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Come Party with Us! Lauderhill Central Park Library’s Grand Opening Celebration Scheduled for December 16th

Lauderhill Central Park Library

The new Lauderhill Central Park Library, located at 3810 NW 11 Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311, will celebrate its grand opening at 10AM on December 16, 2016 with a free, public event.

The celebration will include remarks from Broward County Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness and City of Lauderhill Mayor Richard J. Kaplan, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and light refreshments. Representatives from Broward County Cultural Division will dedicate the new library's mural, Glory and Defeat by artist Ruben Ubiera.

Additionally, there will be a musical performance by the World Music Ensemble from Parkway Middle School, a presentation by the Lauderhill 6-12 National Middle School Cadet Corp. and an "Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality" event with the Creation Station from 2 to 3:30PM. 

A free book will be given to the first 50 children who visit the library that day and a free 30-minute Sky Zone Pass will be offered (while supplies last) to children who either read a book for 30 minutes in the library's Youth Services section or check out a book. From 4 to 5PM, children ages seven and up are invited to a free one-hour, hip-hop dance workshop by Raquel Lewis of 5-6-7-8- Let's Dance.

Detail of Glory and Defeat by artist Ruben Ubiera 
Detail of Glory and Defeat by artist Ruben Ubiera
"We are very excited about providing Lauderhill with this new, state-of-the-art library and look forward to providing the very best library services and resources to this diverse and growing community," said Broward County Libraries Acting Director Laura Connors.

The 10,000 square-foot library will feature 25 public access computers, a tutoring room and a multipurpose room. It is part of a new facility that includes both the Broward County-operated library and a performing arts and cultural center, with a 1,200-seat theater, operated by the City of Lauderhill. The new Lauderhill Central Park Library is part of the $139.9 million bond issue that was approved by Broward County voters in March 1999.

Lauderhill Central Park Library's phone number is 954-357-7833. It will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 to 8PM and Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 6PM. The library will be closed on Sundays.

The Big Read – Coming January 2017!

Book Jacket for: The namesakeThe Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in 2017's Big Read project.

The Big Read, a community-wide reading project, is exploring of The Namesake by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, with a full calendar of events including book and film discussions, lectures, writing and visual arts workshops, Indian cultural programs and other fun, family-friendly programs.

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

With penetrating insight, Jhumpa Lahiri reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.  The novel's finely wrought descriptions of Bengali food, language, family customs, and Hindu rituals draw us deep inside the culture that Gogol's parents treasure while highlighting his own alienation from it.

Gogol finishes school, becomes an architect, falls in love more than once, and eventually marries, without ever fully embracing his heritage. His decades-long unease with his name is a perfect distillation of the multiple dislocations—cultural, historic, and familial—experienced by first-generation Americans. At the novel's climax, when loss compounds loss and Gogol's family structure is forever changed, he begins to understand, at least in part, his parents' longing for the past, and the sacrifices they made to help him be what he is—truly American.

A limited number of free books are available for those wishing to participate in book discussions and other related activities. For a full list of Big Read events, please visit our Big Read web page.

Indian dancerJanuary Big Read Highlighted Events

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Big Read Kickoff: Passport to India
January 21
from 1 to 4PM, Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990 
Passport to India will feature a colorful, unique blend of traditional and contemporary dance, music and art. Attendees can taste and learn about Indian cuisine, decorate themselves with henna, learn to drape a saree and find out about the country where Jhumpa Lahiri's book begins. Presented in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts of India.

Bengali Elephant Textile Art Workshop presented by Young At Art
January 21
from 1 to 2PM, Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library
Library visitors will get a chance to create a beautiful and colorful Bengali elephant textile. Among the variety of arts and crafts in Bengal, one of the most famous is their fine embroidery. A Young At Art Educator will showcase several traditional examples of designs including folk stories, flowers, birds, animals and geometric patterns - Elephant designs, symbolizing wisdom, courage, stature and strength, are the most popular among the many patterns.

Taj Mahal 
Tour the Taj Mahal without leaving Fort Lauderdale via virtual reality at the Creation Station.
Virtual Reality Tours of India 
January 21 - February 28
, Creation Station at Main Library
The Creation Station at Main Library will be offering Virtual Reality tours of India! Stop in and take the trip of a lifetime!
Bankura Horse Sculpture of West Bengal Art Workshop presented by Young At Art
January 28
from 11AM to Noon, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
Discover one of the most famous forms of art of West Bengal - Bankura horses. Bankura horses are tall sculptures made from terracotta and used for decorative and religious purposes in India. Participants will create their own Bankura horses using clay and traditional tools, shaping them with bamboo and stones.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is being presented locally by Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library in partnership with Young at Art Museum.

India Onscreen

Monsoon WeddingEk AjnabeeIndian movie
Use your Broward County Library card to get free, streaming Hindi language movies from Hoopla. Choose from classic films, comedies, dramas, Bollywood extravaganzas and more.

Brave New BollywoodBollywood, behind the scenesBollywood ConfidentialThe Bollywood BrideBollywood HistoryBollywood Babes

Bollywood by the Book

Celebrate the Bollywood culture of India with these fiction and non-fiction picks:

  • Bollywood: A History by Mihir Bose. Explore the history of Indian Bollywood cinema and learn about the stars and directors who make it come alive.
  • Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami. Geena, Amber and Jazz throw a Bollywood party to raise funds for their school. They plan to deliver a real Bollywood actress for a live performance but their star turns out to more of a handful than they ever expected. (For tweens and teens)
  • Bollywood: Behind The Scenes, Beyond The Stars by Nicholas R. Bradley. Through their trademark blend of kaleidoscopic melodrama, lavish production values and gyrating dance sequences, Bollywood films are winning over a growing audience and earning an increasingly significant place in global popular culture. Bollywood: Behind The Scenes, Beyond The Stars celebrates the Bombay film industry, shedding light on the people who work silently behind the scenes and on the fringe, offering a glimpse into the lives and work of some of Bollywood's biggest stars.
  • Bollywood Confidential by Sonia Singh. After years of slogging through film roles too embarrassing to mention, struggling L.A. actress Raveena Rai has finally been offered a lead role. To her dismay she's flying off to India to star in a new Bollywood extravaganza. At least Raveena's leading man is the supremely sexy Siddharth, Bollywood's biggest star. But while their on-screen chemistry is electric-hot, off-screen the arrogant hunk treats her with total disdain ...can she change his mind and turn his head? (eBook)
  • Brave New Bollywood: In Conversation with Contemporary Hindi Filmmakers by Nirmal Kumar. These are interesting times in the history of Indian cinema, particularly because the established aesthetic conventions and modes of production of the Hindi film industry are being challenged; as are the boundaries between what is alternative and mainstream. This book examines the work of leading contemporary Indian directors who have revolutionized the art form.
  • Bollywood: The Passion of Indian Film and Music by Silja Schriever-Klassen. India's Hollywood in Mumbai (Bombay) is the most rapidly developing film industry in the world. Bollywood films stand for simple plots, drastic emotions, luscious colors, grand sets, gold and jewelry galore and last but not least, the music, which is all-present.
  • The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev. Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life.

Changing AmericaNew Exhibit Now on Display at AARLCC

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963 is a traveling exhibition now on display at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).
This exhibit examines the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both of these events grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington.
This major exhibit is sponsored by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The American Library Association is providing matching funds to cover program, staffing, and insurance expenses.

Free Events Held at AARLCC in Conjunction with Changing America

December 8, 2016, 6PM
Proclaiming Emancipation While Living Incarceration: "America Went from a Nation of Slavery to a Nation of Imprisonment."
This talk will follow a weekly showing of the documentary Slavery by Another Name. Professor Jean-Bart will discuss the re-enslavement of African Americans in the prison systems.
January 4, 2017, 6PM
I See Love While You See Color: How Black Women Who Date Outside of Their Race are Viewed by Others.
Professor Jean-Bart will discuss the existing and continuing prejudices and limitations that African-American women across socioeconomic backgrounds still face when they find love outside of their race. This will accompany a weekly showing of the documentary The Loving Story.
Supplemental material from the AARLCC Special Collections and archives will be on display including:

  • Civil War soldier tintype
  • Harper's Weekly prints
  • James McNair - Work Pass 1963

Weekly showings of the following films; Please call 954-357-6227 for dates and times.

  • The Loving Story
  • The Abolitionists
  • Freedom Riders
  • Crossing in Saint Augustine
  • Slavery by Another Name

Get Into the Fast Lane @Broward County Libraries

Fast Lane two checkered flagsBroward County Library customers can now use Fast Lane, a quick, easy way to check out items from Broward County Library. Instead of waiting in line to pick up holds and get materials checked out, books, DVDs and CDs can be picked up at new customer-holds shelves and then taken to any of the new Fast Lane checkout stations.

Fast Lane is part of Broward County Library's new Service Model, launched earlier this year, that provides the community with longer service hours and more open days at library locations without any increase to the library's budget. Fast Lane also allow library staff to provide more one-on-one assistance in addition to making more materials and resources readily available to customers.

"Broward County Library is constantly seeking new ways to provide a better customer experience and Fast Lane is the latest," says Broward County Libraries Division Acting Director Laura Connors.

Make Fast Lane even easier by downloading the BCL WoW App on your phone and tablet and using it as a virtual library card! Just sign in to your account in the "My Account" section and click on "Library Card". Then scan your virtual library card at the Fast Lane station to check out your items. Don't have the BCL WoW app yet? Visit our Mobile Apps web page and download it now!
Fast Lane is now available at the following Broward County Library locations: the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Carver Ranches, Davie/Cooper City, Deerfield Beach Percy White, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, Lauderhill Central Park Library, Main, Margate Catharine Young, Miramar, North Lauderdale Saraniero, Northwest Regional, Pembroke Pines, South Regional/Broward College, Stirling Road, Sunrise Dan Pearl, Tamarac and West Regional.