February 14, 2018
BCL eNews

New Library Card Design – We Have a Winner

The votes are in! Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey to choose our latest Broward County Library card design. The people have spoken and this gorgeous image of a Broward pier at sunrise was selected as our newest card design. We’ll keep you posted and will let you know when the new design is available!


Love is in the Air at Broward County Library

Ready for Valentine’s Day? Here are 10 great ways to get your romance on with Broward County Library:

  1. Make a mood-music playlist of your favorite love songs. Create an account with Freegal using your library card and access thousands songs, albums and music videos.
  2. Cuddle up and watch a romantic movie. Check one out for free from Broward County Library – visit our catalog for DVDs or access streaming videos with titles that range from modern romances to classic love stories.
  3. Cook a romantic dinner. Get recipes and how-to advice from a book or eBook, an instructional video or an online class.
  4. Snuggle up with your sweetie and binge watch together. Check out one of our new GoChip devices! They’re small, portable devices loaded with a full season of one of your favorite premiere TV shows.
  5. Keep it classic and check out a book of Shakespeare’s sonnets to read aloud to your sweetie.
  6. Learn one of the romance languages free from Rosetta Stone. Use your library card to access this popular language-learning resource. Rosetta Stone features 30 languages with core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  7. Get your game on together – borrow a videogame from our collection of 2,000 titles. We’ve got games for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox, and Xbox 360 available for loan.
  8. Have a wallet-friendly date night at your library at one of the many fun, free events held at libraries countywide. From concerts and dramatic performances to movies to hands-on arts and crafts activities, we’ve got something for everyone!
  9. Double up and do good: Share the love and volunteer at the library – you can spend quality time making a difference in the lives of others.
  10. Spark your couple’s creativity by starting a new hobby. Get started with free, downloadable magazines on a range of hobbies including photography and art, boating and aviation, crafting, cooking and more. You can download as many as you want and keep them for as long as you like.


Library Super Fan Arthur Marchetta, Jr.

art marchetta, jr.“Libraries are filled with undiscovered treasures for families,” says attorney Arthur Marchetta, Jr., who has been practicing civil and criminal law in South Florida since 1986.

What was the Marchetta family’s first stop before a trip to Italy last year? They headed straight for the NSU – Alvin Sherman Library, one of his two favorite go-to libraries. While he and his wife poured over enticing travel magazines, their son Nicholas, then age seven, enjoyed a ton of toys in the play area.

Oddly enough, Marchetta discovered a curious connection between his family and Alvin Sherman, who was a bomber pilot in World War ll. Family research on Marchetta’s part revealed that both his uncle and great uncle, serving as gunners, navigators, and bombardiers, were comrades of Alvin Sherman. All three men were flying in England at the same time, all three were from Brooklyn, NY, and all three successfully completed 35 missions.

As library lovers and traditional users, the Marchetta family checks out books and occasionally DVDs, especially for Nicholas, who is an enthusiastic reader. The branch they most consistently use is the Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch, which is close to home and offers everything they could ask for, including a top-notch staff.

The Dania Beach staff received lots of praise from Marchetta, especially for serving the community-at-large with such versatility. “The staff caters to a lot of different folks…all ages, ethnicities, income levels. Always something for everyone.”


hetta enjoys his library as a peaceful oasis where he can retreat and work without the interruptions and distractions of his busy law office. “I sit on the north side of the library, where it is usually calm.”   

Says Marchetta, “In addition to being a great place to enjoy tranquility and quiet concentration, the library can be a cool place to hang out and explore.” He notes a lot of activity on library computers and remarks, “It’s a great thing for people who don’t have a computer of their own at home.”  

Another big draw he sees at Dania Beach Branch, his library home of the past four years, is novel programming. “This branch really offers some unusual activities,” referring to events like ukulele lessons, LEGO tournaments, Reiki Meditation Circle, Beatles Yoga and West African Dance and Drumming.  

“Libraries are being used increasingly like gathering places rather than just quiet study rooms. What’s nice is that at Dania there is always a good balance. The staff – who are GREAT – keep things in check with a light touch.”

Volunteer at North Lauderdale Saraniero Library’s Community Garden

community gardenVolunteers bring North Lauderdale Saraniero Library’s Community Garden to life! Volunteers that ranged in age from toddlers to seniors worked on the garden during the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, planting spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, mint and rosemary.

The project was launched last month on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with volunteers who came together to revitalize this community garden which was originally planted at the library in January 2015. The garden will provide opportunities for families and neighbors to collaborate, grow and learn through the cultivation of the garden and related food literacy.

The North Lauderdale Community Garden project will also reinforce one of Broward County Library Division's key education principles - the importance of families engaging in learning activities together, as a family. Other goals are to encourage families to develop healthy eating habits through direct experience with their food and for participants to feel an increased sense of community identity.

For more information or to volunteer, please call the North Lauderdale Saraniero Library at 954-357-6660.

This project is funded by Broward Public Library Foundation, which is a recipient of the Broward College MLK Day of Service Award.


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More Free eBooks for Kids and Teens

kids using a tabletWe now offer the digital library service Axis 360, which provides young readers with eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be read or listened to on or offline. The Axis 360 collection supplements school library collections, empowering students to become successful learners and lifelong readers.

Customized categories within Axis 360 make it easy for students to find titles matching their interests and allows teachers to create recommended reading lists with instantly available material. Axis 360 study features include built-in tools for research, highlighting and note-taking. eBooks can be checked out online via Axis 360, anywhere and anytime, and are returned automatically upon expiration, eliminating concerns for parents about late, lost or damaged books.

Access the new collection from any Android, iDevice or Kindle Fire with the free Axis 360 mobile app. Users can also access Axis 360 with a tablet, PC or Mac computer. Login with your Broward County Library card number. If you don’t have a card yet, you can quickly and easily apply online for an instant digital library card and you can start using Axis 360 right away!


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