Explore Earth
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Let’s “Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet” at the Tamarac Branch Library

The Tamarac Branch Library has been awarded Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet traveling exhibit from the American Library Association. This interactive, all-age exhibit explores the world of earth science, covering topics such as the weather, the water cycle and the ecosystem while providing a global view of our changing planet. Explore Earth will be on display from June 7 through August 4, 2017. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in this fun, innovative exhibit which will also include a free program series that is open to the public.

June 7​
Exhibit Opening and Afterschool Open House: Educators and parents learn how to use information from Explore Earth to educate children and teens. Attendees will receive exhibit-related materials as well as suggestions for topics of discussion.
June 9​
The Water Cycle: Presentation by Susan Bodmann of Broward County's Water and Wastewater Services-Water Management Division. (All ages)
June 14
Natural Filtration: Engineer your own design for a water filtration system while learning about the water cycle. (Grades K-12)
June 15
Virtual Reality: Try virtual reality equipment courtesy of the Creation Station and learn about new virtual reality technologies. (All ages)
June 21
Slick Solutions: Explore the challenges associated with cleaning up an oil spill. (Grades K-12)
June 28
Wind Power Challenge: Explore wind energy and learn how to properly capture and use it. (Grades K-12)
July 12
Marine Cartesian Diver: Construct your own Cartesian diver and learn about underwater buoyancy. (Grades K-12)
July 17
The Value of Urban Forests in Mitigating Factors that Contribute to Climate Change: Presentation by Dr. John J. Pipoly III of the University of Florida and Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. (Adults)
July 19
Straw Rockets: Design your own pneumatically driven rocket with fins that stabilize the flight of the rocket. (Grades K-12)
​July 24
The South Florida Ecosystem: Presentation by Dr. Samantha Danchuk from the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department-Environmental Planning & Resilience Division. (Adults)
July 26
Lunar Lander: Learn about the importance of weight distribution in aircraft design and build your own custom lunar lander. (Grades K-12)
​July 31
3D Printing: Demo and presentation of 3D printing, courtesy of the Creation Station. (All ages)
August 2
Robotics: Explore important skills in basic robotics engineering with problem-solving, creativity and computational thinking. (Grades K-12)

Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Afterschool Alliance. Explore Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.


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Broward County Libraries now offers free streaming music and music videos via Freegal Music. Use your Broward County Library card to create your free account and access any of the 11 million songs of all genres from more than 28,000 record labels. While there is a weekly download allotment, you can enjoy unlimited daily streaming.

Create custom streaming music playlists that can be played in your desktop browser and the Freegal Music app or choose from Freegal Playlists of pre-selected songs. Sign in, select songs and enjoy your own special summer playlist.


2017 Children’s Multi-Cultural Book Fair & Empowerment Day at AARLCC

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The 2nd Annual Children’s Multi-Cultural Book Fair & Empowerment Day will be held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) on Saturday, May 20 from 11AM to 4PM.

This free, family event features children’s performances including drumming, singing, storytelling and dancing from India, Ireland, African countries and other cultures There will be a children’s art exhibit, a presentation by youth entrepreneurs, a fruit and vegetable garden, a bubble blowing and hula hoop contest, along with prizes and giveaways. Authors and guest readers will read from their favorite books in person and by video.

Children can also learn about geography from “Talking Globes,” play their favorite songs on the Piano Mat and sample snacks from around the world. The first 300 children will receive a free book. 

Please register for this free program on Eventbrite.com. For more information, please call AARLCC’s Youth Services section at 954-357-6209.

The Children’s Multi-Cultural Book Fair is held in celebration of Foster Children’s month in May and International Children’s Day on June 1st. It is hosted by ReadingPaysMore, Inc., the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center and the Friends of AARLCC. This event is partially funded by the Broward Cultural Council.


Branch Spotlight

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North Regional/Broward College Library
1100 Coconut Creek Boulevard
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

The North Regional/Broward College Library prides itself on addressing and balancing the needs of the general public and the students and faculty of Broward College. The library was built as the second partnership library between Broward County and Broward Community College (now Broward College), following the success of the South Regional/Broward College Library in Pembroke Pines. North Regional/ Broward College Library opened in June of 1994.

The library collection consists of 275,000 physical items and houses popular and academic material. Subject specialties within the collection for college students are literature and literary criticism and nursing and allied health. Those seeking popular materials such as bestsellers, DVDs, audiobooks and compact discs have an extensive selection of classics and new releases to browse.

north regional broward county library -interiorIn addition to traditional materials, the library has a collection of e-readers loaded with current popular book titles which customers may check out. Laptop computers and several iPads are available for use within the library. The availability of these devices enables customers to experiment with new technologies and access online resources such as e-books, e-audiobooks, Zinio e-magazines, Freegal music and Hoopla films and more.

Families with children are drawn to the library’s large Youth Services section, with its extensive collection of materials for infants to teens. A wide array of youth programs are offered by a team of talented librarians who specialize in serving various ages. Programs include Storytime Fun, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities, music and film programs, holiday specials, SAT Preparation, and Wags and Tales with therapy dog Zoe. Popular services include support for students from preschool through college, including home-schooled students, and free tutoring in reading and math for students ages six to eleven by Friends of the Library volunteers and teen tutors.

north regional broward county library -interiorAn early literacy play area, furnished with iPads and other technology, features a cheerful seaport scene with boats to climb into with a book and read.  Youth partnerships on campus include a daycare center and a Junior Achievement World simulated BizTown where students learn about the world of work. High school students appreciate North Regional/BC Library as one of the select locations to participate in EMU College Academy to plan their paths to higher education.

north regional broward county library -interiorNorth Regional/Broward College Library offers adults materials, technology, programs and services for lifelong learning, which include reference assistance, lectures, book discussions, entertainment and cultural events. Popular program offerings run the gamut from concert and dance programs, to ukulele lessons, to films and reviews, to collaborative art programs to current events and creative writing. 

The library has a 40-terminal computer center that offers classes, wireless printing, and weekly digital-downloads workshops with one-on-one sessions for assistance on personal devices. With over 100 computers for the public, everyone has a computer at North Regional readily available for their use, usually without a wait. For those seeking English language literacy, English Café, is offered; while Spanish Cafe offers an opportunity to learn or improve in Spanish. The library also maintains a Citizenship Corner/Information desk with personal assistance. Computer classes are presented in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. 

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