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Focus on Broward: Foodies Unite!​

Get cooking with free culinary-related events at Broward County Library.

February 4, 11, 18 - Tea Meditation Ceremony, 2 to 3PM, Main Library plate of food to look like a face
February 6 - Raising Fruit Trees, 6 to 7PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 9 - Cupcake Decorating Contest, children’s program, 4 to 5PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 11 - Container Gardening: Learn from one of Broward County’s master gardeners, free starter plant for first 20 participants, 11AM to 2PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
February 11 - Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining in Southern Florida, 4 to 5PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
February 16 - How to Be a Wine Expert: A Beginner's Guide, presented by author James Gabler, 1 to 2PM, Main Library
February 21 - Delicious Raw Foods: Growing Them, Preparing Them and Eating Them for Better Health, 6 to 7:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
February 23 - Thomas Jefferson: America's First Wine and Food Connoisseur, presented by author Jim Gabler, 1 to 2PM, Main Library
February 27 - Nutrition and Health Lecture, presented by author Raymond Francis, 1:30 to 2:30PM, Main Library

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Free Downloadable Food and Cooking Magazines
Use your Broward County Library card to access over 50 free food, wine and cooking magazines. Check out as many magazines as you’d like and keep them for as long as you want. Stream magazines to your PC/Mac via a mobile browser (see required browsers) or read magazines offline on your iPad, Android, iPhone or Kindle Fire.

Free Online Classes in the Culinary Arts – Learn to Cook, Bake, Bartend and More couple cooking

  • All About Herbs covers the history of herbs, the benefits of cooking with them and how to prepare and incorporate them into your favorite foods.
  • Bartending and Mixology: Interested in the basics of bartending? This course can help you become an impressive mixologist by showing you everything you need to know about tending a bar.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Wine: Learn how to properly taste wine, make a good selection in a restaurant or a store and select which wines go best with certain foods.
  • Cooking and Baking 101: This class covers all of the basics of cooking and baking, from what supplies you need to reading recipes and planning meals.
  • How to Can, Freeze, Dry and Preserve Food: Find out about the history and traditions of preserving and canning food as well as the basics and how to get started.
  • Pie Baking: By the end of this course, you will be able to prepare delightful pies with your own favorite fruits, meat, or ice cream.
  • Spanish Cooking: The course begins with a brief introduction to the history and geography of Spanish cuisine and includes how-to instructions on making everything from vegetarian dishes and salads to steaks and seafood.
  • Tex Mex Cooking: Discover the secrets to making fantastic Tex Mex dishes at home.

For a full list of the over 500 online courses available, please visit our Universal Class homepage.

The Internet of Things

lady drinking coffeeWhat is the "Internet of Things" and why is important to us? The Internet of Things is the concept of basically connecting anything and everything to the Internet. In other words, if can be connected it should be. Learn how to get connected with new technology, information and more at these free events this month at Broward County Library.

February 1 - How to Tell the Fakes from the Facts: First of a five-part series designed to help you identify credible news sources and avoid media bias/fake news, 11AM to 1PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
February 4 - Beginning iPhone Photography, all ages, 11AM to 12:30PM, Southwest Regional Library
February 4 - Virtual and Augmented Reality Hands-On with the Creation Station, 11AM to 12PM, Pembroke Pines Library
February 6 - Business Seminar: Marketing 101, 6 to 7:30PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 7 - Creation Station Petting Zoo, 12:30 to 4:30PM, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library
February 8 - HoC (Hour of Code), children’s program, 4 to 5PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 9, 16, 23 - MOOC on Constitutional Law, 5 to 6:15PM, Stirling Road Library
February 14 - Upcycled Craft Projects: Make a home safe out of a repurposed book, 5 to 6PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
February 21 - Computer Camp: iPhone Basics, 1 to 2:30PM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University
February 22 - Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality with the Creation Station, 2:30 to 5PM, Southwest Regional Library
February 24 - Fitness Trackers: Learn about Fitbit and take a walk with us, 1 to 2:30PM, Pompano Beach Library
February 25 - Free Online Classes: Learn how to use your library card to take courses for personal and professional development, 10:30AM to 12:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
February 27 - Virtual and Augmented Reality Demonstration, 3 to 4PM, Northwest Regional Library
February 27 - Digital Download with Zinio, 6 to 7PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 28 - Virtual Reality Class with the Creation Station, 3 to 5PM, Stirling Road Library

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Learn More about the Internet of Things with Titles from Broward County Library

February is Black History Month

black history monthBlack History Month Literary Events and Presentations

February 11 - Literature of the Harlem Renaissance: Rebirth of the Arts and Letters, 2 to 3:30PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 11 - Caribbean Influence on the Harlem Renaissance, 4 to 5:30PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 15 - Book Discussion: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, 1 to 2PM, Pembroke Pines Library
February 16 - Remembering Paradise Park, 7 to 9:30PM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University
February 21 - Let's Talk About Books! The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, 10:30AM to 12PM, Southwest Regional Library
February 28 - Reading Round Table Book Discussion: Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston, 3 to 3:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library

Pembroke Pines Library/Walter C. Young Resource Center to Host Celebration of New Saturday Hours

pembroke pines branchEveryone’s invited to the Grand Opening Celebration in honor of Pembroke Pines Library/Walter C. Young Resource Center’s new Saturday Hours on Saturday, February 4th from 11AM to 3PM. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Friends of Pembroke Pine Library and will include guest speakers, book giveaways, a family story time, face painters, two magic shows and a clown. There will also be tai chi and virtual reality demonstrations and guests are invited to bring their smart phones, tablets and other devices and learn how to access Broward County Library’s electronic resources (movies, eBooks, music and magazines). Refreshments will be served courtesy of Costco Wholesale and Trader Joe’s. For more information, please call 954-357-6750

Tour de Broward in Support of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

tour de browardLast year more than 6,000 people participated in the 2016 Tour de Broward, each with their own reasons for cycling, running or walking. A similar number is expected again in 2017, all of them united by a desire to support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the region’s largest pediatric facility serving Broward, Palm Beach, and northern Miami-Dade counties. 

“This is an opportunity for the South Florida community to assist our efforts to provide safe, high quality, cost-effective, patient and family-centered care,” said Memorial Healthcare System President and CEO Aurelio M. Fernandez. “We want everyone in our community to get involved.” 

The event – which takes place Sunday, February 26th at Miramar Regional Park – has raised more than $2.5 million in its previous seven years for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, a facility that provides care regardless of one’s ability to pay. Sponsored by ANF Group, Tour de Broward consists of 50 and 100K bicycle rides, a 5K timed run, 3K walk, and the “Power of Play Kid Zone,” a sports-themed, fun area for children 13 or younger. The 100K ride starts at 7AM, the run at 8AM and the walk at 9AM. 

Pre-registration and day-of registration fees range from $15-$50, depending on the event and sign-up date. Participants can register in advance at  or at the park on the day of the event. Pre-registration takes place until noon Saturday, February 25. For runners and riders there is an additional fundraising commitment, however, some exceptions apply.


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Branch Spotlight: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (NW 6th Street), Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 954-357-6282 

aarlccCentral to the mission of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is the preservation and celebration of African, African-American and Caribbean heritages, cultures and histories. In October 2002, the $14 million facility was opened as the third library of its kind in the nation. Over a quarter of a million people visit annually; in 2015, the number was almost 300,000.

The 60,000-square-foot facility, built in the heart of one of Broward’s historically Black communities, houses extensive collections related to the African American experience, the African Diaspora and the unique blend of African-influenced cultures in Broward County. To date, AARLCC has displayed over 38 major, grant-funded exhibits and offered 2,100 cultural programs to more than 895,000 customers. The participation of celebrities, noted authors and international speakers has made AARLCC a thriving resource and a tourism destination in South Florida.

The library houses more than 85,000 books plus manuscripts, artifacts and documents. In addition to these resources, the facility houses permanent and traveling exhibits, a 300-seat state-of-the-art auditorium, community technology center, gift shop, multiple seminar rooms, dance studios and a Business Resource Center. The mural-walled Harrambe Room, a 30-square-foot oval space, is one of many artistic features found on the interior and the exterior of the branch. aarlcc

Students enjoy art in AARLCC’s gallery. A 5,000-square-foot art gallery and exhibits area displays changing selections from a vast collection of artifacts from Africa, the Caribbean and North/South America; literary collections of African-American authors; and travelling exhibitions from other institutions. On permanent display in the gallery is an automaton of Samuel F. Morrison, the Libraries Division Director emeritus responsible bringing ARLCC into being through his efforts galvanize the community, raise funds and oversee the creation of the library.

The library is renowned for its Special Collections. The family of actress Esther Rolle donated a collection of her personal memorabilia and historic items such as documents relating to the Civil Rights Movement. The Alex Haley Collection includes eight unfinished manuscripts by the author as well as photos and ephemera from the groundbreaking television mini-series Roots. Additional historic collections include the Council of Elders Collection, which preserves the oral history and traditions of Broward County’s African-American pioneers; the Sixto Campano Sheet Music Collection; and the Dorothy Porter Wesley Collection, which includes art, women’s studies and reference books related to Africans in the United States, Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean.

The Special Collections contain over one million items, including rare books, artifacts, artwork, manuscripts and reference materials which are made available to visitors by appointment. The Special Collections Reading Room provides researchers with comfortable study tables, state-of-the-art computers with Internet access, microfilm and microfiche reader with printing and emailing capabilities, a media room which houses a DVD/VHS player, a 32-inch television and a professional-quality analog DJ turntable.

The branch is also known for its innovative programming. Children’s programs take the form of crafts, story times, and homework help, along with changing special offerings such as Kids Vote, a mock voting exercise to create educated voters, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down Debut. Through the Wags and Tales program, children ages 5 to 12 can improve their skills by reading one-on-one to Augy, a friendly, gentle dog from the Humane Society's Pet Facilitated Therapy program. A popular program for adolescents is Dollars and Sense for Teens, which teaches financial responsibility. Adult programs vary monthly, with such offerings as chess lessons, senior reggae exercise, business seminars, adult coloring, health fairs and more. 

In addition to a broad range of programs for adults, teens and children, AARLCC is known for the many special events that it creates and hosts for the community at large. Among these, the Destination Fridays series is a fundraiser for its Friends group, which together with library staff, creates an evening of cultural entertainment and fine dining around the theme of a country or city and draws a lively crowd, usually in excess of 200 people. Another program, hosted in July, is the two-day South Florida Book Festival, which draws prominent authors to lecture, mingle with readers and give workshops with over 500 visitors in attendance.

Get to know AARLC by taking the self-guided video tour or, better still, visit one of South Florida’s premiere cultural institutions in person.  


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