Public Library. I hope you were able to take advantage of the new class offerings and resources we were able to bring to our community this year. I am excited to announce our 2019 Signature Initiative, Cultural Connections, which will promote a wider awareness of the cultural diversity in our community. We will also feature many new language-learning and travel-themed classes, so make sure you add "take a class at the library" to your new year's resolution list! We wish you and your family a happy holiday season. Cheers!
 
~Oyuki, Program Services Librarian
The Blinds, by Adam Sternbergh
Downtown Library, December 10, 10:30-11:30am
Imagine a place populated by criminals -- people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who've been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don't know if they've perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What's clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead. Register here.

What We Were Promised, by Lucy Tan
Downtown Library, December 13, 7:00-8:00pm
Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves. Register here.
FILM SERIES
Downtown Library, December 11, 6:30-9:00pm
Crafting a deliriously cinematic web of suspense, shock, eroticism, and power dynamics, writer/director Fran├žois Ozon returns to master the thriller genre with Double Lover, an intense exploration of a woman venturing into dangerous romance. Register here.
DISCOVER STUDIO
 
Discover Studio's Photoshop and 3D printing classes are Mac-based, and registration is required. Prerequisite: moderate computer proficiency.

Introduction to Tinkercad: Gain firsthand knowledge of basic 3D design principles. Design a 3D object using easy-to-use modeling software. No prior experience with Tinkercad is required but must register for a free Tinkercad account at www.tinkercad.com.

3D Printing Project: During this 2-hour span, patrons will have full use of the lab computers to design and create their very own three-dimensional objects and print them out. An instructor will be available to assist with design and to answer questions.
Join us for these classes for adults this month! 

Join us for multiple topics regarding finance and investing, including equities, fixed-income investing, IRAs, and more.
 
What qualifies a person for a service animal? What's the difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal? These questions and more will be answered in this introductory class.
 
Learn to use templates, make photo collages, and add text, special effects, and borders on your Android or Apple phone/tablet.
 
Navigate through the critical challenges and possible catastrophes of personal finance. Understand how identity theft happens, how to protect your identity, and steps to get your identity back.
Story Time Enrollment Opens
Library Cardholders, Friday, December 14
Non-Cardholders, Monday, December 17
Classes begin the week of January 7 and end on February 22. Please enroll children 4 years and younger for 1 story time for 1 location. Enroll here or in Youth Services at either library.

Boca Jolly Days: Make & Take Winter Art (Ages 3-12)
Downtown and Spanish River Library, December 7, 3:30-5:00pm
Join Boca Jolly Days fun at our Family Make & Take Winter Art Program for ages 3-12! Children 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Bilingual Drop-in Story Time: Russian
Spanish River Library, December 3, 10:00-10:30am
Develop language and fine motor skills with rhymes, songs and stories. Learn simple words in a new language! No enrollment required.

Family Winter Break Activities at Both Libraries
School's out! Bring the family for 8 days of free fun at the library! No enrollment required. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
December 26
Movie: Rise of the Guardians (PG, 1hr 37min), Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm
Movie: Mr. Popper's Penguins. (PG, 1hr 34min), Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
December 27
LEGOs! Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm
Coloring Club, Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
December 28
Board Games, Downtown Library & Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
December 31
Coloring Club, Downtown Library, 2:00-3:00pm
LEGOs! Spanish River Library, 2:00-3:00pm
January 2
Movie: The Incredibles 2 (PG, 1hr 58min), Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm
Movie: Cool Runnings (PG, 1hr, 38min), Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
January 3
LEGOs! Downtown Library 2:00-4:00pm
Coloring Club, Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
January 4
Board Games, Downtown Library & Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
January 7
Coloring Club, Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm
LEGOs! Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm

Teen Movie (Ages 13-17)
Downtown Library, December 6, 6:00-8:15pm
Movie: Love, Simon (PG-13, 111 mins). From the producers of The Fault in Our Stars comes Love, Simon, a funny, heartfelt, coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. No enrollment required.
Downtown Library, December 15, 1:00-2:00pm
Roam the earth and experience prehistoric times in Virtual Reality. Students need to bring a smartphone to download and use VR apps, games, or videos. Cardboards support most smartphones with screen sizes from 4-6 inches. Enroll here.
 
Downtown Library, December 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us for hot chocolate and gift wrapping! Bring your holiday gifts and wrap them here. Wrapping supplies will be provided. Enroll here.
 
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES AT DOWNTOWN LIBRARY
Pride & Honor:
Native-American Indian Portraits
by Veronique Viardin
On display at the Downtown Library during regular library hours through January 25
 
Meet the modern-day faces of Native-American Indians in this spirited collection of black-and-white portraits. These photos were taken at a pow-wow ceremony where Native-American Indians united to celebrate their heritage with feasting, singing and dancing. Captivated by these magnificent faces gave birth to Viardian's rich tapestry of highly emotional portraits.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BRPL
Here's a thoughtful way to honor someone during the holiday season or celebrate a milestone -- plus support the library! Purchase a beautiful leaf on the Giving Trees at Downtown or Spanish River Library, inscribed with your unique message. Fill out this form.
 
Wednesday, December 5, 7:30-9:00pm
Once again, the library will have a float, sponsored by the Friends of BRPL, in the City's Holiday Street Parade! Join us to cheer on our library and Friends as we celebrate this year's theme, "Sights and Sounds of Broadway."       

Holiday Hours

 

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Monday, December 24: Open 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, December 25: Closed
Monday, December 31: Open 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, January 1: Closed
MORE TO ENJOY
Video: Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Our Stuffed Animal Sleepover in November was so much fun! On a Friday night, many furry friends slept over at the Spanish River Library. They had a ton of fun and got into a little bit of mischief. The next day, their kid-parents picked them up, watched this video of the fun their plush pals had, and even made a new stuffed animal friend to take home. Click on the photo at left to enjoy the video! It's sure to make you smile.
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