Women’s History Month
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silhouette of woman with fist in airMarch is Women's History Month

International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it was not until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated annually during the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.

Broward County Library will be celebrating Women’s History Month with movies, book discussions, seminars, children’s programs and more. All events are free and open to the public.


March 2, 9 - Afternoon Cinema: 3/2: The Eagle Huntress. 3/9: Queen of Katwe, suggested for ages 16 and up, 3 to 5:30PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
March 8 - Wednesdays at West: Senses of Cinema foreign film series with commentary by film expert Shelley Isaacs, Transit Café (NR), 2 to 3PM, West Regional Library
March 18 - LC Cinema Presents Florence Foster Jenkins, 1 to 3PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
March 18 - Book-n-A Movie Matinee: Learning to Drive, 2 to 5PM, West Regional Library
March 25 - A League of Their Own, 3 to 5PM, Northwest Regional Library

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Classes, Presentations & More

March 2 - Chair Yoga for Seniors, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Carver Ranches Library
March 4 - Women Closing Gaps and Uniting Resources, 12 to 3PM, Lauderdale Lakes Library
March 8, 11 - Women Take Charge of Your Wealth: Money Management Workshop, 3/8: 6:30 to 7:30PM.  3/11: Your Business Bank,2PM,  Carver Ranches Library
March 8 - Presentation by Patricia Zeiler of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society: From a Fort to a City: The Women Pioneers of Broward County, 6 to 7:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
March 8 – Women’s History Month Jeopardy, 6 to 7PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
March 8 - On Hemingway: Three Views, 7 to 9:30PM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University
March 13 - Caregiver Support Group: Know your federal benefits, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Carver Ranches Library
March 18 - Belly Dancing for Women, 10:30AM to 12PM, Weston Library
March 18 - Healthy Living/Healthy Aging, 2 to 3:30PM, Carver Ranches Library
March 20 - Women's History Trivia Contest, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Pompano Beach Library
March 21 - Discussion of the lives of Julia Tuttle and Mary Brickell, led by librarian Lisa Lobel, 2 to 3PM, Tamarac Library
March 21 - Frida Kahlo Inspired Still Life Art Class, 4 to 5:30PM, Northwest Regional Library
March 22, 25 - Natural Hair Workshop. 3/22: 5 to 7:30PM. 3/25: 3 to 5PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
March 22 - Five Fascinating Females of the Prohibition Era: Learn about five women who made their mark either within the law or outside it, 1 to 2:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
March 25 - A Public Dance Ball!  By the Miami-Dade/Fort Lauderdale Region for the Jane Austen Society of North America, 2 to 5PM, Hallandale Beach Library  

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Book Discussions & Literary Events

March 7 - The Writer's Group: Do you have a story to tell?  Join a focus group of other writers in the area. Share your triumphs and let the group help with critiques, 6 to 8PM,  South Regional/Broward College Library
March 10 - Jewish Authors/American Classics Book Talk: Ellis Island by Mark Helprin, 11AM to 12PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
March 13 - Dear Readers Book Club: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, 12:30 to 1:30PM, Deerfield Beach Percy White Library
March 13 - Once Upon a Rock with author Erica Bennett, 1:30 to 2:30PM, Main Library
March 14 - Ruth E. Cohan Jewish Book Review Series, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Northwest Regional Library
March 14 - The Page Turner's Monthly Book Club: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, 2 to 3PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
March 15 - Author Talk and Discussion: Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare), 1 to 2PM, Pembroke Pines Library
March 21 - Let's Talk About Books! Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, 10:30AM to 12PM, Southwest Regional Library
March 25 - Celebrate Women in the Arts: A diverse panel of women writers discuss writing and publishing, 2:30 to 4:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
March 28 - Reading Round Table Book Discussion: The Trespasser by Tana French, 2 to 3:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library

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Children & Teens

March 8 - Raise a Reader @ Sharkey’s Storytime! 10:30 to 11:15AM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University
March 8 - Colorful Women in History, children's program, 4 to 5PM, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library
March 14 - Tuesday Fun Night: Children’s story time and craft. 6:30 to 7:30PM, Hollywood Library
March 23 - Girl Power: Hero tales and a special craft, ages 5-11, 1 to 2PM, Pembroke Pines Library
March 25 - Who Runs the World? Girls! 2 to 3:30PM, Carver Ranches Library  

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Great Movies for Women’s History Month – Available Free from Broward County Library

  • Amelia: Hilary Swank and Richard Gere star in this biopic that traces the life of famed aviator Amelia Earhart, who made history in 1932 by becoming the first woman ever to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. (DVD/2009)
  • Elizabeth: Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown and her head. (DVD/1998)
  • Frida: Producer/star Salma Hayek ages some 30 years onscreen as she charts Frida Kahlo's life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right. (DVD/2003)
  • Introducing Dorothy Dandridge:  Dorothy Dandridge (Halle Berry), a singer and actress, became the first African-American woman to receive an Academy award nomination for Best Actress (she lost to Grace Kelly). Despite her beauty and talent, Hollywood didn’t know what do with a black femme fatale at a time when movie stars were supposed to be giggly blondes. (DVD/1999)
  • Iron Jawed Angels: Hilary Swank plays Alice Paul, an American feminist who risked her life to fight for women's citizenship and the right to vote. (DVD/2004)
  • Norma Rae: Norma Rae (Sally Field), a textile worker in a small Southern town, discovers that she has a social conscience when a labor organizer arrives at her mill to establish a union. (DVD/1979)
  • Ken Burns: Not for Ourselves Alone: Presents the history of women's suffrage in the United States through the dramatic, turbulent friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony. (DVD/1999/Streaming Video)
  • The Iron Lady: Meryl Streep gives an Oscar-winning performance as Margaret Thatcher in this portrait of the first and only female Prime Minster of the United Kingdom (DVD or Streaming Video/2011)
  • The Young Victoria: Chronicles the life and times of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) from her childhood to her early rise to power and the first turbulent years of her rule. (DVD/2009)
  • When Billie Beat Bobby: A comedic adaptation of the 1973 battle-of-the-sexes tennis match between 29-year-old tennis pro Billie Jean King and 55-year-old tennis hustler Bobby Riggs. (DVD/2001)  

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Women’s History Month Books for Young Readers

  • Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Two well-known women sneak away from the White House for an aerial adventure in this story based on First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and aviatrix Amelia Earhart. For ages 6-9
  • America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by David Adler. Trudy Ederle loved to swim and was determined to be the best. Through hard work and determination she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. For ages 6-9  
  • Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner. An easy-to-read biography of the woman who made the first American flag. For ages 3-6
  • Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone. Learn about the life of early voting rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton. For ages 6-9
  • Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden. Bessie Coleman grew up picking cotton in Texas, but she aimed high and soared into history as the first African-American woman aviator. For ages 6-9
  • Here Come the Girl Scouts by Shana Corey. Juliette “Daisy” Gordon was born into a family of pioneers and she yearned to make a difference in the world. Combining her passion for service with her own adventurous spirit and her belief that girls could do anything, she founded the Girl Scouts. For ages 6-9
  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Pinkney. Brief sketches of the lives of both well- and lesser-known African-American women and their impact on civil rights. For ages 6-9
  • Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder. This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman’s childhood accessible to young readers. For ages 6-9
  • Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World  by Laurie Lawlor. Rachel Carson was a shy child, always drawn to nature. She grew up to become a professional biologist who wrote a book that changed the way people looked at the environment. For ages 6-9
  • Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women by Cheryl Harness. Meet 100 interesting, diverse women whose contributions range from helping people escape injustice to creating fashion. For ages 6-9
  • Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney. Lively language and energetic illustrations create a memorable portrait of a woman who was to become known as Sojourner Truth. For ages 6-9
  • Susan B. Anthony by Alexandra Wallner. Susan B. Anthony lived and worked as a teacher when women were paid less for the same jobs performed by men and could not vote in any election. Her work and perseverance helped change the entire country. For ages 6-9  

easter lily gatesDiscover the Digital Archives of Broward County Pioneer Easter Lily Gates

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a local flavor by exploring the online, digital archives of Easter Lily Gates, a South Florida pioneer who was Broward County Supervisor of Elections for 40 years, from 1929 to 1969.

Born in Iowa, in 1889, Easter Lily Bilbo travelled west with her family by covered wagon. As a 17-year-old store clerk, she began making and wearing her extravagant trademark hats. Soon thereafter, she met and married husband George Gates, eventually settling in Fort Lauderdale in 1918. The city was a sleepy hamlet of 3,000 residents when they added two sons to the population.

In the killer Hurricane of 1926, Easter Lily Gates heroically saved her family but lost everything she owned. Two weeks later, her husband died. To provide for her children, Gates became Broward County’s first female bus driver. In 1928, she ran for Supervisor of Elections, hitchhiking and walking to campaign because she had no car. Gates won the election, and served unchallenged for the next 40 years. She registered Broward County’s first Seminole and African-American voters.

Following her retirement at age 80, Gates remained active in the community, the Methodist Church, and quietly supported children around the world. She passed away in February 1985.

The photographs in her collection display the public and private Easter Lily Gates and the world she lived in, locally and internationally. And although she was anything but typical, the photographs are a window to the period and the more conventional people she moved among.  

Harlem Gospel and Jazz Brunch

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African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Closed to the Public on Sunday, February 19, 2017

The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center will be closed to the public on Sunday, February 19, 2017, for a special ticketed event sponsored by Broward County Library and the Friends of the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Signs will be posted ahead of time inside the library and at the library entrance on February 19 to notify customers of the closing. During this time, customers may visit the following nearby Broward County Library locations:

For more information about the Harlem Gospel and Jazz Brunch, please call 954-357-6282.  


Vintage Book Exhibit

book cover - ranson's follyA Book By Its Cover: A Collection of 19th to Early 20th Century Cloth Publisher's Book Covers exhibit will be on display from March 6, 2017 to July 28, 2017 at the Biennes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the 6th floor of the Main Library.book cover - goethe

In the late 19th century and into the 20th century, book cover art entered a golden age that lasted more than 50 years. Architects, painters and stained glass artists such as Sarah Wyman Whitman were commissioned by publishers to design book covers that ultimately influenced later art movements.

In the 19th century, bibliophiles were purchasing book covers as decorative objects for their home as well as for their literary value. Eventually, American book cover illustrator's monograms were appearing on book covers. Customer could order books with covers that fit their décor and taste. A Book By Its Cover will include different art movements as well as different themes such as Orientalism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


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President's Day Library Closings

Broward County Libraries Closed on Monday, February 20th in Honor of Presidents Day

All branches of the Broward County Library, with the exception of Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.  

The Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library will be open from 7:30AM to 11PM. Customers can visit the County Library's website, or download the Library's free mobile app, BCL WOW, to search the online catalog, place holds, download books, movies and magazine and to renew selected materials.


Gold Award Winner 

ava logoOur Facebook Page is a Winner!  Broward County Libraries Facebook page, Facebook.com/BrowardCountyLibrary just received a Gold 2017 AVA Digital Award in the Overall category. AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication.

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Gender Studies

Explore Gender Studies with Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card

Use your free NSU-Alvin Sherman Library E-Card to access Gender Studies, one of the library’s great online resources.

Gender Studies covers subjects such as gender inequality, masculinity, post-feminism, gender identity and more. There’s information gathered from a wide range of sources including professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports and dissertations from 1972 to the present.

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.


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