Let’s Hear It for the Friends and Fans of BCL!
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From volunteers to teen readers to kid’s fairy tale faves, Broward County Library has a celebration just for you!
Mid-October usually means a countdown to Halloween, the return of football and, for South Floridians, a much-anticipated cool down in climate. For library friends and fans, it means a host of great events for all ages that celebrate libraries, reading, stories and the Friends of the Libraries who help keep it all going.
Between Teen Read Week, the 12th Annual StoryBook Festival and “Friends of the Library” Week, Broward County Library is the place to be!
teen read week - read for the fun of it. www.ala.org/teenreadTeen Read Week™
Broward County Libraries will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (October 13-19) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to, "Seek the Unknown @ your library", and read for the fun of it!

Teen Read Week™ is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms - books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.
Teen Read Week™ is a great opportunity to educate teens and their families about all the free services the library can offer while also encouraging teens to explore all the different resources and services it provides. Here's a list of special Teen Read Week™ events coming up at Broward County Libraries:

The StoryBook Festival logoStoryBook Festival

"Hear ye, hear ye!" Come one and all to the 12th Annual StoryBook Festival's King “Author’s" Round Table of Tales to be held Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331. This free festival offers a day of music, dance, storytelling, storybook characters, crafts and activities for youngsters and their families. Listen to renowned storytellers tell tales from the days of knights and dragons as well as new stories and classic favorites.

The StoryBook Festival features live children’s performances on three stages as well as an arts and crafts tent where kids can get creative. Roam the Miami Herald’s Fantasy Forest, a magical place where children can interact with their favorite storybook characters. Enjoy the “Swappin’ Ground” area where children may tell their own stories. The first 1,000 children at the festival will receive a free book presented by Baptist Health.

This year’s event will also feature a human chess game and a maypole dance as well as storytelling in the “Hobbit” room. Children are encouraged to come to the festival in costume, and join the StoryBook Parade along with costumed characters. Parents are invited to bring cameras for the StoryBook Photo Spots. Stay for the Festival's closing ceremony, which features gifted storyteller David Novak in a performance that honors the winners of the Chapel Trail storytelling contest. Everyone is invited to come listen to contest winners will share their stories and sing along with our singing storyteller. There will even be free giveaways for those who attend the closing ceremony!

Highlights of the StoryBook Festival include:

  • Children’s author/singer/songwriter Darrell House will perform at this year’s StoryBook FestNationally recognized storyteller David Novak brings to life original adaptations of classic fairy tales and myths 
  • Storytelling by Carrie Sue Ayvar, Cheryl Floyd, Tamara Green, Windell Campbell and Pat Nease
  • Suzy Hammer’s Medieval Wizard
  • Performance by Superstar Productions 
  • Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion
  • Atlantic Coast Theatre presents Alice Rocks Wonderland and Rumpelstiltskin
  • Baptist Health’s Big Book Giveaway
  • The Miami Herald’s Fantasy Forest
  • Sing Along with Darrell House

The StoryBook Festival is presented by Baptist Medical Plazas and funded through the Broward Public Library Foundation with support from the Miami Herald, the City of Pembroke Pines, Friends of Southwest Regional Library, and Broward Family Life Magazine. It’s also funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Commissioners with proceeds from the 2000 Broward County Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Issue.
National Friends of the Library Week
Friends of the Broward County Library assist customers and the Library in a variety of ways, from tutoring to fundraisingBroward County Libraries will celebrate its Friends of the Library groups during National Friends of Libraries Week, held this year from October 20-26. The Friends of Broward County Library, Inc. is an umbrella organization of 32 local chapters. It has been instrumental in the growth of the library system since 1975 by bringing together the leaders of local Friends groups at meetings at the county, state and federal level and helping to sustain county, state and federal funding for the library system.
Friends: The Heart of Broward County LibrariesMonthly meetings provide opportunities for Friends to share successful ideas and plan for the future. Advocacy efforts of board members include participation in Library Days in Tallahassee and trips to Washington while Congress is in session. 
For more information on local Friends chapters, visit our Friends of Broward County Library web page or contact us at friends@broward.org or 954-357-7771.