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January 10, 2017
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Our Condolences


Broward County Library wishes to express condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Friday's shooting at the airport, and all the individuals and employees who have been impacted by this tragic incident.

Since we all cope with grief and loss in different ways, Broward County Library offers this collection of eBooks that focus on methods of dealing with tragedy and healing. These resources were generously donated by Overdrive to our community.

Get Healthy, Wealthy and Wise with Broward County Library

Get your mind, body and wallet in tip-top shape with free wellness and business events and resources from Broward County Library.
Free Yoga, Exercise and Meditation Events
January 14, 28 - Commit To Be Fit: Aerobic exercise class for all fitness levels, 10 to 11AM, Southwest Regional Library running on beach at sunrise
January 18 - Health & Wellness through Yoga, 6 to 7PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
January 18 - Qigong Class: A Moving Meditation for the Mind, Body, and Spirit, 6 to 7:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
January 18 - Stress Management 4 Your Health, teens/adults, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Carver Ranches Library
January 21 - Meditation: Relax and breathe with this guided stress relieving mediation class, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Southwest Regional Library
January 21 - Tea Meditation Ceremony with Venerable Chueh Fan, 2 to 3PM, Main Library
January 23 - Zumba Class: Have fun and get fit, 6 to 7PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
January 28 - Yoga: Moving meditation with instructor: Alexis Yanique Robinson, 2 to 3PM, Main Library
January 30 - Hatha Yoga, all levels, 6 to 7PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center

Your Mind Matters: Get Mentally Fit with Free Streaming Yoga and Meditation Videos from Broward County Library

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A.M. and P.M. Meditation: Create inner calm and focus throughout your day with these simple exercises.
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy - Season 1: This program brings fitness and mental clarity together in one yoga workout that reshapes the body.
My Yoga: Who Needs Coffee: This short and energizing practice works out all the kinks in your body and leaves you feeling great.
Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation: Gain a clear understanding of the essence of meditation and how best to practice it in 24 lessons filled with guided exercises, principles and techniques.
TrudieStyler Weight Loss Yoga: The award-winningTrudieStyler's Weight Loss Yoga program offers yoga practices designed to support weight loss and promote optimal health and well-being.
Yoga in Bed:  20 Asanas To Do in Pajamas: Instructor Edward Vilga leads viewers through two fifteen-minute routines designed to be performed in bed.

Stay Calm, Carry On: Art, Coloring and Chess Programs for All Ages

January 17, 24, 31 - Chess is for Anyone: All ages, beginners/experts welcome, 3 to 5:30PM, South Regional/Broward College Library coloring on paper
January 12, 19, 26 - Color of Calm: Relaxation and stress relief through the simple pleasure of coloring, ages 16 and up, 1 to 2PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
January 23 - Adult Chess Club: Keep your mind active and healthy, 6 to 8PM, Southwest Regional Library
January 21 - Children’s Art Workshop: The Dot, 4 to 5PM, Stirling Road Library
January 21 - Adult Coloring Book Club: A unique way to destress and unwind while exercising your mind, preregister: 954-357-8180, 11AM to 1PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center

Books, Videos & Other Resources to Generate Creative Calm


Let’s Hear It for Health: Presentations, Book Discussions and Lectures

January 14 - Assisted Reproductive Technology: Issues and Pathways to Success, 2 to 2:30PM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University doctor at podium
January 14 - Lecture: From One Mind to One Stroke with the Venerable Huei Kai, 2 to 3PM, Main Library
January 18 - eHealth 101: Finding Reliable Health Information on the Web, 1 to 2PM, Pembroke Pines Library
January 18 - Opening Reception: Venerable Master Hsing Yun: One Stroke Calligraphy, 6 to 7:30PM, Main Library
January 21 - Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind Workshop: Get tips from a professional, 2 to 3:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
January 24 - Author Elaine Viets presents her mystery Brain Storm, 1 to 2PM, Main Library January 24 - Healthy Eating and Sleep, 6 to 7:30PM, Weston Library
January 25 - Caregiver Support Group: Health and Wellness Advocates, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Carver Ranches Library

BCL Means Business!

Get fiscally fit this year with free seminars, workshops and classes at library locations countywide. Choose from events in English or Spanish.
January 14 - Broward SCORE Presentsos Para Negocios - Lo Que Necesita Saber Antes de Enviarlo, 10:15 to 11:45AM and 12 to 1:30PM, South Regional/Broward College Library whiteboard 2017
January 14 - Family Business Bank: Financing your own business by borrowing from yourself, 11AM to 12:30PM, Main Library
January 14 - SCORE Small Business Workshop, 10:15AM to 1PM, Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33331, 954-357-6580
January 17 - Creation Station Business Start-Up Book Club, 6:30 to 7:45PM, Main Library
January 17 - Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Small Business Seminar, 6 to 7:45PM, Hollywood Library
January 18 - Resume Writing for Teens, 4 to 5:30PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
January 18 - SCORE:  Marketing Your Business, 5:45 to 7:45PM, Main Library
January 19 - The Intentional Entrepreneur, 10:30AM to 1:30PM, Carver Ranches Library
January 21 - Broward SCORE Presenta Pasos Sencillos (Part 1), 10:15AM to 1PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
January 21 - Thinking of Owning a Business? Presented by SCORE, 10:15AM to 1PM, Northwest Regional Library
January 25 - Job Interview Skills for Teens, 4 to 5:30PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
January 25 - SCORE:  Financial Matters, 5:45 to 7:45PM, Main Library
January 28 - First-Time Home Buyers Education Class, seating limited/register:  954-474-4884, 10:15AM to 5:30PM, West Regional Library
January 28 - Money Management: Get Out of Debt, 11AM to 2PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
January 31 - Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Business (Part I), 6:30 to 7:45PM, Main Library  

January 28 - Broward SCORE Presenta Pasos Sencillos (Part 2), 10:15AM to 1PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
January 28 - Broward SCORE: Introduccion al marketing y las ventas, 10:15 to 11:45AM, Southwest Regional Library
January 28 - Broward SCORE: Marketing en las redes sociales, 12 to 1:30PM, Southwest Regional Library

New! Creation Station Business

whiteboard 2017 Broward County Library's new co-working space with expert assistance for creating and growing your business is now open at the Main Library. It offers free work and conference areas that can be reserved by the public as well as common areas where business-related workshops, seminars and other events are held. It's open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 8PM. Call 954-357-7415 for reservations and more details.

Creation Station Business services and features include:

  • Conference and Meeting Rooms
  • Smart Board
  • Large Format and 3D Printers
  • Computers, Premium Information Portals and Free Wi-Fi
  • Business Journals, Newspapers and Books
  • Audio Editing and Video Processing
  • Patent and Trademark Resources
  • Legal Forms

Get Ahead with Free Online Business Classes from BCL!

Access free business- and finance-related courses anytime, anywhere.

  • Business Analysis 101: This course explores the strategy, phases, components and process a business analyst uses to develop a project.
  • Business Budgeting 101: How to Plan, Save, and Manage: Learn everything you need to know about business budgeting, cost cutting and current business trends for increasing profits.
  • Business Etiquette: Explore the principles of business etiquette as well as additional advanced strategies and tips to refine your professional image.
  • Crisis Management: Learn how to identify, prevent and control crisis situations and potential risks or situations.
  • Customer Service 101: Find out what customer service is and isn't and identify how you can understand and provide good customer service.
  • Effective Presentations: Learn what an effective presentation is and how improving your public speaking skills can positively influence many different aspects of your life.
  • Starting a Home Business: From determining whether or not you're suited to become a business owner to providing information on the tax implications of hiring employees, this course is a comprehensive source of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade.
  • Sales, Marketing & Advertising Writing: See how virtually every sale depends on the written word and how, when used properly, the written word can be your least expensive yet hardest-working employee.

Remembering Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

Tragically, the world recently lost two of our most beloved entertainers – acclaimed singer/dancer/actress Debbie Reynolds and her actress/author daughter Carrie Fisher. Take a look back at the careers and lives of these two members of “Hollywood Royalty” with resources from Broward County Library.


  • The Princess Diarist:  Carrie Fisher's intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie. (Book)
  • Princess Leia Royal Rebel:  In this biography, complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines and character profiles, young readers will learn the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel. (eBook)
  • Singin’ in the Rain: Actors are caught in the bumpy transition to talking pictures in this spoof of the early days of "talkie" films. (Starring Debbie Reynolds/DVD)
  • Star Wars Trilogy: Remastered version of first three Star Wars films with added bonus material included. (Starring Carrie Fisher/DVD)
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown: Molly, a poor, uneducated young woman, leaves her mountain cabin home in search of a rich husband and a better life. She finds both in Leadville Johnny Brown as she strikes it lucky and he strikes gold. (Starring Debbie Reynolds/DVD)
  • Unsinkable: A Memoir:  Debbie Reynolds writes about her life, marriages and family in this inspirational autobiography. (Book)
  • Wishful Drinking: Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. (eBook)

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Branch Spotlight: Hollywood Branch

2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020 954-357-7760​

Hollywood Branch shares a site with Hollywood’s City Hall and other municipal offices in a complex fronted by public art. Within the library, District Six Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr has an office where he meets with local residents. In size and scope, the library has come a long way since its early days. 

When the first Hollywood library opened, volunteers staffed it. The City of Hollywood assumed responsibility for the small 4,500-square-foot library in 1943, at 1833 Polk Street, just west of Federal Highway. After the City of Hollywood sold the property to build a post office, another small library was opened on Young Circle in April 1959. Going forward, the library became one of the original branches of the fledgling Broward County Library System in June 1974. In its current incarnation, funded by the 1999 Library Bond Project, the library has grown to a 30,000-square-foot branch housed in a two-story building.

The Hollywood Branch’s collection of over 80,000 items crosses all areas of interest and is robust in all media, including Spanish-language material in a community that is now significantly bilingual. The branch offers several classes to assist Hispanic customers and others learning English, such as Citizenship Preparation Class, English Café for Beginners and Intermediate English Café. English-speaking customers are offered Beginning Spanish for Adults. The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund offers monthly seminars and one-on-one business counseling in English and Spanish.

The branch is well-appointed to conduct group activities and public gatherings. A 120-seat multi-purpose room provides an ideal location for branch programs, meetings and classes. Adult Programs include their legendary Meditation for Peace Group, now in its tenth year; Basic Algebra Tutoring for Adults; New Hollywood Screenwriters Club; and Friday Flicks.

The Hollywood Branch Computer Technology Center is a 24-seat computer lab for public use with free classes, including OASIS offerings such as Wellness on the Web, Android Tablet Essentials, Meet the Computer, Exploring Google, and iPhone Essentials. There is also a six-session series on Microsoft Word and another on Microsoft Excel.

The branch’s Story Time Room provides a comfortable environment to listen to stories, watch movies and participate in crafts. Branch teens have just started a Yu-Gi-OH! Club to play an action adventure card game based on the Japanese manga series about gaming. Younger children have their own fun with Kids & Tweens Lit Adventures Book Discussion. For children two and under, a multi-sensory approach to early learning, Playgroup Fun, couples story time with activities like finger painting.

The branch hosts two major ongoing youth literacy programs. It is a Wags & Tales location, providing a unique way for children ages 5 to 12 to practice reading with a friendly and gentle dog (and his understudy in training) from the Humane Society’s Pet Facilitated Therapy program. The branch is also After-School @ Your Library location, providing homework help, reading practice and enrichment, computer skills and character development for students 6 to 12 years old. 

In addition to supporting three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school within its service area, the branch does an outdoor story time in West Lake Park as part of its community outreach.