Broward County Library Celebrates Cultures from Around the World and National Library Week!
National Library Week: April 12-18
Celebrating International Cultures
It’s here! National Library Week, April 12-18, is a time to celebrate the "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®," which is the theme for this year's celebration. We're asking the community's help with spreading the word about the unlimited possibilities your Broward County Library offers.
How to help? Simply download and print the Unlimited Possibilities poster located on the Library's home page. Post them anywhere and everywhere (that's permissible and legal, of course) to raise awareness of all of the free, unlimited possibilities available at Broward County Library! The posters are available in both English and Spanish and can be printed in either color or black and white.
National Library Week Events
During May, explore diverse cultures, histories and heritage as Broward County Library Division celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and Haitian-American Heritage Month. Take a global tour without leaving your hometown, as Broward County Library readies for a month filled with the sights and sounds of the Caribbean and the countries and cultures of Asia and the Pacific. Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
- Henna Body Art, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library May 6
- Cinemateque Film Viewing and Discussion Group: Film based on the book The Hundred Foot Journey
, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Southwest Regional LibraryMay 7, 14, 21
- Amrit Yoga/Yoga Nidra: Practice yoga to improve health and well-being. Beginners welcome, 10 to 11:30 a.m., South Regional/Broward College LibraryMay 12
- Book Talk: Sandalwood Tree
by Elle Newmark. Two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the backdrop of war-torn India, 2 to 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library May 16
- Culture in the Pines presents Dance and Drama from Bali, 2 to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional LibraryMay 27
- Wednesdays at West: Senses of Cinema. Foreign film series with commentary by film expert Shelley Isaacs, 2 to 4 p.m., West Regional LibraryMay 28
- Reel to Real Talk/Film Forum with Commentary: A Maori girl trains herself in the ways and customs of her people and finds hope for the future. Call 954-201-2601
for title, 12 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
Haitian-American Heritage Month
Explore the sounds and sights of Haiti during Haitian-American Heritage Month.
- Haitian Heritage Month Celebration with entertainment and refreshments, 2 to 3 p.m., Miramar Branch Library & Education CenterMay 4, 11
- Discovering Your Way Family Reading Nights: Free family literacy program for families with children ages 6 to 11 years old. Pre-registration required through local schools, 6 to 7:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero LibraryMay 9
- Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month with entertainment and light refreshments, 2 to 5 p.m., Lauderdale Lakes LibraryMay 20
- Celebrating the First Black Republic, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
If you don't already have a Broward County Library card, sign up for one this month at any BCL location and start reaping the rewards. In celebration of National Library Week, starting in April, customers who sign up for new library cards and mention the Unlimited Possibilities poster (pictured above) or bring one of the tear-off tabs from the poster will receive a prize!
Beach Branch is Back!
Beach Branch Library is now open at its new location, 3250 N.E. 2nd Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. Its hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stay tuned for details on the official grand opening event!
Go Bird Watching at Main Library’s Bienes Museum
The Tropical Splendor of Florida Birds: A Selection of Books, Prints and Objects exhibit
Roseate Spoonbill poster illustration by Virginia Fifield.
and event series highlight the remarkable range of bird populations that make Florida their home. On view until June 13 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the sixth floor of the Main Library, 2015, it explores the world of water and land birds from the Sunshine State. The exhibit is free and open to the public during Main Library hours
. The Tropical Splendor of Florida Birds
includes over 100 books, children's books, contemporary book art, prints and objects from private collectors, artists, academic institutions and the South Florida Audubon Society. A signed first edition of The Everglades: River of Grass
and a first edition of The Joys of Bird Watching in Florida
, both by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, will be on display.
Also on display on the Main Library’s gallery six is the Sunderland Wildlife Photography
exhibit, a collection of breathtaking photographs by Kevan and Linda Sunderland. The Sunderlands have been photographing Florida's wildlife for over 30 years. Their work has appeared in many magazines including Florida Wildlife
, Wild Bird
and Nature's Best Photography
Everyone is also invited to check out the event series held in conjunction with the exhibits. All events are free, open to the public and will be held at the Bienes Museum:April 18 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Origami That Flies: Learn how to fold fun origami birds and objects that fly. Presented by Steve Vinik; all ages. Pre-registration required; call 954-357-8692
. April 22 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
South Florida: A Birder's Paradise, presented by South Florida naturalist Paddy Cunningham. South Florida is one of the top ten birding spots in the United States. Learn the benefits of birding as well as the best birding hotspots in South Florida. May 14 - 1 to 2 p.m.
Watch Out Ivy! When Ivy Stranahan went Undercover for the Government. Ivy Stranahan, first lady of Fort Lauderdale, was a Broward County pioneer, activist and community organizer. She was active in women's suffrage, conservation and the Audubon Society. Presented by author/historian Mae Silver. Copies of Watch Out Ivy!
will be available for sale and signing.