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
2018 Black History Month Essay Contest
“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.
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.
Library for Life Program Celebrates People Born in Broward
The 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
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
"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
Last 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
Broward 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
online computer classes. Use your
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
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
Technology Gadget Petting Zoo Events
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The answer to January 10th Art Spot: 3 Miles High by Ron Fondaw at
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