January 17, 2018
BCL eNews

Broward County Library’s Black History Month Happenings

Throughout February, Broward County Library will host events and programs in honor of Black History Month. From film screenings to festivals, there will be fun, free events for all ages.  

Another great way to celebrate Black History Month is with a visit to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), located on Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk Boulevard. AARLCC provides our community with the vast resources necessary to educate this generation and future generations about the rich and colorful African, African-American and Caribbean heritages, cultures and histories.

This 60,000-square-foot facility, built in the heart of one of Broward's historically black communities, houses more than 85,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts and documents. In addition to these resources, it features permanent and traveling exhibits, a 300-seat state-of-the-art auditorium and a events, classes and programs for all ages.

AARLCC is open on Monday and Wednesday from Noon to 8PM and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. For more information, please call 954-357-6282.

Events for Children and Teens


Book Discussions

Special Events


2018 Black History Month Essay Contest

hand writing“Hidden Figures in Black History – Yesterday and Today” is the theme of African-American Research Library and Cultural Center's 2018 Black History Month essay contest.  Recent media has reminded us all of the little-known African Americans who have contributed is some way to our society, be it in science, technology, mathematics, sports, or the arts.

These ‘hidden figures’ exist in every generation of our history. Choose any past (20th century or earlier) African American scientist, engineer, inventor, athlete, writer or performer who made a difference with his or her work; describe these accomplishments and then compare them with the work of a contemporary African American with a similar background. The two figures you choose to write about must have a minimum of 30 years timespan between them. Describe the contributions they made to their field and why you selected them.

  • Contest is open is open to students in grades 4-12 who are living or going to school in Broward County, in grades 4-12.
  • Essays must be legibly written (typed or handwritten, no cursive), with good grammar and correct spelling.
  • Essays must be a minimum of 500 words, but no longer than 1,000 words.
  • Entries must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form, which can be downloaded or picked up at any Broward County Library location.
  • Entries must be received no later than 5PM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
  • There will be one winner in each of three groups: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12.
  • The prizes, provided by sponsor Best Buy Davie location, will be awarded in person at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center at a special Awards Ceremony at 1PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Library for Life Program Celebrates People Born in Broward

baby with book and glassesThe Broward County Libraries Division is launching a unique new program that celebrates all people who were born in Broward.  The new Library for Life program grants every Broward native a lifelong library card as a birthright. 

"This exciting new program will give people access to all the digital resources of their hometown library, no matter where they are in the world. This initiative says for all to hear that Broward County values an informed and knowledgeable citizenry," said Broward Mayor Beam Furr.

Any person born in Broward County can apply for the online library card, no matter where they now reside. If you were born in Broward County, you are eligible to sign up. Families may sign up their children to receive their card from the moment they are born. The card is renewable every ten years and can be used for instant access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, television shows, research databases, educational materials and more.

"This gives an unprecedented global level of access to all the tools available at Broward County Libraries. One goal of this program is to get residents more involved with their hometown library. We want everyone, from young students to long-time residents, to make better use of the resources we have available here. Now they can do so from anywhere in the world," said Mayor Furr.

Library for Life also gives full access to every database and resource bank available online to Broward County Library patrons. Every one of the vast databases can be accessed with just the click of a button. "Libraries embrace their role in supporting life-long learning. The Library for Life program allows BCL to expand our boundaries beyond physical buildings," said Broward County Libraries Division Director Kelvin Watson.

Relive the Magic of the Inaugural Chalk Lit Fest

chalk lit festivalLast Saturday, the north plaza of Main Library came alive when chalk artists from all over Florida created temporal masterpieces at Fort Lauderdale’s inaugural chalk festival. Presented by the Library and the Broward Cultural Division, the festival attracted some 5,000 people and featured food trucks, children’s face painting, arts and crafts, music and more. It was also the kick-off event for the 2018 NEA Big Read community-wide reading project, which is featuring Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies.

Read about Chalk Lit Fest and watch a video of this awesome event!

Hands-on with High-Tech

woman and boy using mobile devicesBroward County Library is the place to go to learn about and try a range of high-tech gadgets and equipment - for free! Learn how to use various computer programs at in-person or online computer classes. Use your Broward County Library card to check out a GoChip, a small portable device loaded with a full season of a premiere TV show, that lets eight users watch different episodes on eight different devices. If you're a veteran, active-duty member of the military or the dependent of either, you can borrow one of our Veterans Connect Hotspots, which provides free Internet access anywhere, and keep it for up to four months.

We also have Creation Stations at three different library locations: Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library in Pompano Beach; Main Library in Fort Lauderdale; and Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. Creation Stations are free community makerspace/gadget labs that feature 3D printers, video and audio production equipment, robotics and more that our customers can come in and use.

You can also learn how to use the latest digital devices and gadgets at the hands-on demos and workshops listed below. All events are free and open to the public. 

Technology Gadget Petting Zoo Events 

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The answer to January 10th Art Spot: 3 Miles High by Ron Fondaw at Sunrise/Dan Pearl Branch Library



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