Older Americans Month is a time to acknowledge the contributions older people have made to our country. It's celebrated nationwide with ceremonies, events, fairs and other activities. Broward County Libraries will commemorate Older Americans Month with events that range from memoir writing workshops to exercise programs to adult coloring. All events are free and open to the public.
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Meet and Greet with Broward County Libraries Director Kelvin Watson
Meet the new Broward County Library Director on Monday, May 8 from 5 to 8PM at South Regional/Broward College Library. The reception and networking event is hosted by the South Broward Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and ETA NU Education Foundation of Omega Psi.
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged but not required; registration and details on Eventbrite.
Take time for some intergalactic fun and Star Wars celebrations at Broward County Libraries.
There’s a lot more Star Wars where that came from! Visit our online catalog, key in Star Wars and discover a host of books, DVDs, eBooks and audiobooks about everyone’s favorite intergalactic adventures.
Lauderhill Central Park Library3810 NW 11 Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311 954-357-7833
Lauderhill Central Park Library opened with flourish in December 2016, heralding the presence of an exciting infusion of culture and athletic events in the heart of Broward County. This library’s unique location in Central Broward Regional Park places it in the heart of the action, sitting adjacent to the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, which contains a 1,200-seat theater and an art gallery operated by the City of Lauderhill. This area hot spot is the perfect setting for a branch that sees its mission as community outreach.
Another special aspect of this library’s location is that Central Broward Regional Park is a major center for sporting events in Broward County, hosting cricket, soccer and football matches. The sports theme of the park is part of the décor of the library with a mixed media mural Glory and Defeat by artist Ruben Ubiera. Carved woodwork on the shelving also carries a sports motif with etchings of different athletic activities on each endcap and wooden chair backs with incised ball designs.
Like the park and arts center, the library offers something for all age groups and interests. The 10,000-square-foot library features 15 laptops and 25 public access computers, five of them dedicated to children. There is a tutoring room and a multi-purpose room, and a special charging table for cell phones and tablets.
Teens have their own TV and video gaming console, a teen book collection and two drawing stations, one electronic and one physical, along with their own charging table, which comes in handy for the four tablets dedicated to their area. Teens enjoy Zumba and dance workshops. Upcoming special programs for teens include Hip Hop Lyrical Workshops and Teen Coding Camp.
The children’s section adjoins the teen space with an area that is bright and cozy, with oval reading nooks, a rainbow rug, a large selection of age-appropriate books and a Lego station. During the summer, librarians will partner with local artists, engineers and architects to offer a six-session Discovery Center program for children ages 6 and above. Interactive stations will be set up where kids use materials such as straws, blocks, magic model and recycling materials to build bridges, towers and more.
In partnership with Broward County Schools, the library offers the Discovering Your Way program for newcomer families with children ages 6 to 12, a four-week series with storytelling sessions, dinners, gift books and raffles to acquaint new arrivals with the services of the library.
The Lauderhill Central Park Library is also a welcoming spot for adults. Programs for adults include local author presentations and book discussions in English and Spanish and the upcoming program Tea Time with a Librarian, a monthly evening get together to discuss new releases (books and movies), library services, eBooks and community updates. In the fall, the library will be offering English Café, citizenship classes and computer classes.
The library lobby is the site of monthly art exhibits of sculpture, painting and artifacts from around the world, featuring local artists and collectors. During the summer, the library will host a major celebration, Building Communities: A Mini-Taste of Lauderhill, with a DJ and food sampling.
The library staff at this branch is passionate about their outreach campaign, going to malls, preschools, public schools, area businesses, apartments and clubs monthly, as well as having visiting groups come in at least once a month. They are keen to sign people up for library cards and introduce them to their new branch, which replaced the Lauderhill Mall Branch built in 1977. Their friendly, pro-active approach is showing real results: an increase of 25% more visitors in their first three months. Come in to visit them – they can’t wait to meet you, and will probably come looking for you!
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