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Get Away with BCL! Ten Ways We Can Make Your Vacation the Best Ever!

Couple on vacation taking a selfie photoUse your Broward County Library card to access these great, free resources from Broward County Library

  1. Learn the Language. If you’re looking to learn a new language for vacation travel, Rosetta Stone is the perfect solution. It includes 30 languages with core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Rosetta Stone is accessible from anywhere and the mobile apps help learners to reinforce language learning on the go.

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  2. Where to Go/How to Get There: Get free downloadable travel magazines to help you plan your trip and explore destination ideas.

  3. Backpacker: Offers practical advice on the best places and gear as well as information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips.
    Conde Nast Traveler: Each issue features breathtaking destinations, including the finest art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine, lodgings and shopping.
    Cruise International: Learn about destinations, ports and life on board, plus expert advice on which ship to choose and the best time to travel.
    Islands: Includes photos and detailed, first-hand accounts of the fascinating cultural experiences and tranquil, relaxing escapes unique to each island locale.
    National Geographic Traveler Interactive: Experience the same high-quality articles and photography of the print edition, along with interactive capabilities such as audio, video, enhanced navigation and faster browsing.
    Lonely Planet Magazine: Dream Trips: A collector’s edition bookazine featuring some of the most rewarding travel experiences in the world.
    Sierra: Offers recreation and adventure travel features that emphasize respect for the earth.
    Travel + Leisure: A chic, stylish and authoritative guide for today’s traveler.

    Fodor’s 1001 Smart Travel TipsSolo TravelerBest Ever Video TipsTravel the World on $50 a Day

  4. Sound Effects: Make your own travel music mix with free downloadable songs, music videos and albums from Freegal. There’s music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. Compatible with most devices, you can download up to 6 songs per week once downloaded, they never expire, time-out, or disappear.

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  5. Travel Guides: Whatever kind of traveler you are, we have the book for you. In addition to the titles below, BCL has hundreds of current travel guides to destinations worldwide. Check our catalog for books on specific countries and destinations.
    Fodor’s 1001 Smart Travel Tips: Straightforward, topical chapters cover everything from booking to making any journey comfortable to seeing the sights and staying safe and healthy.
    Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective: Insider Tips on Getting the Best Value, Service, and Security in Accommodations from Bed-and Breakfasts to Five-Star Resorts by Peter Greenberg: Indispensable information for away-from-home lodging, from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Travel Detective. (Also available as eBook)
    How to Travel Practically Anywhere: The Ultimate Travel Guide by Susan Stellin: An essential guide for today's traveler: timesaving tips to navigate, book, and troubleshoot your travel planning, on and off the Web.
    How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes: For over half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has used his massively popular travel blog to teach readers how to travel the world on the cheap. Get tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel that you won't find anywhere else
    Lonely Planet's Best Ever Video Tips: Learn to Shoot and Share Better Travel Videos: Learn how to shoot and share better travel videos with 50 bite-sized, cleverly illustrated tips on assembling a kit, shooting techniques, editing and sharing. (eBook)
    Pocket Posh Tips for Travelers by Brook Wilkinson: Professional travel writer Brooke Wilkinson covers the when, where and how of travel including packing, safety, and travel etiquette, along with fundamental tips on hotels, car rentals, airlines and more.
    Solo Traveler: Tales and Tips for Great Trips by Lea Lane: Get advice on how to travel safely and how to get the best deals, as well as anecdotes to keep you entertained.
    The Traveling Woman: Great Tips for Safe and Healthy Trips by Catherine Comer: Focuses on the health and safety needs of women travelers with tips on everything from using public transportation and credit cards to preventing jet lag and handling sexual harassment.
  6. Cup of coffee and Passport with tickets on a mapTravel Documentaries and TV Shows: Your BCL card is your ticket to free travel documentaries and TV shows you can download. Check out these picks below or visit Hoopla to search their collection.
    National Geographic: The Art of Travel Photography – Six Expert Lessons: Filled with practical tips, techniques, and field demonstrations, this course, taught by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, helps you learn to see the world through the eyes of a professional photographer so you can take compelling travel photographs worth framing and sharing. (Hoopla/Documentary)
    Smart Travel with Rudy Maxa and Rudy Maxa’s World: Travel to destinations worldwide with travel expert Rudy Maxa.
    Travel with Kids: Seasons One and Two: Award-winning educational family travel guide series for learning and travel planning. Learn history, culture and about the area while gaining tips and advice on what to see and do.
  7. Let Us Entertain You: Bring movies and TV shows with you via free downloads from Hoopla. For foreign films to family favorites, there are thousands of movies and TV programs to pick from.
  8. First Class: Before you head out, get travel savvy with free online courses from Universal Class.
    Chinese Culture 101: Course designed to teach you about Chinese culture today and the accepted behaviors of the Chinese people. Explore the lifestyles of modern Chinese people, the philosophies that guide their lives and get an in-depth glimpse into Chinese culture.
    Cross-Cultural Communication: Make your trip smoother and easier by learning both verbal and nonverbal communication skills from a variety of cultures and people.
    French Culture 101: Get a brief introduction to the country and its people, culture and history as well as necessary issues for your travel preparations to France.
    German Culture 101: Learn about the country, its geography and its recent and ancient history and what you should do before traveling to Germany, including obtaining a passport and learning about the electrical systems and money used there.
    Japanese Culture 101: This course will explore Japan’s history as well as discuss Japanese traditions, language, religions, food, etiquette and manners, careers and education, arts, holidays and leisure, architecture, government and the legal system.
    Timeshare Basics: This 11-lesson course takes you from the history of the vacation timeshare industry through the process of buying and selling a timeshare.
    Travel Writing 101: Whether it is a full or part-time profession you desire, this course will help you get started, provide you with the necessary information you need to build a strong portfolio, as well as improve your overall skill set required to succeed in the travel writing industry.  
  9. Travel Light: Download great, free eBooks to take with you anywhere. We have titles for all ages and interests including New York Times bestsellers and current favorites.
  10. Know Before You Go: Research and learn about the world with free online resources from your library. Children and teens can check out Lands and Peoples for up-to-date information about countries and cultures throughout the world. Visit for information on traveling in the U.S. and abroad and find over 600 newspapers from 200 countries at World Newspapers.
  11. No More Airport Boredom: Instead, stock up on your favorite magazines with Zinio, a free service that lets you download current and back issues of hundreds of magazines of all genres.

Explore International Music with Your Free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card

MusicianFind essays, images, and recordings on music research of all the world's peoples with Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, one of the great online resources you can access with your free Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library E-Card.
The site offers provides biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses for hundreds of authors as well as overviews of major literary works, Web links, timelines and teacher resources.
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.

Man excited about something on his mobile phoneWelcome Trainers! PokémonGo at BCL!

Did you know that several Broward County Library locations are “hot spots” for PokémonGo activity? Several libraries are “stops” that can be enjoyed in safe air conditioned comfort! We also have documented “gyms” at these four libraries: Hollywood Branch, North Regional/Broward College, Pompano Beach Branch and West Regional! Watch our PokémonGo welcome video then visit your local library for more details.

V for Victory: World War II Homefront and Military Memories

V for Victory: World War II Homefront and Military MemoriesV for Victory: World War II Homefront and Military Memories exhibit and event series recognizes Broward's patriotism and participation in the war effort and gives insight into the civilian life and military activities during the war. Artifacts such as photographs, newspapers, sheet music, cook books, children's books, home front and military objects give a glimpse of the Broward war experiences. The men and women of Broward contributed their courage and strength toward the war effort. Victory belonged to Broward and to the world in 1945.
The exhibit is free, open to the public and will be on display at the Broward County Main Library Bienes Museum of the Modern Book until September 30, 2016. For more information, check out our V for Victory: World War II Homefront and Military Memories video.
Next Event: “Enigma: Secret Codes and Communication during WWII.”  Presented by historian Robert Feeney. Visitors will get to view a replica German Enigma machine and learn how the Allied Powers broke Germany's top-secret coding device. Hear the stories behind Bletchley Park, Alan Turing and the codebreakers who turned the tide of the war. PowerPoint presentation, Q & A, plus a tabletop display of rare and original artifacts. Friday, July 22, 2016, 1 to 2:30PM at Broward County Main Library, Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, 6th Floor.

Branch Spotlight: Sunrise Dan Pearl

Sunrise Dan Pearl10500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33351
The Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch is located in the Sunrise Municipal Complex with the Senior Citizens Center, the City of Sunrise Recreational Center and the Public Service Building. The 20,000-square-foot library attracts all members of the community. The branch offers special programs, not available at every location, for teens and younger readers. The staff also goes above and beyond to offer support for senior programs, needs and interests.  
Minnie Pearl Minnie Pearl, wife of the library’s namesake, Dan Pearl, at a dedication of her portrait in library lobby.
The collection provides fiction and non-fiction materials for all ages and is particularly strong in its Large Print selections. Current periodicals are available onsite and customers are provided with a comfortable reading area in which to enjoy them. An international collection is available in fiction and non-fiction print materials, as well as a collection of foreign films, featuring Spanish, German, Portuguese and French. Sunrise Branch has an extensive collection of language-learning CDs in a wide variety of languages, including Russian, Haitian Creole, Italian, Chinese and Hebrew, in addition to the aforementioned languages.
There are seven highly-trafficked study rooms, a Youth Services program room and a meeting room, which is used for library and community programs. A 24-hour book drop is located on the south side of the building. There are currently 27 computers available for public use with plans for expanding that resource.
Youth Services librarians offer programs for all ages. The community population includes a large number of teens and programming is extensive for this age group. In addition to special programs like Book N' Cookin’ and Zumba, the branch is an EMU College Club location, offering a guided path to college for high school seniors.  
Children’s programs include Tiny Tots Story Time and Lunch Bunch. Anime drawing classes and jewelry making crafts are popular with children of all ages. The branch is also a Wags and Tales location visited by Gracie, a pet therapy dog who offers affection and reading skills practice to children ages 5 to 12.
Adult programs include Cover 2 Cover Book Club, citizenship classes and a writer’s club for aspiring authors of fiction. Adult branch specials include Get Out of Debt, Understanding Social Security and Combination Dance Workshop. Senior branch users are given one-to-one technology tutoring for their phones, laptops and other electronic devices on Saturdays and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, courtesy of the branch’s many volunteers. The branch also works in tandem with the adjacent Sunrise Senior Citizen’s Center to provide white glove service in supplying reading material for the Center’s individual book club members and providing films for movie nights.   
Sunrise Dan Pearl opened March 1995, named in honor of former Sunrise Mayor Dan Pearl who, with his wife Minnie, were active in many cultural and community projects and dreamed of having a large library in the City of Sunrise, which borders on Tamarac, Lauderhill, Plantation and Weston. The Sunrise Branch services elementary, middle and high schools in the community, both private and public.