International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it was not until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated annually during the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.
Broward County Library will be celebrating Women’s History Month with movies, book discussions, seminars, children’s programs and more. All events are free and open to the public.
March 2, 9 - Afternoon Cinema: 3/2: The Eagle Huntress. 3/9: Queen of Katwe, suggested for ages 16 and up, 3 to 5:30PM, South Regional/Broward College Library March 8 - Wednesdays at West: Senses of Cinema foreign film series with commentary by film expert Shelley Isaacs, Transit Café (NR), 2 to 3PM, West Regional Library March 18 - LC Cinema Presents Florence Foster Jenkins, 1 to 3PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library March 18 - Book-n-A Movie Matinee: Learning to Drive, 2 to 5PM, West Regional Library March 25 - A League of Their Own, 3 to 5PM, Northwest Regional Library
Classes, Presentations & More
March 2 - Chair Yoga for Seniors, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Carver Ranches Library March 4 - Women Closing Gaps and Uniting Resources, 12 to 3PM, Lauderdale Lakes Library March 8, 11 - Women Take Charge of Your Wealth: Money Management Workshop, 3/8: 6:30 to 7:30PM. 3/11: Your Business Bank,2PM, Carver Ranches Library March 8 - Presentation by Patricia Zeiler of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society: From a Fort to a City: The Women Pioneers of Broward County, 6 to 7:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center March 8 – Women’s History Month Jeopardy, 6 to 7PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library March 8 - On Hemingway: Three Views, 7 to 9:30PM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University March 13 - Caregiver Support Group: Know your federal benefits, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Carver Ranches Library March 18 - Belly Dancing for Women, 10:30AM to 12PM, Weston Library March 18 - Healthy Living/Healthy Aging, 2 to 3:30PM, Carver Ranches Library March 20 - Women's History Trivia Contest, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Pompano Beach Library March 21 - Discussion of the lives of Julia Tuttle and Mary Brickell, led by librarian Lisa Lobel, 2 to 3PM, Tamarac Library March 21 - Frida Kahlo Inspired Still Life Art Class, 4 to 5:30PM, Northwest Regional Library March 22, 25 - Natural Hair Workshop. 3/22: 5 to 7:30PM. 3/25: 3 to 5PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center March 22 - Five Fascinating Females of the Prohibition Era: Learn about five women who made their mark either within the law or outside it, 1 to 2:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library March 25 - A Public Dance Ball! By the Miami-Dade/Fort Lauderdale Region for the Jane Austen Society of North America, 2 to 5PM, Hallandale Beach Library
Book Discussions & Literary Events
March 7 - The Writer's Group: Do you have a story to tell? Join a focus group of other writers in the area. Share your triumphs and let the group help with critiques, 6 to 8PM, South Regional/Broward College Library March 10 - Jewish Authors/American Classics Book Talk: Ellis Island by Mark Helprin, 11AM to 12PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library March 13 - Dear Readers Book Club: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, 12:30 to 1:30PM, Deerfield Beach Percy White Library March 13 - Once Upon a Rock with author Erica Bennett, 1:30 to 2:30PM, Main Library March 14 - Ruth E. Cohan Jewish Book Review Series, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Northwest Regional Library March 14 - The Page Turner's Monthly Book Club: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, 2 to 3PM, South Regional/Broward College Library March 15 - Author Talk and Discussion: Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare), 1 to 2PM, Pembroke Pines Library March 21 - Let's Talk About Books! Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, 10:30AM to 12PM, Southwest Regional Library March 25 - Celebrate Women in the Arts: A diverse panel of women writers discuss writing and publishing, 2:30 to 4:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center March 28 - Reading Round Table Book Discussion: The Trespasser by Tana French, 2 to 3:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
Children & Teens
March 8 - Raise a Reader @ Sharkey’s Storytime! 10:30 to 11:15AM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University March 8 - Colorful Women in History, children's program, 4 to 5PM, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library March 14 - Tuesday Fun Night: Children’s story time and craft. 6:30 to 7:30PM, Hollywood Library March 23 - Girl Power: Hero tales and a special craft, ages 5-11, 1 to 2PM, Pembroke Pines Library March 25 - Who Runs the World? Girls! 2 to 3:30PM, Carver Ranches Library
Great Movies for Women’s History Month – Available Free from Broward County Library
Women’s History Month Books for Young Readers
Discover the Digital Archives of Broward County Pioneer Easter Lily Gates
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a local flavor by exploring the online, digital archives of Easter Lily Gates, a South Florida pioneer who was Broward County Supervisor of Elections for 40 years, from 1929 to 1969.
Born in Iowa, in 1889, Easter Lily Bilbo travelled west with her family by covered wagon. As a 17-year-old store clerk, she began making and wearing her extravagant trademark hats. Soon thereafter, she met and married husband George Gates, eventually settling in Fort Lauderdale in 1918. The city was a sleepy hamlet of 3,000 residents when they added two sons to the population.
In the killer Hurricane of 1926, Easter Lily Gates heroically saved her family but lost everything she owned. Two weeks later, her husband died. To provide for her children, Gates became Broward County’s first female bus driver. In 1928, she ran for Supervisor of Elections, hitchhiking and walking to campaign because she had no car. Gates won the election, and served unchallenged for the next 40 years. She registered Broward County’s first Seminole and African-American voters.
Following her retirement at age 80, Gates remained active in the community, the Methodist Church, and quietly supported children around the world. She passed away in February 1985.
The photographs in her collection display the public and private Easter Lily Gates and the world she lived in, locally and internationally. And although she was anything but typical, the photographs are a window to the period and the more conventional people she moved among.
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Closed to the Public on Sunday, February 19, 2017
The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center will be closed to the public on Sunday, February 19, 2017, for a special ticketed event sponsored by Broward County Library and the Friends of the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.
Signs will be posted ahead of time inside the library and at the library entrance on February 19 to notify customers of the closing. During this time, customers may visit the following nearby Broward County Library locations:
For more information about the Harlem Gospel and Jazz Brunch, please call 954-357-6282.
A Book By Its Cover: A Collection of 19th to Early 20th Century Cloth Publisher's Book Covers exhibit will be on display from March 6, 2017 to July 28, 2017 at the Biennes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the 6th floor of the Main Library.
In the late 19th century and into the 20th century, book cover art entered a golden age that lasted more than 50 years. Architects, painters and stained glass artists such as Sarah Wyman Whitman were commissioned by publishers to design book covers that ultimately influenced later art movements.
In the 19th century, bibliophiles were purchasing book covers as decorative objects for their home as well as for their literary value. Eventually, American book cover illustrator's monograms were appearing on book covers. Customer could order books with covers that fit their décor and taste. A Book By Its Cover will include different art movements as well as different themes such as Orientalism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Broward County Libraries Closed on Monday, February 20th in Honor of Presidents Day
All branches of the Broward County Library, with the exception of Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.
The Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library will be open from 7:30AM to 11PM. Customers can visit the County Library's website, or download the Library's free mobile app, BCL WOW, to search the online catalog, place holds, download books, movies and magazine and to renew selected materials.
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Explore Gender Studies with Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card
Use your free NSU-Alvin Sherman Library E-Card to access Gender Studies, one of the library’s great online resources.
Gender Studies covers subjects such as gender inequality, masculinity, post-feminism, gender identity and more. There’s information gathered from a wide range of sources including professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports and dissertations from 1972 to the present.
Don’t have a Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card? Apply online quickly and easily and begin exploring the wealth of resources available.
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