Sunday, July 21, 2024

Mandel Public Library’s August Programming

July 24, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Diane G. Papadakos, Director of Communications
City of West Palm Beach – Mayor’s Office
dpapadakos@wpb.org
561-822-1411 (TTY: 800-955-8771) 

Join the City of West Palm Beach for the Mandel Public Library’s August Programming

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – In August, the Mandel Public Library is happy to welcome students back to school with a variety of programs that include Homework Help, Tutoring, and much more!

Unless otherwise noted, no registration is required, and library programs are made possible by the generous support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.

LIBRARY CLOSINGS:
None

 

AUGUST ADULT IN-PERSON PROGRAMS:

Ongoing:

Morning Meditation

Mondays

11 a.m. – Noon

Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

Start your week right with morning meditation led by MaryJo Samaritano (RYT 500/YACEP) of Yoga Path Palm Beach. MaryJo will guide you through an hour-long mindful meditation session to connect you to your inner calm and prepare you to tackle the week.

 

Capoeira Classes

Mondays

7 – 8 p.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Interested in learning or fine-tuning your skills in the Brazilian martial arts, Capoeira? Join our instructor, Mayling Marquez, as she leads you through this amazing craft, and find your inner strength!

 

English Practice with Board Games

Wednesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

Iris Room, 3rd Floor

Practicing English isn’t always fun and games, but this summer, it is! No need to be bored. Come join us for language-related board games like Scrabble, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, and more. For adult learners of English.

 

Technology & Innovation Center by Appointment

Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.

Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Noon

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon

Sundays, 2 – 4 p.m.

Technology & Innovation Center, 2nd Floor

The Technology & Innovation Center is where imagination meets technology, and ideas become reality. Unleash your creativity through audio recording, 3D printing, virtual reality, graphic design, animation, and more to bring your concepts to life. With access to the latest software and hardware, you have everything you need to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Registration is required, and space is limited. For library card holders ages 16 and up; ages 13-15 with caregiver present.

 

Technology & Innovation Open Access

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays

2 – 4 p.m.

Technology & Innovation Center, 2nd Floor

The Technology & Innovation Center is where imagination meets technology, and ideas become reality. Unleash your creativity through audio recording, 3D printing, virtual reality, graphic design, animation, and more to bring your concepts to life. With access to the latest software and hardware, you have everything you need to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Registration is not required; however, usage may be limited depending on demand. For library card holders ages 16 and up; ages 13-15 with caregiver present.

 

Yoga for Every Body with Jade Wonzo

Saturdays

10 – 11 a.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join us for a yoga class for everyone and every body type! Jade Wonzo welcomes all to her yoga classes and recognizes the beauty in all shapes, sizes, colors, identities, and abilities. Jade has six years of experience as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with the National Yoga Alliance and runs a yoga studio, Jade Light Yoga. Mats will be provided, or you may bring your own.

 

Learn to Drive: Driving Simulator

By Appointment

2nd Floor

Utilize the library’s driving simulator and prepare for the road in a safe, virtual setting. Choose to learn automatic, manual (stick-shift), or both in a one-hour session. For ages 15 and up. Registration is required.

 

Date order:

 

CareerSource Job Help

Wednesday, August 2

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Speak with an expert from CareerSource and get advice and assistance on employment, building a strong resume, finding the right career path, and more. For more information or to request an appointment, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561) 868-7760.

 

Spanish Conversation Group

Wednesdays, August 2 & 16

2 – 3 p.m.

Salento Coffee Shop, 1st Floor

Join this informal conversation group every first and third Wednesday of the month to practice your Spanish language fluency. Our facilitator will bring topics and discussion questions to get the conversation flowing. Intermediate Spanish skills are required.

 

Happy Little Paintings

Fridays, August 4 & 11

2 – 4 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Join local artist Nickie Hennevelt and find the joy in painting as you paint along with instruction from the memorable Bob Ross. We will be using acrylics and following Bob as he encourages you to make big decisions on your own version of his paintings. Registration is required and begins one week before each session. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561)868-7701.

 

Blockbusters You Missed: “John Wick: Chapter 4”

Saturday, August 5

1 – 3 p.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Did you miss a blockbuster movie on the big screen? Each month, get a second chance at seeing recent hit movies. This month, enjoy “John Wick: Chapter 4”. Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick who has a price over his head that is increasing. He takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin. This film is Rated R.

 

Open Studio

Saturdays

1 – 4 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Calling all artists! Create art using acrylic, pastel, watercolor, or Cricut machine stations. Paints, pigments, canvas, paper, and brushes are provided; participants must bring their own Cricut supplies. Open Studio Time is designed for adults 18 and over. Registration is required and begins one week before each session. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561)868-7701.

 

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist – A Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

Sundays, August 6 & 20

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Hibiscus Room, 3rd Floor

Join us for a brand-new Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition campaign! Dungeon Master Dr. Isabella Norton will weave a party of adventurers through the streets of Waterdeep for a Dragon Heist of epic proportions! Registration is required.

 

Climate Smart Floridians

Monday, August 7

6 – 8 p.m.

Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

The University of Florida IFAS Climate Smart Floridians Program prepares individuals to make a big impact in the world through a course of study that provides a practical, comprehensive, multidisciplinary foundation for everyone. The City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability is proud to offer the Climate Smart Floridians program to local residents and businesses.

 

Through this 8-module program, you will enhance your skill set in areas including climate change, home energy, renewable energy, yards, food, water, green building, transportation, and consumption with a special focus on West Palm Beach issues and impacts. The program is taught by instructors who are experts in their respective fields, and courses are designed for practical real-world application. Participants will have access to free conservation resources provided by the Office of Sustainability.

Open to City of West Palm Beach residents and businesses only. Limited class size. Attend one or all modules! Upon completion of all 8 modules, a special certificate will be awarded. Registration is required. Visit wpb.org/climatesmart to register.

 

Creating Content for Social Media

Monday, August 7

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Technology & Innovation Center, 2nd Floor

Have you ever wondered what goes in to creating content for your social media? Come join @NajiDesigns to learn how to create videos and photos that best show off what you want to market to your followers! No camera? Bring your smartphone. Intermediate computer skills and registration are required. For ages 16 and up.

 

Basic Job and Online Assistance

Tuesdays, August 8 & 22

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Get help with basic resumes, online job applications, and using government websites (unemployment, Access Florida, etc.). No registration is required. Seating is limited.

 

Intro to Web Programming: HTML

Tuesday, August 8

5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

This class will introduce you to the programming language HTML and teach the basics of how to use it. Anticipate some hands-on learning! Intermediate computer skills and registration are required.

 

Business Growth Community Network

Wednesdays, August 9 & 23

11 a.m. – Noon

Technology and Innovation Center, 2nd Floor/ Live on Zoom

Join local start-up guru Paul Masters, founder and CEO of Pivotal, for tools and tips on everything you need to know to expand your business and manage your growing operation. Learn and share ideas on how to build your business community around your clients, fund your ideas, and more. To register for in-person participation or to receive the Zoom link, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561) 868-7760.

 

Career Counseling for Professionals

Thursday, August 10

By appointment

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Speak with Career Coach Kathy Shabotynskyj to create or update your resume, get tips on interviewing, or plan your next career move. For more information or to request an appointment, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561)868-7760.

 

Community ID of the Palm Beaches ID Drive

Thursdays, August 10 & 24

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

$20 Processing Fee

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County generally holds two Community ID drives per month at the library. The Community ID of the Palm Beaches Identification Card is available to all residents of Palm Beach County and provides a reliable form of ID useful for law enforcement, health centers, schools, businesses, and more. Bring proof of identity (passport, consular ID card, state or federal government-issued ID), proof of residency (bill, lease, bank statement, medical bill), and $20 for the processing fee.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Legal Aid Society at (561) 655-8944, ext. 146.

 

Acrylic Open Studio

Thursday, August 10

1 – 3 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Calling all artists! Paint something phenomenal at Acrylic Open Studio! Everything you need to unleash your creativity will be provided. Open Studio Time is designed for adults 18 and over. Registration is required and begins one week before the session.

 

Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust in Berlin and Germany

Friday, August 11

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

Seventy seven years after World War II, Germany has evolved into a country with a varied and fascinating Remembrance culture, reminding Germans and visitors alike of the nation’s horrible past and legacy. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs as she takes you on a photographic journey which explores and discusses a multitude of memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, thus shedding light on the various intriguing artistic representations of the concepts of Remembrance and Guilt in the “land of the perpetrators.”

 

 

Create Space: Why We Need Life-Altering Morning Routines and Rituals

Saturday, August 12

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Clematis, 3rd Floor

We all know how it feels to wake up in disarray, maybe eat, handle kids (or pets!) and if you find a moment you give yourself a few minutes to get your mind right.

For most, mornings are a cluster.

 

In our tech-induced and fast paced world, we can’t help but pour into social media, our family, projects, and clients long before we give ourselves a moment to breathe and make sure we’re good–you know, to operate and function as better humans in this world. This disregard for our well-being leaves us frazzled, tired and unraveled at the seams before 9 AM.

 

Let’s change that. Join Tiffany Lanier, change and well-being expert and founder of The Morning Shift Co. for a 90-minute session to help you create more space for whole being health by shifting the way you start your day.

 

Write to Heal

Saturday, August 12

2 – 3 p.m.

Florida Room, 4th Floor

Join Flose LaPierre, healer, sustainability advocate, and writer, in a journey of self-healing through writing. In these monthly workshops, attendees will enjoy meditation and breathing techniques, guided writing prompts, facilitated group sharing, and aftercare instructions and resources.

 

Meeple Meetup: Open Tabletop Gaming

Sunday, August 13

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Have you been itching to play some board games and find more gamers like you? Come roll the dice with us during our open tabletop gaming day. Meeple Meetup is the place to bring your friends, meet new ones, and be part of a gaming community. Bring your own board game or play from our selection. No registration is required.

 

Marketing Your Social Media

Monday, August 14

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Technology & Innovation Center, 2nd Floor

Join @NajiDesigns to learn how to market your social media pages to ensure your content is being found by the people you want to find it. No camera? Bring your smartphone. Intermediate computer skills and registration are required. For ages 16 and up.

 

Intro to Web Programming: CSS

Tuesday, August 15

5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

This class will introduce you to the programming language CSS and teach the basics of how to use it. Anticipate some hands-on learning! Intermediate computer skills and registration are required.

 

Polymer Clay Garden Marker

Tuesday, August 15

Noon – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23

6 – 8 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Join Librarian Faith as she shows participants how to create custom garden markers! Participants will shape the polymer clay, stamp the plants names, and then paint the markers so that their garden is both functional and fashionable! Registration is required and begins one week before the session. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561) 868-7701.

 

Clase de Pintura en Acrílico

Miércoles, 16 de agosto

6 – 8 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Artista Juan Bernal, quien se especializa en captar la belleza de la naturaleza, enseñará a pintar un cuadro paso a paso. La biblioteca proporciona todo el material. Los estudiantes aportan su creatividad, ganas, y un poco de amor. Para más información, visite wpbcitylibrary.org o llame al (561) 868-7701.

 

Resume Refresh!

Thursday, August 17

2 – 6 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Stop in for a quick review with Sherri Sacks, Certified Professional Resume Writer from Career Connections, who will look over your resume and provide constructive feedback.

 

From Survivors to DPs: Jews in Post-War Germany

Friday, August 18

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

It is a little-known fact that right after the end of World War II, over 200,000 Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors found temporary asylum in Germany, of all places. The occupying forces created the so-called DP Camps for these Displaced Persons and helped them to prepare for a future life in the United States and Israel, for example with the creation of training Kibbutzim on German territory. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs and gain fascinating insights into Jewish Life in immediate post-war Germany.

 

Music Showcase: Yvette Norwood-Tiger Quartet

Saturday, August 19

2 – 3 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

Join us for a performance by award-winning Interational jazz vocalist, recording artist, and songwriter Yevette Norwood-Tiger and her quartet. Enjoy sweet jazz music for an afternoon delight.

 

Music Showcase: Robert Ross

Sunday, August 20

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

Enjoy the music of Robert Ross, two-time winner of the New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist, live in concert! Robert is an American blues singer, songwriter, acoustic and electric guitarist, slide guitarist, and harmonica player.

 

Traveling to Japan 101

Monday, August 21

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

Thinking about book a trip to Japan to see some of their amazing sites and attractions? Join the local Morikami Museum as they give you tips, Japanese customs to remember, and gestures to use while you are there. Not only that, but they will cover how to get around, what popular sites to see and how to get the correct transportation.

 

Ask the Photo & Video Experts

Monday, August 21

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Technology & Innovation Center, 2nd Floor

Working on a photo or video project for your business? Trying to increase engagement on social media? Paul and Caleb of @NajiDesigns are here to help give you professional guidance! Please note this is not a formal class; participants are expected to bring their own project to work on. Intermediate computer skills and registration are required. For ages 16 and up.

 

Intro to Web Programming: JavaScript

Tuesday, August 22

5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

This class will introduce you to the programming language JavaScript and teach the basics of how to use it. Anticipate some hands-on learning! Intermediate computer skills and registration are required.

 

Men & Women: A Jewish View on Gender Differences

Friday, August 25

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

Join Andy Greenburg as he gives a powerful interactive discussion about how Judaism looks at the sexes. Are women the weaker sex or the stronger one? Can the Jews prosper with genders being equal or unequal? How is this different from other ancient religions who have survived centuries? You will be talking about this for a long time!

 

Tech Talk: Learn about A.I.

Friday, August 25

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Curious about A.I. and how it works? Learn about the latest programs using A.I., like ChatGPT or DALL-E. Discuss the possibilities that come with such a powerful tool. For ages 16 and up.

 

Sound Bath with Macielle Betances

Saturday, August 26

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join Certified Reiki Practitioner Macielle Betances from Macielleness for a sound bath session. A sound bath is a deeply immersive, full-body listening experience that intentionally uses sound to invite gentle yet powerful therapeutic and restorative processes to nurture your mind and body. No registration is required.

 

Chess Club

Saturday, August 26

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

Join us for an adult Chess Club to practice and play with fellow chess players. Use one of our chess boards or bring your own. Moderator Natalia will also be available to give you basic playing guidance. No registration is required.

 

Filipino Cultural Show

Saturday, August 26

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

The Philippine American Society, Inc. presents Filipino cultural heritage through songs, dance, and cuisine, featuring a special guest performance by the Dinggin Ensemble Choir of South Florida. All ages are invited to experience this taste of the Philippines!

 

Music Showcase: Con Brio Quartet

Sunday, August 27

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Auditorium Room, 3rd Floor

Enjoy a free classical music concert from the award-winning Con Brio Quartet featuring David Pedraza. Join the quartet for a colorful afternoon of passionate music.

 

Soulful Stitching

Sunday, August 27

2 – 4 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Join fiber artist Kianga Jinaki to learn sewing techniques with a supportive group of fellow sewists. This monthly event will provide expert and beginner sewists a place to stitch, chat, and create something beautiful. Registration is required and begins one week before the session. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561) 868-7701.

 

Corrigiendo tu Currículum

Lunes, 28 de Agosto

6 – 8 p.m.

Laboratorio de Computadoras, 2o Piso

Reciba consejos expertos sobre cómo prepararse para una entrevista, crear un perfil en LinkedIn, o redactar su currículum, de parte de Misael Rodriguez, reclutador de talento de alto nivel. Como miembro de la ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), Misael ofrece asesoría, tanto en inglés como en español, en todo paso de la búsqueda de trabajo. Para más información, visite wpbcitylibrary.org o llame al (561) 868-7760.

 

Righting Your Resume

Monday, August 28

6 – 8 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Get expert advice on interview preparation, creating a LinkedIn profile, or writing your resume from top-level talent recruiter Misael Rodriguez. As a member of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), Misael can assist in English or Spanish at all levels of your job search journey.

 

Visual Walking Tour of Clematis and Historic Buildings

Monday, August 28

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

Join local architect Rick Gonzalez as he gives a visual walking tour of Clematis and historic buildings. See your local area in a whole new perspective!

 

Creative Writing Workshop

Wednesday, August 30

6 – 8 p.m.

Clematis, 3rd Floor

Find your voice through writing. Come work on a current project or start something new! Begin with a writing exercise and then share your work to receive helpful feedback in a fun and friendly space. You’ll also get tips from the library’s very own Associate Librarian, Christena. No registration is required.

 

Twitch 101: Get Paid for Your Passion

Wednesday, August 30

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Computer Lab, 2nd Floor

Join our beginning Twitch class, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of live streaming, gain insights into building your audience, and acquire the essential knowledge needed to kickstart your Twitch channel. Get ready to share your passions, entertain, and create a community on the world’s leading streaming platform. Intermediate computer skills and registration are required. For ages 16 and up.

 

“Get That Job” Workshop

Thursday, August 31

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hibiscus Room, 3rd Floor

Whether you’re a recent graduate, a career changer, or someone looking to level up in your professional journey, this workshop designed by Career Consultant & certified Job Coach Angela Wing-Allen will equip you with the tools and confidence to stand out from the crowd and secure the job you’ve always wanted. Lunch and materials will be provided during this FREE workshop. Registration is required.

 

Sewing Open Studio

Thursday, August 31

1 – 3 p.m.

Studio 411, 2nd Floor

Calling all sewists! Sew something spectacular during Sewing Open Studio! Sewing machines and hand-stitching supplies will be provided. Open Studio Time is designed for adults 18 and over. Registration is required and begins one week before the session.

 

TEEN IN-PERSON PROGRAMS:

 

Ongoing:

 

Afterschool Teen Homework Help

Begins Monday, August 14

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5 – 8 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5 – 6:45 p.m.

TeenSource, 2nd Floor

Teens and tweens can get FREE help with homework and other school projects from certified teachers. Students in grades 6-12 will receive assistance with all subjects including homework, projects, test prep, and encouragement with their studies. Reading sessions are available Monday through Wednesday, and math sessions are available Tuesday through Thursday. No registration is required.

 

Date order:

 

Teen Homework Center: Meet and Greet Our Teachers

Monday, August 14

5 – 8 p.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Get ready for the new school year with our Teen Homework Center. Come meet our certified teachers, Mr. Bowers and Mr. Henry, who help teens and tweens with their homework and studies throughout the year. No registration is required.

 

Teen Game Day

Saturday, August 12

2 – 4 p.m.

TeenSource, 2nd Floor

For teens and tweens in grades 6-12. Show us your skills on Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., board games, and more. Drop in during the allotted time at your leisure.

 

Teen Movie Club

Saturday, August 26

2 – 4 p.m.

TeenSource, 2nd Floor

For teens and tweens in grades 6-12. Do you love to talk about movies? Let’s watch and discuss movies together in TeenSource! Come eat movie theater snacks and have fun!

 

CHILDREN’S IN-PERSON PROGRAMS:

 

Ongoing:

 

Lois’ Food4Kids

Throughout August (while supplies last)

Pick up in KidSpace, 3rd Floor

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is partnering with the Palm Beach County Food Bank to offer its Lois’ Food4Kids initiative. Lois’ Food4Kids gives each child ages 5-12 one bag of food that includes two drinks, two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, and one family dinner. The free program is designed to help fill nutritional gaps that children face on weekends throughout the year. Pick up food bags in KidSpace on the 3rd floor while supplies last (supplies are limited).

 

Meet with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mondays, 2 – 7 p.m.

Tuesdays – Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment (walk-ins welcome) (Library closed July 4)

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Families with children birth through age 18 can get free one-on-one case management, therapeutic support, and advocacy for life’s most difficult challenges. Services include referrals and linkages to programs of need (food, housing, mental health, childcare, and more). For more information or to make an appointment, call (561) 868-7750. Sponsored by a grant from The Jim Moran Foundation obtained by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.

 

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Crawlers & Walkers Up to 24 Months

Mondays

10 – 10:45 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Move with your baby! Itsy Bitsy Yoga will help your baby become happier and healthier. For babies who are crawling and walking, up to 24 months old, with parent or caregiver. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 9:30 a.m.

 

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Non-Crawling Babies

Mondays

11 – 11:45 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Move with your baby! Itsy Bitsy Yoga will help your baby become happier and healthier. For newborns to 12-month-old babies who are not yet crawling, with a parent or caregiver. Space is limited, and in- person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 10:30 a.m.

 

Creative Movement Ballet for Preschoolers Ages 2-3

Tuesdays

10:30 – 11 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For all movers ages 2-3! Join Ms. Danielle as preschoolers explore natural and expressive movement through song, dance, and play while learning age-appropriate ballet technique. Perfect for newer students as well as those who have taken dance classes before. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 10 a.m.

 

Creative Movement Ballet for Preschoolers Ages 4 and Up

Tuesdays

11 – 11:30 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For all movers ages 4 and up! Join Ms. Danielle as your child explores natural and expressive movement through song, dance, and play while learning age-appropriate ballet technique. Perfect for newer students as well as those who have taken dance classes before. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 10:30 a.m.

 

Family Storytime

Wednesdays

10 – 10:45 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For families with children up to age 5. Join Children’s Librarian Ms. Camilla for music and movement, songs, rhymes, art, and of course, great books in this family storytime. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 9:30 a.m.

 

Rhythm & Hues Music Class

Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m. & 11 – 11:30 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For families with babies and children up to age 5. Join the creative staff from Rhythm & Hues Children’s Art & Music Center for a joyful time of music, singing, dancing, instruments, friendship, and family. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 10 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. classes and at 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. class.

 

Baby Storytime

Fridays

10 – 10:45 a.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For families with babies from birth to 18 months old. Join Children’s Librarian Ms. Jillian for music, songs, rhymes, play, and of course, great books in this storytime made especially for the littlest learners. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 9:30 a.m.

 

Homework Center for Elementary Age

Begins August 13

Sundays, 2 – 4 p.m.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 – 6:45 p.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Kids can get help with their homework from certified teachers for FREE! Students in grades K-5 will receive assistance with all subjects including homework projects, test prep, and encouragement with their studies. Plus, free nourishing snacks are provided.

 

Date order:

 

Help with Childcare & Afterschool Services

Wednesdays, August 9 & 23

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. by appointment

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For families with children up to age 13. Speak with staff from the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County to find a childcare provider that serves your child’s unique needs. Discuss financial assistance options for childcare, aftercare, and other free programs including VPK and Early Head Start/child development services. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call (561) 514-3300.

 

Dog Tales

Saturday, August 12

Tuesdays, August 8 & 22

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Meet our specially trained therapy dog that will “listen” to your child read. Dog Tales allows reluctant readers to snuggle up and read aloud to our furry friends, making reading a positive experience while improving their comprehension. Space is limited; sign up in KidSpace upon arrival.

 

KidSpace Kitchen with Ganache Bakery

Saturday, August 19

2 – 3- p.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For kids entering grades 1-5 in August. Join Jamal Lake of Ganache Bakery for a fun, themed treat for kids. Learn baking and decorating tips from a Food Network “Holiday Baking” star. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 1:30 p.m.

 

Ages & Stages Playtime: Social Emotional Development

Tuesday, August 15

10:30 a.m. – Noon

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Early Intervention Specialists from the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach will facilitate a pop-up playtime for children from birth to age 5. Families will be provided with materials to play and grow social-emotional development. Parents are welcome to drop in, engage with each station to learn new skills, and check on the social-emotional development of their children with a specialist. No registration is required.

 

Touch-a-Truck: Fire Safety PENDING

Wednesday, August 2

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Preschool-age children will enjoy fire safety stories, songs, and fun activities. Come and meet the West Palm Beach Fire Rescue as they demonstrate their equipment and tour a genuine fire engine. Space is limited, and in-person sign-up begins in KidSpace at 10 a.m.

 

Meet and Greet Our Homework Center Teachers

Monday, August 14

4 – 7:30 p.m.

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For grades K-5. Enjoy a meet and greet with our Homework Center teachers and learn how to make this year successful! Chat with our certified elementary school teachers and get tips on how make this your child’s best school year yet. Children who register to visit the Homework Center for this upcoming school year will receive a backpack with free school supplies, while supplies last, and be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift card. No registration is required.

 

ADULT REMOTE PROGRAMS:

 

Ongoing:

 

Grab & Go Wellness Book: “The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well”

Throughout August (while supplies last)

Bring home a book to help your mental wellness, no returns necessary! In this revolutionary self-help guide, two beloved Native American wellness activists offer wisdom for achieving spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being rooted in Indigenous ancestral knowledge. The Seven Circles model comprises interconnected circles that keep all aspects of our lives in balance, functioning in harmony with one another. Included are food, movement, sleep, ceremony, sacred space, land, and community. Quantities are limited, and books are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the fourth-floor customer service desk.

 

Grab & Go Art Kits: Decorate a Terracotta Pot

Throughout August (while supplies last)

In celebration of the new Seed Lending Library on the fourth floor, come grab a free terracotta pot with black and white paint to decorate and start your new garden in! Included is a six-inch pot, a tube of white acrylic paint, and a black paint pen. Perfect for sleek designs, labeling herbs, or just letting your creativity flow! Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the first-floor customer service desk.

 

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Second Friday Book Club

Friday, August 11

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Live on Zoom

Join other book lovers every second Friday of the month for a lively discussion of selected books. August’s book will be “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt. Tova Sullivan works the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, where she becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night that Tova’s son disappeared 30 years ago. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. Informal book chatter begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a moderated book discussion at noon. No registration is required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link.

 

Millennials Ruin Book Club

Wednesday, August 16

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Live on Zoom

A millennial is a person generally born in the ‘80s or ‘90s, known for ruining many aspects of society… and now we’re coming for book club. Join us for a new kind of book club for millennials, by millennials. This book club is no-pressure: meaning, you read what YOU want! Join librarians Bethany and Luckas to talk about what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, and what you’re reading next. New members are always welcome. No registration is required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link.

 

ADULT SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

 

Ongoing:

 

SUMMER READING- Grab & Go Summer Fun Preschool Kit

Starts Monday June 5 – Throughout June (while supplies last)

Pickup in KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Kids ages 1-5 years pick up a Grab & Go Summer Fun Preschool Kit and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Each kit contains a pack of bubbles and a 4-pack of sidewalk chalk. Kits are one per child and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the customer service desk in KidSpace.

 

SUMMER READING- Grab & Go Summer Outdoor Explorer Kit

Starts Monday June 5 – Throughout June (while supplies last)

Pickup in KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Kids entering grades K – 5, pick up a Grab & Go Summer Explorer Kit and head out into the great outdoors. Each kit contains a set of binoculars, a compass, a flashlight, and a notebook to make your own field guide. Kits are one per child and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the customer service desk in KidSpace.

 

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Staff Picks Book Club

Tuesday, October 10

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

Join Mandel Public Library librarians in discussing favorite Staff Picks Books! Read the book or listen to the audiobook, then get together with the librarian of the month and others to talk about it. Bring your lunch and share in provided drinks. Here are the upcoming titles so you can get reading! Search our online catalog or visit the library to place a hold or check out your copy.

  • October: Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree
  • November: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • December: An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
  • January: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • February: The Forgotten by Beverly Jenkins
  • March: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

 

For media inquiries, please contact Alyson Seligman at The SBS Agency:

(561) 602-8558

alyson@thesbsagency.com

 

For more information, please visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call the Mandel Public Library at (561) 868-7701 (TTY: 800-955-8771). To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please call (561) 822-2222 (TTY: 800-955-8771). To learn more, please visit wpb.org.

 

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Originally published at https://www.wpb.org/Home/Components/News/News/3546/772

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