Poetry in Motion
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Poetry in Motion at Broward County Libraries

National Poetry Month, held annually in April, is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, bloggers and, of course, poets honoring poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

The Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to highlight the legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems and support for poets and poetry, increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media.

Whether you want to write, recite or just listen to poetry, get in motion and visit one of Broward County Libraries’ free poetry events.


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Stop, Look and Listen to Poetry

Use your Broward County Library card to access poetry-related films, magazines, eAudiobook and even an online class. Need to learn how to access and download these materials? Check out one of our free digital downloading courses, held at library locations countywide.

  • Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth Of Wonder: Documentary film about Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of the famed City Lights Bookstore and one of the Beat movements most popular poets. Includes interviews with those who knew him, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Dennis Hopper. (Documentary/Not Rated/Streaming Video)
  • Great African American Literary Voices: Features five of the most-respected African American poets reading their own works: Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sonia Sanchez. (eAudiobook)
  • Louder Than a Bomb: Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb." (Documentary/Not Rated/Streaming Video)
  • Poets & Writers Magazine: Includes essays on the literary life, practical guidance on getting published and pursuing writing careers and in-depth profiles of authors and poets. (Downloadable eMagazine)
  • Poetry Writing 101: This online poetry course is created for the poetry lovers who want to hone their craft. It explains different types of poetry, understanding the meanings of poems and how to write different types of poetry.
  • The Writer: Since 1887 The Writer has provided the motivation, writing techniques, expert tips and compelling author insights that turn good writing into great writing. (Downloadable eMagazine)
  • Voices of Poetry - Volume 1 and Volume 2: Hear rare recordings from some of the world's most-respected poets reading their own work. Poets include J.R.R. Tolkien, e cummings, Theodore Roethke, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Ezra Pound.  (eAudiobook)

New! Florida Legal Forms Now Available Online

man with a contractUse your Broward County Library card to access our new Florida Legal Forms online resource. It features an extensive, searchable collection of free legal forms for the state of Florida. Thousands of legal forms are available with more forms being added daily.

Forms available on the site include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter and forms from public records and participating companies as well as official state forms. While it’s no substitute for a licensed attorney, especially for serious legal matters, Florida Legal Forms offers a valuable online legal resource you can access anytime and anywhere. 

Math Mania!

girl next to chalkboardApril is Math Mania Month and we have events for all ages.


Need Help with Your Math Homework?

cat looking at fish drawn on a chalkboardIf you need a little help with math, you can use your Broward County Library card to access Broward eTutor, a free, online tutoring service. Get live help in all grade levels of math, from kindergarten through high school including calculus, algebra and trigonometry. There’s also tutoring in language arts, science, social studies and more.

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Branch Spotlight 

lauderdale lakes branch exteriorLauderdale Lakes Library/Education and Cultural Center
3580 W Oakland Park Boulevard
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311

Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational and Cultural Center lives up to its lengthy name by being a local library that instructs and develops its users, particularly young ones. Everyone is included in their signature program, The Amazing Puzzle, developed by Jeffery Thompson, president of their Friends of the Library group.  

lauderdale lakes branch interiorSince October 2016, Thompson’s Amazing Puzzle program is an exercise in mathematics for all ages, with three challenge levels, incorporating basic algebra, subtraction, addition, multiplication, division and math word problems. The puzzles can be completed by groups or individuals and are popular as a family activity. Healthy competition has allowed the program to grow as children invite friends from school, church and the neighborhood. The branch is attempting to export this program to other libraries and plans an Amazing Puzzle Competition Day for the upcoming 2017 Summer Learning Program.  

lauderdale lakes branch interiorAlthough not all customers are math enthusiasts, the Lauderdale Lakes Library has built a steady clientele of engaged customers that regularly use the library daily and weekly. A significant number of students visit the library at the end of the school day to use the 22 public computers and take part in activities and programs. Adults enjoy reader’s advisory, reference services and popular material for personal enjoyment. Special programs for youth include Toddler Storytime and EMU (Educate-Motivate-yoU) College Academy, a program supporting high school seniors and their parents with answers about financial aid, online college portals, scholarships, bills, orientation, deadlines, college life and more.   

During tax season, the library is one of the select locations for trained volunteers to do free income tax preparation. The library also serves many adults who are learning English as a second language. In January 2008, English Café was started to help these customer polish their English conversational skills. Another literacy program at the branch is Each One, Teach One, in which volunteers teach adult students one-on-one how to read. 

The collection of the Lauderdale Lakes Branch is typical of a community library with best sellers, feature films, non-fiction DVD’s, music CD’s and audio books along with the traditional juvenile and adult print collections.  

The branch had its beginnings in January 1969, when volunteers headed by Mary Sayers formed a collection of donated books in two rooms of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Four months later, a city referendum allowed the purchase of a small house and a small collection of books, also staffed by volunteers. After an interim move and expansion, the library joined the Broward County Library system in October 1974. Today the library is a 10,000-square-foot facility housed on the first floor of a two-story structure that employs the second floor as a community center for the city.

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