Six Cool Ways to Beat the Summer Heat with BCL!
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This summer, save money and have fun with Broward County Libraries (BCL). From books, music and movies on the go to cool exhibits and one great book festival, Broward County Library has your summer fun all wrapped up! Here’s six hot ways to spend summer at BCL:
Two girls sharing an E-Reader1. Summertime WoW: Get free music, eBooks, movies and more – to go! From beach to home and everywhere in between, take it with you by downloading BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls mobile app for Android™, Apple® and other smart phones. Download top bestsellers for beachside reading as well as hit music and cool films. Don’t know how to download? Take one of the free downloading classes offered at libraries countywide or check out the list at the bottom of the article.
Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library2. Spend the day at the
Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library: Head to Davie with the family, and visit the Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library – a combination structure that houses both a free, public Broward County Library and the Young At Art Museum, an innovative children’s arts education complex. While there is an admission charge to the Young At Art Museum, there is no charge to enter the Broward County Library. Enjoy free children’s programs at the library, browse the Museum’s fantastic hands-on exhibits and check out the colorful sculptures outdoors.
Moon Rock on Display at the Main Library3. Explore the (Sixth) Floor at Main Library: A genuine piece of the moon, original paintings and sculptures from local artists, and rare books and manuscripts from around the world – find all this and more on the sixth floor of the Main Library! Free and open to the public during library hours, the sixth floor houses gallery six – an airy, modern space with rotating exhibits – as well as the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book: The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library, which houses an amazing collection of rare books and manuscripts as well as items from the WPA. While you’re there, check out the Moon Rock display to see artifacts from the U.S. space program. 
4. Cool Writings @ the South Florida Book Festival: The South Florida Book Festival is returning to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) on July 25 and 26, 2014, with hot authors and events for all! Friday night features an “Evening of Stars” reception from 6 to 9:30 p.m., where guest can mingle with Festival authors, including Sunny Anderson, host of the Food Network’s Cooking for Real and The Kitchen TV shows, who will be appearing Friday only. This event is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; for advance tickets visit
South Florida Book Festival - African-American Research Library and Cultural CenterAll events on Saturday, July 26 are free for all guests. Keynote speaker is Congressman James E. Clyburn, a risk taker who once organized Civil Rights sit-ins and walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The two-day festival features bestselling writers Eric Jerome Dickey, Donna Hill and Pamela Samuels Young as well as Dr. Carl Hart, a neuroscientist and frequent national guest on PBS, CNBC, and Fox News. Enjoy workshops on finance, poetry, natural hair care, Caribbean cooking and more. The South Florida Book Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 954-357-6282 for details.
Creation Station, Broward County Main Library5. Creation Station: What Will You Create? Head downtown to Main Library’s Creation Station, Broward County Library’s first makerspace and gadget lab! Free and open to all ages, the Creation Station has 3D design/printing equipment, state-of-the-art MacIntosh computers, Leap Motion technology and robotics, all of which are available for use by the community. Come in and try your hand at the latest technology and leave with a 3D printed item of your own! Open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. 
S.T.E.A.M. Makers Day - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Also, for those interested in DIY, don’t miss the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) Makers Day on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library. S.T.E.A.M. Makers Day is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the "Maker" movement. For details, call 954-357-6580.
West Side Grade School6. Blast from the Past: Nestled in the historic West Side Grade School in Sailboat Bend, the Broward County Historical Commission is a treasure trove for lovers of local history. Explore vintage maps and photographs from days past as well as documents, books and oral histories. View rare items from the collection including the only known surviving relics (musket balls, gun flints and pottery) from one of the three Fort Lauderdale’s erected in the vicinity during the Second Seminole War. Call 954-357-5553 for info.
Free Downloading Classes This Month @ BCL

Hot Summer Reads: Top Titles from the New York Times Bestseller List - Available in eBook format

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis (Fiction)
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (Fiction)
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Fiction)
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Fiction)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Fiction)
One Nation by Ben Carson (Nonfiction)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Nonfiction)
Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Nonfiction)
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Nonfiction)
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Nonfiction)