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New Digital Direct Library Card for 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.

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

The BCL Digital Direct Library Card also helps job-seeking teens by providing free online interview coaching, resume writing help and career planning assistance.

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. 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.

For more information on BCL Digital Direct Library Card, please contact Kimberly White at 954-357-7470.


Destination Fridays - Motown

Destination Fridays - MotownDestination Fridays - Motown returns for a second year! African-American Research Library & Cultural Center is bringing back the popular event, which drew a crowd of 350 guests last year! Party with us on October 6th from 6:30 to 9:30PM. Tickets for this age 21-and-over event are $10 and can be purchased at the door or through Eventbrite.

Dress in your Motown finest in the flashy styles of the '60s and '70s and get ready for a night of non-stop music, dancing and fun. Enjoy the night's signature cocktail, “The Motown,” and delicious, classic soul food dishes. There’ll be dancing in the lobby to Motown tunes from artists such as the Temptations, Rick James, Tina Turner and the Jackson 5, a Motown concert in the auditorium and great door prizes and giveaways.

Visit our video of the 2016 Destination Fridays - Motown  highlights for a preview of the night's festivities. For more information about Destination Fridays - Motown, please call the library's information desk at 954-357-6210.

Super Fans: Jennifer and London Holmes

Jennifer and London HolmesNo place beats Broward County Libraries' Active Learning Center (ALC) for family fun! Opened in June on the second floor of Main Library, the ALC has families streaming in from three counties to use it! Like homeschooler mom Jennifer Holmes and her 3½-year-old son, London.

Jennifer, a military wife who just moved to Florida, is grateful to the neighbor who told her about the ALC. “We love it!” says Jennifer. “It’s comfortable, homey and a great learning space.” Jennifer appreciates that the ALC is also spacious and air-conditioned, offering a luxurious play zone as an alternative to being outdoors in hot, rainy weather.

Designed to look like a seaside village, the ALC allows children up to age five the opportunity to cook and clean in the playhouse, shop at miniature stores, captain a boat in a Big Blue Ocean, cuddle sea animals in Baby Bay, ride a train downtown, perform shows on a stage, explore countless bins of books and get creative with building and play materials. London, who wants to be a law enforcement officer one day, can’t wait to get there, strap on the police helmet and dive in with the other happy kids.

As a newcomer and a homeschooler, the ALC gives Jennifer a way to expose London to playmates that he would otherwise never meet. She shares, “I tell London, ‘Every day you can make a new friend!’” As well as being a social place, the ALC is a professionally-designed learning environment. An early childhood development expert and children’s yoga instructor, Jennifer takes the ALC resources one step further by following up with books and activities at home. The day she spoke with us, she had a stack of books about ice cream to correspond to the ALC play ice cream parlor. Jennifer also has a shelf at home dedicated to ALC displays, crafts and teaching moments that she creates with London and posts on her Instagram page, Hashtag_HomeSkool.

Jennifer and London are so enthused about the ALC that Jennifer, brimming with ideas, is planning on becoming an ALC volunteer. As a future children’s book author, she is also looking forward to Broward County Library’s many free writer’s workshops, found on the online calendar, and learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone!  

Science Fair Readiness Festival at Stirling Road Library

kids and scienceStudents – learn how to use the library to research your science project at the Science Fair Readiness Festival, scheduled for October 8th, from Noon to 4PM in the auditorium of Stirling Road Library. The Festival will include 3D printing with Broward County Library’s Creation Station, a science fair scavenger hunt, prizes, hands-on STEM activities and more. The Festival is held in partnership with Broward County School Board and their volunteers.

The Stirling Road Branch is one of 75 public libraries chosen to be part of NASA@ My Library, led by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center.

As part of the grant, the library will receive materials, training and financial support to host programs and activities for various age groups. The goal of NASA@ My Library is to create compelling learning experiences for the community and share the story, science and adventure of NASA's scientific explorations of planet Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond. The grant period is from May 2017 through October 2018.

Broward County Libraries Director Kelvin Watson Wins 2017 Demco Award

Kelvin Watson wins Demco awardBroward County Libraries Director Kelvin Watson was the winner of this year's Demco/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship. The award recognizes significant accomplishments that promote the status of African American librarians in the profession, or the development and implementation of resources and services for the African American community. Watson was presented with the award at the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association's biannual conference in Atlanta, GA. 

Kelvin Watson was named director of Broward County Libraries Division in February of this year. Since then, he has begun transforming the concept of Broward's libraries from "library as a place" to the library as a digital holding space.

That transformation includes a number of exciting, innovative initiatives that promote digital literacy and access to all members of the community. These include a new program that offers tablets that customers can check out and take home; an expansion of digital content and delivery methods; and the Veterans Connect Hotspot program, which provides free mobile Internet service to veterans, active-duty military and their dependents.

"Kelvin Watson is the ultimate library professional exemplifying excellence and commitment," said BCALA president Denyvetta Davis. "He is a role model, mentor, and coach that is committed to sharing his wisdom and knowledge with others."

Help a Homeless Animal

dog in kennelSouthwest Regional Library will be collecting donations to help Broward County’s homeless animals through Saturday, October 21st. The Humane Society of Broward County and Broward County Animal Care are packed with animals affected by Hurricane Irma and supplies to keep them taken care of are dwindling fast. Here’s what’s needed:

  • Canned dog/puppy and cat/kitten food
  • Dry dog/puppy and cat/kitten food
  • Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR) dry formula (available at pet supply stores)
  • Esbilac Puppy Milk Replacement (available at pet supply stores)
  • Guinea pig food, rabbit food and ferret food
  • Timothy hay
  • Bath towels, blankets and wash cloths (new or gently used)
  • Toys - big rubber dog chew toys, ping pong balls, hard plastic cat toys, ferret tunnels, toys for rabbits and ferrets
  • Paper towels and hand sanitizers
  • Office supplies - scissors, copy paper and craft supplies
  • Publix gift cards to buy fresh vegetables for rabbits and guinea pigs
  • Misc. supplies – boxes of tissues, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, powdered bleach, disinfecting wipes, rubbing alcohol

New Exhibit Focuses on the History of Broward County Courthouses

Broward County courthouseA new exhibit, Broward County Courthouses: Over 100 Years of History, will be on display through January 31, 2018, at Main Library and Broward County's Government Center.

From a humble, remodeled school building to a twenty-story skyscraper, Broward County's Courthouse has been rebuilt and reimagined for Broward County's ever-growing population and their changing needs. The newest courthouse tower, the Broward County Judicial Complex West Building, officially opened May 11, 2017. In celebration, the Broward County Historical Archives is exhibiting some of its extraordinary original courthouse objects, artwork and documents.

The Government Center lobby hosts a display where visitors can view news clippings and small objects from the historic courthouses. Large courthouse artifacts and original government records are on exhibit just across Andrews Avenue at Main Library. The Main Library exhibit includes 1920s blueprints, historic mug shots and everyday office equipment used in the county courthouses.

Broward County Courthouses: Over 100 Years of History is free and open to the public.


Ten Views of Turtle Territory by Lisa Houck

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


  • Artist:  Lisa Houck
  • Title:  Ten Views of Turtle Territory
  • Medium:  Painting - Oil
  • Size:  30" x 48"
  • Year Installed:  2004

Images of mangroves, turtles, grasses, snails, anemones, coral and fish depict an underwater view of Florida. This colorful, stylized series is installed on a wall by the entrance to the library. The subject matter for "Ten Views of Turtle Territory" was chosen to illustrate the branch’s close proximity to the ocean.

Come back next week for the answer!


The Flame of Learning by Moretti 

The answer to last week's Art Spot: The Flame of Learning by Henry Moretti is located at... Hallandale Beach Branch Library  





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