Sun Block Party
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It’s a Sun Block Party at Your Library!

A total solar eclipse is occurring Monday, August 21st and Broward County Libraries is gearing up for it with special solar eclipse programs and live solar viewings. This astronomical event is dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” as it can only be seen in its totality within an area that stretches across the contiguous United States – the first time that’s happened since 1918.  

Broward County Libraries’ supply of eclipse glasses is extremely limited as many were already distributed at eclipse programs. Unfortunately, we cannot fulfill individual requests for glasses with our depleted supply. An extremely limited amount of glasses will be available at a few of the remaining programs, but we will most certainly not have enough glasses on hand to meet the high demand. Please visit the National Aeronautics and Space Association's website for reputable dealers and distributors of the eclipse glasses.


Catch a solar program at a library near you.

August 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
Community Constellation Board Stirling Road Library
August 5
Eclipse 2017 - Pinhole Projection Margate Catharine Young Library
August 12
Stargazing: Learn about the importance of the night sky in prehistoric times and the techniques archaeologists use to unlock its ancient mysteries. South Regional/Broward College Library
August 12
All About Solar Eclipses and New Forever Stamp Dedication to Commemorate Solar Eclipse 2017; free eclipse glasses to all attendees. Main Library
August 12
Eclipse 2017 - How Big, Far, Hot, Old? Margate Catharine Young Library
August 17
Eclipse 2017 - Big Sun, Small Moon? Margate Catharine Young Library
August 19
Pre-Solar Eclipse Celebration: Make an edible model of the sun. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
August 20
Pre-Solar Eclipse Party Stirling Road Library
August 21
Solar Eclipse Special Event African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
August 21
Let's View the Solar Eclipse! Main Library
August 21
Solar Eclipse: Watch a NASA and local observatory live stream of the eclipse or view it yourself; free eclipse glasses, art/craft projects and more. Southwest Regional Library
August 21
Solar Eclipse: Experience the fascinating real-life science behind an eclipse. North Lauderdale Saraniero Library


 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Courtbook -Dolores Claiborneevery soul a starbook -Nightfall

Five Great Reads Featuring Solar Eclipses
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. Hank Morgan awakes from a blow to the head only to find that he’s been transported back to the time of King Arthur, where his prediction of an upcoming eclipse stirs fear in the King’s court. (1889)
  • Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King. When housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is questioned in the death of her wealthy employer, a long-hidden secret from her past is revealed and, on the eve of a solar eclipse, she must face her daughter and explain the truth. (1992/eBookeAudiobook)    ​
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass. Three teens meet to watch a total eclipse and share problems and friendship. (2008)
  • Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. Because of its six suns, the planet Kalgash is bathed in perpetual sunlight. But once every 2,049 years all six suns are eclipsed, plunging the planet into total darkness and causing madness and destruction. (1990/eBook)
  • The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. During a total solar eclipse over New York, a creature runs loose in the city and a virus from hell sweeps the country. (2009/eBookaudiobook)​

Save These Dates...

The South Florida Book Festival Coming This Friday, July 21st, and Saturday, July 22nd

south florida book festivalThe South Florida Book Festival, held at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC), will celebrate "Book Life" with an exciting line-up of authors, journalists, speakers and presenters. From writing and natural hair-care workshops to book signings and presentations to panel discussions and guest speakers, this year's Festival has something for everyone. 

The Festival kick-off event is Taste the Islands on July 18th from 6:30 to 9:30PM with special guests Chef Irie (Hugh A. Sinclair) and Cynthia "Chef Thia" Verna, cookbook authors and stars of the PBS Television's Taste the Islands program. Guests can meet the chefs and enjoy delicious island-inspired cuisine, tropical cocktails, dancing and live music. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Ages 21 and over.

Angela Henry, national mystery author and blogger, is back at the South Florida Book Festival for another Mystery Writer Workshop being held Friday, July 21st at 1PM. Her hands-on workshop covers all the steps needed to write your own mystery novel. Tickets are $10 and space is limited to 20 participants. Tickets and registration can be completed via Eventbrite.

An Evening with the Literary Stars will take place on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30PM. Guests can meet and mingle with Festival authors and enjoy live music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Each guest will also receive a signed book of their choice from one of the Festival authors. Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door, and can also be purchased through Eventbrite. Ages 21 and over.

South Florida Book Festival – Schedule for Saturday, July 22nd

All events are free and open to the public. Registration through Evenbrite is requested but not required.

10:30-11:30AM Taymer Mason - Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion
10:30-11:30AM Ingram Publishing Josh Floyd - Self-Publishing through IngramSpark®: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Noon-1PM Erin Lowry - Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together
Noon-1:30PM How to Get a Ring on Your Finger with King Kevin Dorival, Queen C. and Yahrah St. John
Noon-1PM Alison McMahan - Successfully Pitch your Book into a Movie/Screenplay
Noon-1PM Bishop Henry B Fernandez - Favor Unleashed
12:30-2:30PM Lolita Files - Once Upon a Time in Compton: From Gangsta Rap to Gang Wars... Tupac & Biggie
2-3PM Wesley Lowery - Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of They Can't Kill Us All
2:30-3:30PM Simone Kelly - Five Marketing Secrets to Promote Your Novel​
3:30-5PM Chef Kevin Belton - Food Smackdown: Cajun Bites from New Orleans
4-5PM Miko Branch, Pamela Frederick Mar and Taymer Mason - Natural Hair Care & Maintenance

T-bone Thermidor: One of BCL's Most Talented Teens

t-bone thermidorJoas “T-bone without the steak” Thermidor is not without the talent! This young actor, writer, director, filmmaker and graphic designer, based out of Main Library’s makerspace Creation Station and its Teen Studio, is turning out a prolific, impressive body of work. And he LOVES the library because, he says, “This library makes everything possible!”

T-bone, as he’s known, only discovered Broward County Libraries last year when he wandered in for the free Wi-Fi. But today Main Library is his second home. T-bone says that in addition to unlimited access to equipment that a private individual could never afford, “I get help, support, assistance and encouragement” from staff and others at the library. “If it wasn’t for the library…all I would have to work with is my phone. My dream would be just that.” 

You can find T-bone mentoring younger teens in The Studio to edit and make films of their own, shooting his original scripts anywhere in the building, going to the Creation Station to borrow the Cannon cameras and SONY 4K video equipment or editing films using Premier Pro software, which he later posts to YouTube under “T-bone without the steak.”

For those who have not yet discovered it, the Teen Studio on the third floor of Main Library is the premiere digital arts studio in Broward County for young adults ages 14 to 19, one goal of which is to encourage teens to be digital storytellers, provide social commentary and be civically engaged – all things that T-bone exemplifies. Main Teen Librarian Autumn Dec says, “T-bone is one of our shining stars! A mentor and a role model.”

At age 18, T-bone just graduated from Sunrise High School and will take part this summer in the ArtServe “Teen ARTrepreneurs” workshop. Under the direction of iconic puppeteer Jim Hammond, students will learn how to start and manage a theatre company. When the program ends, T-bone will stage and film his original play before a live audience on August 12th with seven other teens and himself as actors.

T-bone’s other plans include exploring his Haitian roots. He was born in the United States, but would like to visit Haiti and box for that country in the Olympics. He’s also interested making a film on anti-Haitian discrimination. As well, he’s interested in locating just the right college to launch a career in acting and filmmaking, with EMU College Academy as another free library service to help him on his exciting path.

Sample one of T-bone’s films here, shown at Broward Center for the Performing Arts at the ArtsEd Forever 2017 Gala. Titled “Missing Art,” T-bone wrote, acted, directed and mentored 17-year-old Jephte Joassaint to produce the soundtrack using the library’s facilities: If you would like to participate in one of T-bone’s productions, or get help with a project of your own, contact him on Twitter and Instagram at @WoyItsTbone. 

swimming in knowledgeArt Spot:  Can you name the library branch where this public art is located?

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  • Artist:  Raymond Olivero
  • Title:  Moment in _____: From Whence We Come
  • Medium:  Fresco glass and porcelain tile
  • Size:  6' x 12'
  • Year Installed:  2003
  • Description:  Mounted on a bright yellow wall, the intricate imagery created on fresco glass is full of clever symbolism visible to those who know this city’s history. In the shadow of water lilies, vignettes of wading white ibis reveal the bird on the city’s seal. Another image, the seahorse with mermaid, can be found on the entryway of the city’s first residential community. The porcelain tile border with the images of seahorses and mermaids creates the frame.

Come back next week for the answer!

Answer to last week’s Art Spot: 

Swimming in Knowledge by Leslie Fry is located at...

​Pompano Beach Branch Library


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