More Pilates Coming Soon!

I hope everyone is enjoying coming to our exercise classes as much as we enjoy having them.  Coming in October and November we will be having an evening Pilates class!  That’s right, Wednesday evenings we will be having Pilates from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in our Auditorium.

Come out and join our new Pilates class as well as other favorites such as:

Yoga                  Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm  

                              Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am

Pilates                Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am

Latin Cardio     Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Tai Chi                 Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 am

Be sure to check out our book display right outside the Auditorium for books on fitness and other books relevant to you!

See you @ the library!



September 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Social Security, Medicare and YOU!

Greetings from the West Palm Beach Public Library.  As we hope you know by now, our library hosts many wonderfully entertaining and educational programs.  Well, we have a program coming up very soon that I personally highly recommend.  You are practically guaranteed to learn something useful and interesting at this upcoming free workshop: “Social Security, Medicare and You!”  I was privileged to attend this workshop a few weeks ago and I was astounded at the wealth of information I walked away with.

This free workshop will be presented in the Hibiscus Room of the West Palm Beach Public Library at 411 Clematis Street on Thursday, September 30, 2010, from 12:00 PM –  1:00 PM, by Wright Thompson, Jr., Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration.  Mr. Thompson will provide current, expert information (and dispel some common myths!) about Social Security Retirement, Medicare, and Disability benefits — all with your best interests in mind.  If you have questions about eligibility requirements, the effects of retiring at various ages, Medicare coverage, and other related topics, then this workshop is definitely for you.

To supplement your knowledge of these topics, be sure to check out some of the library’s relevant materials:

How to retire happy : the 12 most important decisions you must make before you retire / Stan Hinden ; [foreword by John C. Bogle].
Author Hinden, Stan.
Call No. 646.790973 HIN
Publication Info. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010

When every day is Saturday : the retirement guide for boomers / Richard E. Grace.
Author Grace, Richard E.
Call No. 646.79 GRA
Publication Info. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2010.

Nolo’s guide to social security disability : getting & keeping your benefits / by David A. Morton III.
Author Morton, David A., 1945-
Call No. 368.42 MOR
Publication Info. Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, c2010.

Looking forward to seeing you there.  Come prepared to get your questions answered!

Esther Fawn Van Allen,  Reference Librarian

September 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Get Ready to be Inspired!

When I was first introduced to the term “life coaching” I was sure it had something to do with a sports application.  Little did I know that this type of “coaching” is a discipline recognized by professionals who are focused on personal development.

 For many of us, particularly in today’s economic climate, the chance to empower ourselves to achieve our goals is the difference between succeeding at work or standing in the unemployment line.  It also applies to our personal life and can help define our relationships.

 So get ready for your life coaching experience and inspire your mind!

 The West Palm Beach Public Library will host a free “Inspirational Social” complete with live entertainment, life-coaching experiences and appetizers designed to take you from where you are to where you want to be! Jennifer Pinto, seasoned mind, body, spirit teacher and popular motivational speaker, will inspire participants to expand and grow from the inside-out as she leads participants through a fun and interactive life-coaching experience artistically woven amidst live musical entertainment.  Jennifer is well-known for implementing wellness programs at the University of Miami and conducts stress management and team building classes. 

 Entertainment will also be provided during the inspirational social.  A musical performance will be lead by Karmic Flo, an acoustic rock duo formerly know as Gypsy, who shared stages with Cyndi Lauper, Grand Funk Railroad, the Band, & Billy Ocean.

 This special event will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 12:00-1:30pm in the library’s Auditorium. Free and open to all!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library. For more information contact 561-868-7701.

See you at the social!


September 7, 2010 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

Books as Art

Most of the time people come to the library to find books to read, what if you could do more?  Well, we’re going to let you draw, paint, cut, and paste books at the library!

Thursday, September 2, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, the library will be hosting an altered books class.  We’ll be taking books (we’ll have some for you, but feel free to bring your own) and art supplies (bring photos and other memorabilia, although we’ll provide a variety of other supplies) and creating unique works of art you can take home.

Registration is limited due to a limited amount of supplies, so sign up as soon as you can!  You can register at this website ( or call us at 561-868-7701 to get on the list.

Not able to come to the class or just want to know more about altered books?  We’ve got you covered!  Place one of our books on hold.


August 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

“Express” Options Not Just for the Airlines!

Imagine my surprise when I read the latest news regarding American Airlines adding optional fees.  The airline company will designate “Express Seats” for domestic coach travelers. The idea is that you’ll pay extra for the first row coach seat because you get to board with the first group when general boarding commences. So this means you get first dibs on the overhead bins and, as American put it in a news release, “the convenience of being among the first Coach customers on and off the plane.”

 American Airlines realizes the concept of “Express” might have enormous appeal for their customers just as our library patrons are discovering with our “Express” collection of materials on the first floor.  Only difference – the West Palm Beach Public Library doesn’t charge any fees to access “Express” items!

 Recently we have started an “Express” section of books and DVD’s that allow you to quickly locate and check-out popular or bestselling items.  Here you will find movie blockbusters, such as Iron Man 2, Just Wright, or Karate Kid and bestselling books like Star Island or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The section has become so convenient and easy for patrons that we are continually replenishing these areas.  Also Express items cannot be reserved or renewed so finding a bestseller or hit movie on the shelf is almost guaranteed!

 So if you’re one of the many passengers flying in the “Express Seats” section why not check-out one of the library’s “Express” books and enjoy reading a top bestseller?

 If you have questions or need more information on the library’s Express section please give us a call at 561-868-7701.


August 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Music for a Sunday Afternoon – Noel Lorica and The Treebo Band

Hello again!

Do you love to relax and listen to great live music?  For free?  (Don’t we all?)  Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM will be  a special time here at the West Palm Beach Public Library.  Our “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” program will feature Noel Lorica and The Treebo Band.  These Brazilian jazz performers are no strangers to our library.  Their past performances here have elicited rave reviews from audience members.  Mark your calendar, and come and join us for another fabulous experience in our library’s state-of-the-art Auditorium equipped with theatrical lighting and an excellent sound system. 

The Library is privileged to host numerous outstanding programs.  For the complete list of the Library’s events, please go to: or from the Library’s home page ( just click on “events.”  Entertaining music and dance programs in a wonderfully comfortable environment can really help to alleviate the summertime blahs.  And for additional entertainment, be sure to check out the Library’s fantastic assortment of music CDs, librettos, books, and DVDs. 

See you there!

Esther Fawn Van Allen, Reference Librarian

July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm 1 comment

A Murder in the Library!


The Library Mystery Tour:  Murder Mystery Night @ your City Library! 

It’s the Roaring Twenties and someone has been murdered in the library!  Put on your detective hat because it’s up to you to solve the mystery!  Join us at the West Palm Beach Public Library from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 31st for an interactive murder mystery party.   A trail of clues will be hidden around the library and teams will be asked to determine which of the characters committed the crime. Prizes will be awarded to the team of sleuths who catches the murderer! 

A buffet of light hors d’oeuvres will be served and wine will be available for a purchase of $6.00.  Proceeds benefit the Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library.  Registration is required and reservations will be held at the door. Space is limited. For reservations, call 561-868-7701.  This event is part of the Adult Summer Reading program and is sponsored by Bank of America, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation  and the Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library.

And for those mystery buffs, don’t forget to also browse the library’s “Mystery” section located on the first floor.  Lots of detective and murder mystery titles just “dying” to be checked out!

See you on Saturday!


July 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

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