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Do you ever feel the need to do something different, change a situation or learn something new? This month, explore our latest National Library Week Library Guide. This guide was created by our librarians in honor of National Library Week's theme, Create Your Own Story and features a wide range of resources to help you do so! Whether you want to trace your family roots, investigate a new career or learn something a new activity, you can begin your journey at the Alvin Sherman Library online or at our facility. It's never to early or late to creating your own story! If you are interested in discovering other handy dandy Library Guides, click here.

Library Online
This month's adult computer camp features a New York Times database that's perfect for the history lover. Click here to explore to explore this fascinating New York Times (1851-2006) database.


National Library WeekUsed Book Sale 2011
Louisa May Alcott PostponedFort Lauderdale MapsFerro Sculpture Event

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What is the Family Literacy University?
Learn how to develop the six early literacy skills your child needs to be ready to read.
Little Learners Open Lab:
Explore the world online in a relaxed, one-on-one environment with sites recommended by the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids committee.

Miss Meagan’s Storytime Fun
10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 years with caregiver
Wednesday, 6: Laugh Out Loud
Celebrate National Humor Month with silly stories and songs that make you laugh out loud! Take humor home with a hilarious craft. Featured books include Silly Sally by Audrey Wood and The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort. Click here for fantastically funny books!
Wednesday, 13: Celebrate National Library Week
Celebrate National Library Week with books about libraries, including Amelia Bedelia, Bookwork by Herman Parish, Bats at the Library! by Amy Hest, and The Boy Who Was Raised By Librarians by Carla Morris. Create your own story @ your library with stories, songs and a fun craft!
Wednesday, 20: Go Green with Poet-Tree
Celebrate National Poetry Month and Earth Day with fun and funny poetry books that celebrate nature! Craft your own poem to share with family and friends. Click here for great books about Earth Day!
Wednesday, 27: Celebrate Día with Guin Guin the Clown's Stories
in Spanish and English!
In honor of El día de los niños, El día de los libros, Guin Guin the friendly clown delights children with silly stories in Spanish and English. Get a free globo (balloon)!

Miss Meagan’s Tiny Tots Storytime
10:30-11:30 a.m. 0-36 months with caregiver
Thursday, 7: Books at the Beach!
Children will explore the world through literature while developing pre-reading skills. Featured books include S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet by Carol Crane and The Deep Blue Sea: A Book About Colors by Audrey Wood. Click here for books about the beach!
Thursday, 14: Spring into Storytime with Flowers
Celebrate National Library Week with books about libraries and reading! Featured books include Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells and Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins.
Thursday, 21: Spring into Storytime with Beetles & Bumblebees!
Join us as we celebrate spring with books about insects! Featured books include Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? by Anne Rockwell and Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming. Click here for books about beetles & bumblebees!
Thursday, 28: Día! Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books with Bilingual Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar
Every day is Children’s Book Day! Celebrate a year of linking all children to books, languages and culture as nationally acclaimed storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar shares classic stories in English and Spanish.

Saturday, 16
2-3pm        Ages 7 and up
The Charles P. Ferro Foundation Presents: Sculptural Art Workshop
Create a giant flamingo sculpture with artists Divitto and Andrea Kelly. The couple’s unique sculptural creations have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and their work has been commissioned by Parrot Jungle, Celebrity Cruises, the World Wildlife Fund, and many other companies and organizations including Nova Southeastern University. Pre-registration required.

Thursday, April 28   7-8pm     All ages
Día Celebration Concert with Paco Moreno and Friends
Latin Music and Dance Concert for Children

Celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with Latin music, dance, and storytelling! Enjoy musical performances by young singers Ava Lantona, Jason Rosenberg, and Nikki Nunziato; flamenco dance performances by Gracie Rivero and Daniela Palacios; authentic South American folk music performed by instrumentalists Paco Moreno, Evan Chaupis, Andres Morales, and Camila Moreno; and storytelling by band leader Paco Moreno.

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Hang out in our new Teen Room! Play PS3 & Xbox360 video games, watch movies, or even do homework! Open after school and on weekends just for teens ages 13-18 whenever a Teen Room Host is available.

Check the Teen Room Blog for volunteer info, teen events, and lists of new library materials for ages 13-18 at

Find us on Facebook! “Like” the Teen Events at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library Facebook Fan Page at and receive info on upcoming teen events for ages 13-18.

Tuesday, 5 5:30-6pm      Ages 15-18 Teen Manga Club
Join fellow Otaku (fan of manga) and discuss your favorite shōnen and shōjo! Cos-play is optional and costumes must follow the library’s dress code.

Tuesday, 5 6-6:30pm      Ages 13-18 Teen Video Game Club
Come share your favorite video game codes and strategies while you play PS3 and Xbox360 in the Teen Room!

Wednesday, 6 5-6pm     Ages 13-18 Free Sketch Teen Art Club
Like to draw, design, and inspire? Join fellow artists in the Teen Room to practice your skills and share techniques. Bring your own materials.

Wednesday, 6 5:30-6pm        Mature readers, ages 15-18
Banned Books Teen Book Club
Lord of the FliesThis month’s book is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. After becoming stranded on a deserted island following an airplane accident, a group of schoolboys face the dark realities of survival.

Thursday, 7 5:30-6pm          Ages 15-18
Fantasy Fanatics’ Teen Book Club
The House of the ScorpionThis month’s book is The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Friday, 8 4:45-5:30pm    Current TAB Members, Teen Room Hosts, and interested Teen Volunteers. TAB Meeting
Come discuss plans for our upcoming teen events and participate in the TAB elections for new officers!

Friday, 8 5:30-6pm       Ages 15-18 Romance Readers’ Teen Book Club
Baseball In AprilThis month’s book is Baseball in April and other stories by Gary Soto. Through a collection of short stories, poet Gary Soto expresses timeless themes of love and friendship.

Saturday, 16
6pm                Ages 13-18 Teen Poetry Slam
Celebrate National Poetry Month with poet and slam host Renda Writer. The last poet left standing at the mic will win a prize! Performers must prepare a minimum of 4 original poems. For slam rules, check the Teen Room Blog. Pre-registration required.

Satuday, 30 3-5pm           Ages 14-18 Teen Volunteer Orientation
Earn community service hours for school! Visit the PLS Desk on the first floor of the library or here for applications and instructions. Applications must be submitted prior to orientation and applicants will be contacted via email on a first come, first serve basis to attend. Limited spaces are available.

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Boomer Initiative Entrepreneur Workshop:
If you’re a Boomer who is retired or will soon retire and you are thinking about starting your own business or are a small business owner already wanting to accelerate growth or add a social impact component to your business, you won’t want to miss the Boomer Entrepreneur Initiative. These workshops are presented by the Florida Women's Business Center (FWBC) and funded by the Community Foundation of Broward. The FWBC is a program of the TED Center. Registration is required. Max 15 persons.

Monday, 4 6-7:30pm      Room 3018 Understanding Business Taxes
Thursday, 21
6-7:30pm      Room 3018
Making Your Way Through the Certification Maze

Sunday, 10 2-4pm        2nd Floor Gallery
Culture Vultures presents The Necessity of Poetry
Professor Jean D’Costa, a poet, author, and educator, believes we use poetry to live. She will show how poetry helps us express, remember, analyze, and communicate aspects of our lives, from the very simple to the most complex.

Saturday, 23 12:30-2:30pm      1st Floor room 1054
African Diaspora Genealogy Group
Join others interested in learning more about African Diaspora genealogy. This support group meets informally on the fourth Saturday of every month at the Alvin Sherman Library.

Saturday, 23 3-4pm        1st Floor room 1017
Autism Awareness Adult Book Discussion
MockingbirdJoin us as we discuss Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.

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Saturday, 23 11-12p      2nd Floor Lab B
Featured Database: New York Times (1851-2006)
Researchers and history buffs will love this database. Search for articles and page images in back issues of the New York Times. Find historical headlines, news stories, book, film and theater reviews, obituaries, and advertisements. Skills prerequisite: Typing and keyboarding, mouse skills.

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