Get Your Vote On @BCL!
Weekly WoW | 2015 Florida Library of the Year 
July 26, 2016
Virtual WoW
Update July/August
Virtual WoW Update Issue

View Edition

Get Your Vote On @Broward County Library!

Happily smiling lady pointing at the I Voted sticker on her chestBroward County Libraries offer free resources to help you make informed decisions at the polls. Use your Broward County Library card to access free books, magazines, movies, online resources and more.

Election 2016 Events at Your Library
Florida Votes - A Brief History, presented by the League of Women Voters of Broward County, covers the important events that define Florida’s 170-year voting history. This free event will be held from 1 to 2:30PM on August 4, 2016 at North Regional/Broward College Library.
Vote button  
Election 2016 at Stirling Road Library
Professor Tim Dixon will present Election 2016, a free event series that covers issues that affect all voters. All programs will be held at 6:30PM at the Stirling Road Library.
September 6: Religion, Race and Gender in American Politics
September 13: Determining the Presidency: U.S. Foreign Policy and World Politics
September 20: Process and Reform
September 27: The Real Issues

To register for the Election 2016 events, please contact
Online Resources: Get all sides of the story with these up-to-the-minute online resources:

  • Data.Gov: Public access to high-value data generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
  • General OneFile: Large magazine database containing more than 4,200 full text titles from 1980 to present day.  
  • NewsNow: Offers over 600 newspapers from over 200 countries, in English and native languages along with U.S. newspapers such as Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and more.
  • Whitehouse: Major issues and news plus text of major speeches, proclamations and executive orders of the President.
  • NewsBank: Comprehensive news collection that explores issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Sources include print and online newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos.

Current Titles About American Politics & Politicians

HRC: Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary ClintonTrump Talk: Donald Trump in His Own WordsAmerica at the Ballot Box: Elections and Political HistoryOutsider in the White House

Find Free, Flip-format Magazines Online with Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card

The ProgressiveTimeWorld AffairsThe Nation

Access your favorite news magazines in easy-to-read flip format from Flipster, one of the great online resources you can use with your free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card. Keep up with the latest news and national affairs with titles such as:

  • Mother Jones
  • National Review
  • Newsweek
  • Newsweek En Español
  • Reason
  • The Atlantic
  • The Progressive
  • The Nation
  • The New Yorker
  • Time
  • World Affairs

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.

Elections Onscreen: 11 Movies about Elections, Presidents and Politics

Napoleon DynamiteIn the Line of FireThe American PresidentBlack Sheep
  • All the President's Men: While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex, Washington Post reporters Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) stumble on a possible connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. (DVD)
  • Black Sheep: Every time Mike (Chris Farley) tries to help his brother Al during his campaign for governor it becomes a disaster. Campaign aide Steve (David Spade) volunteers to baby-sit Mike and soon realizes he made a big mistake. (DVD)
  • Dave: Kevin Kline stars as an off-the-wall, temporary replacement for the missing president. His unusual style of governing and decision making tip off the opposition that something is definitely "out-of-order" in Washington. (DVD)
  • Election: Tracy Flick (Witherspoon), a straight-A go-getter, is determined to be president of Carver High's student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. (DVD)
  • In the Line of Fire: Clint Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as an agent hand-picked by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a president to an assassin. (DVD)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: This 1939 classic starring James Stewart doles out a heap of harsh lessons about how things get done in our nation's capital. Stewart plays a man who finds himself thrust into the epicenter of American politics and struggles to keep his spirits up. (DVD)
  • Napoleon Dynamite: Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his older brother and trying to avoid his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napoleon’s life - shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro - the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body's wildest dreams come true. (DVD)
  • Primary Colors: John Travolta plays a Bill Clinton-esque politician engulfed in a sex scandal. The movie follows him on the campaign trail and through several shattering trysts. (DVD)
  • The American President: Andrew Shepherd plays a widower who also happens to be president. When he is swept off his feet by Sydney Ellen Wade, his critics rant that it is immoral, his friends proclaim that it's romantic and all that stands between true love and re-election is the approval of the American public. (DVD)
  • Wag the Dog: When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election, one of his aides decide they need a war to distract the public's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it. (DVD)
  • The Manchurian Candidate: Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) are two soldiers who served in the same company during Operation Desert Storm, but their paths following their tours of duty have been very different. As Marco struggles to find the truth behind his nightmares and emotional torment, he unearths disturbing facts about how his mind and body have been reworked by shadowy forces, as well as those of his fellow soldiers. (DVD)

Register to Vote at Any Broward County Library!

2016 ElectionWant to vote in the upcoming presidential elections on November 8, 2016 but aren’t registered? If so, get registered now! If you are 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and legal resident of Florida you may register to vote. If you are 16 years old, you may pre-register and receive your card in the mail after your 18th birthday.
You can register to vote at any Broward County Library location. For details or questions, visit the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website or call them at 954-357-7050.

Brush Up on American History, Economics and More with Free Online Courses from Universal Class – All You Need is Your Broward County Library Card

  • Teens in library studying American Government: This course is a comprehensive evaluation of how the government is set up and how it works including a look at how the American government is organized how American culture forms the environment in which the government functions.
  • American Heroes and Villains: What makes a person a national hero or villain? This course will provide a brief biographical overview of many of America's most notable heroes and villains, along with an analysis of why each one is well-known in our history. Furthermore, it will provide criteria for better understanding why and how each of these persons became who they are in our collective lives.
  • Economics 101 and Economics 201: Get a working understanding of economics and its myriad business and personal applications including the history and major principles of economics, basic tenets of the U.S. economic system, micro and macro styles of economics and more.
  • Twenty Women Who Changed American History: This course looks at the lives of twenty great and influential women who were able to identify a wrong and dedicate their lives to making it right, and in doing so they paved the way for all women to follow in pursuit of equality, freedom and happiness.

Three New Day Films Now Streaming Online at in Response to Orlando’s Pulse Night Club Tragedy

Teens in library studyingOn June 12, 2016, an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, became the worst mass shooting in modern US history. For three filmmakers at New Day, the tragic massacre was deeply personal. Having worked previously on films about hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community, they felt compelled to take immediate steps to engage others in discussions about homophobia and the process of healing.
As we honor and remember the victims of this horrible tragedy, New Day offers three powerful films for Broward County Library customers to stream online from now until September 1, 2016.

  • Puzzles: When Hate Came to Town: Puzzles tells the story of a hate crime in a gay bar called Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford, MA when a teenager entered and brutally attacked its patrons. As a result two different worlds collide, a homophobic hate crime offender and his victims. Puzzles explores the correlation between American economic desperation and homophobia, intolerance, and, ultimately, violence.
  • Laramie Inside and Out: In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes. Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returns to her hometown to see how this event had affected the site of her own closeted adolescence
  • City of Borders: In this fascinating documentary, director Yun Suh takes viewers to a destination rarely (if ever) analyzed in film: a gay bar located in Jerusalem. The bar, Shushan, functions as a unique meeting ground of sexuality, religion and nationality – a seemingly unlikely microcosm of acceptance.

Branch Spotlight: Davie/Cooper City Branch 

Davie/Cooper City Branch4600 S.W. 82 Avenue, Davie, FL 33328
The Davie/Cooper City Branch is located just west of University Drive on Griffin Road. Locals know their neighborhood branch as a place to learn or just let go and have fun. The branch is a place to stretch themselves—mentally and physically! The book discussion group delves into a new title every month, newcomers practice conversing at English Café, yoga aficionados can chose from chair yoga or mat yoga classes for breathing, balance, deep relaxation, mantras and meditation. The adult dance program on Saturday afternoons offers Belly Dancing with Shayna for joyful self-expression and cardio fitness.
Minnie Pearl Davie/Cooper City Library opened in 1982.
Young readers are offered programs throughout the month, including Wags and Tales, in which children read to China, a visiting pet therapy dog who loves a good story as much as a biscuit. As part of the 2016 Summer Learning Program, special programs at the branch include World Music Drumming; Meet the Author; and Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures with free dental screenings; and Teen Zumba.
The collection has books, DVDs, CD-ROMs and audiobooks on CD for all ages. The branch also has materials in Spanish and a small juvenile collection in Chinese and in French.
The Davie/Cooper City Branch opened in October 1982 and was updated in 2003 with public computers and a new circulation desk and floor plan. The 10,000-square foot branch has a multi-purpose room which seats approximately 75 people is available for branch and community programs. The Davie/Cooper City Branch offers services to four public elementary schools, one public middle school and one public high school along with many private schools in the area.