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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 www.sfbf.eventbrite.com.
All 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.
5. 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.
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.
6. 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
- Thursdays - Digital Download Class, 4 to 5 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
- July 9 - 3D Technology, 6 to 7 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- July 10, 17, 24, 31 - eReader Open House, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
- July 12 - iPad for Beginners, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
- July 15 - Let's Tech About It - See what digital download offerings are available through the Broward County Library, registration required: 954-765-1573, 6 to 7:30 p.m., West Regional Library
- July 23 - Digitally download free magazines with Zinio and free music with Freegal. Bring your own device, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Center
- July 24 - Digital Downloads, 2 to 3 p.m., Deerfield Beach Percy White Library
- July 24 - Hour of Code, 2 to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library