National Arts and Humanities Month
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Artist loads his brush with yellow paint from his multi-color paint palette.It’s All About Culture!

In October, communities around the country join together to recognize the cultural gems that surround them. Here’s how Broward County Library will celebrate:

October 14 – Culture Vultures present East Meets West: Enjoy the sounds of singer/songwriter/violinist Ashlee M., 2 to 4 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
October 16 – Live Flute and Guitar Performance, 2 to 3 p.m., West Regional Library
October 20 – Artz Out Loud: The World Turned Upside Down: Music and stories of the American Revolution come to life, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
October 21 – Gothic Tales: Dressed in 19th century costume, Nora Quinlan will read gothic tales by Jane Austen, Sarah Orne Jewett and others, 2 to 3 p.m., registration required: 954-262-5477, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

Take an Art Break Today

Many library locations offer art exhibits that showcase great local, national and international artists. Take a break from a busy day, skip gallery admission costs and enjoy viewing original works in a variety of mediums – all for free at your Broward County Library.

Public Art at the Libraries

Next time you’re at your favorite library location, don’t forget to look around for unique and expressive public art, which is provided through Broward County Cultural Division’s Broward County Public Art and Design Program. The program allocates two percent (2%) of the total new construction budget for Broward County government facilities for commissioned artists to provide design expertise and create artworks within a range of projects.

Currently, 32 BCL locations have 46 pieces of public art on display that range from large-scale sculptures and murals to smaller paintings and multi-media installations. Broward County Cultural Division has made it easy to learn more about the public art located in libraries by installing QR (Quick Response) on interior artworks at libraries countywide. Get immediate access to detailed information on each of the public art projects with your smart phone simply by scanning a QR code located on signs next to each artwork. Just scan and click to learn more about the artist and to also access the Public Art and Design Tour located on the Broward County website.

Collier City Community Quilt by Barbara Watler
Collier City Community Quilt
by Barbara Watler; on display at Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library

Silence is Golden but Music is Free – at Broward County Library

Whatever your musical tastes, free music from your library will be music to your ears. Visit your local library and browse their collection or check out or list of the latest tunes from top artists. You can place a hold on your picks and pick them up at whichever Broward County Library is most convenient to you.

Use your Broward County Library card to download free songs courtesy of Broward County Library. All you need is your library card number and the last four digits of the phone number associated with that library card and you can download up to five free songs weekly from dozens of artists and genres.

 Arts and Humanities Books and Resources:

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Art for All: Art in Public Places, by Laura Hensley More...
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Art: The Groundbreaking Moments, by Florian Heine More...

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Ballet and Modern Dance, by Susan Au More...

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Dance: A Very Social History, by Carol Wallace More...
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How Music Works, by David Byrne More...
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The Arts, by A.M. Buckley (Young Adult) More...
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The Complete Classical Music Guide, edited by John Burrows More...
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The Cultural Studies Reader, edited by Simon During More...
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The Humanities in Architectural Design, edited by Soumyen Bandyopadhyay More...
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The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists, Famous & Obscure, edited by Larry Smith (eBook only) More...