Makers Month
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September is Makers Month!

Broward County Libraries celebrates Makers Month, a time to get busy and get creative. We’ve got events and programs where you can learn a new skill or hobby or meet others who share your interests.

 

FROM KNITTING TO NOVELS…

September 1, 15, 29
10AM-1PM
Happy Knitters & Crocheters Intermediate Knitting/Crochet/Crafter's Group West Regional Library
September 2, 9, 16, 23
1-3PM
Beading with Ms. June (this program has a fee, call 954-765-1560 for info) West Regional Library
September 2, 16
3-5PM
Creative Writing Café. 9/2: The Three Stages of Writing: Learn about prewriting, composing and editing; 9/16: Ideas Are Everywhere: Overview of where great ideas are found North Regional/Broward College Library
September 5, 19, 26
5:30-6:30PM
Family Fun Night Stirling Road Library
September 6
6-7:30PM
Adult Coloring Club: Design and color a mug or key chain Weston Library
September 8
3-4PM
Craft Club: Painted rope bowls Southwest Regional Library
September 9
11AM-5PM
Maker Faire: Meet local artists as they demonstrate and display arts and crafts, 3D Printing, Coding, and other DIY (do it yourself) items! Items available for purchase Southwest Regional Library
September 9, 16, 23, 30
Intermediate: 11AM-1PM; Advanced: 2-5PM
Art of Photography with Jack Wild Main Library
September 9
12:30-2PM
Learn About Tarot Cards North Regional/Broward College Library
September 9
2-3PM
Create Zen Stones, ages 12-19 Carver Ranches Library
September 9
3-5PM
Upcycled Downtown Crafts: Newspaper-covered bottles Main Library
September 11, 18, 25
Noon-1PM
Chair Yoga with Ester Main Library
September 11
1:30-3PM
Memoir Writing with Anita Mitchell Main Library
September 11, 18, 25
5-6PM
Public Speaking 101 North Regional/Broward College Library
September 12, 26
1-2:30PM
Off the Hook! Crocheting and knitting group, bring your own materials Southwest Regional Library
September 16
2-3PM
Create Zen Stones, adults Carver Ranches Library
September 18
3-4PM
LEGO Builders Club, ages 6-12 Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
September 19
5:30-7PM
MakerSpace: Paper Folding Hedgehog, all ages Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
September 19
12:30-1:30PM
Classical Music Appreciation featuring Mozart, presented by Walter Ladden Southwest Regional Library
September 23
10:30AM-4PM
All Write - Jump Start Your Novel: Mystery, YA, Romance and Memoir writing workshop North Regional/Broward College Library
September 23
4-6PM
Poetry Readings, presented by the South Florida Poetry Journal Main Library
September 25
2-3PM
Genealogy Club Meeting Main Library
September 28
6-7:30PM
Knitting and Crocheting Fun, all levels, bring needles and yarn Lauderdale Lakes Library
September 28
6:30-7:30PM
Modern Trends in Art Appreciation lecture series Stirling Road Library
September 30
11AM-1PM
The Art of Soap Making: Learn how to use the melt and pour method to make soaps Miramar Branch Library & Education Center


 

FROM COMPUTERS TO CARS…

September 5
6:30-7:30PM
Introduction to the Creation Station Main Library
September 7
10:30-11:30AM
Introduction to the Creation Station Main Library
September 9, 14
10:30-11:30AM
Introduction to 3D Printing Main Library
September 9
Noon-4PM
Maker Fair: showcases local artists demonstrating and displaying their arts and crafts, 3D Printing, Coding, and other DIY (do it yourself) items! Items available for purchase Southwest Regional Library
September 12
6:30-7:30PM
Introduction to 3D Printing Main Library
September 13
6-7:30PM
3D Printing Carver Ranches Library
September 16
2-3PM
Introduction to Robotics Main Library
September 19
6:30-7:30PM
Introduction to 3D Design Main Library
September 21
10:30-11:30AM
Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud Main Library
September 21 & October 12
11AM-Noon
Inventor Info Chat with the United States Patent and Trademark’s Office of Innovation Development Main Library
September 23
10:30-11:30AM
Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality Main Library
September 26
6:30-7:30PM
Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud Main Library
September 30
2-3PM
Adulting 101: Car Care, RSVP: 954-262-5477 or online at public.library.nova.edu NSU-Alvin Sherman Library

 

What Will You Create at Creation Station Lab?

creation station lab robot Creation Station Lab, our makerspace/gadget lab located at the Main Library, is a free community center equipped with tools such as state-of-the-art computers and 3D printers as well as public access to the latest virtual reality equipment and other high-tech gadgets including:

  • High-Definition Video Cameras: Allows you to make high-quality, high-resolution films and movies.
  • Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera: A digital camera that combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor instead of photographic film.
  • Green Screens: Green backdrops used in filming techniques to remove a background from the subject of a photo or video.
  • Sphero Robots: The world's first app-enabled robotic ball. Create obstacle courses and augmented reality video games or upgrade game system. Sphero's hardware and software lets the user create ever-evolving experiences suitable for all ages/skill levels. For example, young children can learn about shapes and colors while more advanced users can code and create apps.
  • Raspberry Pi Computer Kits: A credit-card sized computer you can plug into your TV and keyboard. Can be used in electronics projects and for things that a desktop PC does, such as spreadsheets, word-processing, gaming and playing high-def videos.
  • Snap Circuits: Aimed at children ages 8 and up, snap circuit kits introduce children to basic engineering concepts. They offer a range of building experiences and can be snapped together easily to create a working circuit.
  • LEGO Construction Sets: LEGO kits that introduce young students to robotics. Users can build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore theme-based activities that develop STEM skills. 
  • Cubelets: Construction toys that are small, color-coded cubes. Users can magnetically stick them together to form a variety of simple robots with no programming or wires.
  • AT&T Unite Pro: A Wi-Fi hotspot device that allows you to connect mobile-enabled devices (laptop, smartphones, tablets, etc.) to the Internet. The hotspot is portable so you can connect your device almost anywhere you go. Finch Robot: Small robots designed for computer science education that provide users with hands-on experience in coding and computational thinking skills.
  • Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor: Helps reduce energy costs. Plug an appliance into it and it assesses the appliances efficiency.
  • Intuos Creative Pen and Touch Tablet: Use it to sketch, doodle, draw, paint, edit photos and design projects on your computer, just as naturally as you would do with a pen or brush on paper.

​Some of the items above can also be checked out using your Broward County Library card. Call 954-357-7537 for details.

The Creation Station Lab is open Monday from 10AM to 6PM; Tuesday and Wednesday from Noon to 8PM; Thursday-Saturday from 10AM to 6PM​; Sunday: Closed.


 
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Libraries Outside the Lines – Expect the Unexpected!

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Think your library’s just about the books? Think again. Today’s modern library is more community center than reading room, offering outside-the-box events and activities. Check out the programs below to see how Broward County Libraries’ operates outside the lines.


 

LEARN & GROW

September 1
3-4PM
Tree Climbers Genealogy discussion group Southwest Regional Library
September 6, 20
6:30-7:30PM
Family Yoga Northwest Regional Library
September 10
10AM-12:30PM
Holocaust by Bullets Exhibit Reception and Lecture: Ewa Schaller and Jason O’Conner will discuss the lesser-known side of the Holocaust; RSVP: lv297@nova.edu NSU-Alvin Sherman Library
September 11
3-4PM
Joy of Volunteering: Learn how Hospice of Palm Beach and Broward County volunteers enrich their lives while helping others South Regional/Broward College Library
September 12
1-2PM
Fraud Watch Program: Protect yourself and your assets, presented by AARP Main Library
September 16
2-3PM
Looking Through the Lens: Photography lecture by NSU Art Museum Weston Library
September 18
4:30-6PM
Broward County Property Appraiser Outreach Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library
September 19
3-4PM
National Medicare Education Week: Learn about the basics of Medicare, benefits and your options North Regional/Broward College Library
September 30
2-5PM
Health & Wellness Seminar: The Opioid Epidemic in Our Community: Hosted by Jamaican Women of Florida and the Caribbean Bar Association, moderated by City of Miramar Vice Mayor, Winston Barnes South Regional/Broward College Library


 

RELAX & ENJOY

September 3-23
10AM-6PM
Library Scavenger Hunt, all ages, visit information desk for details Southwest Regional Library
September 16
2:30-5:30PM
Guitar Café North Regional/Broward College Library
September 18
6-8PM
South Florida Amateur Astronomy Association Telescopes Observation West Regional Library
September 19
6-8PM
Let's View the Planets with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association Main Library
September 20
5:30-8PM
Read the Stars for the Autumnal Equinox with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association Southwest Regional Library
September 21
5:30-8PM
Explore the Stars for the Autumnal Equinox with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association South Regional/Broward College Library
September 23
11AM-1PM
Adult Coloring Book Club, materials provided, registration required Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
September 23, 28
2:30-5:30PM
Guitar Café Northwest Regional Library

New Tot Tech! Early Literacy Opportunities for Families and Educators at Broward County Libraries through December

tot using a tabletTwenty-one Broward County libraries with AWE Early Literacy Stations take it to the next level with a series of free Tot Tech! interactive programs for teachers and families with children ages five and under. The programs will be held from August to December and are intended to strengthen school readiness and digital ability.

AWE Early Literacy Stations are touch screen computers, designed specifically for early learners, beginning with preschoolers. Each AWE station comes preloaded with more than 60 games that span multiple curriculum areas - from reading to graphic arts to STEM subjects to music. Tot Tech! demonstrates how to use AWE stations for maximum effect with one-on-one tutorials, group story time programs with large-screen projections, hands-on parent workshops and educator trainings.

A traveling Early Literacy Digital Training Center will "pop up" at Main Library and regional libraries where librarians will provide one-on-one sessions beginning in August, group story time programs in October and November and workshops for parents and teachers. 

The Tot Tech! classes are meant to be fun and enjoyable and include tips with common sense advice for media use. Classes for adults explore how digital interactions allow children to work at their own pace, ask questions, attempt problem solving, decode language, interact physically with touch screens and develop active, creative and authentic engagement between families, other children and their world.

The children's story time events will combine online, digital fun with activity playtime, digital musical sessions with live instrument play, and digital image and letter recognition with hands-on books and crafts.  

For more information, please call Youth Services at 954-357-7470 or visit Broward County Libraries' online calendar for more information about Tot Tech! training sessions.  

This project is funded in part by a grant from A.D. Henderson Foundation through the Broward Public Library Foundation.


 

Libros by jim sanborn

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

 

CLUES: 

  • Artist:  Jim Sanborn
  • Title:  Libros
  • Medium:  Metal
  • Size:  5' x 15' x 3'
  • Year Installed:  2001
  • In homage to over 3,000 years of the written word, this art installation is comprised of a suspended bronze scroll and a serpentine copper screen. The screen is perforated with a text passage by the Roman historian Pliny describing the Egyptian process of making paper from papyrus and with the binary (computer code) conversion of the same text. The suspended scroll is perforated with excerpts chosen for their literary and historical significance.

Come back next week for the answer!

 

color and rhythm by agamAnswer to last week’s Art Spot:

Color and Rhythm, a Visual Orchestration by Yaacov Agam is located at... Ma​in Library 

 


 



 

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