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During National Library Week, you belong @ Broward County Library!
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Job searchers, book lovers, info seekers – whoever you are, you belong @ your library!® National Library Week, celebrated April 8-14, is the perfect time to explore everything Broward County Library has to offer. Today’s libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests, offering information, education, recreation and so much more.

What do you do at your library? According to a recent survey from the American Library Association, plenty! While the recent recession may have come to an end, the survey found that Americans continue to turn to their local libraries for help finding a job or launching a business. Even with libraries facing budget cuts, more than two-thirds of the 1,000 adults surveyed said the library’s assistance in finding a job or starting a business was important to them. Not surprisingly, the use of public computers at the library continues to increase and the availability of wireless Internet in public libraries across the U.S. is approaching 85%. More and more public libraries – almost two-thirds, including Broward County Library – offer eBooks, showing that electronic library services are here to stay.

In keeping with this trend, Broward County Library has launched a mobile app, BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls, that allows customers to access their library account, search the catalog, place holds, find your nearest library, check library events and more all from their smart phone. Additionally, Broward County Library is expanding its electronic services beyond the traditional library walls, offering free books and access to library services via signs with QR codes in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Central Bus Terminal.

Celebrating National Library Week

Want to celebrate National Library Week with us? Here’s Broward County Library’s schedule of National Library Week events, including fun activities for “Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day,” on April 12:

  • Book Display - Librarian’s Picks for “Drop Everything and Read Day,” North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek (954-201-2600)
  • Viva La Library Adult Essay Contest: What will the library of the 22nd century be like? Call North Lauderdale Saraniero Library for details; 954-968-3840
  • Writing Contest: “Why You Belong @ your library.” Call Northwest Regional Library for details; 954-341-3900, ext. 252. Contest runs from April 8-14.
  • April 9 – National Library Week Books-in-Action Program based on the book Dewey and the Decimals by Paige Taylor, ages 6-12, 3 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach (954-968-3820)
  • April 11 – Sharkey’s Storytime Fun: I Love the Library! Ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. (954-262-5477)
  • April 11 – You Belong @ Your Library for Enjoyment: Celebrate with punch and cookies with the library staff, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach (954-968-3820)
  • April 11 – Library Expo: Learn about your library, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines (954-201-8825)
  • April 12 – Preschool Storytime celebrates D.E.A.R. Day: Bring your favorite book and win a prize, ages 3-5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Imperial Point Library, 5985 N. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale (954-492-1881)
  • April 12 – In Honor of D.E.A.R. Day, children and families are invited to come together to read their favorite book, all ages, 2 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach (954-968-3820)
  • April 12 – National D.E.A.R. Day: Read aloud, ages 6-12, 3 p.m., Riverland Library, 2710 W. Davie Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale (954-791-1085)
  • April 12 – Celebrate  D.E.A.R. Day with stories and crafts, ages 5-9, 4 to 4:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs (954-341-3900)
  • April 12 – Open Mic Poetry Readings with Bluestockings & Argyle Poets, 6 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, 3403 Galt Ocean Dr., Ft. Lauderdale (954-537-2877)
  • April 13 – Documentary: The Library of Congress, Volumes to Speak, 1 to 1:30 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation (954-382-5860)
  • April 13 – Library Expo Day: Learn about your library, 2 to 4 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, 3403 Galt Ocean Dr., Ft. Lauderdale (954-537-2877)
  • April 14 – Culture in the Pines Presents “Meet the Authors: Author Showcase,” 2 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines (954-538-9996)
  • April 14 – Library Expo: Learn about your library, 2 to 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines (954-538-9996)
  • April 16 – Library Expo: Learn about your library, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines (954-201-8825)

 Famous Librarians throughout History

What do Chairman Mao and legendary lover Casanova have in common? Each of them, at some point in their life, was a librarian. Here’s a list of other famous folks that pursued a career in the library:

  • Golda Meir: Pre-politics, this famed fourth prime minister of Israel worked as a librarian.
  • Pope Pius XI: Before he became pope in 1929, he was a librarian and a scholar. While at the Vatican, Pope Pious XI did what any good librarian would: famously reorganized its historic archives.
  • Marcel Duchamp: You might find it surreal, but when Dadaist artist Duchamp became tired of painting in 1912, he worked as a librarian at the Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve.
  • Lewis Carroll: Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland took a job as a “sub-librarian” at Oxford after graduating from the school with a degree in mathematics.
  • Mao Zedong: In the 1940s and 50s, Mao Zedong united China when he organized the People’s Republic of China. In 1918, he was an assistant librarian at Peking University. The chief librarian there was a Marxist, and he succeeded in converting Mao to communism.
  • Giacomo Casanova: Spy, writer, lover – librarian? After a life of debauchery, Casanova spent his later years quietly working as a librarian in Bohemia.

 Reel Life at the Library: Movies with Libraries or Librarians in Starring Roles

movie reelDesk Set: (1957) Spencer Tracy is hired to install a computer in the Reference Department of a television network. The librarians (played by Katharine Hepburn, Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill and Sue Randall) though single women, are knowledgeable, capable and efficient professionals.

Foul Play: (1978). Goldie Hawn is a librarian pursued by Chevy Chase, a detective. While quite alluring at the party in the opening scene, she’s dressed in contrast to how she looks when she goes to work in her sensible shoes.

The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag: (1992). Betty Lou (Penelope Ann Miller) is a young and attractive, but mousy, librarian whose husband, a police detective, takes her for granted. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, she finds the murder weapon but can't get anyone's attention to tell them. In a fit of frustration, she fires the gun in a restroom. When taken to the police station she insists she is the murderer. It has the desired effect: people do pay attention to her.

Major League: (1989). Although much of this film takes place on the field, love interest Rene Russo is a young, beautiful librarian. We are even told that she has a master's degree, an unusual admission for a movie librarian, and a license plate that says "READ."

The Mummy: (1999). Rachel Weisz plays a young Egyptologist and librarian in Cairo in the 1920s who becomes involved in a dangerous, action-packed (and ultimately romantic) adventure to kill the mummy that has returned to take his revenge on the world.

Music Man: (1962). Shirley Jones plays Marian Paroo ("Marian the Librarian") of the River City, Iowa, Public Library who makes available scandalous materials such as the works of Balzac and Chaucer, and sings while she stamps books slips.

 Books and Other Materials for National Library Week Available at BCL:

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This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson More...

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Library: An Unquiet History, by Matthew Battles More...
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The Library: An Illustrated History, by Stuart A.P. Murry More...

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Library: The Drama Within, photographs by Diane Asseo Griliches/essay by Daniel J. Boorstin More...

 For Children:

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The Library, by Sarah Stewart More...

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Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia, by Jeanette Winter More...

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Librarian on the Roof! A True Story, by M.G. King More...
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Library: From Ancient Scrolls to the World Wide Web More...
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That’s Our Librarian! By Ann Morris More...


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