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ArtLit 2020
Join the fun on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center
Discuss the Book
Broward County Library Director Kelvin Watson will discuss "A Lesson Before Dying" throughout January and February.
NEA Big Read 2020
Theme: Remembering the Past, Envisioning the Future

Featured book: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Broward County Library presents Big Read in January 2020, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) program that features events and activities centered around this year’s Big Read selection. The month-long program celebrates the power of the written word and features events for all ages.

Kickoff Event

Friday, January 10, 2020, 5-8PM at African American Research Library​​ & Cultural Center
A keynote presentation on the lives of African Americans in Louisiana during the 1940s will be presented by Dr. Terriel Byrd, author of I Shall Not Be Moved and By This Shall We Be Known: Interpreting the Voice and Message of Dr. King, Jr. Related programs will be held at multiple branches throughout January.


Signature Event: ArtLit 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center


ASL Event

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 2-3PM at the Margate Catharine Young Branch
The Bridge Outreach for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will conduct an American Sign Language (ASL) book discussion and craft activity based on A Lesson Before Dying. The deaf, hard of hearing and hearing are all invited to participate in this unique American Sign Language book discussion.


Featured Programs

January Events - join us for book discussions, movie screenings and more

Event Closing
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 5-9PM at the African American Research Library​​ & Cultural Center
Celebrate the music and cuisine of Louisiana. Participants will enjoy a live performance that combines acting and traditional music of the 1940’s with hip-hop/trap remixes and crowd participation, bringing the books characters to life. FLIPANY, an area non-profit with a mission to empower youth and adults through nutrition and physical activity programs while influencing policy changes for healthier communities, will conduct a healthy Cajun cooking workshop, demonstrate Louisiana soul food recipes, and serve samples to participants.



2019 Event Coverage
ArtLit 2019: A Day of Heroes -view event coverage video.
Heroes Within Us: An Afternoon with Brad Meltzer - view event photos. Fort Lauderdale Story Slam: Heroes - view event photos

​​​​​Sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation​​​​​​ ​​​​ ​​​ ​​​​​​​
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