Main Library will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the moon rock
exhibit on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:30 to 7:30PM. The family of Apollo 7
astronaut Donn Eisele, who lived in Fort Lauderdale, donated the moon rock to
the Broward County Libraries Division on October 23, 2007. The celebration is
free and open to the public.
Francis French, Director of Education, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and
editor of the book Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele, will speak
at the event. The title of the presentation is "The Forgotten Astronaut: Donn
Eisele and Apollo 7." Books will be for sale that evening. Apollo 15 astronaut
Al Worden will also speak that evening.
The moon rock, which is from the Apollo 15 mission, was awarded to the
Library through NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award Program and is on display
on the sixth floor of the Main Library. Apollo astronauts, on missions that took
place between 1968 and 1972, were each given a portion of the 842 pounds of moon
rock collected during the moon landings.
The Apollo 7 spacecraft crew consisted of Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr.,
Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele, and Walter Cunningham as Lunar Module
Pilot. NASA's first successful three-man space mission flew in Earth orbit from
October 11 to October 22, 1968 so that the crew could check life-support,
propulsion and control systems. A 20-minute film of the Apollo 7 mission runs
continuously at the library exhibit. Photos of the Apollo 7 mission, space-related keepsakes, and life-size replicas of astronauts are also on display.
The moon rock exhibit is secured and coordinated by the Broward Public Library Foundation.
The 2017 StoryBook Festival Celebrates Community and Unity
The 16th Annual StoryBook Festival, held at the
Southwest Regional Library, is coming soon! Children and families
are invited to this free, fun event scheduled for Saturday, November 18th from 10AM to 4:30PM.
This year's event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book
Frederick, written and illustrated by Leo
Lionni, which focuses on the nature of
community and the many roles played within a community . The theme of the 2017
StoryBook Festival is "It Takes a Village...in Honor of Leo
The first 1,000 children arriving to the festival will receive a free
book. The City of Pembroke Pines will sponsor an arts and crafts tent where kids
can get creative. Children can interact with their favorite storybook
characters in the Fantasy Forest, and will also enjoy the "Swappin' Ground" area
where they may tell their own stories.
Food trucks will be on site, selling tasty treats all day, as well as a fire
truck, if available. Children can get their face painted for free, and parents
can bring cameras to take photos at the Storybook Photo Spots. Children are
encouraged to come to the festival in costume and join the Storybook Parade.
There will be a full day of music, dance, storytelling, storybook characters and
children's performances on three stages.
Featured performances will include:
For additional information please call 954-357-7406, 954-357-7317 or
The StoryBook Festival is presented by, and funded through, the
Broward Public Library Foundation,
in partnership with the City of Pembroke Pines. It is sponsored by the
Friends of Southwest Regional Library and Broward Family Life
Magazine. This project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward
County Commissioners with proceeds from the 2000 Broward County Safe Parks and
Land Preservation Bond Issue.
Leo Lionni: Painter, Author, Illustrator
Before becoming a children’s book author and illustrator, Leo Lionni
(1910-1999) was a well-known and respected painter who worked in the Futurism
and avant-garde styles. Born in Amsterdam,
Lionni moved with his family to Italy
when he was a teen and then moved to the United States in 1939 where he worked
as an art director of ad agencies and magazines. He moved back to Italy in 1962
and began writing and illustrating children’s books. He was the first children’s
book author/illustrator to use collage as the main medium for his illustrations.
Frederick yet? Check out the
Spanish version or pick up one of his other great books!
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse,
Fish is Fish,
Geraldine the Music Mouse,
The Alphabet Tree and
Tico and the Golden Wings.
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Library Superfan Ellen Jaffe
completely changed my world.” says South Florida radio host Ellen Jaffe. “A
friend recommended it -- and it was a revelation! I haven’t gone back!”
Ellen Jaffe has been a popular radio personality in South Florida since 1980.
When she’s not on the air at Easy 93.1, she is indulging a lifelong passion:
reading. “I can’t imagine a life without books and the library,” she says. “And
OverDrive is the most convenient
way to read that I’ve ever had.”
Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks can be downloaded into your eReader, tablet,
smartphone and computer. Digital format eliminates lugging heavy books and
allows readers to adjust the size of the print from standard to large print. One
feature that Jaffe appreciates is that there are no late fees, something she was
always paying with traditional materials. But her list of “nice benefits”
doesn’t end there.
Although she describes herself as “resistant for a long time” to the idea of
eBooks, Jaffe has been an avid user for the past two years, citing advantages
over print reading such as a better lit page, the ability to instantly look up
words or concepts on the spot and eliminating the clutter of books piling up.
Plus, she loves that the program maintains her wish list and alerts her when
it’s time to open a requested item.
Jaffe currently hosts the Easy 93.1 “Community Focus” program, airing Sunday
mornings, and a music program on Saturday afternoons, in addition to
coordinating public service messages and events for the station.
Among the groups that the station is actively boosting in the community is local
veterans, a mission in common with Broward County Library and its
Connect Hotspot Program. Easy 93.1 is finalizing the details of a new
segment that will showcase
job-ready veterans online and on the air to
attract employers, something made achievable by taking advantage of the
library’s many free in-person workshops and online resources for
Ready to join Ellen Jaffe and try eBooks yourself? Check out
Libby, a fun and friendly complimentary
app for eBooks and audiobooks. For anyone who would like an in-person tutorial,
the library has
digital downloads classes everywhere!
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Art Spot: Can you name the library branch where this public art is located?
This dramatic, suspended steel and fiberglass sculpture dangling in
the library atrium before a wall of windows is nothing if not memorable.
Black is the unifying color for this mysterious gathering of fragmented
sculptural elements: three human masks, three horse heads, one bird, one
feline bust, one caged dog head and a pair of skeleton hands. All these
elements are attached to a steel structure with oversized fiberglass
bolts and nuts.
Come back next week for the answer!
The answer to last week's Art Spot:
Reflections by Margaret Tolbert & Nitin Jayaswall is located at...
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