Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Juneteenth Festival
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Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Juneteenth Festival is Right Around the Corner

Free, all-ages event features live music, great food, fun games and more

Kick off Broward County Libraries' Summer Learning Program and celebrate Juneteenth at Northwest Branch Library's annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Juneteenth Festival. This fun, free, all-ages event is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th from 11AM to 5PM at Apollo Park, located at 1580 NW 3rd Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 333060, adjacent to the Northwest Branch Library.

From children's fun to great music to delicious food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Juneteenth Festival offers a good time for all ages. Enjoy live blues and R&B music, storytellers and dance performances. Explore history with the Key West Civil War Re-enactors and a visit to the Black History Mobile Museum. Experience virtual reality with staff from Broward County Libraries' Creation Station. Learn about Juneteenth and enjoy free samples at the sweet potato educational program. There will also be relay races, a watermelon eating contest, free face painting and trackless train rides. 

Featured performers will include:

  • Storytellers Windell Campbell and Beverly Jones
  • Music from Delt the DJ
  • Blues musician Joey Gilmore

Guests can purchase food from vendors, and anyone under 18 will be served free pizza courtesy of the Summer Breakspot Program. But save some room for dessert - there will also be a sweet potato pie contest to crown the community's best sweet potato pie maker.

Children, teens and adults can also register for the 2017 Summer Learning Program to win prizes for reading, attending library events and participating in learning activities.

Held each year in honor of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom or Emancipation Day, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Juneteenth Festival is presented by the Friends of Northwest Branch Library.


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Celebrate Juneteenth, Blues Music and Sweet Potato Pie with Books for Children and Teens

  • Blues Journey by Dean Walter Myers/Illustrated by Christopher Myers. This father/son collaboration explores the essence of jazz through lyrical words and lush illustrations.
  • Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi. This drama, which is centered on a Texas family, sheds light on the events that led to the creation of Juneteenth. (Young Adults/eBook available)
  • Juneteenth by Denise Jordan. Explores the history and importance of the Juneteenth holiday.
  • Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford. A young girl comes home to celebrate the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth. (eBook)
  • Juneteenth! Celebrating Freedom in Texas by Anna Pearl Barrett. In this story, the author recalls her family's special celebration in 1945, the 80th Juneteenth holiday.
  • The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World by Julius Lester. Learn about 10 of the hottest black blues singers of our time, including Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and B.B. King.
  • Sweet Potato Pie by Kathleen D. Lindsey. During a drought in the early 1900s, a large, loving African American family finds a delicious way to earn the money they need to save their family farm.

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    Free Mobile Internet Service for Veterans and Active Military

    veteran ladyBroward County Libraries Division, in conjunction with T-Mobile, is now offering the new Veterans Connect Hotspot Program, an innovative initiative that provides 450 free WiFi hotspots to local veterans, active military members and their dependents. The free hotspots provide unlimited access to T-Mobile's 4G LTE network and increase access to information and technology for their users.

    veteran connect hotspot programThe goal of the Veterans Connect Hotspot Program is to assist veterans in transitioning to civilian life by encouraging education, self-development and career advancement through technology. It also encourages the use of Broward County Libraries' vast resources and services by members of the military community. The free hotspots will be loaned for one month to veterans, active military members and their dependents with valid military identification cards. Users than have the option to renew the loan three more times. They are available at the following library locations:

    Veterans, active military members and their dependents interested in participating in the Veterans Connect Hotspot Program will be able to check out the free hotspots with their valid military identification.

    For more information, please visit


    Get Your Move with Free Summer Walking Program


    women walking outdoorsSouth Regional/Broward College Library’s new summer walking program invites everyone to join the new summer walking program. Walks will start in the library’s front lobby and will continue to across the Broward College campus to the lake at the Broward College Exercise Park. The summer walking program meets is scheduled for Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30AM.

    This beginner-level, moderately paced walk is open to all ages, but children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. It’s scheduled to last an hour but fatigued walkers are encouraged to sit out a lap on the Park’s benches or return to the library if needed.

    The summer walking series is part of the Summer Learning Program and participants will have the chance to enter a weekly prize drawing. For more information, please call the library at 954-201-8825.


    Have You Signed Up to “Build a Better World” This Summer?

    summer learning program -build a better world logoIf not, there’s still time to register for the Broward County Library’s free 2017 Summer Learning Program (SLP).

    The SLP includes exciting activities at library locations countywide and a learning/reading program that offers fantastic prizes to participants who learning/reading goals. The Summer Learning Program is open to all ages, with free activities, events and programs for everyone. 

    Register at any Broward County Library location or online at (website also includes full list of all Summer Learning Program events throughout Broward County).


    Help Broward’s Children by Donating to Christmas in July

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    Donations are requested for Christmas in July, an annual program that provides school supplies, clothing and more to children and teens in Broward County who are in need. Donations should be new items appropriate for newborns through age 19 including:

    • Books and School Supplies
    • Clothing, shoes, socks, underwear and belts
    • Toys and Games
    • Baby Wipes, Diapers/Pullups and other baby supplies
    • Toiletries

    Donations are being accepted now through June 30th. Look for donation boxes at all Broward County Library locations and other Broward County facilities.

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