Reading is HOT this Summer!
Whether you’re 3 or 103, summertime is fun time at Broward County Library, as the 2012 Summer Reading Program (SRP) kicks off with a host of exciting programs and events. Visit your library and sign up for the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Miami Dolphins Foundation. The more you read, the more chances you’ll have to win prizes!
Summer reading is crucial when it comes to maintaining children’s reading skills, with studies showing that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.” Children can lose up to three months of reading progress and they don’t catch up in the fall. The Summer Reading Program keeps children motivated and reading. For the grown-ups, the SRP is the perfect time to relax and read for the fun of it.
Children & Tweens: Visit Broward County Library and “Dream Big” this summer! Find fun, free programs that make your library the place to be this summer! Here’s a sample of the events for kids:
June 12, 19, 26 – Techie Tweens: Interactive computer games, contests and more, ages 8-12, 3 to 4 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
June 19 – Masks Around the World: Learn the significance of masks and make your own, grades 3-5, 3 to 5 p.m., Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch Library
July 7, 14, 21 – Princess Dream Dance Camp: Little princesses can learn a magical dance routine during this free workshop for children ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Davie/Cooper City Branch Library. Pre-register: 954-680-0050
July 16 – Tween Book Club Event: Book discussion, crafts and treats, ages 8-12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., West Regional Library. Pre-register: 954-382-5860.
Teens: This summer, "Own the Night" at the library. Have fun, hang out, make friends, get creative –dream it and do it this summer at Broward County Library. Summer Reading Program events for teens include:
June 13 – Magic Workshop: Learn magic tricks and keep a free set of magic props, middle/high school students, 4 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
July 11, 25 – Watch the Movie, Win the Book: Teen Edition, ages 13 and up, 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
July 16 – Teen Murder Mystery Dinner: Play a part or solve the mystery, ages 12 and up, 5 to 7:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library Pre-register: 954-968-3840
Adults: With the theme “Between the Covers,” you know the Adult Summer Reading Program is going to sizzle! Heat up the summer with these programs for adults:
June 23 – How to Write Love Letters, 1 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
July 10 – Uncover the Magic of Free Music Downloads with Freegal, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
July 21 – Between the Covers Literary Cinema, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Imperial Point Branch Library
Complete list of Youth and Adult Summer Reading events available at your local library!
Broward County Library Publishes First eBook (Back to Top)
Broward County Library has published its first eBook, The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay. This beautiful publication honors the work of librarian and curator James A. Findlay, who served as director of the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, a rare books and special collections library located at Main Library. Findlay, who passed away in 2010, was responsible for organizing and curating exhibitions from the special collections which totaled more than 15,000 items, including rare books, artifacts, manuscripts and reference materials.
The new eBook, the first of its kind to be created in-house at Broward County Library, is a survey of the approximately 30 printed publications Findlay and his staff prepared to accompany Bienes Museum exhibitions. The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay provides an exciting look back at publications that Jim Findlay (1943-2010) wrote, edited or contributed in some capacity. Jim and his colleagues produced an array of exceptional print pieces, at times in collaboration with expert collectors.
The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay may be accessed for free by visiting Broward County Library’s online Digital Collections page. It is available in EPUB eBook (iPad, NOOK, Sony Reader) Kindle Book. You can also view the EPUB eBooks on your computer with Adobe Digital Editions.
American Heritage Month (Back to Top)
Show your pride in your country this July and celebrate American Heritage Month with music, crafts, movies and more.
• Historic Broward County, Northwest Regional Library
• Civil War Exhibit, West Regional Library
Stirling Road Branch Library, West Regional Library and Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
June 12 – American Sewing Guild, 1 to 3 p.m., Stirling Road Branch Library
June 12 – Shade Tree Pickers: Bluegrass Celebrates American Heritage Month, 3 to 4 p.m., Tamarac Branch Library (Free for Friends of Tamarac Library; $3 for nonmembers.)
June 21 – Historical Commission Brown Bag Lunch Program: Broward County Sports, noon, Broward County Historical Commission Building
June 26 – Lesley McDonald Sings America, 1 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
July 7 – Film: For Love and Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
July 9 – Life During the Civil War: Presented by Robert and Kathy Feeney, 2 to 3 p.m., West Regional Library
July 17 – Make It and Take It Craft Special: Native American Dream Catcher, ages 5-12, 2 to 3 p.m., please pre-register: 954-785-2181, Pompano Beach Branch Library
July 20 – Moon Day, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Library
July 21 – Shade Tree Pickers: Bluegrass Celebrates American Heritage Month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
July 23 – Life During the Civil War: Presented by Robert and Kathy Feeney, 1 to 4 p.m., West Regional Libraryy
Customer Spotlight (Back to Top)
When Paul Friedberg moved to South Florida in 1999, his daily drive took him past the Century Plaza/Leon Slatin Branch Library. Although he lives in Boca Raton, Paul Friedberg makes Century Plaza Branch his home library and willingly pays the $50 non-resident fee to enjoy Broward County Library’s services. “The people at Century Plaza are very friendly and accommodating,” he explains. “I read so many books that it would cost a fortune to pay for them. Broward County Library gets the new books so quickly – I never have to wait for bestsellers.” Paul is also a fan of the new BCL WoW mobile app.
“It changes the way you use the library. My phone is always with me. I hear about a book I want and I get my phone and order it from the library,” he explains. “It couldn’t be more perfect. It does everything but go to the library and pick up the book for me!”
Father’s Day Fun! (Back to Top)
Inspired by Mother’s Day, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd pushed for a special day for dads. Raised by her single father, Dodd worked with her pastor to write the original Father’s Day resolution.
The first Father’s Day was held in Spokane, Washington in 1910. Today, there are nearly 66.3 million dads in the U.S. who will receive nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards this year, accompanied by 95 million neckties!
June 7 – Early Literacy Story Time Celebrates Father’s Day, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Imperial Point Branch Library
June 11 – Super Monday Father’s Day Stories, Crafts and More! All ages, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
June 12 – Film Celebrating Father’s Day, 2 to 4:30 p.m., call 954-537-2877 for title, Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
June is also Men’s Health Month!
Men’s Health Month Book Displays: Stirling Road Branch Library and West Regional Library.
Anancy Festival at the Library! (Back to Top)
The Anancy Festival 2012, a celebration of Caribbean-American culture and history is coming to South Regional/Broward College Library on Saturday, June 9 from noon to 5 p.m. Named for Anansi, the West African trickster of folklore, the Anancy Festival will feature music, stories and dance and will be presented in four cities: Pembroke Pines, Orlando, Washington, D.C. and Kingston, Jamaica. The event will be simulcast between each city so attendees can view performances at different locations. Geared toward children and teens, the festival is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 954-201-8825.
Celebrate Juneteenth at the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival! (Back to Top)
Northwest Branch Library will host their annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16. The festival is held each summer in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
The festival features live music, lots of fun kids’ activities and, of course, delicious sweet potato pie! It also kicks off the Summer Reading Program at Northwest Branch Library, and children, teens and adults are invited to sign up to read and win great prizes.
Celebrate National Dance Day (July 28) All Summer Long! (Back to Top)
Kick up your heels @ the library this summer. Young or old, you can try out hip-hop, jazz, salsa or line dancing. Go around the world and watch a Hawaiian dance performance, learn Latin American folk dancing or hear about African beats. What are you waiting for? Get moving at your library with these great programs:
June 9 - Hip Hop Dance Summer Reading Kick-Off, 3 to 4 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center
June 14, 21, 28 - Toddler Time: Short story time, dancing and play, ages up to 3, parental participation required, 11:30 a.m., Hollywood Branch Library
June 16 - The Dream Big Show with Holy Cow and special guests Mr. Pig and Bully the Bull: Funny audience participation skits & dancing, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., West Regional Library
June 18, 25 - Own the Night @ the Hip-Hop Palazzo for Teens! Learn the hip-hop moves with the music of today’s most popular vocal artists, ages 12-18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Lauderhill Towne Centre Branch Library
June 19 - Hip-Hop & Jazz Dance Class with instructor Miss Raquel from 5-6-7-8 Let’s Dance, ages 7 & up, 6 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
June 20 - Griselda Castro’s Latin American Folkloric Dances, 6 to 7 p.m., Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch Library
June 23 - Line Dancing Class. 2 to 3 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
June 25 - Just for Tweens: Caribbean Heat: Learn the latest Zumba moves, ages 8-12, 3:30 to 3:30 p.m. No large groups. Pre-register: 954-201-2626. North Regional/Broward College Library
June 27- Ethnotricity Cultural Art Studio Dance Performance, 12:30 to 7 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
June 28, 29, 30 - Ethnotricity Cultural Art Studio Dance Performance, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
July 2, 9 - Own the Night @ the Hip-Hop Palazzo for Teens! Learn the-hop moves with the music of today’s most popular vocal artists, ages 12-18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Lauderhill Towne Centre Branch Library
July 3, 17 - Hip-Hop & Jazz Dance Class with instructor Miss Raquel from 5-6-7-8 Let’s Dance, ages 7 & up, 6 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
July 6 - Let’s Move It! Move It! Dance, games & more, all ages, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Pompano Beach Branch Library
July 7, 14, 21 - Princess Dream Dance Camp: Learn a special dance routine to perform for their parents at the end of the session, ages 3-5. Pre-registration required, 954-680-0050, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Davie/Cooper City Branch Library
July 11 - Own the Night: JUS HIP-HOP: Free dance workshop conducted by artist Ms. Maraj, ages 8-15, 5:30 to 6 p.m., Hollywood Branch Library
July 12, 19, 26 - Toddler Time: Short story time, dancing and play, ages up to 3, parental participation required, 11:30 a.m., Hollywood Branch Library
July 12 - Teen Zumba, 5 to 6 p.m. Riverland Branch Library
July 14 - Salsa Dancing Class, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Northwest Regional Library
July 14 - Drumming with Ndakhte: Drum, Dance, Dream! Learn the drumbeats and music of Africa, ages 5 and up, 2 to 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
July 14 - Rock On, Classic Rock from the 60s 70s & 80s. Performed by the Long Road Back band, 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
July 16 - Kids Summer Specials: Hawaiian Dance Show! All Ages, 2 to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
July 18 - Geddy the Gecko Interactive Show, singing, dancing and lots of laughter, ages 3-12. Day camp groups welcome. Pre-register, 954-201-2626, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
July 21 - Line Dancing Class, 2 to 3 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
July 23 - Pre-Recital Hip-Hop & Jazz Practice with instructor, Miss Raquel from 5-6-7-8 Let’s Dance, ages 7 & up, 4 to 6 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
July 23 - African Dreams: Drum & Dance Workshop. Learn authentic techniques under the stars with troupe performers from Drumming with Ndakhte. (Indoors in case of rain). Middle and high school students, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
July 23 - Vampire Dancing, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
July 24 - Hawaiian Culture! Learn about Hawaiian culture through song and dance and storytelling with Ohana Arts, 6 to 7 p.m., Hallandale Beach Branch Library
July 28 - Summer Reading Program Grand Finale, with hip-hop and jazz dance performers, all ages, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
Stonewall Exhibit at North Regional/Broward College Library Honors LGBT Pride Month (Back to Top)
Stonewall: The History of the Gay Liberation Movement, an exhibit commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, will be on display at North Regional/Broward College Library throughout June and July. Stonewall explores how and why three hot nights in New York City in June 1969 became a turning point in the struggle for gay, lesbian and human rights. The Stonewall Riots blazed a path for gay rights and gay pride, marking a turning point in the struggle for equality for all. Learn about this powerful chapter in U.S. history and how it became the defining event in the start of the gay rights movement. Exhibit on loan from the Stonewall Museum Archive.
What’s Cooking for National Culinary Arts Month (Back to Top)
This month-long celebration held each July promotes awareness of professional cooks and chefs and their contributions to new culinary trends and dining excellence. Visit your library in July to check out the latest and greatest cookbooks or these tasty National Culinary Arts Month programs:
July 9 – Book N Cookin’ with Robyne Friedland, ages 5-10, 2 to 3 p.m., Pompano Beach Branch Library. Sponsored by Friends of Pompano Beach Library. Pre-register: 954-786-2181.
July 14 – See What’s Cooking with a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute chef, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center.