eNews • November 8, 2017
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Because They Care

National Parent/Caregiver Appreciation Month - celebrated each November - is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Celebrating National Parent/Caregiver Appreciation Month raises awareness of parent and family caregiver issues, recognizes their efforts and increases support for them. Broward County Library will host a number of National Parent/Caregiver Appreciation Month events, including story times, lectures, yoga classes and more. All events are free and open to the public.


Unity, Community and Inclusion

people handsLibraries are all about welcoming and including all members of our community. In November and December, we’ll be hosting public events that encourage unity and community, and we invite everyone to join us!

  • November 15 - National Native American Heritage Month Crafternoon: Make your own dreamcatcher, 4:30-5:30PM, Carver Ranches Library  
  • December 2 - Celebrate Inclusion Children's Program, 3:30-4:30PM, Deerfield Beach Percy White Library  
  • December 4, 11 - Modern Ethical Dilemmas Series Discussion with Dr. Sandra Lilienthal 12/4: Abortion. Are abortions always acceptable or are there instances in which they should not be allowed? 12/11: Fertility Treatments: What are the potential ethical dilemmas involved? 2-3PM, North Regional/Broward College Library  
  • December 5 - Teen Advisory Board Meeting, 5-6PM, Main Library
  • December 7 - Reading Round Table: The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde, Noon- 1:30PM, North Regional/Broward College Library  
  • December 9 - A Queer Christmas: Documentary viewing and discussion with filmmaker Bethan Marlow, 2-4PM, Carver Ranches Library

statue of liberty

Live the American Dream

We’re celebrating the spirit of America with free events that honor the history, languages and diversity of all our citizens.


Children, Language, Citizenship & Self-Improvement


  • November 13, 20 - Genealogy 101: Family history research basics with Ancestral Discovery, part 1 of 3 sessions, 5:30- 7:30PM, Weston Library
  • November 16, 30 - Ancestral Discovery, beginner's genealogy/family history, 1-3PM, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library  
  • November 27 - Genealogy Club meeting, 2-3PM, Main Library  

Books, Movies, Music & Movement

Read and Learn Together

mom and daughter reading togetherFamily Literacy Month, an initiative launched by the National Center for Families Learning, encourages parents, children and extended family members to become actively engaged in learning together. Broward County Library plays a crucial role in promoting early and family literacy by offering resources and services, including free story times, access to digital library cards for all Broward public school students and programs such as Wags & Tales, which gives children the opportunity to improve their literacy skills by reading to a pet therapy dog.

Additionally, the library has installed Early Literacy Stations in 14 library locations. They feature touch screen computers that are preloaded with fun, educational games designed specifically for early learners. The Active Learning Center, located at Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is a free, educationally rich, children's play space that provides developmentally appropriate activities to promote school readiness.

For more family literacy-related activities, please attend one of these free Broward County Library events.



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


Shadow Boxing

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


  • Artist:  Christopher Janney
  • Title:  Shadow Boxing
  • Medium:  Sculptural Installation
  • Year Installed:  2007

This work of art is a canopy over the front entrance that welcomes daytime visitors by washing over them with the blue tones of the ocean. Composed of a sand-finished aluminum frame and tempered colored glass, the piece uses sunlight and the building’s architecture to create ever-changing shadow patterns. Evening visitors are bathed in deeper, more mysterious blue shadows. Entering or leaving the building, visitors become part of the piece. 

Come back next week for the answer!


Mirror by Robert Calvo 

The answer to last week's Art Spot, Mirror by Robert Calvo, is located at... Miramar Library & Education Center.



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