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Our Village Voice

        VOL. 32 NO. 7                                                                                  JULY 2021

       Commissioner’s Update                                                                                Bill’s Box

      Libraries Enrich Our Lives                         people registered for temporary e-cards during March,
                                                         April and May of 2020, and 2.35 million people visited   By Bill Thompson
      By County Commissioner                             the library last year. Palm Beach County’s Library System   Right Off The Bat
      Maria Marino                                       also garnered Hoopla’s No. 1 library in Florida for users     In mornings before
        Andrew Carnegie,                                 and loans, and No. 5 in the United States.         venturing out of the bed, I
      a n i ndu st ri a l i st  a n d                      Resources include the Small Business Reference   drift. That is thinking while
      philanthropist who led the                         Center, and access to job information, interviewing tips   neither asleep nor awake.
      expansion of the American                          and resumé writing, financial publications, demographics   In that near sleep state, you
      steel industry in the late                         and legal codes, cases and forms. Consumer health   recall when awake important
      19th century, said, “A                             information, social services applications and technology   thoughts and ideas. I was
      library outranks any other                         training, as well as an extensive adult education program   thinking about the perception of black and white. There are
      one thing a community can                          is available.  The library system hosts naturalization   people who think lineally, thus important subjects or ideas
      do to benefit its people. It                       ceremonies for permanent residents to become U.S.   fall into categories of either black or white. Absolutism.
      is a never failing spring                          citizens, and provides opportunities for community   The vast gray area in between is not acknowledged. Lateral
      in the desert.” According to the American Library   members and organizations to become involved with the   thinking allows for creativity, imagination, and reasoning
      Association (ALA), libraries in America are cornerstones   library through volunteer efforts and partnerships. They   that is not immediately obvious. It is not a traditional
      of the communities they serve. The ALA states that free   have also begun to process passport applications as of   step-by-step logic driven approach to questions. Using
      access to the books, ideas, resources, and information   January this year.                           that open process gives insight into the grayness of the
      in America’s libraries is imperative for education,     For the 12th year in a row, the library system has   equation. Extenuation, variables, mitigation, and common
      employment, enjoyment and self-government.         presented a balanced budget at the current millage rate of   sense come into play. If not black, it has to be white. That is
        In Palm Beach County, the mission of the library   .5491, which they have maintained for 12 years. Reserves   simplistic and, in all cases, is incorrect. Brings into question
      system is to connect communities, inspire thought, and   of 10 percent will be set aside to cover costs associated   right and/or wrong. Even in cases in which right or wrong
      enrich lives. This special taxing district provides library   with emergencies and unforeseen events, including   are applied to ethics and morals, could all such decisions
      services to unincorporated areas of the county and 24   disasters. The capital improvements fund is planning for   be absolute and final?
      municipalities including the North County communities   $12.6 million in anticipated renovations due to age and     So, what is your point, Bill? Well, that life and matters
      of Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Palm Beach   use of buildings, and reserves for future large projects.   of concern are complicated. Simple may seem to have
      Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, and Tequesta.          As the county continues to grow, the library system will   been the way of things back when, but they were not. Not
        The library system offers in-person and online services   plan for additional expansion projects.   then, not now. If our attitudes could let reason take the
      at 17 locations, bookmobile stops, and lends educational     With so many resources, courses, and activities free for   lead, life could be more accepting, and love would follow
      kits to childcare facilities. Millions of physical items,   the asking, I encourage you to become a library member.   reason. How much better we could be without behavior
      including books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, and   It will enrich your life.                         driven by fear and anger.
      read-aloud story times and book discussions are available     If I can be of assistance to you, please let me know by     I remember a book by Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow
      to library members of all ages. The Summer Reading   calling (561) 355-2201 or send an email to mmarino@  Rich. When read about 44 years ago, I thought then the
      Program, held virtually this year, helps students maintain                              title should have been “Think and Grow Happier.”
      their reading progress as they approach the next school                                               Now Then
      year.                                                                                                   The summer has arrived. Seasonal rains are here.
        Despite disruptions due to COVID-19, the library                                                    Children are out of school. Families here in Lake
      system provided continuous service throughout the year                                                Woebegone on Lake Bend Drive’s north end have
      and transitioned services to meet community needs. There                                              launched to far-off places for well deserved vacations.
      are no longer late fees charged on overdue materials, and
      enhanced remote access, in-person service and curbside                                                Bill’s Box on page 5
      pickup have been available to residents. More than 9,500
      Solid Waste Authority 4R Scavenger Hunt

      Learn About The 4Rs, Win                                                                             Reuse, Recycle and Rethink their waste all while having
                                                                                                           fun. Teams will use an app to answer questions and upload
      Prizes And Have Fun!                                                                                 photos and/or videos showing themselves completing the
        Yo ho ho! Grab ye lads and lassies and sign up for the                                               Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, as well as
      adventure of the summer!                                                                             to the team with the most creative submissions. All teams
        The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (SWA)                                               that earn at least 5,000 points will be entered into random
      is teaming up with Resource Depot and Grassy Waters                                                  prize drawings for other great loot. Prizes include hotel
      Preserve to host a monthlong pirate-themed scavenger hunt   points and win lots of treasure.         packages, family four-packs of tickets to Rapids Water Park,
      throughout July. The SWA 4R Scavenger Hunt challenges     The SWA 4R Scavenger Hunt kicks off July 1.   $100 gift cards to various restaurants, $100 Visa cards and
      teams to complete waste-related missions on the SWA   Registration is open and will remain open through July 24.   more!
      Greenway Trail System and around Palm Beach County at   This pirate-themed hunt engages participants through its     For more information and to register your seadog or
      different ports of call (business locations) in order to earn   missions that are designed to encourage them to Reduce,   landlubber crew, visit Savvy?

                                                                                     REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY

                                                                                          TO THE JUPITER POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                                                                           (561) 799-4445

                                                                                                 Use 911 for emergencies only. Lock car doors.
                                                                                                       Do not leave valuables in the car.
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