January 24, 2018
BCL eNews

New Pompano Beach Branch Library and Cultural Center is Open

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.

ribbon cutting"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 Themed Events

twin girls taking a selfieReady 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 American Photo. Download individual issues or sign up for a free subscription.

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Celebrate Jamaican Culture at Free Reading Festival

jamaican flagThe 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 Davis.

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 #DestinationFridays

destination fridays - mardi grasParty 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 Out.

For more information, visit Destination Fridays or call 954-357-6224.

Save These Dates...

  • February 16 – Deadline: “Hidden Figures in Black History – Yesterday and Today” Black History Month Essay Contest, for Broward students in grades 4-12, details and entry form.
  • February 23 – Moonlight Tales: Adult Story and Song Cabaret, 7-9:30PM, Main Library

Broward County Library Welcomes New Arrivals

house and welcome matAs 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 library 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 as 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 Creation Station Business Coworking Hub.

The BCL website contains a 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 school.


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