Global Cultures Unite to Celebrate Heritage in May
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From the Caribbean to Central America to the Asian-Pacific, Broward County Library Travels the World This Month!

Broward County, with its mix of cultures and peoples from around the world, is an international gathering place that attracts global gatherers. During May, Broward County Library commemorates and celebrates Haitian-American Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo. Join in the fun with free festivals and events for the whole family as well as film presentations, book discussions and more!

Haitian-American Heritage Events at Broward County Library

Miramar Branch Library & Educational Center Presents: Festival d’Haiti

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12 p.m., the Miramar Branch Library and Educational Center presents the premier pre-Haitian Flag Day celebration in South Broward! This free annual cultural event offers a taste of all things Haitian: music, dancing, culture, food and fun! The day will begin with storytelling and songs of Yvette LeBlanc.

Immediately following will be entertainment from The LES Crew, The Butterfly Dancers, Steel Drum King Eddy Martinez and more. An art exhibit The Real Haiti: Experience it Yourself by The Real Haiti, face painting and a children’s craft will take place in the interior of the library, while writers of Haitian descent will be featured in the lobby. Food and merchant vendors will be located just outside the lobby doors. Bring the entire family and have fun celebrating and learning about Haitian culture! This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Miramar Library, Haitian Unity Foundation of Coral Springs, the City of Miramar, The Real Haiti and Costco. Call 954-357-8090 for more information.

May 7 - Reception for Haiti Focus Exhibition 2014, 12:15 to 7:45 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
May 10 - Culture of the Haitian Diaspora - Lectures and Entertainment: "Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li," 2 to 5 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
Book Displays: Haiti in Literature, Pembroke Pines Library
Exhibits: A Glance at Haiti's Culture, Haiti Focus Exhibition 2014: A collection of paintings depicting different aspects of Haitian and Haitian-American Culture through the eyes and talents of various Haitian artists, African-American Research Library, and Cultural Center. The Real Haiti: A Collection of Art by Haitian Children, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center. Art of Felix Plaisir, West Regional Library.

Sombrero and MaracasCinco de Mayo: Party with Mariachis, Mexican Treats and More!

May 3 - Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tamarac Library
May 3 - Paco Moreno and Friends create crafts and foods, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music! Children’s program 2 to 5 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Festival with Mexicanisimo Mariachi Band, Mexican Food Sampling, Favors and Crafts for Kids! 3 to 5:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library

PagodaMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – A celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States

May 7 - SAMANVAY (Harmony), performance, 6 to 7 p.m., Main Library
May 21 - Foreign Films with commentary by Shelly Isaacs: Film from China in Mandarin w/ English subtitles, 2 to 4:30 p.m., call library for title, Northwest Regional Library

Community Vision Sessions with Broward County Library Director Skye Patrick: Learn More About Your Library, Meet the Director and Discuss Your Views

Skye Patrick, Broward County Library DirectorBroward County Library will host a series of upcoming meetings to present the Library’s "Vision for the Future and Community," and for library administration to meet the public and to hear the concerns of each region. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation and Q&A session. All Community Vision Sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 28 - South Regional/Broward College Library, Multipurpose Room #138
Monday, May 5 - West Regional Library, Multipurpose Room #103
Monday, May 12 - Northwest Regional Library, Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor
Monday, May 19 - Southwest Regional Library, Auditorium, Room #111
Monday, June 2 - North Regional/Broward College Library, Multipurpose Room #154
Monday, June 9 - African-American Research Library and Cultural Center