Celebrate Black History Month

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Celebrate Black History Month

All events are free and open to the public.

Literary Events and Presentations
February 3 - 10th Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival Evening Discussion Panel, 6 to 8PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
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


children and the worldArt and Film Events
February 4 - Black History Month: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, all ages program, 12 to 2PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 7 - Class/Discussion of Artist Horace Pippin, presented by Barbara Freiberg, 1 to 2PM, Main Library
February 9 - Against the Odds: The History of African-American Art, presented by Barbara Falletta, 12 to 1:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
February 11 - Arts Discussion: The Harlem Renaissance and the Growth of African-American Artists, 11AM to 12PM, Deerfield Beach Percy White Library
February 12 - Film: Freedom Summer, 2 to 4PM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University

Music and Dance
February 4
- 10th Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival Concert, 2 to 5PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
February 12 - What's All That Jazz About? Presented by e Latimer, all ages program, 1 to 2:30PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 12 - Scott Joplin 100 Year Celebration, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Hallandale Beach Library
February 18 - Ragtime: Life and Times of Scott Joplin, 2 to 3PM, Northwest Regional Library

Children, Teens and Families
February 6 - West African Dance and Drums, children’s program, 4 to 5PM, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library
February 11 - Make African beaded bracelets and enjoy readings of popular African-American literature, refreshments, families/all ages, 1 to 2:30PM, Riverland Library
February 15 - Sharkey’s Storytime Special: Celebrate African Music and Culture with Positively Africa, children’s program, 10:30 to 11:15AM, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University
February 18 - African Mask Craft, children’s program, 2 to 3PM, South Regional/Broward College Library  
February 21 - Teen Zone Crafternoon: Learn about the African counting game Mancala and make your own, space limited, 4to 5PM, Tamarac Library
February 22 - Get on the Bus, children’s program, 5:30 to 7PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 25 - Black History Month Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, teen program, 11AM to 1PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 25 - Elegance of the Harlem Renaissance Fashion Design Contest, teen program, 2 to 4PM, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
February 25 - Teen Movie and Discussion: Little Rock Nine, 3 to 4PM, Northwest Branch Library
February 25 - The Sankofa Experience with Nzingah, all ages, 2 to 3PM, Carver Ranches Library


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Celebrate Black History Month with 10 Great Books for Kids: Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African-American culture and universal human values. 

The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. Here’s a list of recent winners you can check out from Broward County Library. For a full list, please visit the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award web page.

The Harlem Renaissance

An Evening of Elegance & Glamour at Destination NYC – Harlem Renaissance on February 3 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Black History Month comes alive with a thrilling visit to Destination Fridays NYC - Harlem Renaissance scheduled for February 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30PM at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (ARLCC).

car and marqueeThis age 21-and-over event costs $10 (payable at the door or through Eventbrite). Come dressed to impress and flash back to the glamour days of the 1930s in New York City's Harlem with an evening of dancing and live music from the Gary King Band playing a selection of R&B and other favorites. Enjoy delicious food and the signature drink of the evening, the classy Cosmopolitan. As always there will be door prizes and lots of fun!

To make this evening even more memorable, there will be a grand opening in AARLCC's museum/gallery of The Harlem Renaissance - The Great Expression. This large-scale exhibit will celebrate the creativity and cultural impact of the Harlem Renaissance with museum-style displays, a motion sensor avatar experience and a virtual reality trip through the Harlem Renaissance with the aid of an Oculus Rift headset.

Dr. Bryan Carter from the University of Arizona - an associate professor in Africana Studies and a virtual reality pioneer - will discuss his decades-long efforts in building a "Virtual Harlem."

Flash! There will be an exotic photo op available in the gallery featuring a vintage 1935 Lincoln V12 car on loan from Warren Berliner, sponsored by Carlo Leonardo, Exotic Sports Cars.

Sponsors for the Destination NYC - Harlem Renaissance include the Friends of AARLCC, the Urban League of Broward County, the University of Arizona and Reading Pays More.


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Harlem Renaissance Onscreen
Free Resources from Broward County Library:

  • A History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 3: This original four-volume series documents black achievement in American history, its defining role in the growth of the country and its influence on current events. This volume focuses on the years 1904 through 1943.
  • Against the Odds - The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance: Part social engineering, part artistic happening, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s brought the accomplishments of African-Americans to the forefront of popular culture. Against All Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance remembers the glory days of the place and time. (DVD/Documentary)
  • Been Rich All My Life: Meet the Silver Belles, five tap dancers who performed in 1930's Harlem at the famed Apollo and Cotton Club, with legendary band leaders like Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. They have rich stories to tell about the history they made during the Harlem Renaissance, illuminated by a treasure trove of archival film and photos. Together again, after a few decades hiatus, they're dancing to standing ovations - as sassy as they ever were. (Streaming Video/Documentary)
  • Jump at the Sun: A biography of African American author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, the first black woman to enter the American literary canon and a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (DVD/Documentary)
  • Langston Hughes – His Life and Times: Alice Walker and Arnold Rampersad discuss Langston Hughes with Bruce Schwartz. Topics include experiences shaping Langston's youth, how he became a writer, the beauty and style of his writing, and the Harlem renaissance. (DVD/Documentary)
  • The Harlem Renaissance: The Music and Rhythms That Started a Cultural Revolution: This documentary looks at the Harlem Renaissance through the music that defined the era. It includes performances of such songs as Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher, Fats Waller's This Joint Is n', Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's Let's Scuffle, Lena Horne's Friday Night, and many others. (DVD/Documentary)

Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s One Stroke Calligraphy Exhibit Now at Main Library

calligraphyView the one stroke calligraphy of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, on display until February 28 at gallery six, which is located on the sixth floor of Main Library. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public during regular library hours, explores the art of one-stroke calligraphy, which is not just an art form or technique but a state of mind and concentration that is filled with compassion and wisdom.

All are invited to the exhibit’s opening reception at gallery six on Wednesday, January 18 from 6 to 7:30PM.

Free events held at Main Library in conjunction with One Stroke Calligraphy Exhibit:

  • January 21 and February 4, 11 and 18 from 2 to 3PM
    Tea Meditation Ceremony: The tea ceremony has been a tradition in China since the Tang Dynasty. Learn how to mindfully appreciate tea and enjoy a simple yet profound meditative experience.
  • January 28 from 2 to 3PM
    Moving Meditation Yoga with Instructor Alexis Yanique Robinson: Moving meditation yoga teaches poise, balance and strength while weaving mindful meditation with yoga asanas.
  • February 25 from 2 to 3:30PM
    Lecture: Living a Life of Respectful Inclusivity, presented by Venerable Man Pou: Explore how to live a life of respectful inclusivity by practicing simple acts that bring confidence, joy and hope to others.

Events are sponsored by the International Buddhist Progress Society Miami. For more information on the exhibit or events, call 954-933-0055

pouring teaFree Online Classes
Interested in learning more about the topics above? Use your Broward County Library card to access these free online courses.

  • Buddhism 101: This course examines the known historical facts of the Buddha's life and teachings as well as the history of Buddhist philosophy.
  • Chinese Culture Studies 101: Learn about Chinese culture today, the lifestyles and philosophies of modern Chinese people and get an in-depth glimpse into Chinese culture.
  • Learn How to Meditate: Explore the various techniques of meditation, such as sitting, standing, and yoga.
  • Tea Parties: Get an introduction to the vast array of teas, the history of tea and tea parties and the surprising social and political impact of this simple beverage as well as tips for planning your own tea party.
  • Western Calligraphy: This class provides you expert guidance, HD Video tutorials, step-by-step directions, and hands-on activities with feedback so you can learn how to create a wide variety of calligraphy.
  • Yoga 101: If you're a yoga beginner and looking for a tool to help jump-start your program, this yoga course features in-depth instructions and inspiring information to introduce you to yoga.

Celebrate Jamaican Culture at the Free Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival

Anancy and miss louOn Friday, February 3rd, the Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival will begin a two-day event commemorating the 10th annual celebration of the legacy of Jamaica’s cultural Ambassador, the late Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE.  The event takes place on Friday, February 3rd, from 6 to 8PM and Saturday, February 4th, from 2 to 5PM at the Broward College Performing Cultural Arts Theater which is adjacent to the South Regional/Broward College Library.

This year, the two-day celebration, which forms part of the Library’s Black History Month events, is titled Is Anansi Meck It - Jack Mandora Mi Noh Choose None. The Festival begins with a panel discussion on Friday evening from 6 to 8PM on the topic of Anansi and the Jack Mandora character. Saturday’s event features a star-studded Cultural Extravaganza from 2 to 5PM that features performances from some of Jamaica’s most renowned proponents of the island’s cultural heritage.

Saturday’s lineup includes writer/educator/performing artist Owen “a” Ellis; actor, media/personality/University of the West Indies lecturer Fae Ellington OD; and Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica founder Amina Blackwood-Meeks. 

Several local performing artists also on stage sharing in the cultural presentation are the Tallawah Mento Band, the Reggae violins of the Sons of Mystro, the Sierra Norwood Calvary Children’s Cultural Ensemble, the Jamaican Folk Revue and others who had worked closely with, or been influenced by Miss Lou.

“This is a significant anniversary, celebrating a decade of honoring Jamaica’s beloved Miss Lou, (as she was affectionately called), and will include two exciting days of ‘Boo-o-noo-noos’  events” according to Norma Darby, Director Emerita of the Jamaican Folk Revue, and founder of the annual Reading Festival.  

The Festival is presented under the auspices of the Consul General of Jamaica, is jointly coordinated by Broward College, the Friends of the South Regional Broward Library and the Jamaican Folk Revue, Inc.

Call 954-201-8829 for additional event information.

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The Big Read – February Events

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

Creation Station Bengali Elephant Textile Art Workshop: Create beautiful and colorful Bengali elephant textiles

Bankura Horse Sculpture of West Bengal Art Workshop: Create your own using clay and traditional tools, shaping them with bamboo and stones 

     February 25 - preregistration begins 2/11, 2 to 3PM, Pembroke Pines Library

The Poetry of India through the Ages: A sampling of the incredible wealth of poetry that exists in India, from thousands of years ago to the present day, read aloud in English by Rick McKenzie, local poet and co-author of the poetry collection Money.

the big readThe Political, Social, and Cultural Mores that Shaped Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake: Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, Dean of the Gus Machado School of Business at St. Thomas University and a native of Calcutta, India provides us with an overview of the culture and history of contemporary India which serve as the backdrop to Jhumpa Lahiri’s writings.
     February 16 - 1 to 2PM, North Regional/Broward College Library

Holi Festival of Colors. Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. Highlights of this festival will include: “Celestial India” a dance performance by y Surhabhi School of Dance, Sitar music performed by the Association of Performing Arts of India, food tastings, and the grand finale color toss.
     February 18 - 2 to 4PM, Southwest Regional Library

Life as Mash Up Americans: Teen workshop presented by young adult authors Steven dos Santos and Stacie Ramey discusses Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake as it relates to the pressures of being a child of immigrants and the theme of destiny/fate belief systems of different cultures and/or young adult literature. Interactive games and activities will help teens express their own true versions of themselves.
     February 25 - 2 to 3:30PM, West Regional Library

The Big Read Florida Memories Project
If you have an interesting Florida immigrant story or culture clash tale, share it with Florida Center for the Book in writing and the Main Library's Creation Station: Memory will add it to its fledgling archives. Tell us your story of coming to Florida, culture clashes you've experienced or how you live or experience the various cultures represented in our state. All entrants will receive a free copy of The Namesake.


  • 800-1000 words, typed and e-mailed to tzimmerm@broward.org
  • Please attach a family photo or photo of yourself
  • In the subject line, please type: The Big Read Florida Memories Project
  • Submission period: now - February 28
  • You will be asked to sign a release allowing archiving. Please note stories might be edited for length and grammar.

Want to tell your story in a medium other than writing?
Florida Center for the Book will accept your Big Read Florida Memories stories as represented through the visual arts. Including photography, painting and film. Please e-mail Florida Center for the Book with questions or attach a scan or copy of your work. Digitized oral histories will also be accepted, on a case-by-case basis.

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. 



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Other Titles by Jhumpa Lahiri Available at Broward County Library

  • In Other Words:  From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut about the author’s “love affair” with the Italian language. (2016/eBook)
  • Interpreter of Maladies: Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. (2004/eBook)
  • The Lowland: Born 15 months apart in Calcutta, Subhash and Udayan a nevertheless differ greatly: Udayan joins the insurgent Naxalite movement, while Subhash conducts scientific research in America. But when tragedy strikes, Subhash must return home. (2013)
  • Unaccustomed Earth: These eight stories take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. (2008/eBook)



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