Celebrate Fifty Years of Caribbean Freedom with Broward County Libraries
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Vintage map of Jamaica.In August, Jamaica (Aug. 6) and Trinidad and Tobago (Aug. 31) will respectively celebrate 50 years of independence from Great Britain, and the Caribbean will be rocking with festivals and fun. For Jamaicans, that includes a gala parade in downtown Kingston, local street parties and flag-raising ceremonies. Meanwhile, those in the nation of Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate with military-style parades, music and a fireworks finale.

For the rest of us, the anniversary of 50 years of Caribbean independence is the perfect time to brush up on fun facts about the island nations – with a little help from Broward County Library’s extensive online resources! Just click on the answer then use your Broward County Library card to access the right online library resource for the answer.

Fun Facts about Jamaica & Trinidad and Tobago:

Silhouette of people celebrating and waving the flag of Trindad and Tobago.

See for Yourself: Caribbean History at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

The Special Collections of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) houses a number of collections that feature art, ephemera and more from Jamaica and the Caribbean. The Frederic Gomes Cassidy Collection features books on the history and culture of the Caribbean islands with a strong emphasis on Jamaica. The Library of the Spoken Word provides 300 recordings of lectures, oral histories, stories and documentaries of Caribbean culture and history produced by the University of the West Indies. Additionally, AARLCC’s Special Collection also features an extensive selection of periodicals, newspapers and microfilm with Caribbean publications such as Caribbean Quarterly. The Special Collections are open to viewing by the public; please call 954-357-6217 for information or to make appointments.

Eat, Learn, Listen – Salute Fifty Years of Freedom with Music, Food, and Fun at Your Library!

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 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

Visit These BCL Locations to View Displays on Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago
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.

Photographer/artist David Muir.See Pieces of Jamaica at Southwest Regional Library
Also, don’t miss the Pieces of Jamaica art reception and book launch for photographer/artist David Muir, scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29 at Southwest Regional Library. Pieces of Jamaica is a collection of photos that captures the candid beauty of the island of Jamaica as captured by Muir, a South Florida-based photographer. David's collection consists of photographs depicting moments of authentic Jamaican culture and rustic reality, along with true beauty in things others might consider mundane. For more information, please call 954-538-9996.

 Celebrate the Tastes & Sounds of the Caribbean with BCL Resources:

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Food and Recipes of the Caribbean, by Theresa M. Beatty (Children’s) More...
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Classic Jamaican Cooking: Traditional Recipes and Herbal Remedies, by Caroline Sullivan More...

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Taste of the Caribbean: 70 Sizzling Recipes from Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad and All the Islands of the Caribbean, by Rosamund Grant More...
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Carnival: Culture in Action – The Trinidad Experience, edited by Milla Cozart Riggio More...
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Steel Bands of Trinidad and Tobago (CD) More...
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Calypsos from Trinidad (CD) More...

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Jamaica! (CD) More...
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Culture and Customs of Jamaica, by Martin Mordecai More...
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Reggae Pulse: The Heartbeat of Jamaica (CD) More...