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
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:
Library Super Fan Arthur 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
Marchetta 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
“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
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
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
We 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
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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