eNews • November 1, 2017
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We Salute Our Community’s Veterans

Veterans Day, celebrated annually on November 11th, is a time to honor those who have bravely served in the military. Library locations throughout the County will be hosting free events celebrating the selflessness and sacrifice of veterans. All are invited to join in and hear veterans share their personal stories of service, take in a concert or enjoy the pageantry of a color guard. 

Veteran Information Tables

Story Times and Book Fun for Kids

Special Events


Arts, Crafts & Hands-On Activities

Mind & Spirit

Paracord 550 Survival Bracelet Events

mom and boy craftingHonor our veterans and military personnel by creating a Paracord 550 survival bracelet for Operation Gratitude and other organizations. Operation Gratitude distributes bracelets in care packages to members of our armed forces as a reminder that we are here for them.

Paracord 550 is a strong nylon cord that can hold up to 550 pounds and is useful for many emergency situations. Visit one of the libraries below to celebrate bravery and have fun crafting for a cause. As noted below, some locations will also feature additional activities in honor of Veterans Day. 


Free, Portable WiFi for Veterans and Active-Duty Military!

veteran military laptopVeterans, 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 a participating library to check out and take home your hotspot. For details and a list of participating locations, please visit Broward.org/Library/Veterans.

Bridging the Digital Divide

lady and boy using tabletThe African-American Research Library & Cultural Center will host a series of programs for customers who have checked out one of the free tablets available to eligible residents of the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). Preregistration is required for all events, please call 954-357-6228. All programs are co-sponsored by T-Mobile and the BMSD and will be held in the library’s Computer Technology Center. Please bring your Digital Divide tablet to the programs.

For more information about the Digital Divide program or to see if you are eligible to participate, please visit the library or call 954-357-6282.

  • November 4 - Resumé Writing Workshop: Learn the step-by-step processes for creating an effective resumé, 1-2:30PM
  • November 11 - Library Databases & More: Find articles and books for your research assignments, learn what a library database is and how to choose and use one, 1-2:30PM
  • November 25 - Job Searching: Learn the realities of online searches, email communication, social media networking and cleaning up public social media accounts that might prove embarrassing as a job applicant, 1-2:30PM

#DestinationFridays - Jamaica, November 3rd

jamaican flagsNovember's Destination Fridays at African-American Research Library & Cultural Center celebrates Jamaica with your favorite dancehall songs, authentic Jamaican cuisine and a signature rum drink, live entertainment, games and prizes. Come dressed in the Jamaican flag colors. Tickets for this ages 21-and-over event are $10 and you can purchase them at the door or buy them online (note: small service charge if buying online). For more information, please visit Broward.org/Library/Fridays or call 954-357-6190.

Every Picture (Book) Tells a Story

butterflies in open bookNational Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates children's picture books. Picture books are typically for children, and their illustrations are as important as (or even more important than) the words in telling the story.

Celebrate Picture Book Month at these free, fun events at Broward County Library:

Save These Dates...

  • 16th Annual StoryBook Festival: Family-friendly festival featuring performances, face painting, costume parade, Fantasy Forest, storybook characters, book giveaway and more, November 18th from 10AM-4:30PM, Southwest Regional Library
  • Celebrating Tamarac Library: Learn about the history of Tamarac Library and meet local authors, December 7th from 10AM to 1PM, Tamarac Library 
  • Chalk Lit - Broward County’s Inaugural Chalk Art Festival: Free, family-friendly event featuring music, interactive art, children’s chalking, crafting and live street chalk art, January 13th from 10AM-5PM, Main Library

Write Now!

man at typewriterOne part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world.

This year, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Throughout the month, they'll be guided by this year's theme of "Superpowered Noveling."

Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 384,126 participants, in 646 different regions, on six continents. Of these, more than 34,000 met the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month. This year, participants will be inspired by weekly "pep talks" penned by published authors, including Roxane Gay, Kevin Kwan, Julie Murphy, and Grant Faulkner. NaNoWriMo will also provide participants access to mentorship from authors including Emily X. R. Pan, Mur Lafferty and Jasmine Guillory.

For more information and to sign up for NaNoWriMo, please visit the NaNoWriMo website.

  • November 1, 8, 15, 2, 29 - Get Writing, teens, 4-5PM, Main Library  
  • November 2, 9, 16 - Writing Your College Admissions Essay: Writer Micaela Martin will lead this three-part series for high school juniors and seniors. 11/2: Understanding your goals and audience. 11/9: Planning your essay. 11/16: Proofreading your essays. Workshops limited to first seven participants; call 954-357-7740 for more information or to register, 4-5PM, Century Plaza/Leon Slatin Library    
  • November 4 - Plotting Made Perfect, with Nancy J. Cohen: Have an idea for a story but don't know where to go from there? Stuck in the middle of a manuscript? Join us for this free plotting workshop, 2-3:30PM, NSU-Alvin Sherman Library
  • November 4, 18 - Creative Writing Café. 11/4: Think First, Write Second - Learn how creative thinking and creative writing can merge into teaching; 11/18: First and Foremost, Writers are Teachers:  Exploring what the teaching profession can show us about the writing process, 3-5PM, North Regional/Broward College Library  
  • November 6 - Memoir Writing with Anita Mitchell, 1:30-3PM, Main Library  
  • November 11 - Authors Forum: Writing Seminar and Book Signing, 2-4PM, Carver Ranches Library


Three Horses Above the Cat Walk

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


  • Artist:  Robert Calvo
  • Title:  Mirror
  • Medium:  Digital Print (and mixed media)
  • Year Installed:  2008

Against a dark celestial background the artist offers a diverse and intriguing range of maps, images and symbols referencing topics catalogued according to the Dewey decimal classification system widely used by libraries. Consisting of large format archival prints of computer manipulated imagery, the mural also includes a layer of actual books that have been gold-leafed to a brilliant luster. The visual character of this part of Florida is portrayed with photos of clouds, trees, plants, canals, streets and other landscape elements.

Come back next week for the answer!


Three Horses Above the Cat Walk 

The answer to the October 17th Art Spot Three Horses Above The Cat Walk by Salvatore Zagami, is located at... Imperial Point Branch Library.



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