August 1st Janet joined the faculty as a Librarian/Associate Professor. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University.
Janet joined the college in October of 2012 as a Library Technician II, assisting students at the Circulation and Reference desks.She also worked on our digital archives preservation projects, coordinated exhibits, programs, and digital graphic production initiatives. Janet brings nearly two decades of experience in libraries, archives and museums.
Janet also holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Florida Atlantic University. Janet will serve as the librarian for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science programs. Janet follows the solid groundwork established by Professor Robbie Allen during his 2012-2016 appointment.
Stop by the Gallery and visit the Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit through October 28th. Event Coordinator - Janet Stop by and say Hello!
Please Welcome Our New Librarian/Associate Professor Jill Saracino
Jill spent the past 16 years as a
K-12 librarian in the school district. The last five years she was a Media
Specialist at Palm Beach Lakes High School. She earned her Master’s
degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.
She grew up in New York and has been living in South Florida for 18 years. When Jill is not working she
enjoys reading, bike riding and traveling with her husband. She spent 3 days
this summer riding 180 miles across the state of Maine. Jill looks
forward to working with the students, faculty and community here at Palm Beach
Stop by the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the
We would like to congratulate Samantha on her high achievements
these past four years working at the library.She graduated here at PBSC with an AA degree 18 months ago and just
graduated this month from FAU in Boca Raton August 9th.Samantha’s degree is a Bachelor’s of Business
Administration in Management of Information Systems, with a concentration in
These are some of the neat technology tasks she gets to work on
for the library; helping coordinate, produce and publish Social Media content,
including designing and editing graphics and videos.
Samanthaalso uses her
talents building applications that retrieve information from the library API’s.
Samantha is a terrific asset to the library and we wish her all
the best in her future adventures. She is looking forward to beginning her masters
in the near future while enjoying some well-deserved free time going to movies,
working on graphic designs and hunting for Pokémon.
Look for Samantha’s
fun and exciting new info videos on our Facebook page beginning today! Take a
peek at #PBSCLibraryClip.
story about a ‘Ray Bradbury Moment’!
Near the end of the first Read Together Palm Beach County
program our director Brian Kelley was approached to set up an afternoon ‘live’
interview with 81 year old Ray Bradbury.This event would be via a remote call from our Duncan Theatre at Palm
Beach State College, [formerly PBCC] to his home in Los Angeles. Radio
personality Renee Montagne from NPR Radio was hired to conduct the interview.
The stage was set with a large screen, a comfortable overstuffed chair, a
green end table and a microphone. There were over 400
attendees quietly yet anxiously waiting for this event to begin. [April
Mr. Kelleyis telling me this story in his office at Palm
Beach State College not too long after the passing of Mr. Bradbury on July 5th,
2012. He tells me that he has told this story numerous times at library
events whenever the book Fahrenheit 451 or Ray
Bradbury is mentioned.
Mr. Kelley continues...
"The fun began 20 minutes before the interview started." Renee Montagne
made the initial contact to Los Angeles.Mr. Bradbury is on the phone talking with Renee and he made the
commitment to begin the interview in 20 minutes. They did a sound check and
both Renee and Mr. Bradbury agreed to set their phones down until it was time
to begin the interview. The stage is
set.Behind Renee the big screen
has a larger than life picture of Mr. Bradbury and the spotlight is on the
chair.” Mr. Kelley is very pleased with the turn out as he looks out
towards the audience.
“Around five till, we pick up the
phone and say, ‘Mr. Bradbury are you there’? We didn’t get any
answer.At this point the program is supposed
to begin. 10 minutes after the hour we are still not hearing a voice from
the other side! We thought something must have happened. He must have
forgotten that we called but we’re still on the line.Or he didn’t realize he had put the phone
down and thought we were calling back.But at this point we don’t have another phone number or contact for
him.He didn’t have a cell phone.2002 was ‘pre-everybody has a cell phone’ era.
He’s not the kind of person that would
have a cell phone even today."
"Because we are having difficulties contacting Mr. Bradbury, we make an announcement to the audience that we are having
some technical difficulties and we are currently trying to get Mr. Bradbury on
the line. All those involved in the set up for this event are in a cold
sweat. We are panicking and thought 'maybe
he took ill'. What should we do? Call the police in Los Angeles? Should we
call the library in Los Angeles and have someone go over to his house?"
"Someone thought of this idea...‘what if we got a cross reference
directory on his phone number to find out his street address and find the
nearby address and call those numbers?"
exactly what they did!
When your guest author has wandered away from the phone,
who you gonna call? A
librarian! Of Course!
The end of the story goes something like this...
“We called the City of West Palm
Beach Library. Their librarian looked up Mr. Bradbury’s phone number
in a cross-reference directory for Los Angeles, and found his
address. The librarian looked up his street and found a few neighbor's
phone numbers. We called a couple people,
and one of them walked over and knocked on his door, who in turn found Mr. Bradbury outside. The
neighbor told him to go inside and pick up the phone and that’s
what he did!”
Mr. Kelley said the interview
was a success and went surprisingly well after the difficult
delay. The program began around 15 after the hour instead of the top of
the hour. Mr. Kelley also said that this was the longest 15 minutes waiting and
wondering what they were going to do if they couldn't reach Mr. Bradbury with
400 people in the audience patiently waiting.
Mr. Kelley continues: “To this day,
I can’t ever hear the name
‘Ray Bradbury’ without thinking of that whole incident!Everything was perfect after that."
was definitely a ‘Ray Bradbury Moment’!
Librarians save the day!
This story was written from a recorded interview with Mr. Kelley
via our library Flip video device by Library Technician Colleen
“And now for the kiss of the wind,
And the touch of the air’s soft hands,
With the rest from strife and the heat of life,
With the freedom of lakes and lands.”
Laurence Dunbar, “In the Summer”
This year, the annual Summer Solstice
fell on the same time as another lunar event, the Strawberry Moon. The
Strawberry Moon is a full moon, noted for its bright, red tinted color.
Stunning pictures of the solstice show the strawberry moon overlooking a clear
Summer Solstice also has many literary traditions. It has represented mythical thought,
natural beauty and harvest seasons and several writers have used the symbolism
of the longest day of the year to speak of the human experience. Their writings,
collected within the library in several anthologies, show that the fascination
that people have held with this astrological event has not waned since it was
first discovered, many ages ago. It coincides with many significant
constellations that hold much meaning for those that are interested in
astrology. It is celebrated in different cultures all across the globe, from
Midsummer festivals in the States to sky-watching ceremonies at Stonehenge.
its historical and literary significance, the event of a summer solstice
falling on a strawberry moon is a rare lunar event. Scientists state that this
event only occurs every 60 to 70 years. There may be only one sighting a
As Jessica F. writes for Nature World News: “Some say that the
strawberry moon is rarer than the blue moon, and the last one occurred 68 years
ago. A strawberry moon is a celestial event when the summer solstice occurs at
the same time with a full moon. Legends say that the named was derived from
older traditions that when a summer solstice and a full moon occurred at the
same time, it signals the start of the harvest season of the fruit[…].”
If you missed the event, don’t worry! There are still
plenty of events planned to happen in the night sky. On August 11th
and 12th, the peak of the Perseids meteor shower will take place,
dazzling the sky with dozens of shooting stars. Additionally, a lunar eclipse
will take place on September 1st, but will only be visible on the
eastern coast of Africa.
We, at the library, hope everyone who is reading is having
a great summer and are enjoying the beautiful night skies! We look forward to
seeing you in the Fall.
Submitted by Samantha MacLaren Library Technician 1 Palm Beach State College