February 21, 2018
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The Black Panther... Read the Comics, Listen to the Soundtrack – for Free

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Use your Broward County Library card to access free downloadable Black Panther comics from Hoopla! Download them and read them on your phone, laptop or other electronic device – there’s never a waiting list so you can start enjoying them now.

Young readers can follow along with a read-along eBook. Listen to word-for-word narration to learn how T'Challa, an African Prince, protects his nation and becomes Black Panther.

If music’s your thing, download The Black Panther soundtrack, which features songs by Kendrick Lamar, SZA, 2 Chainz, The Weeknd and more.


"Soaring: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen in South Florida" Exhibit

airmen"Soaring: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen in South Florida," sponsored by the Miramar Cultural Trust, is on display this month in gallery six at Main Library.

The exhibition, which was curated by Miramar Cultural Trust board member Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, explores the history and continuing legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. The Tuskegee Airmen were formed after a campaign by civil rights leaders and were subjected to discrimination, both within and outside the army.  As part of the exhibit, visitors can view the 90-minute documentary "Silver Wings, Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly."

Main Library will host a panel discussion, "Sharing Our Stories: African Americans in the Military," presented by the South Florida Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Miramar Cultural Trust, on Saturday, February 24th at 2PM.

The discussion will be moderated by Rudy Jean-Bart, an assistant professor of history at Broward College, and will feature panelists LaTéssa Hall, who served in the U.S. Air Force and is the widow of Richard Hall, one of the aviators profiled in the "Soaring" exhibition; Zuberi Thabiti, a veteran of the Vietnam War; and Shelia L. Chamberlain, the Army's first African-American woman combat Intelligence pilot, also in the "Soaring" exhibition.

The exhibit and discussion are free and open to the public. 


Save These Dates...

  • February 23 – Moonlight Tales: An Adult Song and Story Cabaret, 7 to 9:30 PM on Main Library's outdoor North Plaza.
  • March 9 – #Destination Fridays – Ghana: Party around the world without leaving town at this age 21-and-over event. Music, entertainment, cocktails and refreshments; tickets $10, 6:30 to 9:30PM, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
  • April 28 - Conference on Children’s Literature and 16th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series with featured speaker/children’s-book illustrator Javaka Steptoe. For more information, please call 954-357-7335, Main Library

Broward County Library is Named a Memory Lab Network Project Partner

camera and photosBroward County Library will soon play an integral part in digitizing and preserving our community's history as one of only seven U.S. public libraries named by DC Public Library (DCPL), in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), as a Memory Lab Network partner library.

The Memory Lab Network is a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences to the DC Public Library and the Public Library Association. Under the grant, Broward County Library will receive training, mentoring and funding to create digitization stations and educational programs for personal digital archiving. The grant also creates an open community of libraries that support, advise and expand on their digital preservation programs. 

In today's digital world, communities risk massive loss of vernacular history and culture unless the public is equipped to preserve their digital memories. Public libraries such as Broward County Library are trusted providers of digital literacy and local history programs. As such, they are able to provide open access to the digital skills and tools necessary for communities to document and preserve their own histories. The Memory Lab Network grant will allow members of the community the opportunity to preserve their memories at the library so that the memories become a permanent part of local history.

In April, ambassadors from Broward County Library and other Memory Lab Network partner libraries will attend a five-day intensive digital preservation "boot camp" training in Washington, DC, to learn from experts at the Library of Congress and DCPL. The libraries will then spend one year creating personal archiving stations and programs for their communities following the DCPL model. More details regarding Broward County Library's Memory Lab Network facilities will be available later this year.

"We are honored to be a part of this prestigious initiative, which will play such a vital role in preserving the rich, multicultural history of Broward County and its citizens," says Kelvin Watson, Broward County Library Director. "As a community gathering place and catalyst for learning and engagement, Broward County Library is uniquely qualified to provide the space, equipment and staff needed for such an important community project."


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