Broward County Libraries Director Kelvin Watson, Broward County Mayor Beam
Furr and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca joined Pompano Beach city
officials on Friday, January 19, 2018 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official grand
opening of the new
Pompano Beach Branch Library.
The new two-story library is 26,000-square-feet,
approximately twice the size of the old Pompano Beach Branch Library, which
closed in November 2017. The new library includes a multipurpose room, three
tutoring rooms, one group study room, a conference room, a teen activity room, a
storytelling/program room and a computer lab.
"The contemporary design of our newest library offers customers a unique
space to learn, grow and engage creatively," says Watson. "We are excited
about providing the Pompano Beach community with a state-of-the-art facility
that merges the traditional library experience with cutting-edge technology."
The library provides 63 computers, found in the public areas and in the
Computer Center, along with WiFi throughout the building. A Teen Tech Studio,
designed to encourage young adults to creatively explore digital media, will
feature seven computers, a 3D printer, virtual reality gear, gaming consoles and
video production technology.
The new facility's architect was Silva Architects; the design architect was
Monica Ponce de Leon of MPdl Studio. OHL Building, Inc. was the managing general
contractor. The library features Florida-themed public art by Gregg LeFevre.
The new library will be open from 10AM-8PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Wednesdays; from 10AM-6PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and will be
closed on Sundays.
You Oughta Be in Pictures! Film/Photography
for your close-up? Broward County Library is hosting a range of movie- and
photography-themed events that include free movie screenings, classes and more.
You can also use your Broward County Library card to enroll in free
online classes in digital and standard photography and Photoshop or access
National Geographic’s “Great Courses” series,
or take advantage of
downloadable instructional photography videos. Keep up on what's new
in the photography world with
free online magazines such as Amateur Photographer, Aperture and
Photo. Download individual issues or sign up for a free subscription.
Film/Photography Themed Events
Just for Kids
Just for Teens
Classes, Movies and More
Celebrate Jamaican Culture at Free Reading Festival
The 11th annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival will be hosted by
South Regional/Broward College Library and held in its Performing and
Cultural Arts Theater, located at 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Florida
33024. The event, which runs from 2-5PM on Saturday, February 3, 2018, will
feature "Bandana - A Fi Wi Style" as this year's theme.
The 2018 festival topic is the history and origins of Jamaica's national fabric,
madras cotton plaid, referred to as "bandana." Attendees are encouraged to wear
their national bandana attire.
The annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival was launched in 2007 as a
salute to the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, known as "Miss Lou," a renowned
Jamaican poet, comedienne, performer, activist and intellectual.
Bennett-Coverley's contributions to Jamaican cultural life have made her one of
the island's cultural icons.
The Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival, which is free and open to the
public, will feature some of Jamaica's renowned "Culture Keepers," including
writer, educator and performing artist, University of West Indies lecturer Fae
Ellington C.D. and Edna Manley College lecturer and founder of the Storytelling
Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks. Guest appearances will be made
by actor Paul Campbell, comedian Blakka Ellis, actress Audrey Reid ("Dancehall
Queen"), dub poet Malachi Smith and actress, educator and writer Dr. Susan
Sharing the stage will be cultural presentations by Okomfos Mena and Dr. R.
Vassall. Performances by artists influenced by Miss Lou include the Tallawah
Mento Band, Carimer Cultural Group, Sierra Norwood Calvary Children's Cultural
Ensemble, Juliana Marcus, Jamaican Folk Revue and others. There will be a special
Bandana Fashion Show presented by fashion designers Kimberly and Maisie McNaught
of Kulture Klothes.
Festival attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Louise Bennett-Coverley
materials and support the Louise Bennett-Coverley Scholarship, offered in
Jamaica and locally at Broward College.
The Louise Bennett-Coverley Festival is presented by Broward County Library, the
Friends of the South Regional/Broward College Library and Broward College in
partnership with the Jamaican Folk Revue and the Consul General of Jamaica,
Jamaica Tourist Board, Sandal's Hotel Group, Antilles Freight Corporation,
Neita's Nest B&B, XLCR Alumni Association, JN Bank, Golden Krust, Top Hill
Treats and Riddims Marketing.
Catch Mardi Gras Fever at
Party New Orleans style as Broward County Libraries brings Mardi Gras Fever to
the next Destination Fridays event from 6:30-9:30PM on February 2 at the
African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).
Enjoy live music with DJ Big G, dancing, "Hurricane" cocktails, Cajun
food, fortune tellers and costume contests. Guests are invited to get in the
spirit by dressing in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, green and
purple, with prizes awarded for the most outrageous costumes and masks.
A special raffle with a grand prize of three days and two nights of hotel
accommodations at your choice of destinations in the United States, Mexico, the
Dominican Republic or elsewhere in the Caribbean, courtesy of Travel Nation.
Destination Fridays is an over-21 event that is open to the public. Tickets can
be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door. The $10 ticket price includes
food, drinks, entertainment, a raffle ticket for the vacation accommodations
grand prize and gated parking.
Destination Fridays is sponsored by the Friends of the African American Research
Library and Cultural Center, Travel Nation travel agency, Bigger Sounds Better
(BSB) band, Reading Pays More, Ivory’s Take Out, and Country Walk Caribbean Take
For more information, visit
Destination Fridays or call 954-357-6224.
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Broward County Library Welcomes New Arrivals
As many people flock to Broward County, the award-winning Broward County Library
(BCL) system offers programs, services and bilingual staff to make relocating
easier in 34 languages, including Spanish. New arrivals will find a warm welcome
at all of BCL's 38
locations around Broward.
The 'passport' for a host of special services is a
card, which is free and simple to obtain online or at any library location.
Learning opportunities such as in-person
English Café and Crossroads Café Classes, and online learning through the
Rosetta Stone language program, give new arrivals practice to become
comfortable speaking English.
Live and online computer learning opportunities offer new arrivals the skills to
qualify for employment and becomes successful job seekers. Online resources such
HelpNow from BrainFuse and Broward
e-Tutor offer free academic tutoring, testing and skills-building for K-12,
college students and adults. Services range from skills assessments and sample
tests with live, professional help in both English and Spanish, together with
instruction for computer programs and résumé writing.
The Library has assets to assist everyone. Families will discover that
activities and programs for children and teens are offered in several languages,
including bilingual story times and play sessions. Business people will find
programs in Spanish, such as using social media, at the
Business Coworking Hub.
The BCL website
Community Services page, where new arrivals will discover a host of
in-person and online resources to assist in resettlement. Broward County Schools
are also holding the door open with a
welcome center where new arrivals can find services such as physical exams,
food assistance, clothing assistance and assistance enrolling children in
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