A Month of Gratitude 

November is a busy month at our libraries. We invite you to cast your vote during these last few days of early voting at our Downtown Library location. As an institution of learning and open access for information, we are proud that our building is key to the civic life of our community. After you've cast your vote, I invite you to stay for one of our many programs and events for all ages.
 
Every year, I'm grateful to live and work in a community that values libraries. We have great support from our elected officials, an active Friends group and, best of all, a community of readers like you. As I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I will keep all of you, my library family, in mind as well. Have a wonderful holiday, and I hope to see you at one of our programs.
 
~Oyuki, Program Services Librarian
Spanish River Library, November 3, 3:30-5:00pm
Think you know tall tales? You haven't heard Adam Booth! Forget Paul Bunyan and big fish stories. In "Tall, Taller Tallest," Booth fuses personal experiences from Appalachia and beyond with keen imagination, blurring the lines between truth and fiction. His stories take listeners from laughter through tears to warmed hearts -- and back. And wait till you hear his banjo playing! Register here.
Downtown Library, November 14, 1:00-3:00pm
This free program provides veterans of all ages and their families with information on benefits, counseling and job search assistance. Presenters include Pompano Beach Vet Center, PBC Division of Human & Veteran Services, VFW Post 10556, and Connected Warriors. Q&A follows presentations. Register here.
IQ, by Joe Ide
Downtown Library, November 19, 10:30-11:30am
In East Long Beach, the LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. Winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards. Register here.

Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson
Downtown Library, November 8, 7:00-8:00pm
Welcome to one of the most unusual and original magic systems you've ever encountered in modern epic fantasy! Join us as we talk about the first book in New York Times bestselling author Sanderson's legendary Mistborn series. Register here.

FILM SERIES
Downtown Library, November 13, 6:30-9:00pm
After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter. Critically acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar tells a story about a mother's struggle to survive uncertainty and come to grips with fate. Register here.
Spanish River Library, November 26, 6:30-8:30pm
What will society look like in the future? French filmmakers Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent try to show us by lining up known solutions to what could lead to our earth's demise in all spheres of life. Travel the world to discover answers to some of life's burning questions. Register here.
SOCRATES CAFE
Downtown Library, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00pm
Spanish River Library, Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm
 
Socrates Cafe gatherings are held around the world, where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and
experiences. Persons attending gatherings engage in a common quest for a better understanding of human nature, and in the process strive for a more inclusive world. Socrates Cafe gatherings are free and open to any member of the public who wishes to freely discuss a question, which is chosen by vote. No enrollment required.

Views expressed are those of the participants and facilitators, and are not necessarily those of the City's elected officials or staff.
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.

Introduction to Podcasting: Have you ever listened to a podcast during your commute and said, "Hey, I think I can do that"? This is your opportunity to learn how to create your very own podcast! Learn about the origins and uses of podcasting, as well as necessary equipment, recording, and scripting. All equipment will be provided.

Join us for these classes for adults this month! 

John Sawdon of the Volen Center will discuss local resources to help balance family, work and caregiving responsibilities. The Volen Center supports families by providing health care and services that meet their physical, emotional, social and psychological needs.

Learn how DNA testing can help you discover family connections, answer family mysteries, break through research "brick walls," answer health questions, and uncover your ethnicity. See which DNA test is right for you and how to get started.
 
Whether you are a new resident or have lived in the city for years, this class will introduce you to all the city of Boca Raton has to offer. Topics include parks and recreation, shopping, transportation and more.
 
Midway into your NaNoWriMo project and confused about how to get to the end? Join us for a session on midway slumps and get motivated to meet your deadline. We'll help each other with brainstorming and word races.
 
Learn how to plan and manage your digital life to protect the memories on your computer, phone, social media and email accounts so that your "Digital Afterlife" is in safe hands.

You've been hacked and your data has been compromised. Now what? We will discuss the essential, preventative steps to take next.
Unicorn Bubble Party
Downtown Library, November 9, 3:30-4:30pm
Enjoy unicorn books, bubbles, hula hoops and balloons. Have some free play in our magical unicorn world. No enrollment required. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Ages 2-13)
Drop-off: Spanish River Library, Friday, November 16, 9:00am-5:00pm
Pick-up: Spanish River Library, Saturday, November 17, 11:00am-12:30pm
Our popular Stuffed Animal Sleepover is back! Drop off your favorite stuffed animal during the day on Friday and register it at the Youth Services Desk. Pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday morning and watch a video of all the fun it had! Enjoy snacks, drinks and a special activity. No enrollment required.

Special Drop-in Story Times in November
Bilingual Drop-In Story Time: Spanish
Downtown Library, November 10, 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.
Special Guest Drop-In Story Time
Spanish River Library, November 12, 10:00-10:30am
Downtown Library, November 15, 10:00-10:30am
Share a story and learn about being a park ranger with Evonn, a City of Boca Raton Park Ranger! No enrollment required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Fall Break Activities at Both Libraries
School's out! Bring the family for a week's worth of free fun at the library! No enrollment required. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
November 19
Movie: Ferdinand (PG, 1hr, 48min), Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
November 20
LEGOs! Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm
November 21
Board Games, Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
Movie: Peter Rabbit (PG, 1hr 35min), Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm
November 23
LEGOs! Spanish River Library, 2:00-4:00pm
Board Games, Downtown Library, 2:00-4:00pm

Downtown Library, November 14, 3:30-4:30pm
Book club for early readers with themed activities based on different cultures around the world. This month's book is The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Joe Scieszka. Free copy of the book upon enrollment courtesy of the Friends of BRPL. Child attends independently. Enroll here.

Downtown Library, November 21, 6:30-7:30pm
Discover how to make lava lamps and the science behind them! Enroll here.

Tween Book Jam (Ages 9-12)
Downtown Library, November 8, 6:30-7:30pm
Book discussion with themed activities. This month's book is Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion by Lauren Magaziner. Receive a free copy of the book at time of enrollment courtesy of the Friends of BRPL. Click on a date above to enroll. 
 
Downtown Library, November 13, 6:30-7:30pm
This month's book is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Find out why Publishers Weekly calls this "a thrilling read." Receive a free copy of the book at time of enrollment courtesy of the Friends of BRPL. Enroll here.
 
Downtown Library, November 15, 6:30-7:30pm
Celebrate 20 years since the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by joining our Harry Potter Night! Be ready for a night of wizarding fun with trivia, wand-making and more to celebrate the magical world of Harry Potter. Wizarding dress is not required but encouraged. 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
November 16-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 portrais.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Both libraries will be closed for the following holidays:
Sunday, November 11: Veterans' Day
Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Day
Enjoy the holidays with friends and family!
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