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Power fistCelebrations of Equality this Month @Broward County Library

Commemorating Juneteenth, Human Rights Day and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

Broward County Libraries Division will pay tribute to human rights in June, 2014 with a series of events – including films, an art exhibit and art lecture – that are free and open to the public. Human Rights Day, observed annually on June 21, was established by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in 2013.

  • June 18 - Foreign Film Series with Discussion and Commentary with Shelly Isaacs. Academy Award-winning 2010 Film in Danish with English subtitles. Call library for title: 954-201-2600, 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
  • June 20 - Lecture: Impressions of Humanity, presented by Marcos Antonio, 1 to 2 p.m., Main Library
  • June 26 - Reel to Real Talk - a Film Forum with Commentary. Books to Movies Series - A sci-fi that has come true? Call library for title: 954-201-2600, 12 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
  • July 16 - Foreign Films with Commentary by Shelly Isaacs. 2011, in Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles. Call library for title: 954-357-7990, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
  • Art Exhibit: Impressions of Humanity by Marcos Antonio, Main Library (June 1-30)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) 
LGBT flagBroward County Library will host a free literary event as well as a unique photo exhibit and special book display in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month). LGBT Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Its purpose is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.
All events and exhibits are free and open to the public.

  • June 18 - John Siegfried will discuss his book Gray & Gay: A Journey of Self-Acceptance, a brutally honest account of a doctor's long and enduring struggle to accept his homosexuality and his transition from the dissolution of his thirty-five year marriage to his 20-year partnership with another man, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library
  • Exhibit: "We Do, Too!” Photography exhibit of couples celebrating gay marriage. Sponsored by the LGBT nonprofit Arts United, 6th floor, Main Library (June 1-30)
  • Book Display in Honor of LGBT Pride Month: South Regional/Broward College Library

Sweet potato pieBlues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival 
Kick off the summer and celebrate Juneteenth with the Northwest Branch Library's annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, to be held Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Apollo Park, located at 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, which is adjacent to the Northwest Branch Library.
The Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. From children's fun to great music and food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival offers a good time for all ages.
The Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival will feature the following entertainment:

  • Dave Nuby & Friends Rhythm & Blues Band
  • Derrick the DJ
  • Felicia "Fefe" Moore, Comedienne
  • Gospel Rapper Proof
  • Windell Campbell, Storyteller
  • Games and Prizes
  • Praise Dancers
  • Historical Reenactment with Joy Woods
  • Exhibits
  • Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off

Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is a holiday that marks the official end of slavery when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the Civil War was over and all who were enslaved were now free.
During the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, Northwest Branch Library will also begin registering children, teens and adults for the Summer Program. Read books, earn rewards and get the chance to win great prizes! For information visit the Broward County Library Summer Program page.

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Community Vision Session 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 the final Vision Session meeting 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. The session, which is free and open to the public, will include a PowerPoint presentation and Q&A session. It will be held Monday, June 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.