Money Smart Week
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Money Smart Week® at Broward County Libraries

Learn how to get your cash under control at Broward County Libraries’ Money Smart Week® free events. Money Smart Week® is an initiative designed to help consumers learn how to better manage their personal finances that is observed nationwide from April 22-29. Broward County Libraries will be hosting free workshops, classes, presentations and more on everything from coupon cutting to credit repair.

Personal Finance Workshops and Classes

April 18, 25​
Financial Literacy Series Stirling Road Library
April 13, 14​
AARP Tax-Aide Program Main Library
April 15
Get Out of Debt in Less Than Nine Years Deerfield Beach Percy White Library
April 22
Building Wealth Panel Talk NSU-Alvin Sherman Library
​April 24
Saving Money with Coupons NSU-Alvin Sherman Library
April 25
Budget and Savings: Personal Money Management and Saving for the Future Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
April 26
Shred Day @ Your Library Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
​April 26
Find a Job and Make Some Money: Job Leads and Networking Skills, presented by Jobs Trainer Joyce Mandel Main Library
April 27
Investment Education: Using Research to Make Smarter Investments NSU-Alvin Sherman Library
​April 27
Credit Repair: How Does It Work? Presented by Wayne Martin of We Florida Financial Credit Union Lauderdale Lakes Library 
April 29
Ten Steps to Financial Success, sponsored by We Florida Financial Credit Union Lauderhill Towne Centre Library

Business Workshops and Classes

​April 17
Business Workshop: Creating the Ultimate Business Plan Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
April 22
SCORE: So You Want to Start Your Own Business? Deerfield Beach Percy White Library
April 22
Your Business Bank North Regional/Broward College Library
April 24
Bigger Profits, Bigger Pockets in Business African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
April 26
SCORE: Small Business Chapter Meeting West Regional Library
​April 26
Marketing Your Business Using ReferenceUSA Main Library

Events for Children and Teens

April 26
Learn How Money Works, children’s program Carver Ranches Library
April 29
Keep Your Piggy Bank Happy, children’s program Pompano Beach Library
April 29
College Planning Workshop, parents/families welcome North Regional/Broward College Library
April 29
College Planning Workshop, parents/families welcome Carver Ranches Library

Get to Work at Creation Station Business – Your FREE Coworking Hub and Small Business Incubator!

man working in creation station businessLooking for a cool place to co-work and build your business? Visit Creation Station Business, Broward County Library's free coworking hub and small business incubator, designed to provide support for the community’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. Located at Main Library, Creation Station Business offers free work, conference and meeting spaces, high-tech equipment, business resources and expert assistance for creating and growing businesses.  

With its floor-length windows overlooking downtown Fort Lauderdale and colorful, contemporary interior, Creation Station Business helps you make a great first impression when you’re meeting new clients or pitching an idea.

There’s also free wireless and wireless printing available, as well as free access to equipment such as 3D and large-format printers; overhead scanners, a Smart Board interactive workboard; video conferencing; virtual reality equipment, audio editing/video processing equipment and computers with software such as CAD (computer-aided design), Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office.

Creation Station Business also offers a full range of free business workshops and seminars including starting and marketing a business, using social media to promote a business and accessing free business information online. To accommodate our customer’s busy schedules, Creation Station Business events are held evenings and weekends as well as during the workday.

For more information or to reserve conference or work space at Creation Station Business, call 954-357-7418. You can also visit the Creation Station Business web page for more details and a list of upcoming events.

Get Money-Savvy with Free Online Classes from BCL

man at laptopBroward County Library customers can use their Broward County Library card to take free, online career enhancement classes from Universal Class. Universal Class is an online educational service providing a diverse offering intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional of reasons.

Courses offered include:


Destination Fridays

destination fridays logoSave the Date! Destination Fridays - Peru

May 5, 2017 from 6:30-9:30PM at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center 

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Explore Peru with Peruvian folklore dance, paella, Pisco Sour signature drink, travel talk, gift baskets and more!

Destination Fridays are over-21 events and cost $10 admission; for more info call 954-357-6210.



Branch Spotlight

northwest regional library exteriorNorthwest Regional Library
3151 N University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

Northwest Regional Library continues to grow and expand in response to the needs of north county residents. The branch has been on a long odyssey to become the dynamic, 72,000-square-foot regional library it is today.

northwest regional library interiorIn its early days, the Women’s Club, Welcome Wagon and other civic volunteers banded together in 1971 to start a little library in a storefront on the corner of Sample Road and University Drive. In 1974, the City of Coral Springs became the third city to have its library join the newly-established Broward County Library System. The second location of the library opened in 1978 on NW 29th Street, across from Mullins Park. Now at the intersection of Sample Road and University Drive, the library is bigger and better than ever, and the site of a Creation Station to boot! 

The Creation Station at Northwest Regional Library offers the free use of a 3D printer, photography equipment, recording devices and musical instruments. It is a “maker space” that offers free access to specialized equipment for realizing creative projects and learning the latest technology.  

northwest regional library interiorFree Wi-Fi and ample computer availability draw many residents to the regional library. The library has 119 public computers, including those in its large computer lab, which offers an extensive schedule of free classes and personalized instruction. The lab has the additional feature of accessible computer software on specially equipped computers with screen reading software (JAWS) and screen magnification software (ZoomText) available for those with vision loss. On either side of the computer lab are the spacious Multi-Purpose Room, which can host gatherings of up to 250 people, and the Friends Book Fair Room. Other rooms available for library programs and community use include two smaller rooms, each seating 25, and a conference room which seats 22.

northwest regional library interiorProgram staples for younger customers include story times for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, a Spanish/English bilingual story time and a Lego Club. For children in grades K-6 there is a Homework Help program and a Chess Club. Teens benefit from ACT Prep Class for college entrance exams and Teen Afterschool Activity with Kidokinetics for physical fitness. Adult programs are varied and run the gamut from Pregnancy Education Class, Poke-Palooza, Guitar Café, Book Club and special, changing offerings like Surviving Fake News. Three language literacy programs offered are English Café: Intermediate English Conversation, English Café: Basic English Conversation, and Spanish Cafe: Spanish Conversation for intermediate learners. Learning and Literacy Services assists upwards of 1,000 customers a month with English and citizenship studies at this location.

The Northwest Regional Library has a broad-based collection designed to meet the needs of patrons through the community college level. It holds an extensive collection of best sellers, adult fiction, DVD’s and music CD’s. There are sizable reference and non-fiction collections, a large print collection, and an International Languages collection that includes Spanish, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Hebrew and Russian language materials. There is also an in-depth youth services collection ranging from picture books for toddlers to a fairly extensive collection for young adults. The library is part of a complex with Coral Springs Charter School and supports those students as well as the community at large.

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