eNews • December 13, 2017
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The NEA Big Read 2018

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 10AM-5PM at 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 Award.

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

  • January 13 - Passport to the Dominican Republic
    Experience the cultural ambiance of In the Time of Butterflies with crafts, music, dance and food of the Dominican Republic. All ages welcome; preregistration required, 11AM-Noon, Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library
  • Merengue and Bachata Dance Workshops presented by UV Latin Dance Academy
    Maximum 40 participants per workshop 
    The Dominican Republic is known for merengue and bachata music which uses traditional instruments like the tambora, guiro, cuatro, accordion, trumpet and saxophone. In the midst of the chaos and hardship of the Trujillo dictatorship, the Dominican People found ways to combat their emotions with song and dance - celebrating to forget and to bring unity. Taught by professional instructors from UV Latin Dance Academy in Miami Beach, the class will began with a brief 15 minute introduction explaining the significance of the dances in Dominican culture, followed by a demonstration of each dance and concluding with a 60-minute dance lesson. Come join us and feel the healing rhythm of merengue and bachata for yourself!
  • Clara Ledesma-Inspired Dream Painting Workshop
    Enter a world of dreams where imaginative figures and objects fly through the sky. Create a magical, mystical dream watercolor painting inspired by Dominican artist Clara Ledesma, who is known for her use of brilliant colors and inventive images.
  • January 16 - Of Brave Butterflies and an Old Goat: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez,
    Big Read keynote lecture by Mary Ann Gosser, Professor of Comparative Literature at Florida Atlantic University, 2PM, Main Library
  • January 23 - The Age of Trujillo, the Most Notorious Dominican Tyrant
    Learn about the historical context of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s rise to power in the Dominican Republic and his brutal military dictatorship in this presentation by Florida Atlantic University historian Graciella Cruz-Taura, 2-3PM, Main Library
  • January 27 - Firelei Baez-Inspired Self-Portrait
    Use colorful patterns and geometric shapes to compose a self-portrait inspired by Dominican artist Firelei Báez, who is known for her artwork featuring powerful female figures, 2-3PM, Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library
  • January 27 - Traditional Dominican Music and Songs by Guitarist Orlando Core, 2-3PM, Riverland Library
  • February 3 - Big Read Carnival Experience
    Enjoy an afternoon festival featuring music, dance and food from the Dominican Republic along with a reading marathon of Julia Alvarez’s books, Noon-5PM, Lauderhill Central Park Library
  • February 24 - Merengue, Bachata and Other Dances of the Dominican Republic performed by Griselda Castro, 2-3PM, Pembroke Pines Library  

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    Save These Dates...

    • Chalk Lit: Broward County’s Inaugural Chalk Art Festival and Big Read Kick-off Event: Free, family-friendly event featuring music, interactive art, children’s chalking, crafting and live street chalk art, January 13th, 10AM-5PM, Main Library
    • LitLUNCH! The Broward Public Library Foundation welcomes author and entrepreneur India Hicks as the guest author. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online at BPLFoundation.org/LitLUNCH-2018 or by calling 954-357-7382. February 2nd, 11:15AM-1:30PM, Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale
    • #DestinationFridays – Mardi Gras: Celebrate the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival, February 2nd, 6:30-9:30PM, African-American Research Library​​ & Cultural Center

    Ivette Ildefonso New Customer Alert!

    Look who just got their new Broward County Library card!

    Welcome, Ivette Ildefonso! Ivette recently relocated to Broward from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma. 

    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 businessCreation 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 provide guidance.

    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 Broward.org/Library/CSB


    public artwork

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


    • Artist:  Harry Reese
    • Title: Grus Pacifica
    • Medium:  Integrated Art - Installation with multiple components
    • Size: Lobby 210', Children's Area 211'
    • Year Installed:  2006

    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 efforts.

    Come back next week for the answer!


    Shadow Boxing 

    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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