Recognizing and honoring the contributions of Hispanic culture in the United States
September 10 & October 8 - Let’s Read & Learn & Practice Spanish: ages 4-10; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; pre-register; Northwest Regional Library
September 12, 26 & October 9, 24 - El Club - Conversacion en español, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
September 15 - Constitution & Citizenship Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 15 - Celebrating Hispanic Businessmen Presentation, noon to 1 p.m., Northwest Branch Library
September 15 - Tres Viedas: Chamber Music, 2 to 3 p.m., adults, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
September 15 - Salsa Con Salsa, 2 to 3 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Branch Library
September 18 - Poetry of Pablo Neruda. 2 to 4 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
September 19 - Book Discussion, 1 to 2 p.m., Pembroke Pines Branch Library
September 19 - Café Literario, 6 to 8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 20 - Mariachi Mexico Internacional Si Senor, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Stirling Road Branch Library
September 22 - Bilingual Toastmasters, noon to 1 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 22 - Music of the Andes Concert, 2 to 3 p.m., Tamarac Branch Library
September 22 & October 13 - Hispanic Heritage Month Film, 3 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 26 - Bilingual Storytime; all ages; pre-register, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Pembroke Pines Branch Library
September 28 & October 12 - Hispanic Heritage Movie, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pembroke Pines Branch Library
September 29 - Si Senior Mariachi Band Performance, 1 to 1:45 p.m., West Regional Library
September 29 - Mariachi Concert - Voces de America, 1 to 2 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
September 29 - Introduction to Quechua, 2 to 3 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Branch Library
September 29 - Cuban America - a documentary film, 3 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
October 2 - Hispanic-American Literature Discussion with Professor Lourdes Rodriguez-Florido of Broward College, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library
October 3 - Club the Lectura/Reading Club, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tamarac Branch Library
October 9 - Mariachi Concert - Voces De America, 1 to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
October 13 - Bilingual Toastmasters - Public Speaking in a Bilingual World, 1 to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
October 13 - Paco Moreno & Friends Concert, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
October 13 - Dillard High School: Hispanic Dance Celebration, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale
October 13 - Cuban America Documentary, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
October 13 - Film, 3 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional
Displays: Countries, Colors, & Crafts, North Regional/Broward College Library; Jose Herazo-Osorio Paintings, Northwest Regional Library; Our Hispanic Heritage - Many Different Lands, Northwest Regional Library; Hispanic Heritage Books, Stirling Road Branch Library; Paintings by Gloriela Araujo, South Regional/Broward College Library; Paintings by Ida Pretucetti, Southwest Regional.
Celebrate the Caribbean’s 50th Anniversary at the Library! (Back to Top)
In August 2012, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate 50 years of independence.
Party “island-style” at the library with Caribbean storytelling, food and an authentic steel drum band!
August 15 - Storytelling, in honor of Caribbean 50 Year Anniversary, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
August 25 - “Jamaica: Honoring the Past in the Present,” noon to 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
August 25 - David “Ras D” Goddard, Steel Drum Band Benu Sounds, 1 to 2 p.m., West Regional Library
August 27 - A Taste of the Caribbean! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
Caribbean 50 Year Anniversary - Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Northwest Regional Library; Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago - 50 Years, North Regional/Broward College Library; Caribbean 50 Year Anniversary (Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago) Book Display, West Regional Library.
Customer Spotlight (Back to Top)
Library Time is Family Time
When the Pollard family – Mom Melinda, daughter English (12) and son Aiden (10) – moved to Broward a few years ago, they made the library one of their first stops. “We started going to Riverland and fell in love with the YS librarian, Mr. Michael (Bryant),” says Melinda. “He always had something fun going on for the kids. I made the library a hub for my family and our activities.”
When “Mr. Michael” moved to Tyrone Bryant Library, the Pollard family followed. “I joined their Friends of the Library because Michael does so much to connect to the community and it’s very inspiring,” explains Melinda.
For the Pollards, the library is a family affair. As a reading family, they go to pick up books. As a budget-savvy family, they hit the library for the latest free DVDs. Library staff keeps lists of the new DVDs to distribute and even flag down customers to let them know about the latest blockbusters.
But the library isn’t just for fun. When Melinda was laid off last spring, she used the library’s computers to search for and find a job, taking advantage of quiet and the lack of the distractions found at home.
“Broward County Library is doing a great job,” Melinda adds. “The budget may be cut but the services don’t diminish.”
Historical Commission’s Brown Bag Lunch Program (Back to Top)
The Broward County Historical Commission’s popular Brown Bag Lunch Program picks up after a summer break with two fascinating lecture/presentations. All programs begin at noon and are held in the Historical Commission Building.
Thursday, August 16, author Mary Wachob will discuss her book Myakka Mandate: Courage, Love and Peril of Florida’s Pioneer Women. The novel traces the journey of the women and their families who left Georgia to settle in Florida in the mid-1800s and chronicles their adventures and struggles in their new homes in Southwest Florida.
Thursday, September 21, Historian Helen Landers will present a program focusing on Broward County’s Hispanic Heritage. All programs are free. Bring your own lunch, cold drinks and coffee will be provided. For more information, call the Historical Commission at 954-357-5553.
September is National Sewing Month
Get the Itch to Stitch at your Library! (Back to Top)
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared September National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation.” Whether you’re a seasoned pro or are trying it for the first time, head to Broward County Library and learn more about sewing and other crafts such as applique and embroidery.
September 5 - National Sewing Month with the American Sewing Guild - Zippers! 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
September 14 - National Sewing Month with the American Sewing Guild - Hand Sewing Techniques, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
September 15 - American Sewing Guild Demo & Exhibit, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stirling Road Library
September 29 - National Sewing Month with the American Sewing Guild, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library.
Banned Books Week - Celebrate the Freedom to Read! (Back to Top)
Since 1982, more than 11,000 books have been challenged, or an attempt has been made to remove or restrict them based on the objections of either an individual or group. In 2011, the top 10 list included titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins; Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley and the Gossip Girl series, by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Thanks to the commitment of librarians and teachers, parents and students as well as other concerned citizens, very few challenges are successful and most materials remain in public or school libraries.
Banned Books Week, held from September 30 through October 6, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
Displays & Discussions
September 22 - Book Discussion on George Orwell’s 1984, noon to 1 p.m., Northwest Branch Library
October 1-5 – Banned Books Week Informational Table, Main Library
October 3 – Watch segments of and discuss To Kill a Mockingbird with Professor Chris Jackson, Main Library, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Wowbrary (Back to Top)
New Wowbrary Weekly Email Newsletter Features the Newest Books, Movies and Music from Broward County Library
Wowbrary makes it easy to find out about Broward County Library’s newest items! Sign up for Wowbrary and receive a free weekly email that showcases the latest arrivals at the library.
Learn about new bestsellers, DVDs, CDs, ebooks, audiobooks, cookbooks, mysteries, biographies, children’s books and more.
No matter what combination of genres you enjoy, Wowbrary keeps you informed with one email a week that will appear in your mailbox every Wednesday morning. Browse what’s new and then click to put your choices on hold. With Wowbrary, you’ll never miss out on what’s new at Broward County Library.
Computer Classes for Seniors (Back to Top)
Broward County Library, in partnership with the OASIS Institute and the Broward Public Library Foundation, offer free computer classes at several locations. The OASIS Institute is a national non-profit organization that provides lifelong learning programs for adults age 50 plus. The OASIS Connections Technology program is an extensive, research-based technology skills education for mature adults.
Internet access and computer literacy skills are prerequisites for being an informed and engaged citizen in today’s digital age. Whether you are looking for a job, for information on health issues, or government assistance programs, Broward County Library provides the Internet access and computer literacy training.
Broward County Library has more than 1,900 public-use computers at locations countywide that you can use for free as well as offering free wireless internet at all locations.
For more information on computer classes, go to broward.org/library and click on the Events & Classes button or ask a librarian for assistance.