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Library Lovers Month
Why do we love libraries? I suppose for many, it's the fact that when checking out a best seller or the latest movie, all that's needed is a plastic library card and nothing more. There's just something special about not having to pay for something you want. Maybe positive memories play a part or knowing that today's libraries offer you more than books. What's not to love about sitting at home in your pajamas, and logging into the library from your home computer and searching consumer reports or any of our 380 plus databases? While offering you and your family a wide array of information and programs, the Alvin Sherman Library will always strive to make you love your library.



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Julian PleasantsJazz in the GalleryRosalyn Howard: African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles
Muslim Journeys: A Reading and discussion Series in America's Libraries


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Raise a Reader @ Sharkey’s Storytime (Ages 3-5 with caregiver)
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Enjoy books, songs & activities that enhance early literacy skills and explore the world online with kid-friendly websites recommended by librarians.
10:30-11:00 AM: Stories & Songs
11:00-11:15 AM: Crafts & Family Literacy University
11:15-11:30 AM: Little Learners’ Computer Lab
February 5 : BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL: Positively Africa
February 12: President's Day!
February 19: I Love My Library!
February 26 :Fables and Folktales
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Raise a Reader@ Little Minnows Storytime! (Ages 18-36 months with caregiver)
Thursdays,10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Inspire your future reader with stories and songs featuring rhythm, repetition, and rhyme. Raise a Reader: learn about early literacy skills.
10:30-10:50 AM: Stories & Songs        
10:50-11AM: Raise a Reader & Free Play
February 6, 13, 20, 27
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Afterschool S.T.E.M. (Grades 4-6)
Thursday, February 6, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Join us for fun, creative crafts and activities with a science twist.
Pre-registration required. Call 954-262-5477 beginning January 23 at 9 AM
First Floor - Program Room #1017

All Star Storytime (Ages 3-5 with ASD )
Saturday, February 8: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
A special opportunity for parents of children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience a library storytime with their child. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 954-262-5477 beginning on Monday, January 27 at 9 am to register your child. Cick here for more information
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Wags & Tales (Ages 5-12)
Monday, February 10: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wags & Tales enables children to have fun reading an age-appropriate short story to an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. Offered in partnership with the Humane Society of Broward County. To reserve your spot,
please call 954-262-5477 or visit the Public Library Services Reference Desk starting Monday, January 27 at 9 AM.
First Floor - Program Room #1017

LEGO Builders Club for Children with Special Needs (Ages 6 and Up)
Thursday, February 13, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Children with special needs can build and create with the library’s LEGOs gaining experience with social interactions while encouraging creativity, cooperative play and fine motor skills. Bring your camera to photograph your child’s creations. To reserve your spot, please call 954-262-5477 or visit the Public Library Services Reference Desk beginning Thursday, January 30 at 9 AM.
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Celebrate National Library Lovers' Month
heartMake ‘n’ Take Craft Table: Make a Valentine’s Day Card!
(All Ages)
Friday, February 14: All Day
First Floor- Public Library Services Department



Live at the Sherman Library! Meet the Author/Illustrator HENRY COLE!
(Ages 5 & up)
Saturday, February 15: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Henry ColeLearn about the art of book illustration with famous illustrator, Henry Cole. Henry Cole is the author/illustrator of the award winning children’s books A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home, and Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad. He has illustrated more than 50 children’s picture books including Some Smug Slug, City Chicken, and Tango Makes Three.
Live at the Sherman Library series is sponsored by the Charles P. Ferro Foundation.
First Floor - Public Library Services Department

Save the Date for Seussfest!
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1 - 4 pm
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with storytelling, crafts and entertainment. RSVP by Friday, February 21.


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Teen College Series: College Campus Tour (Ages 14-18)
Saturday, February 15: 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

Learn what being a college student is like firsthand by taking a tour of Nova Southeastern University’s classrooms, University Center, Rec Plex and dormitories!  This tour is led by a Student Ambassador who will provide insight into the college lifestyle and experience.

A signed parental release form is required to participate.  Forms are available at the Public Library Services Reference Desk on the first floor.

The tour will meet outside on the Alvin Sherman Library steps at 2:00 pm. 

Teen College Series: College Scholarship Search Session ( Ages 14 - 18)
Wednesday, February 19: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Participants will learn how to use NSU’s exclusive Testing and Education Reference Center database to search for a wide array of scholarships and nationwide colleges.
An Alvin Sherman Library card is required for participation.
Online pre-registration is required.
Second Floor- Lab B

Teen College Series: College Admission Essay Workshop (Ages 14 - 18)
Friday, February 21: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Practice sample college admission essays, gain valuable feedback and learn tactics to make your writing stand out!  This workshop is facilitated by Dr. Kevin Dvorak, Nova Southeastern University Writing Center Coordinator.

This program is for high school students ages 14-18.  Pre-registration required; maximum 25 participants.

Please call 954-262-5477 for registration information.
First Floor- Program Room #1017


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Julian Pleasants, Ph.D., The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014
Sunday, February 2: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Author Discussion, Book Sale and Signing
The Making of Nova Southeastern UniversityThe Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014 and Professor Emeritus of History at University of Florida
Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery
Reservations required-RSVP by Monday, January 27 954.262.4627 or

Free and open to the public.


Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys-Connected Histories
Session 2:The House of Wisdom. By Jim Al-Khalili
Tuesday, February 4: 1:00PM - 2:00 PM

A reading and discussion series with five books on the theme Connected Histories led by Professor Tim Dixon, NSU Farquhar College.

Slavery By Another Name. Film Viewing and Discussion
Black History Month EventSunday, February 9, 3:00 PM

Join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary film Slavery by Another Name. Even as slavery ended after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thousands of African Americans in bondage until Slavery By Another Namethe onset of World War II. Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history. The discussion will be led by Professor Debra Nixon, LMFT, Inclusion and Diversity Facilitator. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Portrayals of African Americans in the Media
Black History Month EventSaturday, February 15: 1:00 PM - 2 :30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion on African Americans in the media. RSVP For this event by clicking here.
Second Floor- Cotilla Gallery

Black History Month EventJazz in the Gallery: Jason Hainsworth Quartet
Sunday, February 16: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Jason HainsworthA special Jazz in the Gallery concert celebrating Black History Month and featuring the Jason Hainsworth Quartet. The quartet consists of Jason Hainsworth on saxophone, Angelo Versace on piano, Jonathan Dadurka on bass, and Rodolfo Zuniga on drums. 
Second Floor - Cotilla Gallery

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys-Connected Histories
Session 3: The Ornament of the World. By Maria Rosa Menoca  
Tuesday, February 18: 1:00PM - 2:00 PM

A reading and discussion series with five books on the theme Connected Histories led by Professor Tim Dixon, NSU Farquhar College.

Adults- Tuesday Night Movie
Black History Month EventTuesday, February 18: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for movie night! Call 954-262-5477 for more information.
RSVP by clicking here.

Circle of Friends Event: The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles by Rosalyn Howard
Black History Month EventThursday, February 20, 2014: 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
The Circle of Friends of the Alvin Sherman Library presents The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles presented by Rosalyn Howard, Ph.D. Light refreshments will be served. Complimentary Admission (reservations required, walk-ins not permitted)

RSVP by Thursday, February 13: 954-262-4627 or
Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery

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Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners
Saturday, February 15, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn basic computer skills in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
Spaces are limited. Click here to register or call us at 954-262-5477               Second Floor- Lab B

iPad Basics
Tuesday, February 18: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Explore your iPad. Come learn about the physical features, the operating system, Safari browser and apps.
Spaces are limited. Click here to register or call us at 954-262-5477.
Second Floor - Lab B

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GSBC Presents: Family Search Website and the Family History Center
Sunday, February 2: 12:00 PM -4:00 PM
Richard Goldstein of the Ft Lauderdale, Florida Stake Family History Center, located in Plantation, Florida,  will talk about the recent changes and updates to the Family Search website

The Genealogical Society of Broward County  meets monthly at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library on the first Sunday of every month. Meetings begin with an open lab from noon to 2 PM. The open lab is followed by a board meeting and program.

Meetings are open to the public. Second Floor - Lab A


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