One Children’s Book, Many Ways
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One Children’s Book, Many Ways

The 30th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 15th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series, March 17th at Main Library  


The 30th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 15th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series is scheduled for March 17, 2017 from 9AM to 4:30PM at Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301. The event is a free, day-long professional development opportunity where librarians, teachers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, and parents gather to receive training and gain exposure to current trends in literature for youth and teens.  

This year's theme is "One Children's Book, Many Ways: Exploring Educational Options and Approaches within a Single Title, " and the focus will be on different ways to make a book come alive for a variety of populations and educational missions.

Featured Speakers

laura vaccaro seegerLaura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book and a two-time winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. She is also the recipient of both the Massachusetts Reading Association and the New York Empire State awards for "Body of Work and Contribution to Children's Literature." Laura is the author/illustrator of several highly praised concept books to include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet and Dog and Bear series.  


brian pinkneyBrian Pinkney is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, four-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. His work been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the School of Visual Arts, and the Society of Illustrators.  Brian is the illustrator of several highly praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums and Duke Ellington.

Attendees can also learn how to successfully teach books at the following afternoon workshops:

  • Teaching School Readiness with a Book
  • Teaching English Language Learners with a Book
  • Teaching Parent Engagement with a Book
  • Teaching Art Exploration with a Book
  • Teaching Autism Spectrum Populations with a Book
  • Teaching Interactive Storytimes with a Book

Register online or by calling 954-357-7336. Please register by March 14, 2017. Free parking is available for Conference attendees at GovGarage, located at 151 SW 2 Street. Additional parking is in the City Park garage (east side of the library) for $1.25/hour (park on levels 2 or 3).    

The joint Conference on Children's Literature and Ashley Bryan Art Series is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Lauderdale Libraries, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Broward Public Library Foundation.. Funding provided by Broward County Public Schools through the Discovering Your Way Grant. The book vendor for the conference is Books & Books.


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Books by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

  • Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories: Three easy-to-read stories about the close friendship between Dog and Bear.
  • First the Egg: Which came first - the chicken or the egg? Find out and see other magical transformations such as from seed to flower, tadpole to frog and caterpillar to butterfly.
  • I Used To Be Afraid: In this simple picture book, author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger shows that what seems scary at first can become magical.
  • The Hidden Alphabet: Bold distinctive images take children on an unconventional journey through the alphabet.
  • Walter Was Worried: Children's faces, depicted with letters of the alphabet, react to the onset of a storm and its aftermath.

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Books Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

  • Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney. A swinging, vibrant picture book about the jazz composer Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as Duke.
  • In the Time of the Drums by Robert San Souci. Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.
  • Jojos Flying Side Kick: Written and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. The story of a young boy's introduction to the joys of making music.
  • The Adventures of Sparrow Boy Written and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Something mysterious is about to happen on Thurber Street. Will the events of one afternoon change Henry's life forever?
  • The Faithful Friend: A friendship is tested by love and magic in this retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.


Digital Download Classes

You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to access and download free movies, music, language software, magazines, TV shows, music videos and more. Learn how at these free classes held at library locations countywide.


March 9 16, 23, 30 - Open House, 12 to 1PM, North Regional/Broward College Library
March 9, 16, 23, 30 - eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, Music, Movies and More, by appointment only: 954-357-6409, 2:30 to 3:30PM, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
March 9, 16, 23, 30 - eBooks, Music and Magazines, limit 6 people, 4 to 5PM, Northwest Regional Library
March 9, 16, 23 - Rosetta Stone, 3:30 to 4:30PM, Tyrone Bryant Library
March 11 - eBooks, 10:30AM to 12:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
March 11 - Rosetta Stone, 1 to 2PM, Pompano Beach Library
March 15 - Movies, Music and More, 6 to 7PM, West Regional Library
March 15 - eBooks, 3 to 4PM, Main Library
March 15 - eBooks, 6:30 to 7:30PM, Pompano Beach Library
March 22 - Magazines, 3 to 4PM, Main Library  
March 25 - Magazines, 10:30AM to 12:30PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center



Destination Fridays Event: Let’s Dance at AARLCC!

Honor your New Year’s resolution to keep fit and have more fun by coming to the Destination Fridays “Let’s Dance at AARLCC” event at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on Friday, March 10, 2017.

This age 21-and-over event is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and costs $10 (payable at the door or through Eventbrite). Dress in casual dance clothes for an evening of fun dance lessons and joyful partying. Get here on time – dance lessons begin promptly at 7PM.

There will be free lessons in three styles of dance: urban line dancing (led by Urban Ballroom Dancing Detroit Style); belly dancing (led by Tribal Belly Dancing); and country-and-western line dancing (led by Body & Soul Dancers).

A “Showtime at the Apollo” performance of dance tunes in the theater by Keba Music, featuring Keba Williams, will be held after the dance lessons. There will also be door prizes, guided tours of The Harlem Renaissance – The Great Expression exhibit and photo ops with a 1941 Buick S​edanette on loan from Warren Berliner, sponsored by Carlo Leonardo, Exotic Sports Cars.

As always, delicious food will be served at this event and the signature drink will be “The Elaina” in honor of the AARLCC’s director Elaina Norlin who is celebrating her birthday at the event.

Sponsors for the Destination Let’s Dance at AARLCC event include the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Urban Ballroom Dancing Detroit Style, Body & Soul Dancers, Broward Meat & Fish Company, thundUp Nightclub and AMC.


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What We Read in February: The Month’s Top 10 Most-Circulated Books at BCL

  1. The Whistler by John Grisham. Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, is working on a corruption case involving a disbarred lawyer who claims to know of a Florida judge who was secretly involved with organized crime.  (eBook)
  2. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel  by Lee Child. Jack Reacher investigates a jihadist sleeper cell in Germany and must battle to save the world from terrorism.  (Audiobook, Large Print)
  3. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Novel by Michael Connelly. Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed. (Large Print)
  4. Home by Harlan Coben. A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys. Ten years later, Myron Bolitar believes he’s found one of them. Where has he been for ten years and what does he know about the day he was taken? (eBook)
  5. Sex, Lies & Serious Money by Stuart Woods. Attorney Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep. But everything is not as it seems when the client reveals the true nature of his recent turn of fortune. (eBook, eAudiobook)
  6. The Mistress: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Discovered on a freezing Moscow street by a billionaire, Natasha Leonova now lives in luxury as his mistress. She begins to question this life when she meets artist Theo Luca.(eBook, Large Print)
  7. Missing: A Private Novel by James Patterson. Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father.  (eBook, eAudiobook, Large Print)
  8. No Man's Land by David Baldacci. Special Agent John Puller, combat veteran and the army's most tenacious investigator, is back to hunt a monstrous killer. (eBook, eAudiobook)
  9. Rushing Waters: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Hurricane Ophelia is bearing down on New York City. In a matter of hours, six people, along with millions of other New Yorkers, will be caught up in the horrific flooding it unleashes. (eBook, Large Print)
  10. The Award: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Gaëlle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France. Taking terrifying risks, she becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, leaving a heroic legacy that is revealed year later by her granddaughter. (eBook, Large Print)


Branch Spotlight 

tyrone bryant branchTyrone Bryant Branch
2230 NW 21 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
954-357-8210 

Tyrone Bryant Branch is gem located inside 40-acre Osswald Park, a City of Fort Lauderdale park and recreational hub. The library and the park increasingly coordinate programs to complement what each offers the community. Together, the library and the park provide a complete package with a great balance of the athletic and the cerebral. Teens, children and families go back and forth between the park and library, enjoying the best of each, in an aquatic program one moment and on a library computer the next.

interiorThe library is a magnet that draws students after school, where they use the library’s free Wi-Fi and computers for homework and gaming. To develop the skills of students in grades K-12, a Homework Help program is available on a walk-in basis and a Tutoring program offers math, reading, writing and vocabulary. Another enrichment program, hosted by the branch on Saturdays, My Future My Choice, is a life skills workshop that mentors young women in grades 6-12. For young men in that age group, Tyrone Bryant Branch was a participant in 2016 for the annual Teen Empowerment Summit, which offers a day of entertainment and mentoring in conjunction with three other libraries and Osswald Park. Other popular programs for young people include Game Day and Family Movie presentations.

interiorPrograms for adults include Each One, Teach One adult literacy classes that pair a student with a volunteer tutor for one-on-one learning. Also offered are classes and workshops that deal with financial literacy and job seeking. Walk-in assistance with setting up and using the online resource Rosetta Stone, which offers 30 languages including English, is another offering that draws people to the library. Use of library computers, free Wi-Fi, and technology learning are in demand, and the weekly Adult Beginners Computer Class is well-attended. There are five dedicated computers for minors and another 16 for adults.     

interiorThe collection at Tyrone Bryant Branch is based on the needs of a diverse community. Tyrone Bryant customers have a strong interest in DVDs, audiobooks, picture books, best sellers and romance novels. Of special note is a Black Heritage collection, as well as a smaller but expanding collection of books in Spanish. Over time, the branch has changed its size and name but not its location. The original branch opened in 1980 and was named Rock Island Library after the community in which it was built. The branch now bears the name of Tyrone Bryant, who was a major force behind the Library-in-Action project designed for disadvantaged neighborhoods. Through his efforts, the Rock Island Library was created and subsequently renamed in his honor in 1988. Expanded and renovated as part of the 1999 Bond Issue, Tyrone Bryant Branch re-opened in October 2008 and is now a 10,000-square-foot facility overlooking the Osswald Park basketball court. 



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