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MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2019
The library will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of activities and events including cultural performances
LIBRARY CLOSED
February 18 – Presidents Day
 
ADULT PROGRAMS:
Ongoing:
Lunch & Learn: Business News You Can Use
Mondays (library closed February 18)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Mark Scheinbaum, Managing Director at Shearson Financial Services and adjunct professor of International Relations at Florida International University, to explore the events affecting the business world during the past week.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Rollology Exercise Class
Mondays (library closed February 18)
12:05 PM – 12:50 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Rollology stretches and strengthens the abdominal area to properly align and support the body. This class is for all ages, body types and athletic levels. Please bring a roller; there will also be rollers available to borrow.  Optional donation can be made to the instructor at the time of class.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Basic/Intermediate Group Guitar Lessons
Mondays (library closed February 18)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
If you love music and have a guitar, come jam in our group guitar class.  No matter your skill level or playing style, this workshop led by Phill Fest, local guitarist and composer, will help you learn more about your instrument so you can have more fun while you play.  Bring your own guitar.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
News of the Week with Frank Cerabino
Mondays (library closed February 18)
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join celebrated and irreverent columnist for The Palm Beach Post Frank Cerabino for a discussion of the past week’s news stories that is sometimes funny, often unpredictable, and always thought-provoking.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Get Fit: Full Body Workout
Tuesdays
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join AFAA & ACSM certified personal trainer Patti Wilmoth and learn the most effective way to be fit with a total body workout.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Qigong Fitness Class
Tuesdays
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE  
Join instructor John Daetwyler and learn Qigong, a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times. Qigong involves stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Taxes Filed Free with VITA volunteers
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
DIY Studios, 2nd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to bring free tax preparation service to those in our community with an annual household income of $66,000 or less in 2018 and focus on those who may be eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of up to $6,431.  Walk-in basis, no appointments available.  Supported by IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers.  Call 2-1-1 for more information.
 
Learn Stand-Up Comedy
Tuesdays, Feb. 19 through Mar. 19
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join professional comedian Michael Panzeca and learn the secrets of successful stand-up comedy in this five-week series. Students will learn how to write their own material, how to get booked at venues, and get a chance to practice their performance skills.  Michael is currently a full-time professional stand-up comedian, was a regular on the Ron and Fez radio show, played Mario in Mary's and Mario's Italian Wedding and performed in the improv troupe ComedySportz.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Yoga
Tuesdays, 5:45 PM and 7:00 PM 
Saturdays , 9:45 AM and 11:00 AM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Bring a mat and join yogi Priyanka Shanbag (RYT 200) for a gentle vinyasa (flow) practice that emphasizes awareness, healing, compassion and even humor.  All skill levels welcome.  Optional donations accepted by instructor at time of class.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Studio 411 Cricut Maker Training
Tuesdays
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Crafters can join local artist and jewelry maker Amanda Linton and learn how to use the indispensable Cricut Maker machine so they can return and create their own DIY projects.  Supplies provided for this demonstration and training class only.  Reservation required and begins Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9:30 AM.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Studio 411 Arts & Crafting Equipment Access
Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturdays, February 2, 16, & 23, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Calling all crafters! If you know how to use a Cricut Maker machine, a Sizzix Big Shot Pro machine, or a sewing machine, drop in and create using one of our online databases of ideas, or create your own project (Note: equipment use requires self-purchased supplies and reservations).  Reservation required.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information. 
 
22 Minute Hard Corps™ Workout
Wednesdays
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Marie-Elena Aruta, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, for 22 minutes and you will learn how to get great results in a short period of time.  The challenging but simple-to-follow CORPS workout program was created by legendary trainer Tony Horton and inspired by military training techniques.  The class will be presented twice so you can stay longer and repeat the routine if you wish.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Zumba Gold ®
Wednesdays
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
This easy-to-follow program lets you move to the beat at your own speed.  Zumba Gold® classes are perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Studio 411 Artist Drop-In & Equipment Training
Wednesdays
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Calling all artists!  Drop in and create art in acrylic, watercolor, or pastel with the guidance of a professional artist (all supplies provided).  You can also receive training and learn how to use our crafting equipment including the Cricut Maker, Sizzix Big Shot Pro, or a sewing machine. Once trained you can continue to practice and perfect your craft during Drop-In times (note: equipment use requires self-purchased supplies and reservations).  Must register at 2nd floor Service Desk 30 minutes before start time.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Learn to Swing Dance
Wednesdays
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Prefunction Lobby
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Bring your dance shoes and learn how to Swing Dance with instructor Grigol, a champion ballroom dancer with 20 years’ experience and owner of iBALLROOMDANCE.  You will get into the swing of things with these lively partner dances including the Lindy Hop, Jive and Boogie-woogie.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Pilates
Thursdays
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Referred to as the art of controlled movement, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength, and develops control and endurance in the entire body.  Bring your mat and practice this healthy exercise.  Optional donations accepted by instructor at time of class.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.
 
PBAU Leadership Academy I
Thursdays (four-week series)
  • February 7 - Learn How to Lead Yourself
  • February 14 - Emotional Intelligence and the Effective Leader
  • February 21 - Cultivating Leadership Versatility
  • February 28 - Teams that get things done and have fun
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Develop the skills to reach your leadership potential with Dr. Craig Domeck, Dean of the School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Patrons are welcome to attend any of the classes or complete all four classes in the series for a “Leadership Certificate of Attendance.”  This Leadership Lunch & Learn Series is sponsored by the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Yoga for Seniors
Thursdays
1:30 PM– 2:30 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Bring a mat and join yogi Priyanka Shanbag (RYT 200) for a gentle yoga class designed especially for seniors to help with flexibility, strength and stability.   For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Intermediate & Advanced Tai Chi
Fridays
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Practice the Chinese martial art and enjoy the health benefits.  For those who already have a background in tai chi, you will learn even more advanced techniques for relaxation, energy and balance.  Optional donations accepted by instructor at time of class.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Beginner Tai Chi
Fridays
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Learn the basics of the Chinese martial art tai chi.  Enjoy the health benefits and how it can relax, energize and balance you.  Optional donations accepted by instructor at time of class. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Date order:
Friday Night Jazz:  Bill Mays on the Piano
Friday, February 1
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Friends Members $5, Non-members $10
Presented by the Friends of the Mandel Public Library, this popular music series features live jazz performances the first Friday of each month (November-April).  This month showcases Bill Mays, a masterful American jazz pianist and prolific composer and arranger.  Bill has accompanied a number of jazz legends such as Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dionne Warwick.  He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name and has been heard on hundreds more.  Wine and sparkling water will be available for a small fee and light snacks are complimentary.  Seating is first come, first served.  For more information, visit www.friendswpblibrary.org or call 561-868-7709.  Sponsored by the Palm Beach Post.
 
Ballet Brika West African Dance & Drumming Performance
Saturday, February 2
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Baba Moussa and the Ballet Brika West African Dance Theater for an energetic performance of traditional West African drumming, dance, songs and chants.  Dancing in West Africa is a form of social interaction, where the whole tribe comes together, and different dances are performed for different occasions. The drummer and dancer are interconnected: the drum patterns cue the dancers and trigger moves, while the dancer also challenges and directs the drummer who translates the dancer’s moves into rhythms.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
The Woodstock Legacy - Five Decades Later
Sunday, February 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Woodstock has been recognized as a pivotal point in American music.  Learn about the legacy and continued influence of this epic music festival that took place in the Catskills in 1969 and included greats like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.  This is a powerful presentation of music and commentary by a harmony-driven duo of Bill Bowen and Joan Friedenberg who sing professionally as the PinkSlip Duo.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Celebrating Black History Month through Art
Monday, February 4 (Part 1)
Monday, February 25 (Part 2)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium 
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join lecturer and art historian Joan Lipton, Ph.D. and learn about African American artists and their contributions. Highlighted artists include Horace Pippin, Augusta Savage, Edmonia Lewis, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, William T. Williams, Norman Lewis, Thomas Sills, and Sam Gilliam.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. 
 
Creative Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Promote Yourself
Monday, February 4
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
If you are a creative entrepreneur (artist, writer, or performer), join Ed King and learn how to be more effective at promoting yourself. Ed King is an award-winning neo-pop artist who is marketing and advertising coordinator for a local arts incubator where he manages the cooperative marketing program.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. 
 
Create Art Card Editions & Originals
Tuesday, February 5
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join local artist Norma Anne Chattin and learn how to create Art Cards Editions & Originals (ACEOs).  An ACEO is slightly larger than the size of a business card and evolved from Artist Trading Cards.  While Artist Trading Cards are for trading or gifting, an ACEO is identical, but made with the intention to sell.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Monday, February 4 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   
 
Palm Beach Opera Presents Film Noir Meets Don Giovanni
Tuesday, February 5
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
The story in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni is morally ambiguous and one is never quite sure who is the good character and who is the bad character.  This uncertainty allows for the story to be depicted in a manner that is a throwback to the tone and style of the film noir of the 1940’s and 1950’s that explored dark stories of crime and deceit.  Join us for this lecture with video accompaniment presented by Palm Beach Opera staff.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Implications of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow
Wednesday, February 6
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Palm Beach State College English Professor, and Radford University and University of Georgia graduate, Dr. Lauren Chambers for a discussion of the implications of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow.  Michelle Alexander is a writer, civil rights advocate, and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary.  She is best known for her 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era of colorblindness.  For more information, please visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Introduction to Therapeutic Mindful Meditation
Thursday, February 7
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Patricia A. Forde, MA, RN for this introductory workshop that will explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits of meditation.  Learn about the medical benefits backed up by research, how meditation affects brain function, and how it can make you more creative and more productive.  This is the last class in a four-week series and will highlight Stress Reduction Techniques (review of Mantra, review of brain integration, review of posture, guided Imagery).  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Create Mud Cloth Inspired Batik
Thursday, February 7
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Munirah Rimer who is an Artist-Chef whose batik art workshops and food pop ups represent a tribute and a commitment to the authentic culture of her birthplace Malaysia.  Batik is the art of decorating cloth using wax and dyes.  Mud cloth is an ancient African textile technique where mud is used to dye fabric.  In this workshop you will experiment with color, learn a new craft and produce your own masterpiece.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, February 6 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
Friday with the Friends Book Club: Glass Houses by Louise Penny
Friday, February 8
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Enjoy a book discussion with fellow book lovers from the Friends of the Mandel Public Library group. This month’s book is Glass Houses by Louise Penny.  Suddenly a mysterious figure appears in town; but, when the figure vanishes overnight, a body is discovered.  Months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Chief Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion.  More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment. This is a brown-bag lunch event.  Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch before you arrive from any downtown merchant.  This event is free and open to Friends members and the public.  For more information, please visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Create a Moving Collage in Clay
Saturday, February 9
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join world-renowned sculptor Susan Stromberg for a free class in clay sculpture.  Use your imagination to create a unique sculpture of your own.  Mrs. Stromberg’s repertoire includes 515 sculptures and counting.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Thursday, February 7 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
Russian Duo Music Performance
Sunday, February 10
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Oleg Kruglyakov, Siberian balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, American concert pianist, invite audiences into an exuberant, compelling, cross-cultural musical experience.  From Russian roots and classical music to world favorites, explore the many delightful combinations of balalaika (a triangular Russian stringed instrument), voice and piano. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Career Online High School Orientation
Monday, February 11
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Square One, 2nd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Are you looking to earn a standard high school diploma but don’t know where to begin?  Come learn about the Career Online High School vs GED, accredited career certificates, and scholarships available for those who would like to finish high school in an online, self-paced environment.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.
 
Josephine Baker: A Celebration of Life
Monday, February 11
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Palm Beach State College professor Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D. and discover the many sides of Josephine Baker - singer, Civil Rights activist, dancer, spy, and even French Resistance agent.  Ms. Baker was the first African American person to become a worldwide entertainer.  She refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States, and was also known for aiding the French Resistance during World War II.  Learn more about this significant historical figure during an insightful presentation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Understanding Analogous Colors: Tones of Pink
Tuesday, February 12
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join painter, designer and public artist Anita Lovitt as she guides you on how to leverage analogous colors in tones of pink.  Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, sharing a common color, and complementing each other.  A pink analogous color scheme includes purple and red.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Monday, February 11 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
Career Strategy Coaching & Networking (CSCN) for Job Seekers
Tuesday, February 12 & 26
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Square One
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Free
Professionals and Managers are invited to learn the tactics and strategies to make a successful job change.  Join Career Coach Kathy Shabotynskyj as she shows you how to maximize your success during career transition.  Grow your network and build support for your career objectives with the help of other professionals in the group.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.
 
How Did American Women Act?  Heroism on the Home Front
Tuesday, February 12
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join speakers Liza Mundy, author of the national bestseller, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II and Gretchen Skidmore, Director, Education Initiatives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, along with moderator Lori Ann Terjesen, Director of Education, National Women’s History Museum to explore how women’s roles changed significantly in World War II America . Many were conscripted to join the war effort and wielded new power through jobs outside the home. But their influence wasn’t limited to factory floors. Some women used their social and political positions to fight back against isolationism and sound the alarm about the plight of Europe’s Jews. A select few even put their lives at risk to organize acts of rescue. Join us to explore the role of the everyday woman during this era, as well as the mindset and motivations of a few extraordinary individuals who dared to act, including Lois Gunden, Edith Rogers, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Co-presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Women's History Museum.  Register at https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/seuswomenactpp0219.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Improve Your Health Through Habit Formation Techniques
Wednesday, February 13
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Angela Tompkins of Core Inspired Living and learn how to improve your health through habit formation techniques.  Habits are the key to being healthy from the inside out and focusing on your self-care in order to live an empowered life.  By designing your life so that you are your own high priority, honoring your needs and desires, you can feel fulfilled and passionate.  Habits help you implement that design.  Come and learn how to achieve this goal. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Writing Her Story: Zora Neale Hurston
Wednesday, February 13
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Zora Neale Hurston is a major figure in American literature who hails from Florida and whose works were largely ignored until ten years after her death.  Experiencing many struggles in her life, she turned those struggles into stories, and those stories into something profound.  This lecture will explain who Hurston was as well as analyze her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and how her writing contributed to a larger force in American literature.  Join English and Literature Professor at Palm Beach State College Matt Klauza and learn more about this fascinating author.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Comic Book & Pop Culture Club
Wednesday, February 13
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Iris Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join us in an open, friendly environment where comic book and pop culture fans can gather to discuss all aspects of the industry including comics, movies, TV shows, toys, games, and more. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Couples Valentine Painting Class
Thursday, February 14
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Tiny Doors WPB local artists Nickie and Freddy Hennevelt and enjoy a perfect Valentine’s date night perfecting your painting skills with a variety of love-themed images.  Couples, friends, and family can come together for a fun and creative art activity.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, February 13 at 9:30 AM.  For more information, please visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Artist in a Fishbowl: Nickie Hennevelt
Saturday, February 16
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Studio 411 Lobby
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Come and meet local artist Nickie Hennevelt of Tiny Doors WPB and witness this experienced award-winning artist as she creates an art piece live.  Watch her progress as she goes from a blank canvas to masterpiece right before your eyes.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
SaSa African Dance Theater Performance
Saturday, February 16
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join SaSa African Dance Theater for an energetic performance highlighting African cultures and traditions that will entertain and educate the audience about the magnificence of the African spirit.  SaSa African Dance Theater is a Miami-based collective dedicated to the performance, education and expression of music and dance from the African Diaspora.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Millennials Ruin Book Club
Wednesday, February 20
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Subculture Coffee
509 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
FREE
Join us for a new kind of book club created by and ruined by millennials.  This book club is no-pressure: meaning, you read what YOU want!  On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, participants can get together at one of downtown’s favorite gathering spots, Subculture Coffee just across from the library, and share what they’ve been reading while getting recommendations from our librarians and other book lovers.  Chat about annoying pixie dream girl tropes, the latest movie adaptations, and how there is just not enough time to read all the books!  For more information, please call 561-868-7701.
 
Foreign Film Series: The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto)
Sunday, February 17
2:00 PM – 3:18 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
This month's film is the 2017 unassuming yet surprisingly impactful Argentine-Chilean drama, The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto).  It tells the story of Teresa, a 54-year-old laid-off maid, who must travel across a desert to her new job.  Along the way she loses all her belongings but is rescued in a life-changing way.  (Spanish with English subtitles, 1 hour 18 minutes).  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Create a Decorative Candle
Tuesday, February 19
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Craftcation Conference alumni Peggie Miller to create and design a candle for your home, office or even as a gift.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Thursday, February 14 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
Gun Safety in Florida: Laws, Issues & Challenges
Wednesday, February 20
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join the League of Women Voters for a presentation that reviews Florida’s current gun laws and legislative proposals in the search to balance, as nearly as possible, individual constitutional rights with the welfare of the community.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
The History of Mathematics (Plus Fun Tricks)
Wednesday, February 20
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join award-winning mathematician and Palm Beach Atlantic University Professor James Swick for a presentation on the history of mathematics while learning some fun math tricks.  Originally a music major, Mr. Swick soon found that mathematics was his true calling and returned to college to pursue a mathematics degree, and now works as a mathematics professor as well as a data analyst.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Create Tiny Pebble Art
Thursday, February 21
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join artist Nickie Hennevelt of Tiny Doors WPB and learn how to create unique, textured, and even eco-friendly art out of tiny pebbles.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, February 20 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information. 
 
Blues Concert featuring Darrell Raines & George Caldwell
Saturday, February 23
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join award-winning artists Darrel Raines and George Caldwell for a soulful blues concert.  These veteran South Florida musicians will satisfy all blues, soul, and funk lovers.  Blues music originated in the rural southern U.S. by African-Americans toward the end of the 19th century, finding a wider audience in the 1940s as they migrated to the cities.  Later, this urban blues gave rise to modern R&B and even Rock & Roll.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Italian Cuisine & History
Sunday, February 24
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join Lori J. Durante, Taste History Culinary Tour creator and Executive Director of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History, to learn about the significance of food in Italian culture.  This lecture will discuss the origin of certain Italian cuisines and how the food emigrated to the U.S., the importance of how foods are prepared, and the concept of foodways (the cultural, social, historic, and economic practices tied to traditions and the production and consumption of food).  For example, the inspiration for pizza came from the Greeks and cannoli evolved through the Arab occupation of Sicily.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Internet Resources for the Workforce
Monday, February 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Square One, 2nd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Free
Learn from our Square One librarians about online resources you can use to help you get the job search results you seek and make the most of your time online.  Registration required.  Call 561-868-7760 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information. 
 
Create Images from Folded Pages
Tuesday, February 26
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join mixed media artist Catherine Estremera who specializes in the unique art forms of Book Folding, Teabag Folding and Iris Folding.  Attendees will learn the skill of folded page art by creating unique images from the pages of a book.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Monday, February 25 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
Get That Job!
Tuesday, February 26
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Get free lunch and a flash drive at this workshop that covers resumes, job markets, interviewing skills and more with Career Consultant Angela Wing-Allen.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.  Sponsored by a grant from Wells Fargo Bank. Registration is required. 
 
Facebook NOW
Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Life Support Lab, 2nd floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Free
Join our Square One librarians and learn how to connect with friends and family all over the world by making the most of Facebook, including messaging, posting photos and making friends.  Additionally, participants will learn how to use the control Facebook gives users to find a level of privacy and security that's right for you.  If you do not have a Facebook account, you will register for an account in-class.  If you have an account, please bring your email and password to class.  Registration is required.  Call 561-868-7760 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information. 
 
Updates on the U.S.-China Rivalry
Wednesday, February 27
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join retired US Army Colonel,  and Government analyst Al Biegel to learn about key historic and contemporary factors of the U.S.-China rivalry in Asia.  China is an emerging superpower and the potential clashes between China and the U.S. seem ever present.  The lecture will discuss the economic trade wars, the increasing tensions over the South China Sea, the disputes over China’s current bid for territorial expansion, the theft of intellectual property, airspace disputes and more.  For more information, please visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
The Road to and Through Impressionism
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Clematis Room
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join art historian, art collector and author of 700 Years of Art History Fred Dixon for a fresh look at the factors that set the stage for the lively and energizing period of art called Impressionism, as well as the circumstances that led to the next art period, Post-Impressionism.  Impressionism is an art movement that originated in France in the 1860’s and is characterized by capturing the visual impression of the moment, particularly focusing on the shifting effect of light and color.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Sculpt a Wonderland Character
Thursday, February 28
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Studio 411
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Join local sculptor, wood carver, painter and photographer Freddy Hennevelt and learn how to mold clay into your own unique character based upon the iconic book Alice in Wonderland.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
 
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:
Ongoing:
I Have a Dream…Celebrate Black History Month
Tuesday, January 22 – Thursday, February 28
During Library Hours (Library closed on February 18)
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For children and teens Prek – 12th grade.  Do you have a dream that will help to shape our society’s future?  Drop by KidSpace during library hours to write your dream on paper.  We will use the entries to decorate our inspirational I Have a Dream wall, which will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech during Black History Month.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703. 
 
Send Valentine’s Day Greetings
February 1 – 14
During Library Hours (Library closed on February 18)
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For all ages.  Be sweet and show your love this Valentine’s Day.  Stop by Kidspace during library hours to color and mail a special Valentine card for your family and friends.  Drop it in our KidSpace mailbox, and don’t forget an address, so we can have Cupid deliver your Valentine’s Day Greeting to your loved one.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Crawlers & Walkers up to 24 Months
Mondays, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM (library closed February 18)
Saturdays, 10:00 AM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Move with your baby. Itsy Bitsy Yoga will help your baby become happier and healthier. For babies who are crawling and walking, ages up to 24 months with parent or caregiver. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Non-Crawling Babies
Mondays
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM (library closed February 18)
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Move with your baby. Itsy Bitsy Yoga will help your baby become happier and healthier. For newborns to almost crawling babies and parent or caregiver. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Kids Afterschool Homework Center
Mondays – Thursdays, 4:00 – 7:30 PM, and Sundays, 2:00 PM– 4:00 PM
(Library closed on February 18)
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Kids can get free 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 healthy snacks provided. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.  Sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.
 
Kindergarten Prep: Family Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For families with children up to 5 years old.  Join Children’s Librarian Ms. Jin as she incorporates music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and great books, so your child can develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Dog Tales
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Meet our specially trained therapy dogs (Kermit, Fozzy Bear, Trevor, and Molly) 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 upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.  Sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.
 
Hip Hop for Kids
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Show off your moves.  Join instructor, Ms. Jaleesa, for a fun and energizing hip hop dance class.  Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Kindergarten Prep: Toddler Storytime
Wednesdays
10:30 AM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For toddlers, 2 and 3 years old.  Join Children’s Librarian Ms. Jeanne as she incorporates music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and great books, so your child can develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Kindergarten Prep: Baby Storytime
Fridays
10:30 AM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For babies, 12 -24 months.  Join Children’s Librarian Ms. Kristine as she incorporates music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and great books, so your child can develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Itsy Bitsy Yoga Tots Ages 2 – 4
Saturdays
11:00 AM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Move with your toddler. Itsy Bitsy Yoga will help your child become happier and healthier. For newborns to almost crawling babies and parent or caregiver. Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Creative Movement for Preschoolers
Saturdays
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For kids ages 3 – 6 years.  Kids can join instructor Kendall from Florida Dance Conservatory in West Palm Beach to explore dance and movement including ballet, jazz, dance games and more.  Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Date Order:
Art Day
Friday, February 8
1:30 – 3:30 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For kids in grade K – 5.  Join artist and Children’s Librarian Ms. Jeanne to celebrate art. Explore various materials and mediums to create your own work of art. Dress to get messy.  Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Sculpture for Kids with Susan Stromberg
Saturday, February 9
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Studio 411, 2nd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For kids K – 5.  Kids can join a professional world-renowned sculptor, Susan Stromberg, and learn how to create their own clay sculpture using their imagination.  Mrs. Stromberg’s repertoire includes over 500 sculptures and counting.  Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
LEGOmania
Sunday, February 10
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For all ages.  Families with kids of all ages can join us for an afternoon of LEGO fun.  Become a LEGO engineer, create a LEGO masterpiece, do a craft or play with our giant blocks during this self-led, drop-in program.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Kids Can Code
Monday, February 11
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For kids in grades 3 - 5.  Nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity in this hands-on interactive class designed to introduce kids to computer science.  All skill levels welcome.  Space is limited, sign up upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Kids Can Cook
Thursday, February 28
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
KidSpace, 3rd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
For kids in grades 3 – 5.  Join us for a cooking class where children will learn cooking basics during this fun and interactive class while engaging literacy, math and science skills.  Space is limited, sign up at the desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
 
TEEN PROGRAMS:
Teen Afterschool Homework Center
Mondays – Thursdays (Library closed on February 18)
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
TeenSource, 2nd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Teens 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.  Plus free healthy snacks provided.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7705.  Sponsored by the WPB Library Foundation & PBSO.
 
Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, February 5 & 19
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Iris Room, 3rd floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Make your voice heard about what TEENS want to see in the library. Get involved in our Teen Advisory Board and earn volunteer hours while socializing with your fellow teens. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7705.
 
Girls Who Code
Wednesdays
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Square One, 2nd Floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE                                                                     
Learn coding, an important computer skill, with other teens.  Girls Who Code is a non-profit group dedicated to bridging the gender gap in STEM fields.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7705.  Sponsored by the WPB Library Foundation and PBSO.
 
Teen Fortnite Tournament
Friday, February 8
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
TeenSource, 2nd floor
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
FREE
Put your Fortnite skills to the test! Go head-to-head in this competitive tournament with other teens to win an ultimate prize. Gaming laptops and mice will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own controllers. For ages 12-18. Space is limited, in-person sign up begins at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7705.