Children's BookFest
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Let’s Build a Better World at the Children's BookFest!​​

This year, Children's BookFest will be held in celebration of Children's Book Week (May 1-7), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Held at the West Regional Library on Saturday, May 6th from 10:30AM to 3:30PM, the BookFest is a full day of fun for children and parents.

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girl with face paintedEnjoy free, exciting activities like arts and crafts, face painting, a bubble fun area and hands-on science experiments. Watch performances by popular children’s entertainers Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy; storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar; and  Steve Gryb, the “Pied Piper of Percussion." The first 1,000 children will also get a free book.  

For more information on Children's BookFest, please call 954-357-7406.


Get Ready for Mother’s Day!

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It’s time to celebrate Mom with Mother’s Day crafts storytimes and more. 

Make a DIY Mother’s Day card or gift and bring Mom to one of our fabulous Mother’s Day events.

May 9
10-10:30AM and 11-11:30AM
Storytime Explorers: Stories about mommy hugs and early learning fun; ages 2-5 with caregiver
Pembroke Pines Library​
May 9
Tuesday Fun Night: Story time and craft Hollywood Library
May 10
Mother's Day Card Craft, ages 6-12 Carver Ranches Library 
May 10
Children’s Mother's Day Card Craft Lauderhill Towne Centre Library 
May 10
Mother’s Day Bling Tyrone Bryant Library 
May 12
What's My Name Game: Famous women trivia hour Main Library
May 13
Children’s Mother's Day Craft Weston Library
May 13
12th Annual Mother's Day Tea Southwest Regional Library 
May 13
Mother’s Day Celebration: Stories, crafts and treats; ages 2-6, preregister: 954-765-1585 West Regional Library 
May 13
Make a Mother’s Day Gift: Florida Friendly Container Garden North Regional/Broward College Library 
May 13
Mother's Day Card Craft Northwest Branch Library 


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Movies with Monstrous Moms!

After you’re done celebrating your amazing mom on Mother’s Day, check out these monstrous movie mommas movies and count your blessings.​

  • ​​​Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella: Featuring Lady Tremaine, the original wicked stepmother, who made her stepdaughter a scullery maid, then tried to blow Cinderella’s chance at marrying a prince. (1965/Streaming video)
  • The Graduate: Mrs. Robinson (played by Anne Bancroft) was a cougar before cougars were a thing. She cheats on her husband with 21-year-old Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman), who’s the same age as her daughter, Elaine. When he falls for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson does everything she can to break up their relationship. (1967/DVD)
  • Throw Momma from the Train: Does Momma Lift (Anne Ramsey) deserve to be thrown off a train? Well, she’s is mean, demanding and all-around awful. She’s so bad that her son (Danny DeVito) teams up with his writing teacher (Billy Crystal) to murder both Momma Lift and the teacher’s wife.​ (1987/DVD)
  • Mommie Dearest: Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway), movie star in public/horror show at home, adopts two young children only to abuse and terrorize them. Based on the book by her adopted daughter, Christina, this movie’s been making us afraid of wire hangers for over 30 years. (1981/DVD)
  • Carrie: In this remake of the 1976 movie, Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is bullied at school and tormented at home by her mom, Margaret White (Julianne Moore). Mom’s idea of a fun evening is cursing her daughter and then locking her in a broom closet and forcing her to pray for hours. With a mom like that, it’s no wonder Carrie uses her supernatural powers to wreak death and destruction on those who’ve hurt her. (1976/DVD)​​


The African American Film Critics Association Celebrates the Cinematic Legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson

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The African American Film Critics Association invite the community to join them in celebrating the cinematic legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016) at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on April 29th from 4 to 8PM.  

The multi-talented artist had a successful movie career that began with the transformative, semi-autobiographical film classic, Purple Rain. Three more films followed, and with each Prince used his mastery of the visual arts to present a message that is pure magic. The African American Film Critics Association invites you to a viewing of the film, Purple Rain, along with appetizers, wine and music from Prince.  

The musician Prince was much loved, and this special event will enrich the community through remembering and sharing the joy of his artistic legacy. It is free and open to anyone age 21 and over. Pre-registration on Eventbrite is encouraged but not required.

Photo credit:  Prince performing at Coachella, 2008. By penner [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Amazing Peru! Our New Destination Fridays’ Event on May 5th.

peru -dancePark your llama at the curb on May 5th and visit amazing Peru in our new Destination Fridays’ event at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC). This age 21 and over event is scheduled for May 5th from 6:30 to 9:30PM and costs $10 (payable at the door or through Eventbrite).

flag of peruCome dressed in the red and white of the Peruvian flag and immerse yourself in Peru’s culture with a dance performance of Marinera Norteña by Peru Danza Asociación Cultural. There’ll also be a travel talk on Peru and door prizes for lucky ticket holders. Guests are invited to savor freshly cooked paella and tlomo saltado and indulge in Peru’s traditional pisco sour cocktail.

For more information on Destination Fridays – Peru, please call 954-357-6210.


The Summer Learning Program’s Almost Here!

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From June 1st through August 20th, we’re inviting everyone to join us and build a better world with the Summer Learning Program. Read, attend great free events for all ages and win prizes such as Duplo sets, tablets, wireless headphones, tickets to local museums/activities and round-trip plane tickets. Gear up for a summer of fun and learning with Broward County Libraries.

Look for more details in an upcoming issue of the Weekly WOW.

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