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25th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature & 10th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series

The Joint Conference on Children’s Literature and Ashley Bryan Art Series offered an learning opportunity to those who encourage children through books including teachers, librarians, media specialists, child care workers, and parents. Presenters’ books and CD were available for purchase and autographing.

The Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, and the Broward Public Library Foundation, sponsored this conference. Books and Books was the vendor for the Conference.

Conference Speakers

Ashley Bryan has become nationally and internationally known not only as an artist, but also as a storyteller, poet, musician and philanthropist. Bryan states, “The goal of my books of spirituals, poetry and folktales is to bring to young and old a picturesque yet accurate interpretation of the rich store of African and African-American history”.

Dan Yaccarino is an American author, illustrator, and television producer known for his Parent’s Choice Award-winning animated TV series Oswald (Nick Jr.) and Emmy-winning Willa’s Wild Life (NBC and Qubo) and character designs for The Backyardigans (Nickelodeon).

Andy Irwin is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter and musician. Irwin has a unique ability to make a wide variety of sounds with his mouth, whether he is imitating voices, musical instruments or sounds found in everyday life. Additionally, he is an extraordinary whistler.

David Goboff is a local puppeteer. He has performed and run workshops in schools, libraries, museums and homes throughout South Florida. He’s the current president of the Puppet Guild of South Florida.

Spring 2012- School Days @ Your Library

The annual School Days @ Your Library during which the Bennett Elementary fifth graders visit the Main library was held on Monday May 2nd this year. The Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries, Youth Services, the media specialist at Bennett Elementary, Main Library docents, and volunteers from the Junior League collaborated on this special program with the theme of Internet safety. Forty six fifth grade students were informed and entertained by Suzy Hammer as “Cyber Sue” who wove together music, magic, puppetry and prizes to remind students of the importance of internet safety. This interactive program offered tips to prevent online dangers such as “don’t give out personal information” when using the Internet. Docent led tours of Main Library included the Moon Rock, Cybrary, Talking Books, and Youth Services. At lunch, volunteers from the Junior League provided juice and cookies. Before boarding the bus to return to Bennett Elementary, each student received a copy of Cyberia by Chris Lynch. This humorous book portrays a completely wired world where technology prevails and Internet safety is of primary importance.

Students with Suzy Hammer
Students with Suzy Hammer
Students examining at Moon Rocks exhibit
Students examining at Moon Rocks exhibit


Umbrella Luncheon

The "Hats Off to Friends" annual recognition and awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa on June 16th. This year's theme was "Friends are Stars" and each Friends group prepared a basket based on their interpretation of the theme---ranging from movie stars to outer space. The baskets are raffled off and the money goes to help defray the expense of the luncheon.

Jane Nighbert, Lynne Bruno, Amy Grossman
Jane Nighbert, Lynne Bruno, Amy Grossman

Amy Grossman & Harriet Buchbinder
Amy Grossman & Harriet Buchbinder

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