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WOW Update 
September 23, 2014 
  Communities Matter
Your Library, Your Safety Net

Broward County Library offers help and community support to all

Public libraries in the United States have always served a wide variety of functions, from simply offering a collection of free books and DVDs to presenting educational and entertaining events. Additionally, public libraries step up when their communities are in need. Library Journal reports that the Ferguson Library in Ferguson, Missouri served as an “ad hoc school on the fly" when public schools were closed due to the demonstrations in response to the shooting death of Michael Brown. 
Closer to home, when Hurricane Wilma left numerous Broward County citizens without power for weeks, Broward County Library staff were mobilized to provide phone support and to deliver meals and water where needed. After the devastation of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Pompano Beach Library provided free telephone and internet access to customers could get in touch with their friends and family.
On an annual basis, Broward County Libraries provide free income tax preparation and sites for early voting. Our librarians assist customers every day with essential online E-government tasks such as applying for food stamps or Medicaid, getting information on the Affordable Care Act or applying for a job. Libraries act as a safety net for the community, providing vital services when they are needed most.
Public libraries are truly community centers for education, entertainment, cultural and civic resources. Broward County Libraries is pleased to continue in this vein, with several upcoming events that address specific needs and issues in our diverse community.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events

  • pink flowerOctober 1st - Breast Health Awareness, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
  • October 6th - Nutrition and a New You: Learn how to navigate through a food label and about nutritional steps to prevent breast cancer, Noon to 1 p.m., Main Library
  • October 15th - Nutrition - A Step Ahead: Learn the nutritional steps to promote overall health & decrease your risk for breast cancer and other illnesses, 12 to 1:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
  • October 16th - Breast Cancer 101 with Dr. Reshma L. Mahtani, 12 to 1 p.m., Main Library

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Information

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Book
Displays/Exhibits/Information Tables

The Courage to Remember Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Barbed wireOn Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11 a.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Courage to Remember, a historical exhibit of the Holocaust (1933-1945), will be held at the gallery six at Main Library.
The exhibit is presented by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) - The French National Railway Corporation, and the Foundation for California and is co-sponsored by Broward County Libraries and the Office of Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness.
Don’t Miss the Final Destination Friday of 2014: 
Destination Friday – Ghana, Africa on October 3 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Destination Fridays - Ghana, AfricaExperience a warm “Akwaaba" (welcome) to the friendly spirit of Ghana, Africa in Broward County Libraries' final 2014 Destination Friday event. Destination Friday - Ghana, Africa is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).
Enjoy a night of cultural activities devoted to the tourist-friendly country of Ghana. Throughout the evening, there will be prizes and surprises, including a giveaway of an eight-day Ghana land package from Ebony Heritage Travel.

During this festive evening, experience African fashions made of kente fabric, taste the food of Ghana and enjoy spirited drinks. Beat African drums in AARLCC's Harrambe Room and move with the rhythm of African dance. Learn about the culture and history of Ghana from the United Ghanaians Association of South Florida, view photographs and artifacts of the country and explore tourism opportunities in Ghana and West Africa.
Dress to impress in the colors of the Ghana flag: green, yellow and red or in vibrant African fashions. Order your $10 tickets through Eventbrite or pay in cash or by credit card at the door. This is an after-hours event for ages 21-plus.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center along with:

  • Just Add Rhythm
  • Eritay
  • Ankara Miami
  • Ebony Heritage Travel
  • Goddess Fashion Factory
  • Ghanamaa, Inc., a non-profit Ghanaian women's group
  • United Ghanaians Association of South Florida

For more information, contact the AARLCC Welcome Desk at 954-357-6210.