Free Summer Festivals and Fun
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May 31, 2016

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Free Summer Festivals and Fun at BCL

Group of young adults with hands in the air, smiles, and having funThis summer, Broward County Library’s hosting three great, free festivals, all with activities and action for all ages.
Eighth Annual Anancy Festival
1PM, Saturday, June 18
South Regional Broward College Library
In celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month, the South Regional/Broward College Library will host the 8th Annual Anancy Festival, which is centered on Anancy, a Caribbean folk hero and trickster.
The free, all-ages festival features a fun-filled afternoon of Caribbean culture including a dance performance from Body Nation Dance Theatre; folk tales from ‘Aunty Roachy’s Front Verandah’ by storyteller Dr. Sue Davis; cooking demonstration; arts and crafts; Mocko Jumbie stilt walkers; face painting and more. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 954-201-8829 for more information.
Also in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month: A free performance by the Deja Vu Theatre in honor of the Honorable Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley (1954-2006), who is best known as “Miss Lou,” at 5:30PM on Saturday, June 11th at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC). Bennett-Coverley was a Jamaican comedian, poet, writer, folklorist and educator who used irony and laughter as a tool for Caribbean reform and influenced many other poets. Her poetry has been published several times, most notably the volumes Jamaica Labrish (1966) and Anancy and Miss Lou (1979). All ages are invited; for more information, call 954-357-6210.

Close-up of guy playing a guitarJuneteenth Celebration Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival

11AM to 5PM, Saturday, June 18
Northwest Branch Library – Apollo Park

Kick off Broward County Library's Summer Program and celebrate Juneteenth with the Northwest Branch Library's annual free Juneteenth Celebration Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, to be held 11AM to 5PM on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Apollo Park, located at 1580 NW 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, which is adjacent to the Northwest Branch Library.
From children's fun to great music and food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival offers a good time for all ages. Enjoy blues and R&B music as well as the Black History Mobile Museum, Civil War re-enactors, storytellers, trackless train, dance, face painting, vendors, relay races and a raffle for a 42-inch flat screen television. Children, teens and adults can also register for the 2016 Summer Learning Program and win prizes for reading this summer. For details, call 954-357-6599.

South Florida Book Festival logoSave the Date: South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference

July 21-23, 2016
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

The South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference, held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is one of the nation’s fastest growing and premiere book festivals and literary conferences in the country. Hosted by AARLCC and Literally Speaking Events, the Festival and Conference attracts local readers as well as visitors from across the nation who attend for the fabulous literary experience and a weekend vacation getaway centered around books.
Last year's South Florida Book Festival featured a collection of New York Times bestselling authors, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, an Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection author and an award winning PBS journalist and talk show host. This year’s line-up is still taking shape and promises more exciting personalities and subject matter.
Thanks to the building momentum of successful two-day events, festival planners are adding a third day for a Literary Conference that will focus on writer and publishing workshops, panel discussions, book readings, and autograph signings. The South Florida Book Festival will flow into other library branches in the area, enabling more lovers of books to meet amazing authors.
For more information, call 954-357-6210.

Party in Purple!

Purple RainDestination Prince: A Celebration of Prince and Black Music Month – June 4th at AARLCC

Drape yourself in purple or paisley and prepare to "party like it's 1999" with the music of Prince at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30PM. This age 21-and-over event costs a mere $10 (payable at the door or through Eventbrite).
June is Black Music Month and we'll be celebrating Prince and other beloved black musicians who have passed on. The music will be cranked up in our lobby for dancing, and our auditorium will be the stage for a lip sync smack down to end all lip sync smack downs, pitting Prince (his Purple Badness) against Michael Jackson (the King of Pop) with audience participation and a great prize for the winner!
If that wasn't enough, there will be a dance-off to the tune of Prince's "Sexy Dancer," complete with a prize! If anyone comes through the library doors with a spot-on impersonation of the real deal, that person will earn a Princely prize and become the center of adoring attention.
A selection of appetizers will be served throughout the evening (while supplies last) along with our signature drink, a Purple Rain cocktail.
For more information, call 954-357-6210.

DIY Summer Fun for Everyone!

Mother and daughter sewingLooking for a way to keep the kids – or yourself – busy this summer? Get hands-on with Broward County Library’s Hobbies and Crafts Resource Center, a free online resource that offers information, articles and how-to instructions and videos. Learn something new or work on a favorite. There’s info on:
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Home & Garden
  • Indoor Recreation
  • Kids' Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Needlecrafts & Textiles
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Science & Technology
  • Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts

You can also use your Broward County Library card to take free hobby/craft online classes from Universal Class including:

Hobbies and Crafts to Go: Free Downloadable Magazines from Your Library

Use your Broward County Library card to access hundreds of free magazine titles using Zinio, the Library’s source for e-magazines including hobby and craft titles such as:

American CraftHandcrafted JewelryScrapbooks, Etc.Amateur Photographer

Summer Rains in South Florida? No Problem! Make it a Movie Day with Free Flicks from BCL!

Access free downloadable movies - including Disney films, new releases and family favorites – with your Broward County Library card. Use it to make an account on Hoopla, a free service from the library that lets you download movies and watch them anywhere – from your home, laptop, tablet or phone. Check out these great collections from Hoopla and make any day a movie day:

Madeline movieBenji movieZapped movieSpy Kids movie

Explore World Folklore and Fairytales with Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card

Once upon a time...on typewriter paperExplore cultures of the world through tall tales and folklore. Use your free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card to access great online resources to find books, articles and more that bring folk topics to life.
World Folklore and Folklife: Provides books and folk tales covering many folk topics: celebrations and rituals; food and drink; holidays and festivals; music and dance; religion and belief; tales, myths, and urban legends; and traditional arts and crafts.
Daily Life through History: Provides full text information, maps, images, website links, etc. on folklore, cultures, and customs of peoples around the world from ancient times to the present.
Black Short Fiction and Folklore: The most comprehensive collection yet created of stories from Africa and the African Diaspora with more than 8,000 short stories and folktales, ranging from oral traditions that date back many hundreds of years to contemporary tales.
Latino Literature: Includes over 100,000 pages of poetry, short fiction, novels, and more than 450 plays written by authors of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American and South American descent living in the United States.
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.

Branch Spotlight: Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library

Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library2800 NW 9 Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library stands at the heart, literally and figuratively, of its area’s resources. The 17,000-square-foot building is located in a cul-de-sac surrounded by two schools, a family resource center, and a park that draws children, teens and families into the branch for literacy, personal development and career advancement in all media, with every new technology. A Creation Station Music Recording Studio has been set up (soon to open) where aspiring artists and producers can make MP3 files to record their music under the guidance of library staff. For children, music lessons on acoustic guitar will be offered with six guitars available to be checked out to those enrolled in the class.
The collection features literacy material for all ages, consistent with the branch’s mission to provide literacy and learning services for the entire family. African-American literature and historical materials reflect the ethnicity of the community and make up a large portion of the collection. The branch has a full-time literacy staff and strong working relationships with other community service providers. In partnership with the Charles Drew Family Resource Center, Storytime is presented for Head Start programs, as is English for Speakers of Other Languages, which utilizes Rosetta Stone for beginners and Cross Roads Café for intermediate students. The Book Club for Kids, led by a nurse, is part of the partnership with Holy Cross Hospital; through the Humane Society of Broward County, Wags and Tales is presented.
Tai Chi class
Author Maya Angelou visiting the original Collier City Branch Library in 1994.
Homework help is available through the library’s Homework Assistance program and After School @ Your Library. For customers aged 16 and above, the Workforce Computer Lab teaches employment readiness, including instruction in reading and writing, all level computer skills, resume building, preparation for vocational tests, GED acquisition, job search techniques and other subjects. Citizenship preparation is also offered as an extension of literacy services. 
The Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library is located at 2800 N.W. 9 Court and was voted into existence in 1977 by the Collier City Community Council which funded it with HUD Community Development funds earmarked for water lines. Following a generous $1.4 million expansion and renovation project funded by JM Family Enterprises and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the renamed Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library re-opened its doors in December 2003.