Special Events

The Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries supports library programs and events throughout the year by providing funding or collaboration. These activities illustrate some of the ways that the Friends support the library and interact with community activities.

The Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries provides hospitality to both Main and Fort Lauderdale branches for recognition of the library staff to acknowledge all of their outstanding and hard work.

Special Events

Mystery at Main

Mystery at Main Event

The Case of the Murdered Meter Millionaire
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2 to 5 pm


"Courage, Strength & Triumph" Photography Exhibit by Susan S. Buzzi

In Recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2017 at the Main Library

Breast Cancer Awareness Month In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, photographer Susan Buzzi will exhibit photographs of breast cancer survivors at the Main Library, gallery six, sixth floor, October 9 to October 21, 2017. The youngest survivor in the exhibition is 25 years old and the oldest survivor is 100. Each photo is accompanied by the survivor's personal statement.

This is the 10th year that Ms. Buzzi has photographed breast cancer survivors in the community. The photography exhibit was first shown at the Main Library in October 2007. This is Ms. Buzzi's last year of presenting the photography exhibit and she chose the Main Library as the 10th year anniversary venue because gallery six is where the project first began.

Through the years Buzzi has photographed hundreds of survivors, their families, and health care professionals. Ms. Buzzi has written "i am a strong woman" and accompanied patients into surgery and treatment. Her newest book is "Courage, Strength & Triumph." The reception for the exhibit is Saturday, October 14, 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

On Tuesday, October 10, 1 to 2 pm, Gilda's Club is presenting Pharmacist and Nutritionist Mary Van who will speak to nutrition as it relates to cancer prevention, during treatment and post-treatment. From 2 pm to 3 pm Susan Buzzi will present a "Healing Through Art" workshop. Both events will be held on the 6th floor.

Main Library Celebrates the Ten Year Anniversary of Moon Rock Exhibit on November 1, 2017

Main Library Celebrates the Ten Year Anniversary of Moon Rock Exhibit on November 1, 2017


Broward County Main Library will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the moon rock exhibit on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:30 to 7:30PM. The family of Apollo 7 astronaut Donn Eisele, who lived in Fort Lauderdale, donated the moon rock to the Broward County Libraries Division on October 23, 2007. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Francis French, Director of Education, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and editor of the book Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele, will speak at the event. The title of the presentation is "The Forgotten Astronaut: Donn Eisele and Apollo 7." Books will be for sale that evening. Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden will also speak that evening. The moon rock is from the Apollo 15 mission.

The moon rock was awarded through NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award Program and is on display on the sixth floor of the Main Library. Apollo astronauts, on missions that took place between 1968 and 1972 were each given a portion of the 842 pounds of moon rock collected during the moon landings.

The Apollo 7 spacecraft crew consisted of Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele, and Walter Cunningham as Lunar Module Pilot. NASA's first successful three-man space mission flew in Earth orbit from October 11 to October 22, 1968, so that the crew could check life-support, propulsion and control systems. A 20-minute film of the Apollo 7 mission runs continuously at the library exhibit. Photos of the Apollo 7 mission, space-related keepsakes and life-size replicas of astronauts are also on display.
10 Year Moon Rock Anniversary Poster

Cool Off at Main

Cool Off at Main Event


Lapsit Story Time

Lapsit Story Time
Storie, Songs and
Movement

Every Friday @ 10:30 AM
Ages 3-24 Months
with Caregivers
Held in the Storytime Room


Full STEM Ahead

Full STEM Ahead!
Second Floor, Youth Services
1:00 to 2:00 PM
August 9 to 12

Introducing Tweens to our STEM Materials


Under Construction with Professor DoDad
Under ConstructionUnder Construction


July 31: 10:30-11:30am - Under Construction - Professor DoDad came to entertain with a live, interactive program that taught kids about simple machines. With his cranky robot friend Doug, Professor DoDad showed the kids pulleys, wedges, levers and more! Dancing, shouting, and experiments abounded. The "shocking" finale was all about Tesla coils! 139 kids and 24 adults attended the program for a total of 163 in attendance.

Under Construction
Under Construction


Cold Blooded Critters
Cold Blooded Critters


July 17: 10:30-11:30am - Cold Blooded Critters – The Museum of Discovery and Science brought three reptiles to show the kids- a bearded dragon, tortoise, and a corn snake, going into depth about each animals. After the program the kids could go up and pet the bearded dragon and corn snake. 192 kids and 33 adults attended the program for a total of 225 in attendance.

Thursdays, July 13, 27: 11-11:35am - Dance 5-6-7-8 – Led by Raquel Lewis, young kids learned creative movements and basic dance skills. Everyone had fun learning to boogie and making rhythm with sticks, but the standout favorite was parachute time! Kids and adults alike giggled as the small stuffed animal on top of the parachute bounced around. 37 kids and 33 adults attended the first program, while 32 kids and 29 attended the second program. Total number in attendance was 131.

Broward Cty Library FriendsBuild A Better World

The Moon in My Backyard:

Exploring the Lunar Surface on Earth

Presented by Ibianny V. Salcedo

NASA Solar System Ambassador Thursday · July 20, 2017
Noon to 1 PM
Main Library · 6th floor
The Moon

Ibanny will explain why astronauts visited locations on Earth that resembled places they would explore on the Moon. Learn why scientists still research places here on Earth that are similar to landscapes that can be seen on the Moon.

Main Library · 100 S. Andrews Ave · Fort Lauderdale, FL · 33301 · 954-357-7443

Broward Cty Library FriendsBuild A Better World

Meet Six Self-Published Authors

Panel Discussion · Ask Questions of the Pros

Saturday, July 22, 2017 · 2 pm to 4 pm

E. Robert Dunn - Echelon's End

Erica Bennet - Once Upon A Rock

Tamara Armstrong - Walking the Keys to Happiness

Mae Silver - Too Hot to Hide: Remarkable Women of Fort Lauderdale

Craig Moody - The '49 Indian

Elisabeth Falcone - Mommy, was Grandpa a Nazi?


Main Library · 100 S. Andrews Ave · Fort Lauderdale, FL · 33301 · 954-357-7443


Broward Cty Library FriendsBuild A Better World

Being Organised is Good for Your Health

Monday, July 24, 2 pm to 3 pm, 6th Floor

Jacqueline Acherina, PHD is President of Dr. Organized, a professional organizing company in South Florida. Jacqueline will be sharing tips and insights on becoming organized for your health's sake. This productive session is sure to bring all adult attendees peace of mind in record time!


Main Library

100 S. Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Dr Jacqueline Acherina


Senior Moments - The Unforgettable Band

June 15th... 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Senior Moments - The Unforgettable Band
Auditorium - 1st Floor


Senior Moments


Fort Lauderdale Buildings in Abstract Black-and-White

Fort Lauderdale Buildings
in Abstract Black-and-White
on Display at the Main Library
in June 201

Fort Lauderdale Buildings

Fort Lauderdale Buildings in Abstract Black-and-White will be on display at the Main Library, gallery six, during the month of June 2017. Fort Lauderdale Buildings in Abstract Black-and-White is an exhibition of monochrome photographs that transform ordinary buildings into extraordinary abstract art with curves and hard-edge angles.

Photographing for more than ten years, Peruvian photographers Sharon Pastor and Martin Zuniga use unusual angles, high-contrast light and shadow to achieve these effects.

The technique of shooting in the abstract along with many other creative and artistic photographic applications are being taught for FREE at the Broward County Main Library 5th floor, on weekly Saturday sessions. Beginners class (introductory) is held from 11 am to 1 pm and the Intermediate-Advanced class is held from 2pm to 5 pm.

Celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month with
Two Programs at the Main Library
Saturday, June 24, 2017

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, first floor,
Main Library auditorium mezzanine.
Author E. Robert Dunn

Author E. Robert Dunn will do a literal meet and greet.

Meet author E. Robert Dunn who will discuss the re-release of his 12 book series, Echelon's End; about a utopian family trying to find a new place in the universe. Mr. Dunn will discuss the challenges of presenting gay characters in a non-gay friendly genre, science fiction. He will also talk about the writing process, and self-publishing versus traditional publishing.

Women of the World

A concert celebrating LGBTQ composers
presented by Fort Lauderdale Operatic Works.

2 pm to 3 pm, first floor, Main Library auditorium.


The show will present the music of Lee Hoiby, Lionel Bart, Noel Coward, Jerry Herman, Samuel Barber, Cole Porter, John Bucchino, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Bart Howard, Leonard Bernstein, Tobais Picker, Stephen Sondheim, and John Kander.

The concert will feature Carbonell Winner (2014, Parade) Anne Marie Olson and Frist Prize Winner of the Saint Petersburg Opera Guild Competition (2017) soprano Megan Barrera.

gloriously FABULOUS

Saturday June 24, 2:00pm

gloriously FABULOUS


Friday, May 12, 2017
Noon to 1 pm

Women of the World

Women of the World
History Foundation
presents the

WOW Trivia Hour

Women of the World History Foundation Logo
Friday, May 12, 2017
Noon to 1 pm


Women of History Come play the What's My Name Game. There will be questions and answers and live participation as we receive clues about famous women in history.

We will be remebering women of the 20th and 21st century who have passes away, including politicians, women from the arts and entertainment world, and women in the sciences. Your teams will get clues to get the answers. We will have buzzers! Hosted by Kim Bowman and Sharon Dyer of the WOW History Foundation. Bring your lunch.

Main Library - 6th Floor
100 S. Andrews Ave. 33301
954-357-7443

Jazz: America's Gift
Author Richard Gerber

Author Richard Gerber presents Jews and Jazz when he discusses his book,

Jazz: America's Gift

Tues., May 16, 1 to 2 pm

Meet the author who will present a power point about his book, Jazz: America's Gift From Its Birth To George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Beyond.

Main Library — 6th floor
100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301
954-357-7443

Free Career Growth Seminar:
Free Career Growth Seminar:

Free Career Growth Seminar:

Five Part Series


Every Wednesday in May-

12:30 pm to 2 pm

Wednesday, 5/3/17
Writing A Winning Resume

Wednesday, 5/10/2017
Creating A Powerful LinkedIn Profile

Wednesday, 5/17/2017
It's More Than Just Hitting Enter On Your Keyboard

Wednesday, 5/24/17
Cover Letter, Bios and Thank You Notes

Wednesday, 5/31/2017
Preparing for Job Interviews

Main Library — 6th floor
100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301
954-357-7443

Senior Travel Adventures
Senior Travel Adventures

Senior Travel Adventures

Traveling on Your Own or


With A Group

Thur, May 11, 1 to 2 pm

Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries president Alison Rials will talk about her travel adventures as a senior and as a guide for her elderly parents, now in their 90's. Alison has traveled around the world including trips to India, China, Hawaii, Peru, and more. Alison will show a few slides of her travels. Also, trip tips for traveling with senior parents as well as your family members.

Chopin Concert

Chopin Concert
Broward County Main Library
100 S. Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale
April 22, 3-5pm

National Library Week

National Library Week

Visit your library in Fort Lauderdale as part of National Library Week April 9-15, 2017.

Meditation and
One Stroke Calligraphy Sitting
and Tracing Lesson

Master Hsing Yun

Provided by the International Bhuddhist Progress Society Miami

Saturday, March 11

2 to 3:00 PM

6th Floor


Main Library
100 S Andrews Ave, FL 33301
954-357-7443
International Bhuddhist Progress Society Miami


Master Hsing Yun's
International Touring Exhibitions
Jan 6 thru Feb 28

Master Hsing Yun
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Lecture: From One Mind to One Stroke- Jan. 14th @ 2 PM
Lecture: Tea Meditation Ceremony- Jan. 21st @ 2 PM


Main Library, 6th Floor
100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 357-7504


Moonlight Tales


Lego Club BannerLego Club
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Starting October in the Main Library, best
for ages 5-11. Caregiver recommended.

January 14th @ 1 PM
January 28th @ 1 PM


Main Library Youth Services– 2nd Floor
100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 357-7504
  • Art Workshop for Black History Month - 2/7

  • Thomas Jefferson: America's First Wine and Food Connoisseur 2/2

  • How to be a Wine Expert: A Beginners Guide 2/16

Bennett School Days - Jan 30, 2017
Bennett School Days

On Monday, January 30th, 50 fifth grade students from nearby Bennett Elementary School, explored Main Library's Teen Tech Studio and the Creation Station.

Shooting Rockets
Bennett School Days 2

In addition, Science Eye engaged the students in an activity to build a "model" rocket while learning about Newton's Laws of Motion.
Bennett School Days
Bennett School Days 2
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