Cultural and Literary Fun for All Ages
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Cultural and Literary Fun for All Ages!

Girl with her face painted as a butterflyStories and Books Come to Life at the Children's BookFest: Saturday, May 7th at Main Library

Free festival for children and families offers top storytellers and authors, music and dance performances and plenty of fun for all!

Children’s author/performer Darrell House Children’s author/performer Darrell House
This year the Children's BookFest will be in celebration of Children's Book Week (May 2-8), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Broward County Library will join the celebration by hosting the annual Children's BookFest on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:30AM to 4:30PM at Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Storyteller Donna 
Storyteller Donna
Suzy Hammer as
“The Bookworm”
Suzy Hammer as
“The Bookworm”
Clifford the Big Red 
Dog book cover
Meet Clifford the Big Red
Dog – live at BookFest

This FREE festival offers children the opportunity to meet local authors, hear professional storytellers and see top-notch children's shows. The first 1,000 children can pick up a FREE book.
Children will have the opportunity to be creative at the arts and crafts tables, do a science experiment, learn the artistic dance of India, fold origami, get their face painted and be the first to sign up for the Summer Learning Program!
Events at the Children's BookFest include:
  • Origami tales by Kuniko Yamamoto
  • Professional storyteller Donna Washington
  • Children's entertainer Suzy Hammer as the Book Worm
  • Bilingual stories from Carrie Sue Ayvar
  • Children's author and entertainer Darrell House
  • Learn Indian classical dance with Malini Basu
  • Chinese lion dancers - Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association
  • Explore the Super Science Explorers Lab
  • Free face painting
  • Origami crafts
  • Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog
Children's BookFest is presented by Baptist Health South Florida and funded by the Broward Public Library Foundation with support from Broward Family Life Magazine and the Ft. Lauderdale Friends of the Libraries.

Broward County Library’s Tribute to…Musical Artists We’ve Lost in 2016

This year has been a tough one for music lovers. Some of our favorite artists – Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey and Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) passed away in 2016, all of them leaving an artistic legacy that has touched the soul and hearts of millions.
Honor that legacy with free, streaming music available through Hoopla. Use your Broward County Library card to access.
Purple RainOkie from MuskogeeThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsGlenn Frey: LiveEarth, Wind & Fire
Broward County Library has a large and varied collection of recordings from Prince

Country fans can check out favorites from Merle Haggard:

From his early recordings to current music, Broward County Library has a huge selection from David Bowie:

Find music from both his solo career or as one of the front men of the Eagles Glenn Frey:

Listen to both original music from Maurice White, founder/lead Singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as tributes to one of most popular bands of the 70s and 80s:

Haiti collageDestination Fridays at AARLCC: Come Party with Haiti – the Pearl of the Antilles!

May is Haitian History Month and the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is celebrating with a Destinations Friday event that promises to be filled with the joy of dancing and merriment! Come party with Haiti, the Pearl of the Antilles!
The date is Friday, May 6, 2016 and the time is from 6:30 to 9:30PM. This age 21-and-over event costs a mere $10 (payable at the door or through Eventbrite). “We are excited about Haiti,” says Elaina Norlin, Regional Library Manager, “and we’ve been told by the Haitian community to expect a record attendance at this event!”
Haitian culture is known for its vibrant colors and dazzling attire, so come dressed in festive clothing—perhaps embracing the vivid red and blue colors of the Haitian flag. Put on your party face and prepare for an evening of frolic with Haitian-flavored dancing, snacking and drinking (you are certain to enjoy our signature cocktails)!
The library’s lobby will segue from random movements to instructed dancing (always a crowd favorite) led by FIU’s Tou Cho, and the evening will culminate in a wonderful performance by KaJu Afro Haitian Dance in the auditorium. There will also be paintings to enjoy in the gallery featuring Art Through the Lens of Afro-French Caribbean Artists, plus opportunities to learn more about Haitian travel and customs by Guylene Berry, and door prizes from Haitian restaurants and vendors.
Sponsors for this event include Carna Fam, Ebenezer Bakery, WSRF Radio, Piman Café, Sa’K Pase Media, Island Palace Restaurant, Merkahbah, the African Wardrobe Festival, and the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce.

Explore Haitian Art, Music, Culture and More with Free Resources from Broward County Library

After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in JacmelCreole 101 - Welcome To HaitiHaiti: A Story of Hope and Healing in HaitiRara from Haiti

Explore Unique, Rare and Exclusive Music Recordings with Use Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card

Guy wearing a blue jacket and shades sitting down next to a window listening to musicUse your free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card to access Music Online, a streaming music service that offers a huge range of free music. Music Online has classical, jazz, world music, American music (folk, bluegrass, Native American, gospel, blues, Western) and popular/rock.
Additionally, Music Online features recordings that are rare and difficult to find such as:
  • EMI: Almost 50,000 recordings featuring labels such as Blue Note, Virgin Classics, Angel Records, Capitol Records, Chrysalis, and Narada.
  • Universal: Nearly 10,000 recordings featuring labels like Verve, Motown, A&M, Decca, Polygram, MCA, and Island Def Jam.
  • Smithsonian: More than 40,000 recordings exclusively available from the Smithsonian’s archives, including the entire output of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Folkways Records, Cook Records, Dyer-Bennet Records, Fast Folk, Monitor Records, and Paredon Records.
  • Archives: Unique and previously unpublished recordings from important archives including the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University in South Africa, and the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE) in India.
  • Specially Recorded: Exclusive audio recordings of hundreds of traditional American folk songs by acclaimed folklorist/folksinger Jerry Silverman.

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.

Branch Spotlight: Hallandale Beach Branch

The Hallandale Beach Branch300 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL 33009
The Hallandale Beach Branch is evolving with its community into a multi-lingual cosmopolitan center. Languages other than English that are spoken in the community are French, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Spanish. Programs such as English Café and the Citizenship Exam Preparation Class provide support to newcomers. Other residents are enriched with food for the body and mind with the long-running Books and Bites Book Club, the Gulfstream Writers Group and Raja Yoga Meditation. The youngest members of the branch receive homework help from After School @Your Library. More children’s programs are on the way, and a healthy lifestyle series for all ages is forthcoming which will feature exercise, diet and juicing strategies. 
The collection contains an international selection of French, Russian and Spanish books, and DVDs in many languages. Materials at the branch cater to a wide range of interests of working adults, seasonal residents and college students, along with the recreational needs of a large senior retirement community who appreciate the branch’s strong collection of Large Print items. Computer use is an extremely popular amenity as French Canadian, Caribbean, Russian, Latino and visiting users communicate with friends and family long distance. In addition, computers are used for seeking employment and applying for government benefits.
The Hallandale Beach Branch is located at 300 S. Federal Highway, adjacent to the City of Hallandale Beach Governmental Complex. The original Hallandale Library opened its doors in 1963 and joined the Broward County Library system in 1978. The rebuilt, 14,700-square-foot library opened at its present location in 1981. Local schools served by the branch include Hallandale Elementary, Gulfstream Middle School and Hallandale High School.