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Letter from the Editor

In celebration of the Alvin Sherman Library's 10th anniversary, we honor the theme LITERACY. Recent statistics from the Literacy Coalition of Broward County, indicate that 22 % of Broward County residents are illiterate. We know that by reaching children early, we can help break the cycle of illiteracy. Our goal at the Alvin Sherman Library is to begin enhancing the love of reading and learning through rich programming and events. For example, our Family Literacy University, encourages early literacy for children starting at birth. The program include: Sharkey's Storytime Fun and Little Minnows followed by a session for parents which provides tips and tricks to get your child ready to read. In addition, our Live at the Sherman Library fosters a love for culture through rich interactive performances.
The Alvin Sherman Staff is committed to stomping out illiteracy with innovative and enriching programs that serve everyone. Our programs are free and open to the public. In addition, anyone working, living or going to school in Broward County may apply for the greatest gift ever...a library card. Help us stomp out illiteracy by getting the word out about the Alvin Sherman Library. Together we can make a difference in someone's book at a time.

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10 years of ... Literacy
Semi Annual  Used Book Sale
LitLIVE! Brunch


Children and Tweens

Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Ages 3 - 5 with caregiver)

Mar. 7 - Woof! Arf! Bark! Join us for books about dogs! Featured books include Bark, George by Jules Fieffer, Dog by Emily Gravett, Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas, I Don’t Want a Posh Dog by Emma Dodd and Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Make a doghouse craft!
Mar. 14 - Get Ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Get Ready for St Patrick’s Day with an Irish-American themed storytime with stories and songs about luck, limericks and leprechauns.
Mar. 21 - Girl Power! Celebrate Women’s History Month with books by your favorite female authors! Featured books include Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow.
Mar. 28 - Here Kitty, Kitty! Join us for books about cats! Featured books include Cat Secrets by Jef Czkaj, Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming, and So, what’s it like to be a cat? By Karla Kuskin. 

Family Literacy University
Learn how to develop the six skills your child needs to be ready to read.
Little Learners Open Lab
Explore the world online with kid-friendly sites recommended by librarians.

Little Minnows Storytime

Thursdays, 10:30 am - 11:15 am (Ages 6 - 36 months with caregiver)
Inspire your future reader at storytime and experience the sounds and structure of language through rhythm, rhyme and repetition. Join us for stories selected just for children ages 6-36 months old.
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Mar. 29

Family Literacy University
Learn how to encourage the development of the six skills your child needs to be ready to read.

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!
Thursday, Mar. 1, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (All ages with caregiver)

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with stories, songs and a cupcake party! Featured books include The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss and I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, and other stories by Dr. Seuss.

FCAT Online Resources
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Ages 8 - 11 with caregiver)

Get ready for the FCAT! Learn how to access online resources to help you get ready for the big test. Parents are welcome!

Literacy Celebration for Kids: Puppets, Storytelling, and Crafts
Sunday, Mar. 4, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm (All Ages with caregiver)

Celebrate 10 Years of Literacy at the Alvin Sherman Library with a fun-filled day of puppets, storytelling, and crafts for kids!
12:30-1:00: Make ‘N Take Storybook crafts
1:00-1:45: Storyteller Freda Mosquera’s Latin American Tales
2:00-2:30: Latin American crafts
2:30-3:30: Bits ‘N Pieces Marionettes: A Celtic Jack and the Beanstalk
3:30-4:30: Celtic Crafts

FerroFairy Tales of Grimm:
Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth

Saturday, Mar. 10, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (All Ages with caregiver)

Classic tales including the Bremen Town Musicians, Rapunzel, and Snow White come to life in this classical 19th century melodrama.

Thanks to the Charles P. Ferro Foundation for its generous sponsorship of the Live at the Sherman Library series.

Hansel and Gretel: Miami Momentum Dance Company
Saturday, Mar. 31, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (All Ages with caregiver)
This exciting (and sometimes scary!) classic tale by the Brothers Grimm comes to life in this stunning modern dance performance.
Thanks to the Charles P. Ferro Foundation for its generous sponsorship of the Live at the Sherman Library series.

After School Craft Hour
Friday, March 16, 2012, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Ages 6 and up)
Celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic crafts and music.

The Money TreeMoney Smarts: Financial Literacy for Kids
Thursday, March 22, 4:00 pm -5:00 pm (Ages 6-8)
Meet Lisa McCarthy author of the children’s book The Money Tree, and learnhow to be a money smart kid by saving money andspending wisely. Register online or call 954-262-5477 to reserve your spot.

I Lobe the Brain!
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (All Ages with caregiver)
Come meet Fred the Head and learn about the 4 lobes of your brain through an interactive talk where you can touch and feel what's going on inside your head! Brain crafts and stories will also be featured. Presented by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.


Teen Tech Week: Geek Out @ Your Library!
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Saturday, Mar. 10, All Day (Ages 13-18)

The Alvin Sherman Library invites you to Geek Out @ your library! This year's theme showcases the outstanding technology we offer, from services such as online homework help to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more. Several special tech-related programs are planned for the week. Call the library at 954-262-5477 for more information!

FacebookLike us on Facebook and get a free pair of earbuds! Use your cell phone, tablet, or a computer to show any librarian that you 'like' our Facebook page! Available to participants ages 13-18 while supplies last.

Teen Tech Week: Make A Meme!
Tuesday, Mar. 6, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Ages 13-18)

Enter our meme-making contest by creatinga meme that is related to the library or the Teen Tech Week theme: Geek Out @ Your Library! Learn to create simple memes using popular images or one of your own!

Submit your meme via email to and your meme could be displayed in the Teen Room! Top 3 memes will be chosen. Memes may not contain any offensive or suggestive images or language.

Teen Tech Week: Game Night!
Friday, Mar. 9, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Ages 13-18)

Stop by our programming room to play the Wii, XBOX 360, and PS3! Check out games from our collection and play what you like!



Computer Classes

Computer Camp: Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Gain confidence and experience in using the basic features of Excel. Prerequisite: Competence in using keyboard and mouse.

Computer Camp: Computer Basics Class
Saturday, Mar. 24, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Designed for the absolute beginner, learn how to use the mouse and keyboard. Other topics include working with windows and establishing an e-mail account.

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Chef Bil Cooks for Irish Heritage Month
Saturday, Mar. 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us as Chef Bil Mitchell creates Irish dishes to whet your palate.  Chef Mitchell is the first promoted Apron's Resident Chef of Publix and teaches regularly at the Plantation Publix Apron’s Cooking School. He has worked and managed various regional and seafood restaurants in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Florida over the last 26 years.

LitLIVE! Brunch hosted by Circle of Friends of the Alvin Sherman Library
Sunday, Mar. 4, Starts at 11:00 am

Nova Southeastern University Professor Barry Barnes explains how the Grateful Dead were masters of improvisation in their music and business.

Complimentary for Circle of Friends members
$15 per person for non-members
The brunch is being held at the Huizenga Business School Courtyard
Reservations required, walk-ins not permitted.
RSVP by Monday, Feburary 27th
Joan McBean @ 954-262-4627 or

LitLIVE! is a series of lectures, book sales and signings by some of our nation's best selling authors.LitLIVE! is in conjunction with the Broward County Literary Feast and is free and open to the public, from 12:30-5:30 pm.


Culture VulturesCulture Vultures Presents:
We Are the Voyagers
Sunday, Mar. 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join astronomer Janis Hernandez, former Associate Director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium, in her quest to unravel the mysteries of the Universe. Get an update on the American Space Program focusing on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, the New Horizons Mission to Pluto and The Voyagers “Outer Space” Mission launched in 1977.

The Big Read: Zora’s Roots
Sunday, Mar. 18, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Big Read is an initiative by the National Endowment of the Arts to encourage people across the nation to pick up a good book. In harmony with that proposal, we’ll have a film screening of Zora’s Roots and a discussion of the life of Zora Neale Hurston, author of this year's Big Read selection Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Grant Preparation Basics - Where's the Money 101: Find Funders
Tuesday, Mar. 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Become a better grant writer!
Attend these free Workshops with Q & A and learn:

  • Step-by-step tips for preparing a grant
  • How to lay the groundwork for writing a grant
  • How to locate and approach funders
  • Available tools and resources
  • The many grants resources available at the library

Limited space available.

ASL's 16th Semi Annual Used Book Sale
The Alvin Sherman library invites you to attend it's 16th Semi-Annual Used Book Sale.

Deals on pre-owned textbooks, fiction and nonfiction hardcover and paperbacks, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes.

Preview Day: Mar. 21, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (For faculty, staff and Circle of Friends members)
General public:
Mar. 22-23, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mar. 24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Irish Film Festival, Knight Auditorium
Join us for a film festival in celebration of Irish Heritage Month.

Mar. 25, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mar. 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mar. 31, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Genealogical Society of Broward County: Preserving Your Family Records
Sunday, March 4, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

12 noon: Open Lab
2:00 pm: Genealogical Society of Broward County business meeting
2:30 pm: Learn how to protect and preserve your valuable family records for future generations. Nora Quinlan, Director of Reference at the Alvin Sherman Library, will do a presentation on how to take care of your family papers, photos, books and other material.

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