The Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of
all ages to participate in the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big
Read project. The NEA Big Read 2018, a community-wide reading program, is
exploring In the Time of the Butterflies by award-winning author Julia Alvarez
with a full calendar of events including book and film discussions, lectures,
visual arts workshops, Dominican Republic cultural programs such merengue and
bachata dance workshops and other fun, family-friendly programs.
The NEA Big
Read Kickoff at the Chalklit Festival will take place on January 13, 2018 from
Main Library. This free event will feature music, food trucks, murals
created live and on-site by more than 20 street artists, 3D printing stations,
face painting, museum-curated workshops, crafting with Blick Art Materials, an
area for kids to create their own chalk masterpieces and a People's Choice
In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction based on
the lives of the four Mirabal sisters, who participated in underground efforts
to topple Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorial regime in the Dominican
Republic. In 1960, three of the sisters were slain on Trujillo's orders. Their
story haunted Alvarez, whose own family had fled the Dominican Republic just
months before the sisters' assassinations.
The novel gives a voice to all four
sisters, who speak across the decades to tell their own stories and to describe
the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of
Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel
of courage, love and the human cost of political oppression.
A limited number of
free books are available for those wishing to participate in book discussions
and other related activities. For more information on all Big Read programs and activities, please visit
Broward.org/Library/Read. The NEA
Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership
with Arts Midwest.
Featured NEA Big Read Events
Read and Discuss…
Watch the Movie…
For Children and Teens
Classes, Presentations and More
Be a Super Reader!
Thor has his hammer. Captain America has his shield. You have your
County Library card! Use it to
favorite Marvel Comics from Broward County Library!
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New Customer Alert!
Look who just got their new Broward County Library card!
Ildefonso! Ivette recently relocated to Broward from Puerto Rico after
We're so happy that you're now part of the Broward County Library
family and we look forward to seeing you at your favorite library location!
Celebrating Small Business
Creation Station Business Coworking Hub
Creation Station Business Coworking Hub is Broward County Library's small
business incubator. Located at Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale,
Creation Station Business Coworking Hub offers free work and meeting spaces,
high-tech equipment, business resources and expert assistance for creating and
growing your business.
Creation Station Business Coworking Hub users also have access to
various prototyping tools in the
Creation Station Lab on the 1st floor, such as 3D printers and virtual
reality equipment. Helpful, knowledgeable librarians are always available to
Creation Station Business Coworking Hub hosts a networking social every
third Tuesday at 5:30PM. Join this exciting monthly opportunity to chat with
other entrepreneurs and meet industry professionals. Events feature high profile
guest speakers, coffee and more!
For more information, please call 954-357-7418 or visit
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Art Spot: Can you name the library branch where this public art is located?
One section of this installation is a series of silhouettes of white
cranes constructed from handmade paper. Once close to extinction, with
as few as only 20 birds in 1940, the whooping crane population today
stands at 500. Names of less fortunate, extinct species of birds were
printed on the paper and laminated between glass panes for the lobby
wall and for the three doors in the children's story room. The
quintessential symbol of conservation and peace, whooping cranes serve
as a model of reverence for life and the effectiveness of conservation
Come back next week for the answer!
The answer to last week's Art Spot, Alphastory by Claire Satin, is located at...
Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Resource Center.
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