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All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed on Mon, Dec 25 and Tue, Dec 26 for Christmas. No materials will be due on these days.
 

Adult Events at the Library

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Acreage Branch

New Year's Resolution Workshop

Sat, Dec 16, 2:00 pm
Welcome a new year and a new you by creating a calendar to track your goals and new habits. Ages 12 & up. Limit 25. (2 hr.) Preregister.

The Coloring Club

Wed, Dec 20, 6:30 pm
Color for fun and relaxation with other coloring enthusiasts. Coloring pages and materials provided, or bring your own coloring book. Ages 16 & up. (2 hr.) Preregister.

English Exchange

Thu, Dec 21, 1:30 pm
Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. (2 hr.)

Sit 'n' Stitch

Thu, Dec 21, 5:00 pm
Learn crochet fundamentals and socialize while you work. Share your ideas and knowledge with others. Some materials provided. Ages 9 & up. (2 hr.)

Konrad Jeremy Test

Sun, Dec 31, 5:00 am
Belle Glade Branch

Adult Holiday Craft

Sat, Dec 16, 10:30 am
Join the fun as we make our holiday wreath to brighten our home during the season. Supplies provided. Space is limited. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book-A-Librarian

Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Personal attention, hands-on session tailored for you. Tell us what you need: a personal computer trainer or guidance on researching a topic. (60 min.) Call to make an appointment.

English Exchange

Thu, Dec 21, 1:00 pm
Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. (2 hr.) Preregister.

English Exchange

Thu, Dec 28, 1:00 pm
Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. (2 hr.) Preregister.
Gardens Branch

Adult Book Discussion Series Sign-Up: "The Marriage of Opposites," by Alice Hoffman

Mon, Dec 18, 10:00 am
Borrow the book and sign up for a book discussion led by Donna Gruber Adair on Thu, Jan 18. (90 min.)

Transparent Language Online

Tue, Dec 19, 10:30 am
Learn a second, or third language, using this simple and fun language learning service. (60 min.) Preregister.

Memoirs: Bits & Pieces of Your Life

Tue, Dec 19, 1:30 pm
Transform writing into a fun experience with facilitator Marjorie Most. (90 min.) Preregister.

Socrates Café

Wed, Dec 20, 6:30 pm
Marji Chapman, from the Society of Philosophical Inquiry, leads a discussion group for amateur philosophers on a variety of group chosen topics. (90 min.) Preregister.
Glades Road Branch

Hooked on Crochet

Sat, Dec 16, 10:30 am
Bring a crochet hook and some yarn. All skill levels are welcome. (90 min.) Preregister.

Current Events Discussion Group

Mon, Dec 18, 10:00 am
Facilitator Brenda Solomon will discuss today's hot topics. (60 min.) Preregister.

Movie Matinee

Mon, Dec 18, 2:00 pm
"Tommy's Honour." ©Lions Gate Films, Inc. (112 min.) Preregister.
PG

Basic Computer Assistance: One-On-One

Tue, Dec 19, 10:00 am
We can help you improve your computer skills, as well as assist you in becoming more familiar with your tablet, smartphone or e-reader. (30 min.) Call to make an appointment.

Genealogy Help: One-On-One

Thu, Dec 21, 10:00 am
Want to learn about your family tree? (30 min.) Call or stop by the research services desk to arrange an appointment. Preregister.

Basic Computer Assistance: One-On-One

Thu, Dec 21, 10:00 am
We can help you improve your computer skills, as well as assist you in becoming more familiar with your tablet, smartphone or e-reader. (30 min.) Call to make an appointment.

Practical Mindfulness

Thu, Dec 21, 2:00 pm
Become mindful through the practice of meditation with a lecture, question-and-answer session, and meditation. Facilitated by Jim Bandler. (60 min.) Preregister.

Genealogy Help: One-On-One

Thu, Dec 28, 10:00 am
Want to learn about your family tree? (30 min.) Call or stop by the research services desk to arrange an appointment. Preregister.

Basic Computer Assistance: One-On-One

Thu, Dec 28, 10:00 am
We can help you improve your computer skills, as well as assist you in becoming more familiar with your tablet, smartphone or e-reader. (30 min.) Call to make an appointment.
Greenacres Branch

Paper Poinsettias

Fri, Dec 15, 2:30 pm
Create beautiful holiday decorations using only a few simple supplies. Instructions and materials provided. Space is limited. (60 min.) Preregister.

Movie Matinee

Sat, Dec 16, 2:00 pm
"Edge of Winter." ©Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. (89 min.) Preregister.
R

Faces of India Documentary Series

Mon, Dec 18, 2:30 pm
"The Mosaic Sounds of Calcutta." ©Film Ideas. (50 min.) In the vibrant city of Calcutta, the sounds of traditional instruments blend in harmony with an increasingly Westernized music scene. Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.

50 Fabulous Tidbits About the Catskills: Reminiscences

Wed, Dec 20, 2:30 pm
Freelance writer and humorist Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe revisits the historic summer get-away locations of Grossinger's, The Concord and the bungalow colonies. (60 min.) Preregister.
Hagen Ranch Road Branch

American Film Institute's Top 100

Mon, Dec 18, 2:00 pm
"Bonnie and Clyde." ©Warner Bros. (111 min.) Join us for a lecture and a viewing of the film, followed by a discussion. (2.5 hr.)
R

Poetry Workshop

Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Award-winning poet Stacie M. Kiner critiques and discusses some of the world's finest contemporary and classic poetry. (75 min.)

Spanish in Practice: Intermediate

Tue, Dec 19, 3:30 pm
Practice speaking Spanish in conversations about food, travel, news and more. Intermediate knowledge of the language is required. (90 min.)

Knit & Crochet With Project Linus

Wed, Dec 20, 10:30 am
Knit and crochet with expert “blanketeers.” The crafts you make go to children in need. Bring your favorite pattern, needles, bright yarn and a giving spirit. (90 min.)

Writers’ Workshop

Wed, Dec 20, 4:00 pm
Session 2.
Sign up for this six-session course facilitated by award-winning poet Stacie M. Kiner. Limit 10. (90 min.) Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 27.

Knit & Crochet With Project Linus

Wed, Dec 27, 10:30 am
Knit and crochet with expert “blanketeers.” The crafts you make go to children in need. Bring your favorite pattern, needles, bright yarn and a giving spirit. (90 min.)

Writers’ Workshop

Wed, Jan 03, 4:00 pm
Session 3.
Sign up for this six-session course facilitated by award-winning poet Stacie M. Kiner. Limit 10. (90 min.) Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 27.

Writers’ Workshop

Wed, Jan 10, 4:00 pm
Session 4.
Sign up for this six-session course facilitated by award-winning poet Stacie M. Kiner. Limit 10. (90 min.) Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 27.

Writers’ Workshop

Wed, Feb 07, 4:00 pm
Session 5.
Sign up for this six-session course facilitated by award-winning poet Stacie M. Kiner. Limit 10. (90 min.) Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 27.

Writers’ Workshop

Wed, Feb 21, 4:00 pm
Session 6.
Sign up for this six-session course facilitated by award-winning poet Stacie M. Kiner. Limit 10. (90 min.) Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 27.
Jupiter Branch

PBS Documentary: "The Islands and the Whales"

Fri, Dec 15, 2:00 pm
©PBS. (84 min.) On the North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened. Dr. Jeremy Kiszka of Florida International University studies marine mammals and will discuss current environmental threats. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. www.pbs.org/pov. (2 hr.) Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.

Practical Mindfulness

Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Become mindful through the practice of meditation with a lecture, a question and answer period and meditation. Facilitated by Jim Bandler. (60 min.) Preregister.
Lantana Road Branch

Meet the Author: Dr. Marvin Dunn

Fri, Dec 15, 2:00 pm

Scholar, activist, filmmaker, and author of numerous works discusses his latest, "A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes," a look at the omitted history of African-Americans in Florida.

(60 min.) Preregister.

Book & Film Discussion

Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Book Discussion of "Murder on the Orient Express," by Agatha Christie. Copies available at the research services desk.
(90 min.) Preregister.

Job Help Center

Wed, Dec 20, 2:00 pm
Our librarians can help you with all of your job search needs, from creating a résumé to applying for jobs online. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Chess Club

Wed, Dec 27, 2:00 pm
Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. (90 min.) Preregister.

Coloring Club for Adults!

Fri, Dec 29, 2:00 pm
This fun activity fosters creativity and has stress-relieving benefits. Bring friends and meet new people! (60 min.) Preregister.

Sewing Circle: Embroidery & Cross Stitch

Sat, Dec 30, 2:00 pm
Have fun with embroidery and cross stitch! Materials provided. Limit 10. (90 min.) Preregister.
Main Library

Tabletop Tuesdays

Juegos de mesa
Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Martes, 19 de diciembre, 2:00 pm
Lovers of Scrabble, Rummikub, dominoes, and other tabletop classics, unite! Gather with fellow enthusiasts for a friendly afternoon of fun and games. (2 hr.) Preregister.
Únete a otros entusiastas de juegos de mesa, Scrabble, Rummikub, dominó, entre otros, y disfrute de una tarde de entretenimiento para toda la familia. Se requiere registrarse. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Crochet Collective

Wed, Dec 20, 2:00 pm
Learn to crochet or socialize while you work on your current project. Limited materials provided. (90 min.) Preregister.

Adult Coloring Club

Club de colorear para adultos
Thu, Dec 21, 2:00 pm
Jueves, 21 de diciembre, 2:00 pm
Enjoy a coloring session with fellow enthusiasts. Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided. (60 min.) Preregister.
Disfruta de esta sesión de colorear entre entusiastas de esta actvidad. Hojas y lapices de colorear serán proveidos. Se requiere registrarse. (60 min.) Preregister.

Stitchin' in the Stacks

Wed, Dec 27, 2:00 pm
Cross stitch supplies provided. Basic knowledge of needlecraft required. (60 min.) Preregister.

Speak With a Specialist

Thu, Dec 28, 2:00 pm
Do you need help with research or technology? We have specialists in the areas of Business Information, Consumer Health Information and Government Research, plus staff that can answer computer and mobile device questions. (30 min.) Make an appointment so we can match you with the appropriate specialist.
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch

Adult Coloring

Wed, Dec 20, 2:00 pm
Rediscover the creative, meditative and relaxing attributes of coloring … and color yourself calm. Materials provided. (30 min.) Preregister.

Movie Matinee

Thu, Dec 21, 2:00 pm
"Cool Runnings." ©Walt Disney Pictures. (98 min.)
PG

Book Discussion: "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wed, Dec 27, 2:00 pm
Copies are available at the research services desk. (60 min.) Preregister.
Royal Palm Beach Branch

Beginner's Tai Chi Practice

Sat, Dec 16, 9:00 am
Often referred to as “meditation in motion,” this centuries-old art form is recognized to reduce stress, improve balance and promote quality of life. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Ages 16 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Acoustic Java Jam

Sat, Dec 16, 2:00 pm
Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee provided. (2 hr.)

Write! Read! Critique!

Mon, Dec 18, 9:30 am
Are you an aspiring writer looking for constructive feedback? Join us in this informal round-table discussion where participants improve their craft by reading and discussing their works in progress. (2.5 hr.) Preregister.

Art for Adults: Open Studio

Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Practice your skills and get guidance on how to finish bringing your vision to life in this open studio. Bring an unfinished project or start a new one. Ages 16 & up. (60 min.) Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 20.

Are You Board? Game On!

Tue, Dec 19, 6:00 pm
Concept.
Gather your friends, or come and make new ones, as we discover new games and reacquaint ourselves with old favorites. A variety of familiar games will be available with a new and exciting one presented each week. (90 min.) Preregister.

Writers Reading Open Mic

Wed, Dec 20, 6:30 pm
Writers are invited to share their work in this open mic event or come just to listen. Preferred reading length of no more than five minutes/750 words and of a family-friendly subject matter. In collaboration with The Writer's Group of Royal Palm Beach. Ages 18 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

DATE CHANGED - DIY Charms

Thu, Dec 21, 2:00 pm
Repurpose recycled materials to create decorative shrinky dink charms. Ages 16 & up. Preregister, beginning Mon, Nov 20.

Beginner's Tai Chi Practice

Sat, Dec 23, 9:00 am
Often referred to as “meditation in motion,” this centuries-old art form is recognized to reduce stress, improve balance and promote quality of life. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Ages 16 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Beginner's Tai Chi Practice

Sat, Dec 30, 9:00 am
Often referred to as “meditation in motion,” this centuries-old art form is recognized to reduce stress, improve balance and promote quality of life. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Ages 16 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Are You Board? Game On!

Sat, Dec 30, 2:00 pm
Table Top Gaming!
Gather your friends, or come and make new ones, as we discover new games and reacquaint ourselves with old favorites. A variety of familiar games will be available with a new and exciting one presented each week. (2 hr.) Preregister.
Wellington Branch

Genealogy Help: One-On-One Sign-Up

Tue, Dec 19, 1:30 pm
Want to learn about your family tree? Schedule a 30-minute session with a librarian who will guide you through online genealogy research.

Consumer Reports Online for Free!

Tue, Dec 19, 3:00 pm

Need help with your holiday shopping? Not sure which advanced automobile safety system, personal assistant device, or wearable tech to choose? Our business librarian will show you how to access Consumer Reports by using your library card – it′s free and accessible.

(60 min.) Preregister.

Book & Film Discussion

Wed, Dec 20, 6:30 pm
Book discussion of “Like Water for Chocolate,” by Laura Esquivel.
(60 min.) Preregister.
West Boca Branch

Thursday Movie Matinee

Thu, Dec 21, 1:00 pm
"It's a Wonderful Life."
©‎Paramount Pictures.
(130 min.)
Watch a movie on our big screen every Thursday afternoon.
PG

Thursday Movie Matinee

Thu, Dec 28, 1:00 pm
"Beauty and the Beast."
©‎Walt Disney Pictures.
(129 min.)
Watch a movie on our big screen every Thursday afternoon.
PG
West Boynton Branch

Adult Crafternoon: Yarn-Wrapped Bottles

Mon, Dec 18, 1:45 pm
Color wrap a bottle for a decorative touch and unique vase. (60 min.) Preregister. Preregister, beginning Tue, Nov 21.

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy

Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 pm

President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Cindy Potter Taylor, will discuss how to start researching your Jewish ancestry.

(60 min.) Preregister.

Tertulia literaria

(Book Discussion, in Spanish)
Tue, Dec 19, 6:30 pm
Martes, 19 de diciembre, 6:30 pm
Únase a nosotros para una discusión sobre "Ilusionarium" de José Sanclemente. Las copias están disponibles en el mostrador de consulta. (90 min.)

Book-A-Librarian: E-Books

Wed, Dec 20, 9:00 am
Book an appointment for a one-on-one session with a library staff member. Call to find out what you need to bring along with your e-reader. (30 min.) Preregister.

Improving Your Life Through Meditation

Wed, Dec 20, 1:00 pm
John Bednarik discusses the effects of meditation including reducing stress-related responses, improving concentration, and enhancing clarity of thought. (60 min.) Preregister, beginning Tue, Nov 21.

Book-A-Librarian: E-Books

Wed, Dec 20, 2:00 pm
Book an appointment for a one-on-one session with a library staff member. Call to find out what you need to bring along with your e-reader. (30 min.) Preregister.

Tea & Chinese Calligraphy

Thu, Dec 21, 2:00 pm
Discovery a new art form of calligraphy with Chinese brush accompanied by the aroma and taste of Chinese tea. Materials provided. Space is limited. (60 min.) Preregister, beginning Tue, Nov 21.

Popcorn & a Movie

Thu, Dec 28, 2:00 pm
"A Dog's Purpose." ©Universal Pictures. (120 min.) Preregister, beginning Tue, Nov 21.
PG