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Back to School with Broward County Libraries!

We’re fast approaching the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Whether you’re heading into kindergarten or going back to school, Broward County Libraries (BCL) has free resources and services to help you succeed.

First step? If you don’t already have one, get a Broward County Library card! They’re free and offer you access to helpful online resources, free tutoring, millions of library materials you can check out and so much more.


Free Online Tutoring

students using laptop in libraryOne of BCL’s most popular services is our free, live, online tutoring with HelpNow from BrainFuse. It offers tutoring and skills-building for K-12, college and adult learners every day from 2 to 11PM.  The live tutoring can help you with English, math, science, writing, social studies and foreign languages. There’s also an Adult Learning Center that provides assistance with GED and U.S. Citizenship tests, and offers online classes in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

If you’ve got a question that’s stumped you or need reference help and aren’t in a library, contact our Digital Reference Ask a Librarian and reach a librarian by text, live chat or email. 

College and University Libraries

  • Broward College – University/College Library: Get access to the home page of the Broward College - Florida Atlantic University joint use facility located in Davie for links to library services, the catalog and databases.
  • LINCCwe​b: Visit and use library catalogs and electronic databases from Florida's 28 state-funded community colleges. (Use of the licensed databases on LINCCweb is restricted to registered community college library card holders.)
  • NSU-Alvin Sherman Library Electronic Resources: View catalog holdings and use databases from the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center of Nova Southeastern University. A free NSU Broward Patron library card is needed to borrow their materials and access their licensed databases available to Broward residents.

Online Encyclopedias

Get vetted, accurate information for reports and projects with these online reference guides:        

  • Encyclopedia Americana: Full-text encyclopedia of more than 45,000 entries on a full range of topics. Geared towards students in grades 8 and up, it offers articles from 1998 through today.
  • World Book Online Reference Center: Thousands of e-books, articles and primary source documents. ​To access, obtain an NSU E-Card and then log in with your BCL card
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Offers encyclopedias and specialized reference sources in e-book format, along with Peterson's college and test prep guides, including ASVAB, GED, GMAT, SAT and more.

Test-Taking Help and Preparation

You’ll be acing every test and quiz with help from the online Testing & Education Reference Center. Along with detailed information on colleges, universities, private secondary schools, specialty programs, and scholarships, it has practice tests and test prep for numerous academic, civil service, and licensing tests such as AP, GED, PSAT/SAT/ACT, ASVAB, law enforcement, fire fighter, postal, cosmetology, medical assisting/NCLEX-PN & RN and U.S. Citizenship.

College Bound?

graduates outsideWe have free SAT and ACT Workshops for college-bound students. These events, sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation, the Mangurian Foundation and Broward College, feature comprehensive workshops presented by Alberto Howe, founder of and former executive director of The Princeton Review.

The program is intensive and comparable to those of expensive test-prep courses. Class sessions, which include practice tests and test-taking strategies, focus on four components per test subject: fundamentals, technique, recognition/reaction and timing manipulation.

The schedule for workshops in the upcoming academic year will be posted here in September.

If you’re planning for college and have questions about financial aid, online college portals, scholarships, bills, orientation, deadlines, college life and more, join our free Educate-Motivate-yoU (EMU) College Academy. It offers:

  • Weekly Meetings
  • Free Counseling (both 1-on-1 and group)
  • Free Application Assistance
  • Free Access to Tutoring
  • Free Scholarship Assistance
  • Fun Activities, Events and Prizes


For Broward County Public School Students and Their Parents

Keep up with everything going on this year by visiting Broward County Public Schools, which offers schedules, information and statistics in English, Creole, Portuguese and Spanish. Parents and guardians can obtain their child's student information on topics such as attendance, academic and assignment history, marking period grades, schedules and test scores at Broward School's Virtual Counselor.

Parents can also learn about Broward County Library resources and services available to students at our Just for Parents online guide.


Language Learning on the Go with Rosetta Stone

Use your library card to access Rosetta Stone, one of the most well-known and trusted language-learning resources. It includes 30 languages with core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, along with activities to refine grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Rosetta Stone is accessible from anywhere and the mobile app helps learners to reinforce language learning on the go.


Literacy Help Centers

Our free Literacy Help Centers offer literacy improvement opportunities and the use of, and access to, computer technology for underserved area youth and adults. The program is designed to assist students with homework, provide enhanced English language programs for adults and increase the availability of computer technology and training to all ages. The program provides additional literacy support in the form of dedicated literacy coordinators, laptop computers and software at nine library locations that have the greatest need for literacy services. Activities include Each One, Teach One adult literacy classes, English Café/Crossroads Café and homework help for students in Grades K–12.  For more information, please contact or Learning Services Coordinator, Vonda Bryant, at 954-357-6230.

Lifelong Learners

older adults at computersYou’re never too old to learn something new! Use your Broward County Library card to enroll in online courses at Universal Class. Continue your lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons with over 500 Courses that range from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101.

We also offer free in-person adult literacy assistance with our Each One, Teach One program. If English is your second language, come to one of our English Café/Crossroads Cafe programs to practice conversational English. Looking to learn or improve your Spanish? We have Spanish Café, too. Get details, locations, times and dates here.

You can also take free computer classes at libraries throughout Broward. These include classes in:

Save These Dates...

  • Cool Off at Main: Festive Music, Art and Dance Experience, Saturday, August 26th from 1-5PM at Main Library
  • Destination Fridays: Antigua - September 8th from 6:30 to 9:30PM at African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
  • Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Resource Center will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th for annual maintenance. The library will re-open to the public on Saturday, August 12th at 10AM.
  • Sunrise Dan Pearl Branch Library will temporarily close to the public on August 12, 2017, at 6PM for renovations and repairs. Updates to the building include a new computer lab; new tile, carpet and lighting in the lobby; and installation of new public art. 

Check Out Our New Magazine Site!

person looking at tablet on the RBdigital site

A new and improved eMagazine site called RBdigital Magazines has replaced Zinio Digital Magazines. Visit our Mobile Apps page​ for more info.


"Sew and Tell: A Collection of Sewing Memorabilia for National Sewing Month” Exhibit Opens August 3rd at the Bienes Museum

illustraion from book"Sew and Tell: A Collection of Sewing Memorabilia for National Sewing Month” exhibit will be on display from August 3, 2017 to November 4, 2017 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the 6th floor of the Main Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Home sewing has been a large part of women’s lives through the centuries. In the 20th century, especially during the Great Depression, women relied on their sewing skills to clothe themselves and their loved ones.

semionle dressDrawing upon the special collections of Broward County Libraries, the "Sew and Tell” exhibit will display rare sewing books, dresses, quilts and Seminole clothing from the Historical Archives collection and WPA (Works Progress Administration) sewing and craft materials from the collection of the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. 

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation.

written words by gillman and keefer

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Art Spot: Can you name the library branch where this public art is located?



  • Artists:  John Pitman & Nina Smoot Cain
  • Title:  Mr. Fox and Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again
  • Medium:  Wall Mosaic
  • Year Installed:  2009
  • Two mosaic medallions, with diagonal framing strips bearing African and Seminole design patterns, face one another across the atrium. The fox and the rabbit are adversarial characters in African-American and global fables. Their symbolic struggle with one another and the world around them is won by wit and resourcefulness, not by strength, size or weaponry. Fox and Rabbit are versatile, ingenious and full of ideas, which makes evident their appeal to library users! 

Come back next week for the answer!


glory and defeat by ruben ubieraAnswer to last week’s Art Spot:

Written Words by Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer is located at...

West Regional Library 



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