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In Honor of Veterans

The Veteran’s Speaker’s Forum will present three short interesting World War II topics with lectures and videos.  They will have World War II memorabilia, patches, uniforms, news clippings and more for you to view. Veterans will also discuss what is the real meaning of Veterans’ Day.
Children 10 and under will receive a coloring book and crayons.  Seating is limited.
The declassified untold World War II story of the Ghost Army WarA deceptive tactical unit which kept Germany guessing about our troop’s strength and movements. The infantry of illusion and deception used recorded vehicle sounds, balloon tanks, scripted radio messages and spies to deceive.

The  Battle Of Iwo Jima.  The Pacific  Island battle which was considered worse than the Battle of the Bulge for the Marines.

Buried American Veterans presents an overview of the Veteran Cemeteries around the world where those who paid the ultimate price were laid to rest and never came home.

Saturday, October 25 |10am | Free | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends will be holding their fall used book sale on Saturday, November 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Prices range from 50 cents to 5 dollars with some specially priced items.  We appreciate your kind donations, but please sort your donated items before bringing them to the Lake Worth Public Library at 15 North M St during regular hours.  Volunteers are also needed to help with the sale.  Please call the library at 561.533.7354 for additional information.
We do not take…
* books with covers falling off
* books with damp, brittle, or missing page
* books with markings in them
* buggy books
* textbooks older than 5 years
* travel guides older than 5 years
* DVDs and music CDs not in original media cases
* Items on recorded media
* Encyclopedias older than 5 years

September Startup | Storytime at the Library

Starting in September, Storytime at the Library is a program you won’t want your child to miss!  These program feature great stories, fun activities, and beginning level crafts that will stimulate your child’s imagination, listening skills, and creativity.

Babycakes Story Time

A program for babies 6 months through age 2.  Must be accompanied by an adult.  Infants will be introduced to language through finger plays, nursery rhymes and songs.

3rd Wednesday of Month | 11am - 11:30am |  Children's Room at the Library

For Preschoolers, ages 2-4, we’ll be introducing a letter of the alphabet each week and creating an alphabet book to take home.  From alligators to zebras – well be practicing sounds and writing skills through stories, rhymes, songs, and games.

Preschoolers meet on Tuesday or Thursday from 11:00 until 12:00 and must be accompanied by an adult.

For School-Aged children, K5 through 5th grade, the emphasis will be on fun and friendship.  They’ll be playing games, hearing stories, and creating crafts with friends from school and the neighborhood.

School-Aged kids meet on Wednesday from 3:30 until 4:30 and may be dropped off.

Kid's Music Circle with Noam Brown
For children ages 3 - 12 and their parents.  Meets the 2nd Monday evening of the month at 5:30 pm.

All programs are free and take place in the Meeting Room in the City Hall Annex.  Please call Cindy Ansell at the Library for more information, 561.533.7354.

Special Children's Programs

The Children's Department of the Lake Worth City Library will be hosting some special programs. 
October Calendar of Events for Children

Free | No Registration Required | Designed for Ages 3 - 12 & Their Parents

Saturday, October 25 | 1pm | A Better Butterbeer

Celebrate Fall with us!  All junior Harry Potter fans are invited to come and sample some delicious butterbeer, a Hogwarts favorite.


Friday, October 31 | 6pm - 8pm | Not-so-Scary Stories

Come dressed in a costume and enter through our Lucerne door.  You’ll find the Children’s Room transformed into a spooky place for stories, crafts, and Halloween treats.

Saturday, November 22 | 1pm | Up, Up and Away
Everyone loves balloons!  We’ll be crafting balloon bracelets and creating our own hot air balloons.

Saturday, February 7 | 1pm | Sweet Manicures
Saturday, March 14 | 1pm | Button Bonanza
Saturday, May 2 | 1pm | Family Bike Day

Music at the Library | Musical Discussions

Billy Joel's Career, Music & Lyrics | Saturday, November 8 | 2pm | Flyer
Free | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue

3rd Saturday Book Club

The following titles have been selected for the Book Club discussions.  Books are available at the library.
Echo Park, by Michael Connelly | Saturday, November 15 | 2pm
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt | Saturday, December 20 | 2pm
Regeneration, by Pat Baker | Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 2pm
The Dali Lama’s Cat, by David Michie | Saturday, February 21 | 2pm
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann | Saturday, March 21 | 2pm
The Traitor’s Wife, by Alison Pataki | Saturday, April 18 | 2pm
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand | Saturday, May 16 | 2pm
Free | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Ave

Acupuncture & Longevity Lecture Series

Acupuncture & Longevity Lecture Series | With Maria Chah | Licensed Acupuncturist 
Acute & Chronic Pain | Wednesday, October 22 | 6pm
A Natural Wellness | Wednesday, November 12 | 10am
Hormonal Imbalances | Wednesday, November 19 | 6pm
Free | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue | Flyer | Please Call 561.396.9085 for Reservations

Computer Programs at the Library

Ask the Tech!
If you have questions about basic Microsoft Windows computing; Android tablets and smartphones; the Internet (no Facebook or Twitter); Microsoft Office software; ask your questions at our “Ask the Tech” open forum. You will be able to ask your questions and the instructor will answer them as best as possible. Sorry, no Apple product questions.
Saturdays | November 1 | December 6 | 2pm - 3:30pm
Free | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue  |Registration Required | 561.533.7354  Flyer

Computer Classes | Bring Your Own Laptop or Tablet
Microsoft WordPad:  The Very Basics | Saturday, November 8 | 10am - 11am
File Management Basics | Saturday, December 13 | 10am - 11am
Free | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue  | Registration Required | 561.533.7354 Flyer 

Computer Classes
Microsoft 2013:  The Very Basics Thursday, November 20 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Microsoft 2013:  Editing Text | Thursday, December 4 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Free | Lake Worth Public Library | 15 North M Street | Registration Required | 561.533.7354

DIY Crafts | For Uncrafty Adults

Glass Etching Using Etching Cream | Thursday, November 6 | 6:30pm - 8pm
Miniature Succulent Terrariums | Thursday, December 11 | 6:30pm - 8pm
Concrete Stepping Stones | Thursday, January 8 | 6:30pm - 8pm
Mason Jar Herb Garden | Thursday, February 12 | 6:30pm - 8pm
Kokedama Moss Balls | Thursday, March 12 | 6:30pm - 8pm
Free | Lake Worth Public Library | 15 North M Street | Registration Required | 561.533.7354

At the Library

The library’s mission is to provide free access to information, resources, programs and technology to meet patron needs for educational, cultural, recreational and lifelong learning.

The library provides a wide array of materials in many formats accessible through the online catalog as well as online databases to support research, computers for word processing, and internet access.

Remembering Lake Worth

Pioneers of Jewell by Ted Brownstein
A documentary history of early Lake Worth from 1885-1910.
$20 | Proceeds benefit Friends of the Lake Worth Library

On sale at City Clerk's Office at City Hall | Lake Worth Library | Lake Worth Library |

On Lake Worth by Beverly Mustaine
A photographic tour of early Lake Worth from 1900 to 1950.
$20 | Proceeds benefit Lake Worth Historical Museum

On sale at Lake Worth Library |

Lake Worth 100 Years Commemorative Poster by Jill Karlan
Featuring architectural icons & other Lake Worth locations. Click here to view.
$20 - unframed poster | $2 - note card | $2 - postcard
On sale at the Library | Proceeds benefit Friends of the Lake Worth Library

Library Amenities

  • 70,000+ volumes
  • Electronic databases
  • 12 Internet accessible computers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 2 typewriters
  • Children’s programs
  • Book discussion group
  • Adult computer classes
  • Basic genealogical searches
  • Florida history collection
  • Lake Worth Herald newspaper archive; 1912-1920, 1940-current

Library Cards

To obtain a library card a patron must show one piece of identification with their name and current residential address and a photo ID from any state; or current Florida drivers license/ID with current residential (local-see below) address.

Apply online for a card:

The library accepts the following for proof of address:
Florida driver’s license, Florida State I.D., voter’s registration card, utility bill, phone bill, gas bill, check book, bank book, property tax bill, bank statement, lease (3 months or longer), deed, or mortgage papers, motor vehicle registration, First Class Mail postmarked within the past 30 days.

Parent’s ID is used for a child’s card. Children must be accompanied by parent of legal guardian to obtain a library card and at least 5 years old.

Patrons may qualify for different types of library cards based on where they reside.

Patrons residing in the "city limits" of the City of Lake Worth are considered residents and their library cards are free and renewed every three years.

Persons living in the following locations may also obtain a free library card (renewed annually).

All county unincorporated areas
Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golf, Golfview, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lantana, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, West Palm Beach


  • Persons from other states or countries
  • Persons from other Florida counties
  • Persons residing within the city limits of Palm Beach, Manalapan, Highland Beach, and Boca Raton are considered as non-residents because their cities and libraries have elected not to be members of the Library Cooperative of the Palm Beaches, or do not pay property taxes to the Library Cooperative.

Non-residents may obtain a library card upon payment of a library card membership fee and showing an ID with an address:

Non-resident fees
Library card renewed every 3 months is $10.00 – May pay for 6 months for $20.00.
Library card renewed annually is $30.00.

Material Check-Out Limits

First time use of the library card is restricted to one book on the card.

After first time use, the following limits apply:

  • Language audios or videos:  1
  • ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, TOEFEL & Other Test Exam Books:  1
  • Videos/DVDs:  2
  • Material on Same Subject:  2
  • New Books/14-Day Check Out:  4
  • Music & Audio CDs:  4

Fines | Fees

Library Fines

  • 28 day circulating items – 15 cents / day ; maximum fine is $10.00 per item
  • 7 & 14 day circulating items - $1.00 / day ; maximum fine is $15.00 per item

Library Fees

  • Lost library card - $3.00
  • Lost audio/DVD cases - $5.00
  • Lost or damaged items – Please contact the library

Internet Access

Internet Access
Lake Worth Library Card - 120 free minutes per day
Photo ID - 15 minutes free per day

Library Card or Florida ID - $1.00 / hr
Out of State ID - $2.00 / hr

Children age 5 and older with a library card must have parental permission to use the Internet. Children 4 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the computer at all times while on the Internet.

Genealogical Research

Available resources:

  • The Palm Beach Post Online  newspaper database - 1989 to Present
  • The Lake Worth Herald - a weekly newspaper which the library has from 1912-1920 in microfiche and from 1941 to the present in hardcopy. No index is available for the Lake Worth Herald.
  • The Municipal Cemeteries of Lake Worth, Florida : index of burials. c1998.
    Burials at Pine Crest Municipal Cemetery from, July 1923 - June 1987 and the I.A. Banks Memorial Park from, October 1962 - December 1997.
  • City Directories from 1930 to 1990.
  • Cross Reference Directories various years 1990 to present.
  • Various How-to books available for research and check out.
  • Local books on the history of Lake Worth
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