Maker Faire
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Maker Faire Rescheduled from September 9th to Saturday, October 28th

Celebrate arts, crafts and the DIY mindset at the upcoming Maker Faire, scheduled for October 28th from 11AM to 5PM at Southwest Regional Library. The Faire, which was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma, will feature the work of local artists and craftspeople.

Stroll through and take a look at unique, DIY creations such as decorative fused glass, greeting cards, jewelry, paintings, wood-turning, 3D printed items, hand-sewn items and more. Stop to see artisans and craftspeople demonstrate their work. All ages are welcome, and items are available for purchase.

For further information about the Maker Faire, call 954-357-7110.


The Big Reveal!

active learning center brandingOn Thursday, October 5 at 11:45AM, following Story Time, join us for The Big Reveal as we unveil your choice of branding for the Main Library’s Active Learning Center. You voted…find out if you picked the winner!

Located on the second floor of Main Library, the ALC is a free, educationally-rich play space offering activities to promote school readiness. The event is free and open to the public.

Designed to look like a seaside village, the ALC provides children up to age five the opportunity to cook and clean in the playhouse, shop at miniature stores, play on a boat in a Big Blue Ocean, cuddle sea animals in Baby Bay, ride a train downtown, perform shows on a stage and explore countless bins of books and building and play materials. 

The free-flowing model village allows children to develop flexible strategies for creative play as they experiment, interact, try new items and problem solve. All items and furnishings in the ALC have been carefully chosen for optimum safety and interest. 

The Active Learning Center is open six days a week, closing each day one hour before the Main Library closes: Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Noon to 7PM. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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Opt In Forms for Broward County Digital Direct Library Cards Will Be Distributed at Schools After October 10th

child using tabletBroward County Public School students - your ID is your key! Broward County Libraries (BCL) and Broward County public schools have partnered to offer students outstanding, free educational resources through the BCL Digital Direct Library Card. Just use your ID number as your new BCL Digital Direct Library Card.

Parents and guardians of Broward County Public School students will have to sign an "Opt In" form for their children to participate in the BCL Digital Direct Library Card program. The Opt In forms will be distributed by teachers at all Broward County Public Schools after October 10, 2017.

Since students are using their student ID number, no physical library card is issued; however, students are encouraged to continue to have a standard Broward County Library card in addition to their Digital Direct card.

All participating K-12 students can now use BCL Digital Direct Library Card to access Broward County Libraries' online resources that include:

  • 24/7 access to library databases including online encyclopedias, reference books and other online resources to help with research projects, papers, presentations, reports and homework
  • 24/7 access to online newspapers, magazines and other publications
  • 24/7 access to downloadable eBooks including Sunshine State Readers, classic favorites, popular bestsellers and Spanish-language books
  • 24/7 access to Rosetta Stone, the language-learning resource that includes lessons on reading, writing and speaking 30 languages
  • Free access to live, online tutoring in English/language arts, foreign language, science social studies, writing and math
  • Free access to online test preparation aligned to Florida standardized tests and the SAT, ACT and GED

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Explore the History and Culture of Broward through BCL’s Digital Collections

book cover "So This is Florida"Broward County Library has a major digitization project underway that lets you discover fascinating aspects of Broward’s past, people and more. Over the past few years tens of thousands of items have been digitized and preserved for the future. Some collections are available online at, with many more to be uploaded in the next year. Here’s a sampling of collections you can browse through now:  


Leaves of Knowledge by Leslie Fry

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


  • Artist:  Leslie Fry
  • Title:  Leaves of Knowledge
  • Medium:  Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete
  • Size: 36" x 72" x 7"
  • Year Installed:  2005

A clever play on the word “leaves” with its dual meaning of the green organs of a plant and the two sides of book’s page took shape in the form of this wall relief. As a plant’s leaves bring nutrition to the organism, the leaves of a book nourish the mind. This cast sculptural relief is finished with bright acrylic paint. Installed on a wall in the lobby, it beckons visitors to sit beneath it for a lively chat

Come back next week for the answer!


Ten Views of Turtle Territory by Lisa Houck 

The answer to last week's Art Spot: Ten Views of Turtle Territory  by Lisa Houck is located at... Beach Branch Library



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