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October 14, 2014 
Main Events: Check Out What’s Happening at Main Library as We Prepare for a December Grand Re-opening!

Broward County Main LibraryThe Broward County Libraries Division invites you to the grand re-opening and re-launch of the Broward County Main Library on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with entertainment and activities for all ages. Festivities begin with a ribbon cutting of the newly restored 30 year old building. Face painting, “The Tortoise and the Hare” puppet show, and a holiday performance by the Broward Women’s Chorus will begin the day. Teens will perform spoken word poetry. The Gold Coast Banjo Band presents the Happy Sounds of Banjo Music in the afternoon. There will be all day demonstrations of 3D printers in the Creation Station, a book and jewelry fair, refreshments and information on all floors about Main Library services. All activities for the day are sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries

Check out 3D printing demonstrations at the Creation Station
Check out 3D printing demonstrations at the Creation Station.

The Main Library opened to the public on April 29, 1984. It was heralded as the beginning of the renaissance of downtown Fort Lauderdale with a resurgence of business, government and cultural activity. Funded by a public improvements bond issue, the building was designed by architect Robert F. Gatje, of Marcel Breuer Associates, New York, in association with Jordan A. Miller, of Miller Meier Architects and Associates, Fort Lauderdale. During the past three years, the Main Library has undergone a series of renovations to maintain building integrity, including replacement of elevators, roof, wall and ceiling tiles, and air conditioning equipment. In addition, several areas of the eight-story facility, including the computer labs, were remodeled to accommodate new technology and meet the changing needs of residents. 

The bright, airy Main Library atrium also received historic designation
Main Library atrium.

In January 2014, the Main Library received a landmark designation for its exterior as well as parts of the interior from the City of Fort Lauderdale due to its architectural significance. Any changes to the designated portions must now be approved by the city's Historic Preservation Board. The protected interior features include the water element, atrium, escalators, glass elevator, garden area and interior “pedestrian street.”

Tentative Schedule – Main Library Grand Re-opening on December 13
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Check for future updates
First floor:

  • Welcome Back to the Main Library Ribbon Cutting – 10 a.m.
  • Broward Women's Chorus: Songs for the Holidays – 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Quick Draw/Paint Out – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Gold Coast Banjo Band: The Happy Sounds of Banjo Music – 2 to 3 p.m.

Second floor:

  • Face Painting with Marcela – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Open House with light refreshments – Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries Book/Jewelry Fair – Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Teen Spoken Word Poetry presented by the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry network – 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Grant Livingston on the guitar – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Creation Station Demonstrations – all day     

Sixth floor

  • The Courage To Remember Holocaust Exhibit – gallery six
  • Moon Rock Display
  • The Amazing Vojtěch Kubašta: A Showcase of His Pop-up and Illustrated Children's Books – Bienes Museum
  • Bob Nathanson presents The Tortoise and the Hare with his Puppets To Go – 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Author and Editor Tom Swick will discuss the book The Best American Travel Writing 2014 – Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Learn the best resources for financial planning from nationally respected Certified Financial Planner™ and radio show “On The Money!” host Steven Pomeranz, the "Investor's Advocate" – 3 to 4 p.m.

Check Us Out!
The Main Library has never looked better: Check out this amazing photo shoot that Think magazine completed at the Main Library.
Free SAT/ACT Prep! @ Main Library

Happy friends studying together
Get test-ready at free SAT/ACT prep workshops.

Free workshops for college-bound students will begin at Main Library in November, with required pre-registration beginning October 8. All workshops are 12 to 3 p.m. The SAT/ACT program series are offered to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and will take place November 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014. The workshops, which are sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation, will target the official SAT on December 6 and the official ACT on December 13. Please call 954-357-7504 for details/registration. Additional programs for 2014-15 will be available later this school year at other library locations.
Carl Hiaasen to Speak at Library Foundation Fundraiser 
On October 29, best-selling author Carl Hiaasen brings his special brand of satirical wit to a fundraising event for the Broward Public Library Foundation, which supports Broward County Library programs. The event, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., includes a cocktail reception, book sales, signings and a talk by Hiaasen on his latest book, Skink – No Surrender. Tickets for the event, to be held at NSU’s Museum of Art, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, are $75. For tickets, call 954-357-7382 or visit
Broward County Main LibraryThe Bienes Museum Presents The Amazing Vojtěch Kubašta: A Showcase of His Pop-up & Illustrated Children's Books  
The works of Vojtěch Kubašta, creative illustrator, author and paper engineer, will be featured during The Amazing Vojtěch Kubašta: A Showcase of His Pop-up and Illustrated Children's Books. The exhibit will be on display until January 16, 2015 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the sixth floor of the Broward County Main Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 8 p.m.

Extraordinary pop-up creations of author/artist/paper engineer Vojtěch Kubašta
Extraordinary pop-up creations by Kubašta.
Photo by Steve Vinik.

The exhibition celebrates the centennial of Kubašta's birth and showcases his pop-up and children's illustrated books. Over 100 of his pieces will be displayed, ranging from fairy tales to books on counting, history, technology and animals. His books have been translated into 37 languages with over forty million copies sold worldwide. 
Additionally, there will be a series of events hosted in conjunction with the exhibit. All programs will be held at the Bienes Museum and are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, October 23, 3 to 4 p.m.
    The Truth about Fairy Tales: Exploring the Work of Vojtěch Kubašta, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen
    . Dr. Janet Towell, professor of reading education at Florida Atlantic University, explores the history of fairy tales around the world. 
  • Saturday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    From Fairy Tales… To Children’s Book Sales: The Magic of Writing for Kids with Gloria Rothstein
    . Whether you’re retelling a favorite fairy tale or looking for fresh new ways to write about familiar themes, find inspiration in this hands-on workshop with children's author Gloria Rothstein.
  • Friday, November 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    Meet Chuck Fischer, 21st Century Pop-up Book Creator: A Pop-up Book Demonstration and Book Signing
    . Nationally known pop-up book author Chuck Fischer will discuss his most recent book, The Official White House Pop-Up Book and demonstrate the art of making pop-ups. 
  • Saturday, December 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Origami that Pops for Family Fun.
    Steve Vinik, who has taught origami workshops, shows how to fold fun and simple objects that move or pop open. Space limited; pre-registration required: 954-357-8692 or 954-357-8243.
Vojtěch Kubašta
 Vojtěch Kubašta.

Born in Austria, Kubašta spent his childhood and adult life in Czechoslovakia. He lived in Prague where he studied architecture, designed puppet theater scenery and costumes and worked as a book illustrator and paper engineer. His illustrated books for children and adults featured an imaginative use of color that offered unexpected delights. Although Kubašta designed a wide variety of graphic materials, he is primarily known for his movable or pop-up books.
Movable books are often called pop-ups and have moving parts that are set in motion by turning pages and manipulating paper tabs, levers, and wheels. In designing children’s books, Kubašta had a talent for creating complex pop-up effects folded from a single sheet without elaborate gluing and assembly. It is especially through his work with the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen that he makes a noteworthy contribution to the field of children’s literature. In 2001, Broward County Library’s rare book department, the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, began collecting the works of Vojtěch Kubašta. Since then, the Bienes Museum has accumulated one of the largest public institutional collections of Kubašta’s works in the United States.

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Paper Engineering: 3D Design Techniques for a 2D Material by Natalie Avella
Playing with Paper Illuminating, Engineering, and Reimagining Paper Art by Helen Hiebert (eBook)
The Pocket Paper Engineer: How to Make Pop-ups Step-by-Step by Carol Barton
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Dance of the Reptiles by Carl Hiaasen
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
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