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Do you ever wonder where the dog days of summer term came from? According to one source, the term Dog Days was coined in ancient Rome, and was named after the star Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest star besides the sun. It was thought that due to the rising and setting of Sirius at around the same time of the sun each day this time of year, that Sirius added it's heat to the sun's heat, thereby making the days hotter. Hence the term Dogs Days. Want to learn more stuff like this? Click here for English idioms.

As we wind down into the dog days of summer...join us for our last Super Saturday! Dance Party on Saturday, August 2 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Children of all ages welcome! Come prepared to sing and dance!

Adults are welcome to join us as we close out the summer with the Genealogical Society of Broward County at its Computer User Group Sunday, August 3 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM Lab A (second floor).






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As you enjoy the remainder of your summer, it's never to early to prepare your children and yourself for a new school year. At the Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library your library card helps you access information and resources year round!

We've created this special edition newsletter to give you a snap shot of what the library can do to help make your school year successful.

As you probably know, we are not your ordinary library. With the benefits of a public and university library rolled into one, the Alvin Sherman Library provides you with the tools you need to accomplish your goals!

For School


1. NovaCat: is our library's catalog of books. Our library collection contains traditional books as well as e-books. You can search the catalog easily from the front page of our website,

Summer ReadingDon't procrastinate on your summer reading!




Elementary School Reading ListMiddle School Reading list


2. Tutorials / Library Guides: Library Guides will help you get the most out of your NSU Libraries!  These guides provide "how to" instructions, video tutorials, resource recommendations, upcoming events/workshops, and more. You can access the tutorial of your choice by going to our main library's home page and clicking under tutorials. To give you a snapshot of some tutorials currently available, check out these below:

STEM Library Guide

FCAT tutorial

Science Fair Tutorial

Research Steps tutorial

3. Electronic databases contain information from published works like magazines,
newspaper articles, encyclopaedias and other reference books. Unlike websites, databases get their information from professionals and experts in the field, contain published works where facts are checked, have easy to access citations, are extremely organized by topic and constantly updated. As a student, you are expected to obtain your research from databases.
Use your ASL card to access databases either in the library or from anywhere on your home or office computer. For a complete listing of our databases, click here.
Below are some of our more popular databases.



Librarian Assistance

Ask a LibrarianOur librarians are the original search engines and are always available to assist you with your research needs. There are 6 ways to reach them. You can also request one on one or group library instruction at no charge.


If you need a quiet place to study, the library offers study carrels throughout it's building. In addition, groups of 2 or more may also reserve study rooms.

Study Room Reservations



Everyone needs a break from studying. While in the library, you can visit the 3rd floor vending machines or our library cafe, the West End Deli on the first floor.


For fun

OK, all work and no play...

Programs/events: The library offers programs/events for children, teens and adults throughout the year. Check the library web site for a complete listing of events. And, remember, most of these are free and open to the public.

Best-sellers, music, movies and games. We offer one of the largest collections in Great ReadsBroward County. And remember, many of our best-sellers are available through One-Click Digital which allows you to download on your ipad, phone and kindle. We are always getting in new materials!





Raise a reader programStorytimes for children are part of our Raise a Reader initiative which includes Little Minnows and Sharkey's Storytime. These storytimes are part of our Read for the Fun of It! Initiative.






Live at the Sherman Library! is an interactive fine arts program offered through Live at the Sherman Library!the Charles P. Ferro Foundation. In it's 5th year, Live has been creating an up close and personal experience to our youngest library lovers. Look for our 2014-15 season.



Teens can enjoy their own space in our newly refurbished Teen Room. Volunteer opportunities exist as well. Here's a snapshot of resources to help teens in school and in fun.



Circle of FriendsEnjoy some of Broward County's finest programming throughout the year.
You can join the Library's Circle of Friends group if you are interested in supporting the library. Membership in the Circle of Friends helps fund special programs and resources for the NSU and the Broward County community. To learn more about Circle of Friends, click here.



The 2nd floor Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery offers exciting exhibits throughout the year. Our current exhibit is Fun in Watercolor Land, presented by members of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. This exhibit runs throughFun in watercolor exhibitAugust 23, All day. It features a variety of types of watercolor media artwork by members of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society of South Florida. The Gold Coast Watercolor Society fosters the art of watercolor painting by informing and educating the general public. For more information about the group click here






For your future

No matter if its for lifelong learning or to write a research report, the Alvin Sherman Library can support whatever you dream.

-Find resources for college preparation and resume writing, building a business, personal health or simply leisure activities. Click below to see our Library Guide on Career Development:


There's so much to explore at the Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library!










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