Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Offers Learning, Fun, Resources for Everyone

The Rickie Report is proud to share the details of only SOME of the MANY programs, activities and resources of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. So many children rely on the breakfast and lunch meals provided at their schools.  What happens during the summer when they cannot get to the school?   Stop by the Mandel Public Library to see. Good friends, Janet and Bob Nakushian, introduced us to this “community learning center” par excellence.  We share their Challenge as well as some varied programs available to everyone.  The Rickie Report hopes you will share this article with others.  We’re happy to share some GOOD news!  Spread the word!


Mandel Public logo


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

        411 Clematis Street

        West Palm Beach, FL




DogtalesKids and Dog No Words Underneath


Dog Tales ( from the Dog’s Owner)


Molly and I love being involved in the Dog Tales Program.  We have seen very shy children come out of their shells when reading to her.  Many of the children are repeat customers.  They love reading to Molly and they love choosing the books that they get to take home as part of the program.  You would think that we are giving them gold.  I love that we are encouraging them to read at home and to build their own small libraries. This is such a worthwhile program and we are proud to be a part of it.     ~  Kerry, volunteer and owner of Molly, a mixed breed rescue dog







What does the Library Mean to You?


“The library is a valuable service for my entire family.  We attend children’s programs, check-out free movies and books and attend the yoga classes.  The best value in the community!”




“The children’s programs; summer academy, Dog Tales, story time,puppet show, movies, and homework help have been extremely helpful for my child who is struggling with learning to read.  The eBooks are a benefit I enjoy and use heavily during my long morning TriRail commute.  The library is a relaxing oasis in a busy world.”



$25,000 Nakushian Youth Services Challenge


Janet and Bob Nakushian created the NAKUSHIAN YOUTH SERVICES CHALLENGE with a gift of $25,000. They made this “challenge gift” to encourage others who care about the Library to provide support for the greatly needed and valued youth programs and services. From May through September, the Foundation is asking YOU to help meet their challenge. Your donation, along with the generosity of the Nakushians, will support youth programs at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. 


We have raised $10,550 so far
Can Janet, Bob and The Library 
Be Able To Count On YOU to raise $25,000 or more?
To donate, go online to
Make your check payable to WPBLF 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401
or call the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at 561.822.9972.
Donors who support this challenge will be listed on the Library Foundation’s website



This Library is Not Just For Children !



Zumba Gold @ your City Library 


Description:  Join us for this easy to follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. It’s an invigorating, dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating! Zumba Gold classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. These free classes will be held in the library’s Auditorium. No registration required. For more information please call the library at 561-868-7701. 
Date:  Wednesday – July 2 2014 
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Location:  3rd Floor – Auditorium 
Program Type:  Adults 
Public Note: No registration required. 



“Without the resources you provide to the community most people would be less productive…most can’t afford some of the services plus you are in a convenient location.” ~Library Patron







fMandelrench conversation july








News of the Week with Palm Beach Post Columnist Frank Cerabino

Description:  Join The Palm Beach Post news columnist Frank Cerabino in a discussion of the news that is sometimes funny, often unpredictable, and always thought-provoking. He will provide an insider’s look at world, national, state and local news and offer his unique perspective. FREE! Auditorium. No registration needed. Mondays June 23 to August 18, except for July 21 and Mondays October 20 to December 15, 2014. From 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. 
Date:  Monday – July 7 2014 
Time:  6:30 PM – 7:45 PM 
Location:  3rd Floor – Auditorium 
Program Type:  Adults 
Public Note: FREE. Keep current with today’s news – and enjoy it! 


Mandelauto buying







“The library evens the playing field.  I see children here that without the library would have few options for internet, books and wholesome entertainment.  Giving the kids something positive to do will keep them out of trouble and create a better community in the long run.” ~Library Patron


Give Today, Help Children for a Lifetime!  

Your Donation of… 


$10 will buy 3 gift books for children in the “Let’s Read” or “Summer Reading” programs.

$20 will buy 1 hardcover children’s library edition book for the Library’s permanent collection.

$50 will buy 10 snacks for children attending the Homework Centers.

$75 will buy 2 weeks of supplies for the Homework Centers such as poster boards, markers, construction paper, and folders.

$100 will buy 5 hardcover children’s library edition book for the Library’s permanent collection.


 To donate online please go to, make your check payable to WPBLF 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401 or call the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at 561.822.9972.



The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, obtains resources through individual donations,  naming opportunities, events, and grants.  


Funds raised do not offset taxpayer support. Our taxpayer identification number is #65-1068311.



Photographs of our Library patrons courtesy of Mark Haworth Photography.



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