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Got an E-reader? Learn how to use it more effectively

Got an E-reader? Learn how to use it more effectively

Bartow, Florida -- Okay, so we all know ebooks and e-readers are becoming the way to take in a good book, or even news or magazines.

Not everyone is comfortable using them yet, but the Bartow Library wants to give you a chance to get comfortable during a free class this Thursday!

Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other eReader device to the library this Thursday and they will help you with the basics of getting eBooks to read!

Also, you can learn how to effectively use the OverDrive lending system for checking out library eBooks.

Cancer fighter to get special honor from Tampa Bay Rays

Cancer fighter to get special honor from Tampa Bay Rays

Winter Haven, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays are recognizing a Polk County cancer survivor and fighter as the team's honorary bat girl at this Sunday's game.

She raised money and pushed to find a cure for breast cancer -- long before she learned she'd have to fight the disease herself.

Now Winter Haven's Cauney Bamberg will be celebrated for her work by getting time in the spotlight with the Tampa Bay Rays. Bamberg has been chosen as the team's honorary bat girl.

Here's more from the Tampa Bay Rays about what that title means and what she's done to earn it:

Mail carriers collect food for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

Mail carriers collect food for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

Carrollwood, Florida - Mail carriers will take part in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Residents can leave non-perishable food item by their mailbox and the letter carrier will pick it up. The food will be donated to food banks to distribute to needy citizens.

Last year, over 70-million pounds of food was donated across the country.

If you cannot leave food items by your mailbox, you can drop it by your local post office.

Free video games for teens this week in Bartow

Free video games for teens this week in Bartow

Bartow, Florida -- As the school year winds down in Bartow, local teens will have a place to blow off a little steam and have some fun.

The Bartow Public Library is hosting a video game get-together complete with refreshments this Thursday.

Organizers say the teens are inveited to come enjoy popular Wii games such as Just Dance, Wii Basketball and Wii Play.

It's designed for young people grades 6-12, and will run from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Thursday May 9th at the Bartow Public Library
2150 S. Broadway Ave.

Kentucky Derby Day brings “My Old Kentucky Home” to Lakeland

Kentucky Derby Day brings “My Old Kentucky Home” to Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida -- Annual fundraiser supports the programs of Catholic Charities in Polk County Kentucky Derby fans who are unable to attend the horse race at Churchill Downs, can have a local Derby Day experience while supporting a great cause. On May 4, 2013, Catholic Charities of Central Florida will host the 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at Santa Fe Catholic High School.

Tennis for Tumors tournament

Tennis for Tumors tournament

Lakeland, Florida -- Come out and see the 7th Annual Tennis for Tumors tournament!

Tennis for Tumors is dedicated to support advanced technology through research grants and raise community awareness of childhood brain tumors.

Tennis for Tumors' primary fundraiser is a tennis tournament held each year at the Beerman Family Tennis Complex. Please join us as we raise money for more tumor research and the Brittany Truitt Scholarship.

The Beerman Fmaily Tennis Complex is located at 1000 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland.

Glide through Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes on a free kayak tour

Glide through Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes on a free kayak tour

Winter Haven, Florida -- Three free kayak tours will show you the splendor of Winter Haven's signature Chain of Lakes.

A guide will show kayakers countless details of the Chain of Lakes and how humans have impacted the environment -- in both positive and negative ways.

Four guided tours will be offered this summer, once per month. They'll take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 18, June 16, July 13, and August 17. Registration in advance is required.