- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The Writers Live! series kicks off 2018 at the Glades Road Branch library, 20701 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton.
Award-winning Florida crime writer James O. Born will talk about his latest book, “Haunted,” co-authored with James Patterson, at 2 p.m. Jan. 12.
Following his presentation, the author will sign books.
Preregister for this event by phone, in person or online at www.pbclibrary.org/writers-live-2018. (If you go to the link, take a look at the lineup of authors coming to local libraries in the next few months!)
Also happening at the Glades Road Branch:
Life hacks 101: Start the new year off right with some tips and tricks to make it your best year ever. Grades six and older. Preregister. 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Winter wonderland: Read winter-themed stories and learn how to make snowflakes. Ages 5 to 10. Preregister. 4 p.m. Jan. 11.
Upcoming programs at area libraries:
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach
Get messy: Use stamps, cookie cutters and other tools to shape and mold play dough. Materials provided. Ages 2 to 5. Preregister. 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Ice is nice: Science meets story time, just for preschoolers. Bundle up and learn about snow and ice. Experiments included. Dress to get messy. Ages 3 to 5. Preregister. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Storytelling: Join storyteller Vera Fried and have fun sharing your stories and hearing from others. Adults. 4 p.m. Monday.
History lesson: Learn how World War I and its aftermath directly influenced the outcome of the current situation in the Middle East. A question-and-answer session will follow. Presented by Stephen Katz, adjunct professor of history at Excelsior College. Adults. Preregister. 2 p.m. Wednesday.
West Boca Branch
18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton
Teen artists: Create a unique and vibrant work of art using neon glow acrylic paints on canvas boards. Grades six to 12. Preregister. 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Cooking the books: This staff-led discussion looks at “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites” by Deb Perelman. Adults. 2 p.m. Tuesday.
S-s-s-snakes: The Daggerwing Nature Center will teach youngsters about the benefits of snakes and why they aren’t as scary as some people think. Snake fans — this is an opportunity for you to see some in person. Ages 5 and older. Preregister. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Jot it down: Create and decorate your own mini sticky note clipboards to help keep up with all your important notes. Ages 8 and older. 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11.
West Boynton Branch
9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach
Party time: Celebrate Rosemary Wells, the creator of two favorite bunnies, Max and Ruby. Have a hoppin’ good time with stories, songs, crafts and games. Ages 3 to 5. Preregister. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Natural medicine: Learn to assess health claims and become an educated consumer by learning to ask the right questions. Adults. Preregister. 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Step in time: Do the Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle and learn new line dances. For beginners and experienced dancers. Adults. Preregister. 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Highland Beach Library
3618 S Ocean Blvd.
Musical lecture: Jazz historian Mark Gridley will make a presentation on the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording. 5 p.m. today.
Spanish River Library
1501 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton
Drop-in story time: Music, stories, fun finger plays and action songs. Special guest is Adrian, the street sweeper driver. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. Monday.
Real or fake? Explore Wikipedia and its openly editable content. Learn how to participate in collaborative editing. Adults. Preregister. 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Family Fishing Derby: Families with children ages 6 to 17 are invited to join in the second annual Fishing Derby. Fishing equipment will be provided. Medals for the winners, and snacks and drinks for all. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bug spray. Enrollment required. 10 a.m. Jan. 13.
Boynton Beach City Library
208 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach
Bookworms: Register for the Adult Reading Club beginning Monday. Read or listen to 10 books. Complete your reading log and receive a gift from the Friends of the Boynton Beach City Library. Registration for the club continues through Feb. 28. The club ends March 29.