Plants and Animals of South Florida
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Explore the Plants and Pets of South Florida

Autumn is coming, the weather is getting cooler - the perfect time to get outdoors and explore South Florida’s natural beauty. Learn more about the flora and fauna of Broward County with free events for both children and adults.


September 21 3-4PM Wags & Tales: Children can practice reading out loud to a pet therapy dog Weston Library
September 27 1-2PM Gardening Series, Part 2: City of Pembroke Pines Community Garden: Thomas Joyce from the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts will discuss the Community Garden, how to purchase a plot and more Southwest Regional Library
September 27 6-7:30PM Save Money by Growing Your Own Food: Learn tips for growing in South Florida, seasonal crop selection and container growing options. Presented by the Miramar Community Garden Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
September 30 2-3PM Wags & Tales: Children can practice reading out loud to a pet therapy dog African-American Research Library & Cultural Center


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Explore Florida’s Environment with Free Movies/TV Shows from Hoopla

Use your Broward County Library card to access these free documentaries and TV shows on Florida’s flora and fauna.

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

woman holding bcl library cardDo you know all the cool things you can do with a Broward County Library card? Here are five fun ways to use your card to access great free resources and services. Don't have a Broward County Library card yet? Find out how to sign up for one!

  1. Get free, portable WiFi. Veterans, active-duty military and their dependents can use their Broward County Library card to check out free, portable WiFi hotspots through our Veterans Connect Hotspot Program. Bring your library card and military ID to one of the nine participating library locations and take home your free hotspot.
  2. Subscribe to an online magazine - for free! Whether you're into cooking, celebrities, extreme sports, politics, music or crafting, there are hundreds of titles to choose from.
  3. Get free live tutoring and homework help. Get live tutoring at BrainFuse as well as one-on-one help in the Writing Lab and practice tests for the SAT and ACT.
  4. Take a free online class. Use your library card to access Universal Class and enjoy lifelong learning wherever you go. There are over self-paced 500 classes to choose from, on everything from algebra to yoga. Take professional development classes and earn continuing education units or enroll just for fun.
  5. Visit a library and access online genealogy resources. Come in to any of our locations, log on to a free public computer and then use your library card to access Ancestry Library Edition. Search for your ancestors from billions of records including birth, death, immigration, marriage, military records and the U.S. Census.

Broward County Library Super Fan Fernando Yurkin

fernando yurkinWhy is someone who owns the next hot social media platform a regular at Creation Station Business Coworking Hub (CSB)? “Creation Station is the difference between trying and doing,” says entrepreneur Fernando Yurkin. “It replaces distractions with resources!”

Fernando credits CSB with launching him on the path to build a business from his passion – sports. Together with partner Nadine Ghanem, whose background is in organized sports, they formed a plan to create Sports Contender, a new social media platform for sports fans. As you read this, they are constructing a pilot program with the Atlanta Hawks pro basketball team!

The Sports Contender app brings professional teams, players and fans together. A sports team can build a community of followers through Sports Contender by giving the fan base a variety of great reasons to use it, including notifications for pick-up games, sports camps and clinics, exhibition games, celebrity appearances and other franchise events. A rewards structure for participating using mixed reality, like Pokemon GO, is yet another incentive to have Sports Contender as a favorite.

“Creation Station helped us put all the pieces together,” says Fernando. Using the free, state-of-the-art office space on Main Library’s seventh floor, the pair made use of the executive conference room with smartboard, video-conference roundtable area and client meeting rooms. “The area is awesome!” says Fernando. If you haven’t seen the space yet, check out a 360 virtual tour:

Invaluable to the new business was the expert guidance from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), also located at Main Library, allowing Sports Contender to apply for a patent to protect its new software method. Fernando says he got “a lot of good information” from the library’s monthly Inventor Info Chats, which made him aware of how and why to cover himself.

On-site, free Creation Station classes brought the project forward. The duo took web design and Introduction to 3D Printing and is poised to get into the SCORE series, which delves into financing and marketing.

“CSB is a great resource area,” notes Fernando. “Everything you need to know is at the library – right outside the door!” And he means literally. Not only did Fernando find books in the collection specifically on sports businesses, but also on writing a proposal and mobile strategies. He and Nadine took an elevator ride to the first floor to make use of Creation Station 3D printers, the only Microsoft HoloLens freely available in a US library and high-end Apple MAC computers. 

“CSB Coworking Hub is opening up a lot of doors, for sure.” Adds Fernando, “If you are looking to start somewhere…Broward County Library is a great place. It gives you everything to start.” 

Free Screening of I Am Jane Doe Documentary on Human Trafficking

movie "i am jane doe"Witness the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters who are victims of sex trafficking in the documentary film, I Am Jane Doe. The Nancy J. Cotterman Center invites you to a free public showing of this documentary on Saturday, September 23rd at 2PM at Nova Southeastern University Miniaci Center for the Performing Arts in Davie. Register for your free tickets on Eventbrite.   

Human Trafficking Photo Exhibit at Main Library September 5-26

Thursday's Child by Susan BuzziResponsibility and Vigilance, a new photo exhibit by Susan Buzzi, professional photographer, victims advocate, retired police officer and educator, will be on display from September 5-26th at gallery six, located on the sixth floor of the Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The visual essay examines domestic servitude, forced labor and human trafficking in our community.

Responsibility and Vigilance is being exhibited in cooperation with Broward County's Nancy J. Cotterman Center, currently celebrating its 40th year of helping heal and support thousands of victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

The Nancy J. Cotterman Center invites the community to a public screening of the documentary, I Am Jane Doe, at 2PM on Saturday, September 23rd at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at the NSU-Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, 954-262-5477. The documentary chronicles the battles that American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on, the adult classifieds site that for years was part of the New York-based alternative newspaper the Village Voice.


Flame of Learning by Henry Moretti 

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


  • Artist:  Henry Moretti
  • Title:  The Flame of Learning
  • Medium:  Sculpture - Wood
  • Size:  77" x 36" x 36"
  • Year Installed:  1981
  • Born in France, Moretti emigrated to the United States in 1951. Working as a design consultant, he turned to sculpting later in life. Inspired by Jean Arp and Brancusi, he explored free flowing organic form primarily in wood collected from different parts of the world. Here, he used Guanacaste wood with its pronounced grain and rich tonality to fashion "The Flame of Learning." Standing in the lobby of the library, this sculpture greets patrons daily.

Come back next week for the answer!


Imagination Encircles the World by Andrew Reid

Answer to August 30th's Art Spot:

Imagination Encircles the World Andrew Reid is located at... Stirling Road Branch Library



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