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Come enjoy a blast from the past at our Circle of Friends Annual Meeting and Sock Hop. It's guaranteed to be a fun time for all. Proceeds from the event helps support the Alvin Sherman Library. As you begin to prepare for summer, we hope you consider taking advantage of our early online registration for our children's and teens summer reading program. Each summer, we offer children, teens and adults a host of fun and exciting programs and events.

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E-NEWS : MAY 2013
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children and tweens programming

Sharkey’s Storytime (Ages 3-5 years with caregiver)
Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
May 1 - Ocean Commotion!

May 8 - Storytime Graduation!
Enjoy books, songs & activities that enhance early literacy skills and explore the world online with kid-friendly websites recommended by librarians.
First Floor, Room 1017.

Little Minnows Storytime (Ages 18-36 months with caregiver)
Thursdays, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
May 2, 9
Inspire your future reader with stories and songs featuring rhythm, repetition, and rhyme.
10:30-10:50 am: Stories & Songs
10:50-11:00 am: Free Play & Family Literacy University
First Floor, Room 1017.

Wags & Tales: Read to a Dog! (Ages 5-12)
Monday, May 6, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Do you have a child that loves spending time with animals? Is your child shy or afraid to read out loud in front of others? If you have answered yes, then we have just the program for you!
This program enables children between the ages of 5-12 years old to read an age-appropriate short story to an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. The intent of the program is to make reading fun and boost the child’s confidence in reading out loud. This program is offered in partnership with the Humane Society of Broward County.
Registration begins on Monday, April 22nd. To reserve your spot, please call 954-262-5477 or visit us at the Public Library Services Reference Desk. First Floor, Room 1017.

Live at the Sherman Library! Miami Momentum Dance Company: The Ugly Duckling (All Ages)
Saturday, May 11, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Ugly Duckling was first published in 1843 by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, and it has been adapted into many different art forms including an animated short film by Walt Disney, a classical music piece by Sergei Prokofiev, and as a pop song by Danny Kaye. In this original dance piece by Miami Momentum Dance Company, children will see the classic tale come to life through the art of modern dance. After the performance, children will be led in a short movement activity and they will have the opportunity to meet the dancers and ask questions.
This program is made possible by a gift from the Charles P. Ferro Foundation. Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery.

Live at the Sherman Library! Alison Faith Levy: World of Wonder (All Ages)
Saturday, May 18, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

San Francisco-based recording artist/songwriter Alison Faith Levy is best known as “Sippy Alison” of the children’s music band The Sippy Cups. She performed with the band in such famous venues as Austin City Limits, Central Park Summer Stage and Symphony Space in New York City. Alison also performs solo, and her latest album received rave reviews in Parent’s Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Alison Faith Levy’s interactive children’s concerts bring literature to life through song. Her repertoire of original music includes modern twists on classic nursery rhymes and ballads based on fairytales such as Cinderella. In addition to hearing children’s literature come to life in musical form, children will learn about the art of songwriting as a form of storytelling.

This program is made possible by a gift from the Charles P. Ferro Foundation.
First Floor, Room 1017.


Asian-Pacific Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, May 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Get ready to celebrate Asian-Pacific Month! A Publix Aprons Cooking School chef will demonstrate a simple, healthy Asian recipe. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn easy cooking skills from a top chef. First Floor, Room 1017. Register here.

Bharatanatyam to Bollywood: The Journey of Indian Dance
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This entertaining program is an Indian dance lecture/demonstration that presents the history, evolution and current state of Indian dance.
Since its divine birth in ancient times, “Indian Dance” has travelled thousands of years through culturally vast regions of India adapting, evolving and innovating as she transformed into a unique being enthralling all in her way. She is an entertainer, educator, facilitator, innovator and above all ‘the embodiment of power’ who fights social injustice.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Register online or call us at 954-262-5477. Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery.

Circle of Friends of the ASL presents Rock the Night Away
Saturday, May 18, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join the Circle of Friends for our Annual Meeting: Rock the Night Away: Dinner and Sock Hop on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the NSU Arena, Don Taft Center.
Casual 50’s - 60’s Attire, Free Valet Parking and Chance Auction
Cost: $75 for COF members; $125 for non-members
RSVP by Friday, May 10, 2013 to Joan Mcbean at 954-262-4627 or register and pay online at
Proceeds to benefit the Alvin Sherman Library.
NSU Arena -Don Taft University Center.

Culture Vultures presents Fabiola Santiago: Life as a Cuban American Writer in Florida
Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize winner columnist for the Miami Herald, Fabiola Santiago, speaks on the process of writing a twice-weekly column and book publishing. She is the author of the novel Reclaiming Paris which is available in Spanish and has been chosen for the Mariposa Award as the best first book at the International Latino Book Awards. NSU Arena -Don Taft University Center. Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery.

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Computer Classes

Create a Website
Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Whether you want to create a website for family, a club or a project, you can create a free website using Google Sites. With a Google account (Gmail, etc.) you can easily set up your website today.
Prerequisites: Google account and competence in using computer keyboard and mouse. Register online or call us at 954-262-5477. Second Floor, Lab B.

Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners
Saturday, May 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
This computer class is for absolute beginners who would like to learn basic computer skills in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
Register online or call us at 954-262-5477. Second Floor, Lab B.

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Where Did They Live? Using Online Map Tools for Genealogy Research
Sunday, May 5, 12- 4pm
An introductory overview to the benefits of using maps as tools for learning more about locating where your ancestors lived in  the United States. Participants will learn how to navigate the Alvin Sherman Library’s Digital Sanborn Maps collection from ProQuest, Google Earth and Google Maps.

The Genealogical Society of Broward County's monthly meeting is held at the Alvin Sherman Library. The GSBC will host only an open lab (12 noon - 2 pm) and the Genealogical Society of Broward County business meeting (which begins at 2 pm). Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Broward County.

African Diaspora Genealogy Group
Saturday, May 25, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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. For more information about the group contact
Second Floor, Lab A.


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