Special Events 2016 Archive

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.

Special Events 2016
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Lego Club BannerLego Club

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

October 8th @ 1 PM
October 22nd @ 1 PM

Main Library Youth Services– 2nd Floor
100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 357-7504
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Creation Station Expansion Grand Opening

Space Day Celebration

Saturday, September 24, 2016 · 10:30 AM to 4 PM

Space Day Celebration

Creation Station, first floor, 10:30 to 11:30AM - Introduction to Virtual Reality Come learn about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Get hands on experience with Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens.

Second Floor, outside terrace, all day - Solar observing with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA). Large telescopes for viewing.

Moon Rock Exhibit, sixth floor, all day- A real moon rock and life-size astronaut figures.

Films, 6th floor Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions Be Coded? 11:30AM to 1PM - Experts debate the ethics and morality of thinking machines.

Cool Jobs, 1:30 to 3PM - These scientists have the most interesting jobs on the planet.

Visit the Star Lab planetarium, 2nd floor
Journey through the night sky in the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) new state-of-the-art, portable planetarium, The Star Lab. Three shows. View Go Back to the Moon for Good. Be part of a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface and see an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon.
Show Times: · 12 to 12:45PM · 1 to 1:45PM · 2 to 2:45PM

Stamp Dedication, 6th floor, 12 to 12:30PM - Fort Lauderdale Postmaster David Guiney will present enlargements of the Views of Our Planets and the Pluto Explored! stamps.

Meet Jack McDonald Burnett, author of Girl on the Moon, 6th floor, 3 to 4PM

Moon Rock gifts for the children. Refreshments.

Enter to win a family four- pack of passes to the MODS Exhibits and IMAX Theatre.

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Summer Programs
  • Photography with nationally renowned photographer Jack Wild. Class is for beginners and advanced photographers. July class begins Don July 9. Introductory class – 11 am to 1 pm; Advanced class – 2 pm to 4 pm and held on 5th floor.

  • Chair Yoga with Ester - Thursdays at Noon, sixth floor. Stretch and bend and feel so much healthier after a one-hour workout.

  • CALM, Coloring for Adults, Mondays at 4 pm, 3rd floor. Crayons and coloring sheets provided.

  • El Club - Every Tuesday, at 6 pm, 6th floor. Learn conversational Spanish and meet a nice group of people. All levels welcome.

  • English Café - Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm, 5th floor. Conversational English. Have fun and meet new people.

  • July 11, August 8—Memoir Writing with Anita Mitchell at 1:30 pm, 6th floor. Anita will help guide you to tell your story. No experience needed. Handouts at each class.

  • July 18, July 25 and August 8, 22 - Knitting and Crocheting with Larisa Baltin, 1:30 pm, 6th floor. Whether you are a beginner or in the middle of a project, Larisa will guide you to make the perfect creation. Larisa will meet you on the 6th floor at 1:30 pm.

  • July 20—New Solar System Formation Theories and the Juno Spacecraft, 1 pm, 6th floor. The main emphasis of the talk is the new solar system formation theories, and how the Juno spacecraft may help figure them out. All ages welcome. Prizes for all who attend. This program is sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation Moon Rock Exhibit. This program is presented by Eric Vandernoot, Astronomy & Physics Lab Coordinator of Florida Atlantic University.

  • July 21 - The Adventures of Tintin movie and discussion, 2pm to 4:30 pm, 6th floor. "Adventures of Tintin" led by Michael Grover. Tintin books and souvenirs will be displayed. We will be discussing the Tintin movie directed by Steven Spielberg that came out a few years ago, and comparing it to the Tintin books.

  • July 22—Enigma: Secret Codes and Communication during WWII presented by Historian Robert Feeney at 1 pm, 6th floor.

  • August - Chair Yoga with Ester - Mondays at Noon, 6th floor.

Senior Moments...the Unforgettable Band

Plays Oldies in Honor of Memorial Day

Memmorial Day Band V for Victory

Friday, May 27, 2016,
Noon to 1 pm
Main Library, First Floor, Auditorium
100 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Enjoy a free pre-Memorial Day concert by Senior Moments. The musicians and two vocalists will present popular songs, with a strong emphasis of the music presented during World War II. The concert is being given in conjunction with the 6th floor exhibit titled "V for Victory: World War II Home Front and Military Memories" on display through September 30 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.

Legacy Magazine
Legacy Magazine

Fort Lauderdale Friends Jane Nighbert, Caroline Seabright and Helene Palmer prepare print issues of Legacy Magazine for eventual distribution. The Broward County Historical Commission produced this impressive magazine from 1976 - 2012. Now that it is digitally available on the Broward County Library website, the surplus hard copies of the magazine have been given to the Friends for distribution and will very shortly be available for purchase at the Friends Book Fairs throughout the county.

11th Annual Children's Bookfest
Childrens Bookfest

Book Fest 2016

This free Children's Bookfest, in conjunction with the celebration of Children's Book Week, will be held at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, on May 7, 2016 from 10:30am – 4:30pm. There will be many events, including storytelling, music, dance, and even origami. All ages of the community are welcome. The first 1000 children will have the opportunity to choose a free book. The Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries is providing funding for the event.
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An Evening With Cokie Roberts
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
An Evening With Cokie Roberts

Join best-selling political commentator and NPR host Cokie Roberts for a reception, talk and book signing. Cokie offers a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, contributions, and impact of women who helped shape the nation in Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.
Hear from Cokie about Washington D.C. then and now.

For tickets, please visit http://tinyurl.com/hsdkp6g or call 954-357-7382. Tickets are only $75 (group sales available) - includes reception, talk and book signing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale - 1 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

This event is sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation
as a fundraiser in support of Broward Public Libraries.

29th Annual Conference on Children's Literature
April 29, 2016
Annual Conference on Childrens Literature

The theme for this year's Conference on Children's Literature is "Beginning with Books: Back to the Basics." This free event is designed for teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, storytellers and other interested adults to learn about current trends in literature for youth and teens. The Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries, the Friends of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, and the Broward Public Library Foundation provide the funding. Pre-registration is necessary so call 954-357-7317 or go to www.broward.org/library.

The conference is April 29, 2016 from 9:00 am - 4:30pm at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale.
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Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
National Library Week

The Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was held on Saturday, April 16th, on the sixth floor of the Main Library. Approximately 30 teen and adult volunteers received certificates of appreciation and were treated to a delicious catered luncheon. Volunteer activities in the Library range from teens serving on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) who help to plan interesting programs for other teens to adult volunteers who choose to teach computer literacy, run Spanish language classes, and offer citizenship test preparation. Other volunteers staff the welcome desk on the second floor, work in the Friends book room or assist with "First Friday" book fairs. All volunteers were given a beautiful flowering plant to take home. The Fort Lauderdale Friends of the Library appreciate all volunteers and welcome anyone who would like to join their ranks.

National Library Week, April 10-16
National Library Week

On April 5, Jane Nighbert and Barbara Correll attended the monthly Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting to receive a proclamation from Mayor Seilor recognizing National Library Week in our local area. The proclamation is on display at Main Library and is a wonderful reminder of how important our libraries are and how much they contribute to the community.

National Library Week Tree

The library also celebrated National Library Week, April 10 - 16, with information and give-aways from the Friends of the Library group. Many visitors to the library wrote their thoughts - about how libraries transform their lives, the theme of this year's activities - on small paper butterflies. These are on display on a wall with a "tree" on the 3rd floor near the teen area. Do take a moment to visit when you're in the library.

National Library Week

Terry and Chic Holliday (above) stopped by the Fort Lauderdale Friends table to talk about how the library has helped them "take flight" and to post a butterfly on the writer's wall. Libraries all over the country are celebrating National Library Week and the community enrichment they offer. Both the city of Fort Lauderdale and Broward county issued Proclamations encouraging participation

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