Third Annual Summer In Paradise Transforms West Palm Beach Waterfront Into Artistic Storybook Setting

The City of West Palm Beach will celebrate the return of its popular Summer in Paradise (S.I.P) annual celebration beginning June 1 through August 31, 2017. This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront. New elements include the debut of Aesop’s Tables, a whimsical art installation featuring 25 picnic tables painted to depict one of Aesop’s fables. A direct tie to Mayor Jeri Muonio’s pledge declaring West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, the storybook setting provides an opportunity for all to connect, explore local art, share their own stories and enjoy family friendly activities on the West Palm Beach waterfront.  The Rickie Report shares the details. ENJOY!  

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ART INSTALLATION ON THE WATERFRONT
Presented by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, Aesop’s Tables celebrates the talents of local artists and features 25 painted picnic tables illustrating a timeless Aesop fable, such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Tortoise and the Hare, and more. Just as Aesop’s fables have reached across centuries, continents and cultures, Aesop’s Tables invites visitors to enjoy light-hearted lessons, laughter and conversations on the waterfront. The summer long outdoor art installation makes its waterfront debut on Thursday, June 1, 2017 during the S.I.P kickoff at Clematis by Night. Additional programming for the art installation will include nightly music and pop-up performances, storytelling, poetry readings, games and interactive programming all summer long and a weekly Aesop’s Tables Artist Showcase at the Waterfront Visitor Center.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
NEW Create your own story in StoryVille-Children create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters. Free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

Let the games begin! Beginning June 1, the community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga. Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

ONGOING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Additional highlights planned during this summer of fun include free community events: Clematis by Night, 4th on Flagler, Screen on the Green, BBQ, Brews & Blues, a Food Truck Roll Out, Art Night Out, the Northwood Mango Heritage Festival, the NEW Northwood Village Green Market and The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront. The SIP grand finale takes place on August 31 at Clematis by Night featuring a national recording artist and a live auction benefitting 25 local charities. A complete listing of Summer in Paradise events include:

Clematis by Night
Thursdays, June 1 – August 31
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
During Clematis by Night, guests will enjoy extended hours and two bands every Thursday throughout the summer. For more information: http://wpb.org/events.
June 1 Summer In Paradise Kickoff Featuring Debut of AESOP’S TABLES and performances by Man in the Mirror with opening act Replay (Pop/Dance)
Man in the Mirror, is billed as the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute. Replay is a powerful, high energy dance band that covers a wide selection of the most popular dance music.

Screen on the Green
Second Friday of each month: June 9, July 14, August 11
8:00 p.m. to 11: 00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
The Waterfront transforms into an outdoor theater where guests enjoy family friendly films under the stars. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. For more information: http://wpb.org/events
June 9 Sing (Rated PG)
July 14 Boss Baby (Rated PG)
August 11 Moana (Rated PG)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Aesop’s Fables Reader’s Theatre
Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 14-July 28
1:00 p.m. to 3:30pm FREE
411 Clematis St.
Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to create their own Aesop’s Fable at the Mandel Public Library! Participants will work together to write the script, rehearse and stage their original play. The final performances will take place on Friday, July 28. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703 to register.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Children’s StoryTime
Wednesdays: June 14 to July 26
10:15 a.m. FREE
411 Clematis St.
Bring the family and enjoy readings of classic tales and fables during Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach weekly storytime. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org.

Northwood Village Food Truck Roll-Out
Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Spruce Avenue between 24th & 25th Streets
FREE
Bring Dad to the ultimate food truck invasion on the west end of Northwood Road with a variety of culinary experiences, live music, and an artist colony featuring live art and artisan vendors.
For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront
Third Sunday of each month: June 18, July 16, August 20
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
FREE
Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach Waterfront
This monthly concert series is a perfect weekend outing and a fantastic way to relax and unwind with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon. For more information: http://wpb.org/events
June 18 Let it Be-Tribute to The Beatles
July 16 Show Biz Kids-Tribute to Steely Dan
August 11 42-Tribute to Coldplay
Northwood Village Summer Green Market
Saturdays, June 3 through June 17
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FREE
Dixie Highway between 24th and 25th Streets
Guests are invited to shop at their favorite market vendors and take a stroll through the Village to discover all of treasures in this WPB neighborhood. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

Northwood Mango Heritage Festival
Saturday, June 24
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
FREE
This tropical festival brings a taste of summer and all things mangoes to Northwood Village. The all-day affair includes live reggae, Latin fusion and Caribbean music along with mango-infused food and beverages, chef demonstrations and activities for the whole family. For more information, visit northwoodmangofest.com

Northwood Village Art Night Out
Last Friday of each month: June 30, July 28, August 25
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
FREE
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village as they stroll down Northwood Road. See local art and craft vendors and live street-side performers while shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

BBQ, Brews & Blues
Saturday, July 1
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE
Historic Northwest District, three blocks north of Clematis St. on Rosemary Ave.
Guests can enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event. It’s the area’s best blues & R&B music in a family-friendly outdoor atmosphere featuring Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots, and soulful blues powerhouse Cece Teneal. Trolley service will be available from downtown West Palm Beach and free parking is available onsite. For more information: wpb.org/cra

4th on Flagler
Tuesday, July 4
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration features two stages of LIVE entertainment, children’s activities, giant games, military honor ceremony and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

Summer in Paradise Grand Finale at Clematis by Night
Thursday, August 31
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
See the live auction of Aesop’s Tables to benefit 25 local charities, play giant versions of your favorite games and enjoy a free concert by a national recording artist (TBA) during the Summer in Paradise finale at Clematis by Night. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

To make any “Summer In Paradise” complete, there are also plenty of activities for residents to enjoy on the water. From kayak and paddleboard tours and rentals, sunset catamaran tours, to Jet Ski rentals and snorkeling trips, Visit Palm Beach will have daily excursions on the Intracoastal Waterway as well as bicycle tours and exclusive Summer In Paradise specials. A complete list of aquatic events and activities are available at the Waterfront Visitor Information Center, online at visitpalmbeach.com or by phone (561) 881-9757.

For additional information on Summer in Paradise, visit wpb.org/events.

SUMMER IN PARADISE Sponsors as of date include: City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Program, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Coca-Cola, West Palm Beach Marriott, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, SUNNY 107.9, X 102.3, 850 AM, 640AM, Beatz, Discover the Palm Beaches, Visit Palm Beach, Downtown Development Authority, Northwood Village, the Historic Northwest, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Hilton West Palm Beach, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, All My Sons Moving and Storage, Jet Ride and the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches.

For updates and promotions: https://www.facebook.com/CityofWPB

 

 

More About City of West Palm Beach Summer In Paradise:

SUMMER IN PARADISE is a partnership between The City of West Palm Beach, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Visit Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Discover the Palm Beaches showcasing West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment and fun. Summer in Paradise collectively includes 90 days of nonstop events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach starting June 1, 2017 through the end of August.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Northwood Offers Double Dose Of Creativity Tomorrow Night With Art Night Out And Studio Tours

Tomorrow night, Art lovers will get a double dose of creativity as the Art Night Out event in Northwood Village hosts an Artists’ Open House in the area’s Industrial District!  The Northwood Industrial District, located just a few blocks west of Northwood Village, consists of large warehouses that are working studios for several prominent local artists. Trolleys will shuttle guests from Art Night Out on the corner of Northwood Road and Broadway to the artists’ studios tour. Art Night Out will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, on Northwood Road in West Palm Beach. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks so you can enjoy tomorrow evenings events!

 

 

 

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Northwood Village Hosts

Artist Open Studios Tour

during monthly ART NIGHT OUT event

 

Friday, April 29th

6 – 9 pm

 

Free Event!  Trolly Shuttles!  Free Parking!

 

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There is free street parking located throughout Northwood Village. Guests can also take the blue line trolley from the West Palm Beach Mandel Public Library or Palm Beach Outlets until 10:00 p.m

 

 

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Experience One-Of -A- Kind Shopping!

 

 

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Nickie Hennevelt at Hennevelt’s Gallery & Gifts 

 

 

 

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Watch Artists At Work

 

Meet The Northwood Industrial District Artists

Opening their studios to the public:

 

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“Empty Red Chair” by David Teal

Dave Teal, a figurative artist is a long-time resident of Old Northwood.

 

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“Witness Me” by Elizabeth Hutchinson

 

 

Elizabeth Hutchinson, an instinctive artist, works out problems and conversations on canvas.

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Painting by Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez paints spiritually iconic images using acrylic.

 

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Sculpture by James Sagui

James Sagui is a professional woodworker, sculptor and furniture designer/maker.

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Abstract Painting by Liz Ghitta Segall

Liz Ghitta Segall, a painter since childhood, is known for her abstract expressionist work.

 

 

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“Bridge Crosser” by Sam Perry

Sam Perry, a noted artist, grew up in Northwood and focuses on abstract and the human figure.

 

 

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“Blue Dress” by Terre Rybovich

Terre Rybovich, an artist born and raised in old Northwood, is known for her unconventional charcoal drawings.

 

 

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“The Northwood Industrial District studios tour is a wonderful opportunity for art enthusiasts to not only meet some of our notable local artists but to also see how they work,” said Jon Ward, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “The artist colony and working artists from the area have come together to showcase what the community has to offer.”

 

 

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Guests at the Northwood Village Art Night Out can enjoy local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries open late, live street-side artists and musicians, along with special features throughout the year like the Industrial District open studios tour. Residents and visitors looking for something out of the ordinary can experience an inspired evening in Northwood Village with impressive restaurants, distinctive shopping, and array of art in a laid back and hip atmosphere.

 

 

For more information about Northwood Village or Art Night Out, visit www.northwoodvillage.com

Or call 561.822.1550

For details.

 

 

About the West Palm Beach

Community Redevelopment Agency:

Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award – winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach. For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Help Relieve “Summer Slide” – Summer Reading Program For Kids And Teens

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation needs your help! Every summer, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach hosts the Summer Reading program for kids and teens to help minimize “summer slide” and keep them reading at or above their grade levels. Each reader keeps a reading log of how long and what they read. Children are reading for 20 minutes and teens are reading 40 minutes.  The Rickie Report shares the details with OUR readers!  Thank you!

 

 

 

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Donate Today For a Life Time of

Reading For Others

 

Readers can choose from any book in the library that they like. As a reward, these kids and teens will be able to pick a book from the 72,00 books we buy for them to take home and start their own home libraries. For many of them, these books are the first books they own!

 

 

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The Foundation needs help getting these books. Each book costs anywhere from $3.50 – $4.00. Donate now and help spark young readers’ imaginations for years to come!

To donate, please visit www.wpblf.org/donate

 

To contribute to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation in its efforts to support the Library, donations can be made via the website www.WPBLF.org. There are many other options available to leave a legacy for the love of the library and the programs that help so many in our growing community.

 

 

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Schedule a private or small group behind the scenes tour of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Call  561-868-7793

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, please contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Marketing Seminar for Artists With Rickie Leiter

All artists who are interested in selling their work or gaining access to exhibits are welcome to a special seminar.  Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will offer a small group discussion focusing on marketing strategies for artists at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th. This event is open to all artists who are interested in moving ahead in their careers. More details are in this article.

 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

 

Presents:

An Intimate Group Seminar with

 

Rickie Leiter

 

“Marketing Smarts for the Arts”

at the

Mandel Public Library

Monday, November 10th

9:30 am – 12:00 Noon

 

411 Clematis Street W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

$25.00 Registration includes:

Seminar, Refreshments, Private Tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit at the library and a unique Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mandel Public Library.

This is an opportunity for artists to brainstorm and network in an informal setting with a small, intimate group of like-minded creatives under the guidance of Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report. Rickie has been helping artists and crafters move from being hobbyists and emerging artists to selling their artwork in galleries and exhibitions around the country. An advocate for artists, she understands the importance of networking and marketing to bring awareness and education to art lovers and art patrons.

 

 

Rickie will offer “Marketing Smarts for the Arts” in a small, intimate setting at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th. The seminar includes discussion specific to the needs of the attendees, refreshments, a private tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit and a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

 

The cost of the event is $25.00 and the number of registrants is limited. attendees must pre-register by November 4th. Send your check, payable to The Rickie Report and registration form to PO Box 33423 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420. For more information please email rickie@therickiereport.com or call 561-537-0291.

 

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Phone:

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City: State: Zip:

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For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Rickie Leiter Presents “Marketing Smarts for the Arts” A Small Group Discussion At Mandel Public Library

Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will offer a small group discussion focusing on marketing strategies for artists at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th.   This event is open to all artists who are interested in moving ahead in their careers.  More details are in this article.

 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

 

Presents:

An Intimate Group Seminar with

Rickie Leiter

 

 

“Marketing Smarts for the Arts”

 

  at  the

Mandel Public Library

 

Monday, November 10th

9:30 am – 12:00 Noon

 

411 Clematis Street        W.Palm Beach, FL

 

$25.00 Registration includes:

Seminar, Refreshments, Private Tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit at the library and a unique Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

 

This is an opportunity for artists to brainstorm and network in an informal setting with a small, intimate group of like-minded creatives under the guidance of Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report.  Rickie has been helping artists and crafters move from being hobbyists and emerging artists to selling their artwork in galleries and exhibitions around the country.  An advocate for artists, she understands the importance of networking and marketing to bring awareness and education to art lovers and art patrons.

 

Rickie will offer “Marketing Smarts for the Arts” in a small, intimate setting at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th.  The seminar  includes discussion specific to the needs of the attendees, refreshments, a private tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit and a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

The cost of the event is $25.00 and the number of registrants is limited.  attendees must pre-register by November 4th.  Send your check, payable to The Rickie Report and registration form to  PO Box 33423  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420.  For more information please email rickie @therickiereport.com or call 561-537-0291.  Please note:  This information will NOT be shared.  PLEASE PRINT

 

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Phone:

 

Street Address:

 

City:                                                                                       State:                              Zip:

 

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Top 2 issues of interest to you:

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Personal and Professional Opportunities at Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

The Rickie Report is excited to share just a FEW of the MANY classes anyone can take at the Mandel West Palm Beach Public Library.  Is it time for you to upgrade your computer skills or do you need a refresher on those steps of the Argentine Tango?    This article explores some of the diverse options.  The message?  CHECK it OUT!  There really is something for everyone here!

 

 

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411 Clematis Street  

West Palm Beach, FL

 

561-868-7701

 

www.mycitylibrary.org

 

Personal Enhancement starts at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach!   Here are a few of the classes and workshops available (many are free but registration is required due to space):

 

 

Exploring Websites for Baby Boomers @ your City Library 

 

Description: This 5-part series will explore a variety of websites that will interest Baby Boomers! Computer Lab. registration required.
Date: Tuesday – October 1 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2nd Floor – Computer Lab
Program Type: Computer Classes
Public Note: Oct. 1 – AARP Oct. 15 – Medicare Oct 29 – Blogs Nov. 12 – Games Nov. 26 – Dating for Seniors
  24 Seats Remaining

 

 

 

Pilates @ your City Library! 

 

Bring your mat and practice your pilates at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Classes are held each Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30am in the library’s Auditorium. Optional donation can be made to the instructor at the time of class. No registration required. For more information please call 561-868-7701.

Date:     Thursday – October 3 2013

Time:     10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location:    3rd Floor – Auditorium

Program Type:   Adults

Public Note:   No registration required.

 

 

 

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Try it Out!  Find the Artist in You

 

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Saturdays October 5 to October 26

1:30 – 3:30 pm


Come try out a variety of mediums with the professional art instructors of Jerry’s Artarama: acrylics, water color, oils, and pastels.  Make a piece of artwork to bring home.  Clematis Room. Space is limited – call 561-868-7701 to register for the program.

 

 

 

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Life Support Workshops @ your City Library

 

Description: Get help with government websites (unemployment, food stamps, Immigration, etc.), resumes, and job-searching. Librarians will be available to assist. Computer Lab, no registration required.
Date: Monday – October 7 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2nd Floor – Computer Lab
Program Type: Computer Classes
  No Registration Required

 

 

 

eBook Training Workshop for iPad & Nook @ your City Library

Description: Learn how to use your iPad & to download free eBooks from the library. We will show you how to find, check out and download books from our digital collection. Registration is required. Participants will need an iPad user ID and password. Also bring your device (if you have one) and your library card # and PIN. Please call 561-868-7701.
Date: Tuesday – October 8 2013
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 3rd Floor – Hibiscus Room (16-18 people)
Program Type: Computer Classes
  10 Seats Remaining

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The Rickie Report suggests you get a FREE library card, be placed on the email list and start planning your calendars!   Here are a few more classes you won’t want to miss – and that’s just the month of October!

 

 

  • Salsa in the Morning Dance Lessons
  • Latin Cardio @ your City Library
  • Friday with the FRIENDS Book Club: A Brown-Bag Lunch Event
  • Yoga @ your City Library
  • Navigating Your Computer @ your City Library
  • French Conversation Group for Beginners
  • SCORE: 7 Myths about Starting a Small Business and more!
  • Conversando Sobre Libros
  • Saturday Craftastic Family Movie
  • Just for Mystery Lovers Book Club
  • Family Opera Story Hour
  • Preschool Halloween Play & Party!

 

 

 For more information:

Foundation for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street  – 3rd Floor

561-822-9972

www.wpblibraryfound.org

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

What Adjective Best Describes This Gem in the Cultural Crown of Palm Beach County?

The Rickie Report is pleased to share a gem in the cultural crown of Palm Beach County, FL.  Even if you already know about the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, we guarantee there is much more there to explore.  For those who have not stepped into this new-world class library, we urge you to read this and forthcoming articles.  This is NOT your grandparents’ or even your parents’ library!  What adjective best describes this gem?  We believe you’ll need more than one.  Read more here.

 

 

 

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“Reading Together” by Judith Peck. Gift to the City of West Palm Beach from Anne Sobel, Originally Commissioned for The Teaneck, NJ Centennial

 

411 Clematis Street   West Palm Beach, Fl

www.mycitylibrary.org

Almost 2,000 people come to the library each day

 

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The Numbers: 

  •  97,555 card holders

 

  • 12,643 are children with their own cards but obviously many parents check out books for their children

 

  • 200 preschools/day cares/public schools have library cards so they can check out books for their children in their care.

 

  • 25% of card holders are not West Palm Beach City residents

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The staff of The Rickie Report has taken a few behind-the-scenes tours of this facility and is amazed each time as we observe the patrons, staff and volunteers of this remarkable institution.   This is the first of many articles where we will explore and share the opportunities here.  Your first step?  Stop by and open an account – it is FREE!

WIIFM?

(What’s In It For Me)

 

  • 157,796 books –checked out on a given day: 12,984

 

  • 976 ebooks: checked out on a given day: 435

 

  • 106,792 music CDs: checked out on a given day: 819

 

  • 38,531 DVDs and BLU-RAYS: checked out on a given day: 8,138

 

  • The Library’s collection also contains 4,506 foreign language materials (3,076 Spanish language books are included in that number)

 

  • 219 foreign films (various languages)

 

  • The Library Collection is comprised of 2,528 large print books

 

 

 

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 140 computers

 

A recent survey showed that 63% come to this library to use computers.

 

50% of Palm Beach County Residents do not have access to the internet from their home.

 

Free WIFI is available throughout the building with ability to print from their laptop.

 

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In 1895, The Reading Room was the City’s first library on Banyan Street.  In 1912, the Free Reading Room was brought via barge from the Palm Beach Yacht Club to West Palm Beach and established as the first library.

 

 

1923 Spanish Style Memorial Library

1923 Spanish Style Memorial Library

Building an artistic Spanish-style Memorial Library near the Women’s Club contained Reading Rooms, Reference Rooms and a Museum.  In 1924 the Memorial Library was dedicated to the men and women who served in WWI.

 

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1924 Memorial Library

Architect Norman Robson designed a New City Library in 1962, which opened with much flourish and some controversy over its modern exterior.  As the needs of the people increased, the interiors of the Library were refurbished.

 

In 2009, the Library  moved to its current location at City Center.  In 2012, the Mandel Foundation awarded a $5 million grant to transform the West Palm Beach Public Library into a world-class institution and encourage support for public libraries.

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“This is a state-of-the-art library”, says James Sugarman, of the WPBL Foundation.  It is truly a community service center. And an inclusive place for people of all ages to relax, learn, increase a skill-set or even learn to master the Tango!

 

The scope and breadth of what this Library has to offer is complex.  It is free and open to everyone and is maintained by the City of West Palm Beach.  The Rickie Report sees opportunities not only on every floor of this building, but some too numerous to mention in specific departments alone.

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CALL TO ACTION:

Visit the website and you will be amazed at the offerings.  Imagine a buffet filled with the items you expect, but presented in an innovative manner.  Feast on the various items you’ve wanted to try but never took the time.  And dig into what the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has to offer!

 

If you are interested in taking part in a behind-the scenes tour, please contact  Rebecca Weiss  Development Manager  rweiss@mycitylibrary.org   or call 561-868-7704

 

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 For more information:

Foundation for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street  – 3rd Floor

561-822-9972

www.wpblibraryfound.org

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291