South Florida Plants and Animals

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August 23, 2016
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ButterflyFocus on Broward: South Florida Plants and Animals

Autumn is coming, the weather is getting cooler and it's the perfect time to get outdoors. Learn more about the flora and fauna of Broward County with free events for both children and adults.
September 12 - DIY Weekend Home Series: Curb Appeal with Florida-Friendly Landscaping, presented by Julio Perez of Broward County Parks and Recreation, 3:30 to 4:30PM, Southwest Regional Library
September 14 - Create a Florida Garden, 5:30 to 6:30PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
September 15 - Marvelous Mangroves: Fun, interactive program that teaches the ecological value of mangroves, grades K-5, 2 to 3PM, North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
September 17 - Nine Ways to Make Your Landscaping More Florida-Friendly: Improve Your Landscaping Know-How with Julio Perez of Broward County Parks and Recreation, 12 to 1PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
September 17 - History of Underwater Photography, presented by Sam Hodge, president of South Florida Underwater Photography Society, 4 to 6PM, Main Library
September 21 - Clifford Story Time, stories and crafts for children, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Lauderdale Lakes Library
September 24 - Backyard Beekeeping, 1 to 2PM, Northwest Regional Library
September 29 - Learn How to Make Flower Arrangements, 12 to 1PM, Main Library

Lifelong Learning Starts at the Library: Florida Outdoors

Four friends enjoying the outdoors on the patioTake one of these free online courses and learn more about the plants and animals that surround you.
All About Herbs: Learn how to grow and use herbs for culinary, medicinal and spiritual purposes.
Bird Watching 101: Food, Feeders and Behavior: Explore bird identification and location, feeding, types of birdhouses, equipment, emergency care and behavior and habitats.
Cat Care and Training: Discover strategies and get information on how to make life with your cat more fun and easy.  
Dog & Cat First-Aid, Care & Maintenance: This informative course covers the basics of animal care including feeding recommendations, bathing tips and basic first-aid.
Dog Psychology 101: Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking, why it acts the way it does, or how to train it more effectively? Learn everything you need to know in order to understand dogs.
Dog Training All-in-One: From Beginners to Advance: Dive into the world of dog training, including dog training history and breed recognition, basic dog training guides and common advanced commands.
Floral Arranging: This class covers the elements and principles of design, how to use flowers and foliage available to you in your area and the mechanics of arranging flowers in vases, in floral foam arrangements and as hand-held bouquets.
How to Care for House Pets: Learn guidelines for caring for more exotic types of house pets including rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, birds and snakes.
How to Choose the Right Dog for You: Learn how to evaluate your goals in getting a dog, the characteristics you want your dog to have, what you will offer your dog and more.
Introduction to Gardening: This class will take you from the basic plant parts and why they are important to the production of fruit.
Landscaping 101: Explore the basics of the science of landscaping and how to apply your own creativity to transform your yard into a work of art.
Marine Biology: In this course, you will learn about life in the ocean depths, in coral reefs, estuaries and in the open sea as well as marine plants, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and fish.
Marine Life Rescue: This study is designed for people who would like to help marine animals or become involved in marine wildlife rescue efforts. It covers the general physiology of animals that are most likely to strand and with basic response techniques.
Snakes of the Western Hemisphere: Topics include snake history, biology, lifestyle, and more along with detailed understanding of each major type of snake.
Spiders and Other Insects in North America: Learn interesting facts about insects and spiders, how to identify venomous spiders and insects in North America and discover the most commonly sighted insects and spiders in all regions of the U.S.
Tropical Gardening: This course on tropical gardening is designed for beginner gardeners who are looking to start a tropical garden or to cultivate a garden they have inherited on their property. 
Vegetable Gardening 101: Find out the basics of how to create a garden in your space as well as how to prepare the soil, choose the right fertilizers and prevent weeding troubles. Additionally, the class covers organic gardening, as well as container gardening when space is limited.
Wildlife Rehabilitation: An Introduction: The course will teach you how to safely rescue an injured or orphaned wild animal, how to provide first-aid and medical treatment to animals in your care and how to work with a veterinarian.

Turn It Inside Out with Online Magazines

Bring the outside in with free downloadable magazines from Zinio. Learn about gardening, animals and more from current and back issues of your favorite titles.

Backyard & Garden Design IdeasContainer GardeningBirds & BloomsFido Friendly
Audubon Magazine, the official magazine of the National Audubon Society, covers news of the natural world and helps readers appreciate, understand, and protect the environment with a particular focus on birds, other wildlife and their habitats.
Backyard & Garden Design Ideas provides information and inspiration for people who are embarking on major backyard and garden makeovers.
Better Homes and Gardens helps you turn your home – inside and out – into a comfy, inviting haven.
Birds & Blooms: Two garden favorites in one magazine.
BirdWatching includes identification tips, spectacular photography, hands-on information about the best birding locations in North America, answers to intriguing reader questions and more.
Container Gardening: This comprehensive, easy-to-use bookazine makes growing your dream garden simple and easy.
Country Gardens offers garden advice as well as info on decorating, the latest tools and gadgets, garden-fresh recipes, and personal stories that inspire.
Deck, Patio & Outdoor Living focuses on front and backyards as outdoor living spaces, including family-friendly decks, patios, outdoor furnishings, pools and spas, landscape plans, plant profiles and advice from the experts.
Dream Landscapes includes dozens of idea-packed gardens from across the country and covers a wide range of garden styles, sizes and treatments.
Fido Friendly: Each issue contains articles on dog health & wellness, training advice, fashion trends and celebrities and their pets.
Gardening the Easy Way provides useful tips and great ideas for beginning and advanced gardeners.  
Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; organic gardening; green home building and remodeling; fun do-it-yourself projects; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles.
Rodale’s Organic Life offers well-researched, practical information and useful products and services with a focus on making the process of gardening fun and easy.

Explore the Plants and Animals of Florida with Free Movies/TV Shows from Hoopla

Use your Broward County Library card to access these free documentaries and TV shows on Florida’s flora and fauna.

Uncaged Florida EvergladesNational Parks Exploration Series: The Everglades – A Subtropical ParadiseTurtle: The Incredible JourneyDive Travel - Key Largo & the Upper Keys
Endangered Mermaids is the story of the Florida manatee, a marine mammal struggling against extinction, and the people who are devoted to keeping them alive.
Dive Travel - Key Largo & the Upper Keys: In this 'Dive travel' adventure series, take to the sky with a helicopter ride over Key Largo, the northernmost island of the Florida Keys island chain, and fly over Molasses Reef, one of many reefs just off shore.
Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures: Help solve the manatee mystery and travel to Florida's Everglades to spend time with the Seminole Indians.
National Parks Exploration Series: The Everglades – A Subtropical Paradise: Take a virtual tour through Florida’s “River of Grass.”
Turtle: The Incredible Journey is a remarkable story of a little loggerhead turtle as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world.
Uncaged Florida Everglades: This extraordinary series educates and entertains children of all ages as they venture into the heart of the most exciting and pristine environments on the planet.

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There’s Still Time! Vote Online to Help Local Kids Win Books

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Every year, Soar with Reading invites the public to vote for a city to receive five book vending machines that dispense brand-new, free books for children aged 0-14 years. Visit the Soar with Reading website now to cast your vote for the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Dive into International Water Research with Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card

Guy diving into sea surrounded by rocksExplore the oceans and seas of the world with Waters & Oceans Worldwide, one of the great online resources you can use with your free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card.
Waters & Oceans Worldwide combines databases on all facets of international water research ranging from coastal and offshore engineering to pollution and water treatment. With over 1,854,600 citations and abstracts dating back to the 1970s, Waters & Oceans Worldwide is essential for those dealing with all aspects of water and water-related subjects.
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.

Person using mosquito spray on their armProtect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

With the occurrence of the Zika virus in parts of Florida, it is important to protect yourself and your family. Be part of the solution with a Florida Department mosquito bite prevention/protection tip sheet that can be downloaded and printed.