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Viva Florida 500
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Viva Florida 500During 2013, Broward County Libraries will celebrate Viva Florida 500, an initiative launched by the Florida State Department and its partners that commemorates Florida's 500th anniversary. This statewide, year-long event salutes the state's rich heritage and diverse cultural history as well as its early exploration by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. 

Ponce de Leon's discovery of Florida ushered in a new historical era that saw different nationalities come together to form the foundation of the United States of America. Today, countless numbers of cultures grow and thrive in Florida, and Viva Florida 500 is about celebrating those cultures' impact on the history of Florida. Help Broward County Libraries celebrate Viva Florida with great events for all ages. 

January 2 – Children’s Story Time: Juan Ponce de Leon’s Landing in Florida, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.,
Tyrone Bryant Library, 2230 N.W. 21 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954-357-7670)
January 5
– Children’s Story Time: Juan Ponce de Leon’s Landing in Florida, from 5 to 6 p.m., 
Tyrone Bryant Library, 2230 N.W. 21 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954-357-7670)
January 12 – Culture in the Pines: Historic Places in Broward County, from 2 to 4 p.m.,
Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33331 (954-357-6580)
January 19 – Peace Craft, ages 3 and up, from 2 to 3 p.m., 
South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
January 20 – Carrie Sue Ayvar’s Stories of Florida – Con Sabor! Bilingual tales to connect the people and culture of Florida, all ages, from 2 to 3 p.m. 1st floor, Program Room 1017,
Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
January 30 – Sharkey’s Storytime: What Lives in Florida? Learn about Florida’s wildlife with experts from the South Florida Wildlife Center, ages 3-5 with caregiver, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 1st floor, Program Room 1017,
Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
January 30 – FAU professor Dr. Evan Bennett presents Encounters in an Enchanted Land: Florida's First Half-Millennium, from 2 to 3 p.m., 
Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954-357-7444)
February 27 – "Shipwrecks of Florida" lecture by Matthew DeFelice, Broward County archaeologist, 2 p.m.,
Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954-357-7444)
February 28 – Lecture with Pam Brandon, co-author of Field To Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida's Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans, 12 noon,
Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954-357-7444)
March 27 – "ArcheoTourist Destinations in Southeast Florida," lecture by Michele Williams, director for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, 2 p.m.,
Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954-357-7444)

 Books and Resources on Florida History Available at BCL:

Book Jacket for: A brief guide to Florida's monuments and memorials
A Brief Guide to Florida’s Memorials and Monuments, by Roberta Sandler More...
Book Jacket for: Florida history from the highways

Florida History from the Highways, by Douglas Waitley More...

Book Jacket for: Florida place names
Florida Place Names, by Allen Covington Morris More...
Book Jacket for: Florida portrait : a pictorial history of Florida

Florida Portrait: A Pictorial History of Florida, by Jerrell Shofner More...

Book Jacket for: Michael Gannon's history of Florida in 40 minutes

Michael Gannon’s History of Florida in 40 Minutes, by Michael Gannon More...

Book Jacket for: Juan Ponce de León and the Spanish discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida

Juan Ponce de Leon and the Spanish Discovery of Florida and Puerto Rico, by Robert Henderson Fuson More...

Book Jacket for: Our Florida legacy : land, legend & leadership

Our Florida Legacy: Land, Legend & Leadership, by Margaret Barlow More...

Book Jacket for: Ponce de León and the discovery of Florida : the man, the myth, and the truth

Ponce de Leon and the Discovery of Florid: The Man, the Myth, the Truth, by Douglas T. Peck More...

Book Jacket for: The Everglades : river of grass
The Everglades: River of Grass, by Marjory Stoneman Douglas More...
Book Jacket for: Up for grabs : a trip through time and space in the Sunshine State

Up for Grabs: A Trip Through Time and Space in the Sunshine State, by John Rothchild More...

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