September 10, 2014
September 21−27, 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts in the U.S. to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members.
Banned Books Week @ Broward County Libraries
- September 20 - Discussion of the Academic and Religious Approach to Banning Books/Local Author Discuss Censorship from Their Perspective, 1 to 3 p.m., Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
- September 22 - Discuss the banned book Fahrenheit 451 and watch a movie about book burning during Banned Books Week, 1 p.m., Main Library
- September 27 - Movie, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
- Book Displays/Exhibits: North Regional/Broward College Library, Northwest Regional Library, Pembroke Pines Library, South Regional/Broward College Library, Weston Library
For a list of the top banned or challenged books in 2013 – all of which are available at Broward County Library – scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Broward County Main Library Announces New Saturday Hours
Additional hours also added to Main Library's "Creation Station" community makerspace
Broward County Main Library will now be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for customers seeking weekend library service in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Signs are posted at the entrances to Main Library to notify customers of the change in operation.
The Main Library's hours are as follows:
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed (NEW)
Additionally, the Creation Station at Main Library will also now offer extended hours. The Main Library Creation Station makerspace is a community center with tools that enable individuals to design, prototype and make 3D items. Makerspaces often include tools and equipment too expensive or specialized for most people to own, as well as provide a gathering place for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate.
The new, extended Creation Station Hours are as follows:
Monday and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 1 to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Broward County's African-American Research Library and Cultural Center to Host Destination Fridays - The Greek Isles on September 12, 2014
Get in touch with your inner “Zorba” and dance the night away on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center as Destination Fridays’ event boasts the theme of the Greek Isles.
Enjoy Greek music for your dancing pleasure and Greek delicacies such as hummus and pita, along with drinks distilled from the grape in the spirit of Dionysus, the Greek god of the grape harvest. Each time the sound of Zorba’s signature dance music appears during the evening, another prize will be awarded!
Dress to impress in a blaze of white clothing — or dress to thrill as a Greek god or goddess, with a prize awarded for the best costume. Order your $10 tickets through Eventbrite or pay in cash or by credit card at the door.
Destination Fridays - The Greek Isles is sponsored by the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Post Haste Travel and Culinary Republic.
Following the Greek Isles, the final Destination Fridays event for this year is Ghana, Africa on October 3, 2014. The Library will provide information on the event and the opportunity to purchase tickets during this month's Destination Fridays.