A total solar eclipse is occurring Monday, August 21st and Broward County
Libraries is gearing up for it with special solar eclipse programs and live
solar viewings. This astronomical event is dubbed “The
Great American Eclipse” as it can only be seen in its totality within an
area that stretches across the contiguous United States – the first time
that’s happened since 1918.
Catch a solar program at a library near you.
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The South Florida Book Festival Coming This Friday, July 21st, and Saturday, July 22nd
The South Florida Book Festival, held at the African-American
Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC), will celebrate "Book Life" with an exciting line-up of authors, journalists, speakers and presenters. From
writing and natural hair-care workshops to book signings and presentations to panel discussions and guest speakers, this year's Festival has something for
The Festival kick-off event is Taste the Islands on July 18th from 6:30 to
9:30PM with special guests Chef Irie (Hugh A. Sinclair) and Cynthia "Chef Thia"
Verna, cookbook authors and stars of the PBS Television's Taste the
Islands program. Guests can meet the chefs and enjoy delicious island-inspired
cuisine, tropical cocktails, dancing and live music. Tickets are $10 and can be
purchased through Eventbrite. Ages
21 and over.
Angela Henry, national mystery author and blogger, is back at the South Florida
Book Festival for another Mystery Writer Workshop being held Friday, July 21st
at 1PM. Her hands-on workshop covers all the steps needed to write your own
mystery novel. Tickets are $10 and space is limited to 20 participants. Tickets
and registration can be completed via Eventbrite.
An Evening with the Literary Stars will take place on Friday evening from 6:30
to 9:30PM. Guests can meet and mingle with Festival authors and enjoy live
music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Each guest will also receive a signed book
of their choice from one of the Festival authors. Tickets are $30 online and $35
at the door, and can also be purchased through Eventbrite. Ages
21 and over.
South Florida Book Festival – Schedule for Saturday, July 22nd
All events are free and open to the public. Registration
through Evenbrite is requested but not required.
T-bone Thermidor: One of BCL's Most Talented Teens
Joas “T-bone without the steak" Thermidor is not without the talent! This
young actor, writer, director, filmmaker and graphic designer, based out of Main
Creation Station and its Teen Studio, is turning out a prolific, impressive
body of work. And he LOVES the library because, he says, “This library makes
T-bone, as he’s known, only discovered Broward County
Libraries last year when he wandered in for the free Wi-Fi. But today
Main Library is his second home. T-bone says that in addition to unlimited
access to equipment that a private individual could never afford, “I get help,
support, assistance and encouragement” from staff and others at the library. “If
it wasn’t for the library…all I would have to work with is my phone. My dream
would be just that.”
You can find T-bone mentoring younger teens in The Studio
to edit and make films of their own, shooting his original scripts anywhere in
the building, going to the Creation Station to borrow the Cannon cameras and
SONY 4K video equipment or editing films using Premier Pro software, which he
later posts to YouTube under “T-bone without the steak.”
For those who have not
yet discovered it, the Teen Studio on the third floor of Main Library is the
premiere digital arts studio in Broward County for young adults ages 14 to 19,
one goal of which is to encourage teens to be digital storytellers, provide
social commentary and be civically engaged – all things that T-bone exemplifies.
Main Teen Librarian Autumn Dec says, “T-bone is one of our shining stars! A
mentor and a role model.”
At age 18, T-bone just graduated from Sunrise High
School and will take part this summer in the ArtServe “Teen ARTrepreneurs” workshop. Under the direction of iconic
puppeteer Jim Hammond, students will learn how to start and manage a theatre
company. When the program ends, T-bone will stage and film his original play
before a live audience on August 12th with seven other teens and himself as
T-bone’s other plans include exploring his Haitian roots. He was born in
the United States, but would like to visit Haiti and box for that country in the
Olympics. He’s also interested making a film on anti-Haitian discrimination. As
well, he’s interested in locating just the right college to launch a career in
acting and filmmaking, with
EMU College Academy as another free library service to help him on his
Sample one of T-bone’s films here, shown at Broward
Center for the Performing Arts at the ArtsEd Forever 2017 Gala. Titled “Missing
Art,” T-bone wrote, acted, directed and mentored 17-year-old Jephte Joassaint to
produce the soundtrack using the library’s facilities:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sgkHr9vAR0. If you would like to
participate in one of T-bone’s productions, or get help with a project of your
own, contact him on Twitter and Instagram at @WoyItsTbone.
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