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The holidays are right around the corner beginning with Thanksgiving. As you begin your preparations, we hope you continue to explore the many resources available to you at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library. Here's a couple of helpful resources compiled by our librarians to get you started: Winter Holidays and Celebrations: Cooking and Crafting and Winter Holidays and Celebrations: Home.

If you haven't checked out our new library website redesigned for our public users, please do at:

With a click, you'll easily find clearly defined portals including, programs and events, resources in our collection such as, audiobooks, books, databases, music, movies and of course, best sellers! We've also added recommended reading lists developed by our library staff. Researching your family history? Click on genealogy. Building your business? Click on business. We encourage you to check out all of the possibilities that our 325,000 square foot NSU Alvin Sherman Library offers you!

Finally, building a new website will always be a work in progress. So, throughout this launch and ongoing, we encourage you to help us make our new webpage everything you hope it can be by giving us your feedback. You'll see the feedback button on each page of the website. We hope you enjoy the new site and use it to discover all of the great things that can enhance your lives!



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Raise a Reader @ Sharkey’s Storytime (Ages 3-5 with caregiver)
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
SharkeyEnjoy books, songs & activities that enhance early literacy skills and explore theworld 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


November 5: Woof! Arf! Bark!
November 12: Farm Animals!
November 19: Dinosaur Roar!
November 26: Book Feast!

First Floor - Program Room #1017

Raise a Reader@ Little Minnows Storytime! (Ages 18-36 months with caregiver)
Thursdays,10:30 AM - 11:15 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        
10:50-11:15 AM: Raise a Reader & Free Play
November 6, 13, 20, & 27
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Wags & Tales: Read to a Dog! (Ages 5-12)
Monday, November 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. The intent of the program is to make reading fun and boost the child’s confidence in reading out loud. Offered in partnership with the Humane Society of Broward County. To register your child, please call 954-262-5477 or visit the Public Library Services Reference Desk beginning October 27 at 9 AM.
First Floor - Program Room #1017

All Star Storytime (Ages 3-5 with ASD)
Saturday, November 15: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
All Star StorytimeA 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, November 3 at 9 am to register your child. Cick here for more information
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Afterschool S.T.E.M. (Grades 3-6)
Thursday, November 20: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Build! Create! Investigate!  Join us once a month for hands-on science demonstrations and experiments. 
Pre-registration is required. Call 954.262.5477 to register.
First Floor - Program Room #1017

Live at the Sherman Library! Pied Piper! (All ages)
Saturday, November 22: 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Atlanta-based flutist, storyteller, and actress Donna Wissinger draws children into The Pied Pipera musical world of active listening and imaginative thinking. Weaving a piper’s spell with her golden flute, she mesmerizes children with her stories of galloping horses, legendary heroes or bow and arrow, and myths from faraway lands and secret wardrobes, all while teaching science, mathematics, social studies and language arts. This program is funded by a gift from the Charles P. Ferro Foundation.
First Floor - Program Room #1017



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NaNoWriMo – Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 13-18)
Saturday, November 1: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room # 1017
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month! Learn how to write a complete novel in 30 days with writing instructor Jodi Turchin, and get tips & tricks to help you along the way. Call 954-262-5477 for details and to register for this event.


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Alvin Sherman Library 20th Semi-Annual Used Book Sale
October 29 through November 1st
Wednesday, October 29: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pre-Sale!)
Thursday, October 30: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday, October 31: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday, November 1: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Wide assortment of gently used hardcover & paperback titles (fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, children’s, and specialty books) as well as some non-print materials (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.). Most items will be $3 or less and a great way to add to your own personal collection while supporting your library. Cash and checks only, please.

Prince Among Slaves. Film Showing.
Sunday, November 2: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Second Floor, Room 2046

In 1788, a slave ship sailed from the Gambia River with hundreds of men, women prince of slavesand children bound in chains. Eight months later, a handful of survivors were sold in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them made an astonishing claim: he was a prince of an African kingdom larger and more developed than the newly formed United States. This film is the true story of an African prince who endured the humiliation of slavery without losing his dignity or hope of freedom.

The film is a  presentation of the National Black Programming Consortium and is a production of Unity Productions Foundation in association with Spark Media and Duke Media. It is directed, produced and written by Andrea Kalin with reenactments directed by Bill Dukem with narration by Mos Def. The film is based on the book, Prince Among Slaves, by Terry Alford.

Part of the Alvin Sherman Library’s public programing for Let’s Talk About: Muslim Journeys. Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information, visit

A History of Oriental and Persian Carpets by Edward Odabashian
Sunday, November 9th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Join us to hear guest speaker Edward Odabashian, proprietor and president of  carpetOdabashian Imports,  Dania Beach, FL,  for a magical carpet ride as he shares some of his adventures as a professional rug buyer for 33 years. Mr. Odabashian has traveled extensively through Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, and many other countries. See examples of carpets and learn about their fascinating history and how they are made!
Refreshments will be served.

Part of the Alvin Sherman Library’s public programing for Let’s Talk About: Muslim Journeys. Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information, visit


Edible Prose
Saturday, November 15: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Enjoy great conversation and fun fare at our newest bookclub. This month's book is HeartSick by Chelsea Cain.

Edible Prose Book Club

The book is available at the Library. Please RSVP here or call 954-262-5477
First Floor - Program Room #2053

Muslim Journeys: A reading and discussion series in America's Libraries





Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys - American Stories
Tuesdays, November 4 & 18: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2nd Floor, Room 2046

November 4: Session 4: A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed.

November 18: Session 5: The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

Stories, led by Professor Tim Dixon, NSU Farquhar College. RSVP for this event.
All books are available at the Alvin Sherman Library. Search the NSU Alvin Sherman Library catalog NovaCat by title to locate a copy of the book to check out or read online (when available). Additional copies of these titles are also available through Broward County Libraries. Learn more about each book by clicking here



Irish Film Festival
November 10 & 12, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM & Saturday November 16, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Screening of films from Ireland’s Irish Film Institute. For more information, please call 954-262-4613 or visit

Ballymun Lullaby
November 10
Ballymun Lullaby
Fourth Floor, Room 4009


BernadetteNovember 12
Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey
Fourth Floor, Room 4009



King of TravellersNovember 16
King of the Travellers
Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery

Sponsored by the Alvin Sherman Library, the South Florida Irish Studies Consortium, Irish Film Institute and the International Studies Program in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

Today’s Women in Islam
Sunday, November 16: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Second Floor, Room 2046

hijabGhazala Salam, Community & Government Relations Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida Inc., (CAIR-FL) will talk about the importance of the hijab for Muslim women. Wardrobe styles will be demonstrated.

Refreshments will be served.
Part of the Alvin Sherman Library’s public programing for Let’s Talk About: Muslim Journeys. Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information, visit


Foundations and Grants Resources Workshop
Tuesday, November 18: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Attendees will get an overview of the library’s scholarship resources using Foundation Center database to locate scholarships specific to their area of study. Basic computer skills required. Session limited to 25 attendees. Registration begins October 1st. For more information e-mail or call 954-262-4649
Second floor - Lab A



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Computer camp

Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners
Saturday,November 15: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This computer class is for absolute beginners who would like to learn basic computer skills in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Register by clicking here or call us at 954-262-5477. 
Second Floor - Lab B


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Genealogical Society of Broward County Program
Sunday, November 2: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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 followed by a board meeting and program. Meetings are open to the public.
Second Floor - Lab A

Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves. A JGSBC Program
Sunday, November 23: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Second Floor, Room 2053

Ron AronThe Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County will feature author and speaker Ron Arons. In this talk, you will learn the basics of “Family Systems Theory”, which will help you understand your ancestors and family dynamics through multiple generations.  You will also learn about genograms, family ‘trees’ which provide a different approach to mapping out your family tree beyond pedigree and descendant charts. To learn more about Ron Arons click here.
For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County




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