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Group Project

​Thank you to Broward County alumni for their interest and participation in the Little Libraries Project.

​Name
​Class
​LauriAnne Minoff
​2015
​Sherry M. Rini
​2018
​Julie Owens
​2018
​Maia Burns
​2018
​Lourdes Bathard
​2018
​Mary Stephens
​2018
​Maia Burns
​2017
​Cynthia McGrail
​2017
​Dolores A Boegli
​2017
​Randy Risley
​2017
​Roberto Rizo
​2017
​Lourde Bathard
​2017
​Gloria Quiroz
​2017
​Lauren A Tate
​2017
​George Wulin, Jr.
​2017
​Julienne Owens
​2017
​Lisé Galezo
​2017
​Frantz Compere
​2017
​Fern Rothstein
​2017
​Jonathan Owens
​2016
​Mitch Rosenwald
​2017
​Marie Nanni
​2015
​Eileen Sneider
​2018
The Little Library Project 

It’s called the Little Library. It’s the hottest thing in libraries that is catching on like wildfire all across the country. It is a community based, engagement project with a goal of sparking greater interest in reading and bringing neighbors closer to neighbors. Broward County Academy alumni came together in 2019 to survey Broadview Park residents to better understand the “flavor” of the neighborhood in order to create a Little Library that truly represented their community. They also engaged with the Neighborhood Civic Association and nearby Meadowbrook Elementary School, to better understand the history and uniqueness of Broadview Park. Some themes developed: diversity, community, and yes, butterflies which frequent the park. 

Through the design process, artist Batia Lowenberg steered the students through a creative process that would bring the project to life. To bring a sense for the generational commitment to encourage all age groups to learn to read, the group decided that the project will have a Little Library for adults and another for children. A book drive brought in hundreds of books to be stored at the libraries and replenished with new books on a regular basis by Sunview Park staff. 

Little Libraries play an important role in producing adults that view reading as part of lifelong education. Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books. One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. Did you know that here in Broward 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home? Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. 

About Sunview Park 

This neighborhood park, which is a center of recreational activity, is named after two little leagues, Sunset Little League and Broadview Park Little League. Located in the Broward Municipal Services District, programming at the park includes classes, club and association meetings, and the free After-School, Summer Recreation, and Teen programs. 

About Broadview Park 

Located in the Broward Municipal Service District, Broadview Park is a community of nearly 7,000 residents in a 1 square mile area. Broadview is a very diverse and connected community, with a vibrant mix of English, Spanish, and Creole speaking residents. The area has two parks and one elementary school. Located in the central portion of the County, Broadview Park is bordered on the north by Peters Road, on the east by US-441/State Road 7, on the south by Interstate 595/State Road 84 and on the west by SW 52nd Avenue and Florida’s Turnpike. The City of Plantation abuts the northern and western boundary of the neighborhood, the City of Fort Lauderdale lies to the east and the Town of Davie to the south.

About The Artist 

Peggie 'Batia' Lowenberg

batiaartist@gmail.com
www.instagram.com/batialowenberg/
www.batialowenberg.com

Peggie ‘Batia’ Lowenberg is a painter, public artist, and community arts educator.  Born in New York City, Batia relocated to South Florida in 2015 after living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel for over 18 years.  Lowenberg studied at Cornell University and the School of Visual Arts, among others.  She has exhibited her artwork and designed public art installations here and abroad.  She has been invited to serve as an art juror for several arts panels.

Ms. Lowenberg was the 2016 recipient of the Dina Baker Fund, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County ($10,000 Grant).  She was also a finalist for the Heritage Public Art Project for the City of Delray Beach in 2016.  She was selected for both the 2017 and 2018 SIP Public Art Installations by the City of West Palm Beach. For their 2018 project, she incorporated paintings by clients and students of the Palm Beach Habilitation Center which was featured in the Boca/Delray Newspaper (July 2018).

In 2019, Lowenberg has participated in the inaugural Off the Wall Live Murals through the Arts Council of Martin County.  As a teaching artist, she has also completed a large variety of art projects with the young members of the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. 
Lowenberg has participated in live art events at the Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach and this June will be part of their 1st Annual Art Throwdown/Monster Drawing Rally.  She is currently working with Broward County’s Office of Public Communications, Broward Cultural Division, and the Broadview Park community to create two Li’l Libraries to be installed at Sunview Park in the near future.

Ms. Lowenberg’s solo art exhibitions include the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Daggerwing Nature Center, and F.A.T. Village in Fort Lauderdale.   Her artwork is in public and private collections in the US, Israel, Europe, and Asia. Several of her projects and painting series can be seen at www.batialowenberg.com and www.instagram.com/batialowenberg/.