eNews • November 15, 2017
BCL eNews

New GoChip Will Change the Way You Watch TV

Binge watchers, rejoice! Libraries is now offering an innovative new device, the GoChip, that lets you stream hit TV shows to watch from a phone or other mobile device. The GoChip lets you take a full season of premiere TV shows such as Outlander, Breaking Bad and The Shield with you wherever you go. No more using up your data to watch your favorite programs, and you don't have to worry about slow Internet connections, re-buffering or error messages. You and your family/friends can also watch different episodes on eight different devices simultaneously.

The GoChip Beam is a small, rechargeable device the size of a mini-flashlight. It holds an entire season of a television series and beams the content to personal devices without an Internet connection. Devices include PC and Mac laptops and iOS and Android mobile devices. You can now realize the "access anywhere" promise of the Internet that bandwidth costs and geography have made difficult. 

"Libraries are increasingly turning to streaming options to provide state-of-the-art services to our customers. The GoChip is an innovative solution that address needs such as portability and access anywhere and everywhere. It complements our existing collections and also helps us bridge the community's digital divide," said Kelvin Watson, Director of the Broward County Libraries.

Broward County Libraries is the first library in Florida, the first in the Southeast and one of the first 12 libraries nationwide currently offering the GoChip to customers.

You can check out a GoChip just as you would any other library materials. They can be checked out for seven days and you can renew twice, two days at a time, for a total of 11 days. Use your Broward County Library card to borrow a GoChip at the following library locations:


Pompano Beach Branch Closing in Preparation of New Location Opening

The Pompano Beach Branch Library, located at 1213 E Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, will close permanently on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in preparation of the opening of the new Pompano Beach Branch location at 50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 in late December 2017. Signs will be posted ahead of time inside the library and at the library entrance to notify customers of this closing.

During this time, customers may visit the following nearby Broward County Library locations:


Vacationland: Broward County's Freaky, Funky, Midcentury Tourist Boom Exhibit

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Vacationland: Broward County's Freaky, Funky, Midcentury Tourist Boom exhibit will be on display until January 30, 2018, at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the 6th floor of the Main Library.

World War II transformed the Broward County landscape when thousands of military personnel who trained in Florida returned, some to settle down and others for a family holiday. This exhibit explores a post-war era of proliferating tourist attractions and displays both the kitschy and glamorous aspects of mid-century American culture, dating from the end of WWII in 1945 to 1971. The brightly-colored local souvenirs, maps, artwork and memorabilia on display document the family road trip of midcentury America, from the motel, to the theme park, to the journey's end.

In conjunction with the exhibit, local historian Sylvia Gurinsky will present "Roadside Broward: Up the River, Down the Water Slide, and Everything in Between" at the Bienes Museum on December 6th from 6:30 to 7:30PM. It further explores the history of Florida as a mid-century vacation destination and includes archival film footage from the Florida Moving Image Archives. "Roadside Broward" is a co-presentation of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College, Broward County Historical Archives and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.

The exhibit and the "Roadside Broward" presentation are free and open to the public.

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-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


Last Day to Enter Teen Empowerment T-Shirt Design Contest Is Thursday, November 16th

teen girl artist
Use your artistic talents and enter the 2017 Teen Empowerment Summit T-shirt contest. Create a black-and-white design reflecting the theme of "Teens having FAITH in themselves by unleashing their potential." All entry forms must be in blue/black pen/marker and drawn into the blank space provided on the reverse side of this entry form (please, no clip art or digitally reproduced images). Submit your entry form at any Broward County Library by Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6PM.

All entries will become the property of Broward County Library and will not be returned. This contest is open to all students between 12-18 years of age with a valid Broward County Library card. Limit one entry per teen. 

For more details, call 954-357-7833.


The “Traditional Catalog” is no longer supported by the vendor and will cease to function by Wednesday, November 15th. We encourage you to begin using the standard Broward County Library Catalog if you have not done so already.


Shadow Boxing

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


  • Artist:  Gary Moore
  • Title:  The Harrambe Room
  • Medium:  Integrated Art - Installation with multiple components
  • Year Installed:  2003
  • Size:  10' x 28' x 28'

The Harrambe Room is a not an object but an environment with 20 narrative wall panels and a symbolic terrazzo floor design. The wall panels are made of photographic printed canvas with themes relating to civil rights to commemorate the spirit of the people of color in Broward County.

Come back next week for the answer!


Shadow Boxing 

The answer to last week's Art Spot, Shadow Boxing by Christopher Janney, is located at...South Regional/Broward College Library.



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