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FEBRUARY 2017       

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LIBRARY EXTENDED HOURS: Saturday, February 25 - Friday, March 3

I was around 5 years old when I remember my mom taking me to the library in downtown Miami Dade Public LibraryMiami.  The library was really big and pretty and it made me feel smart.  I liked going there and searching for books through the library's mountainous shelves. It was like a big scavenger hunt. I felt powerful and important handing over my library card to check out books. Those are cherished memories which have given me an appreciation and lifelong love of the library.  Today, Libraries continue to play a critical role in combatting illiteracy, bridging cultural differences and achieving success.  We are so proud of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library and how it supports each individual and family  no matter why they visit the library. This month we celebrate Library Lover's Month with one of our many success stories.  Click below and read about Banana Wave and how they found success at the Library.



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Black History Month LogoWe are also celebrating Black History Month which always gives us an opportunity to provide the community with some extraordinary special programming.  First, check out NSU's exhibit Afrotopia: Art and Politics of Representation opening February 3rd which showcases a collection of artists who will challenge your perceptions.  You can also enjoy an award winning film "Freedom Summer" and the music of Positively Africa and the Jason Hainsworth Quintet.  Join us on Thursday, January 16 as author Lu Vickers exposes us to Paradise Park.  For all of Nova Southeastern University's Black History Month programming and events click here.


Adult programs

Evernote for Genealogists
Sunday, February 5, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Join other fellow genealogy enthusiasts!

Find out how to use one of the most useful (and free!) organizing tools for genealogists – Evernote. We’ll watch Lisa Louise Cook’s webinar presentation on the many uses, tips and tricks to keep track of notes, files, information, documents and more. The Genealogical Society of Broward County (GSBC) meets monthly at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library on the first Sunday of every month except when there is a holiday.

Open Lab: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

General meeting: 1:30 PM

Presentation: 2:00 PM

African American Special Interest Group Meeting: 3:30 PM.

Visit for more information about GSBC.


Meetings are free and open to the public.

Second Floor, Computer Lab A . Lecture in Room 2053.

Gear-Up: Responding to Student Writing

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Presented by Dr. Juliette Kitchens and Dr. Star Vanguri

Learn different approaches to writing assessment and feedback. Participants are encouraged to consider the types of feedback they offer students in order to enhance the reception and usability of comments.

Register to attend at the Alvin Sherman Library or online.

Fourth Floor, Conference Room 4009

Goal, Motivation, or Conflict

Saturday, February 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Marcia King-GambleJoin Marcia King-Gamble, Vice President of Florida Romance Writers, for an interactive presentation as she discusses the reason every story has a goal, motivation, or conflict. Please bring your synopsis to this workshop.     

Please register online or call 954-262-5477. 

Fourth Floor, Room 4009

“Freedom Summer”, Film ViewingBlack History Month
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Freedom Summer

Award winning 2014 American documentary film, written, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. The film narrates the events of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm because of underscored by the systematic exclusion of African Americans from the political process.

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 about America’s civil rights history.

For more information, contact Public Library Services; 954-262-5477.

Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery

Completing the Circle: Garifuna Pilgrimage Journeys from Belize to Yurumein
CAHSS Intellectual Conversations – Winter 2017: Migration

Thursday, February 16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mance E. Buttram, Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice and Human Services and Associate Director in ARSH/Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities (CAHSS) discusses the connections that the Garifuna indigenous group of Belize has with their former homeland, the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. After emerging as a distinct ethnic group during the 17th century, the Garifuna were experienced a forced migration and were exiled from St. Vincent by British colonial rulers in 1797. For the Garifuna people, the connection to the island is more than historical. It is also spiritual. Interviews were conducted in July 2006 in Belize with members of the Garifuna community who have made the journey back to the island. In addition to exploring the results of those interviews, this presentation will also provide a history of the Garifuna people and describe some of the spiritual aspects of the culture.

DeSantis Building, Room 1124

Black History MonthRemembering Paradise Park

Thursday, February 16, 7: 00 PM - 9:30 PM

Paradise Park

Presented by: Lu Vickers. In 1949, during the days of Jim Crow, when African Americans did not have access to many of the nation’s recreation areas, Silver Springs’ owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something no other Florida attraction did: they opened a parallel attraction for African Americans downriver from the headspring, calling it “Paradise Park for Colored People.”

Register online or call 954-262-4627.

Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery

Funding for this program has been provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Computer Camp:iPhone Basics
Tuesday, February 21, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn the basics and get the most out of your iPhone.

Please register online or call 954-262-5477.

Second Floor, Lab A

Gear-Up: NSUWorks and Your Online CV

Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Online presence is fast becoming more and more important in today’s professional world. Publishers, potential employers, networking opportunities, etc. all look online to discover more about someone. With Selected Works, a great addition to our Institutional Repository, NSUWorks, we are able to create online CVs that link directly to your scholarly research and express your research interests. This presentation will explain the benefits of having your research in NSUWorks and how having a Selected Works profile can greatly enhance your online presence, and is easy to create and update on your own.


Presented by: Keri Baker and Gena Meroth

Register to attend at the Alvin Sherman Library or online.

Fourth Floor, Room 4009

Crafternoon at the Library

Friday, February 24, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tap into your creative juices by trying your hand at a make and take craft. Stop by the library and learn about our many resources. Drop in anytime during the program for make-and-take crafts

First Floor, Program Room 1017.

Black History MonthJazz in the Gallery: Jason Hainsworth Quintet

Sunday, February 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Jason HainsworthJoin us as Saxophonist/Composer Jason Hainsworth and his quintet perform compositions from his new recording Third Ward Stories. Mr. Hainsworth serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Broward College.

Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery


afternoon adventuresAfterschool Adventures!
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us on Tuesdays for fun activities designed for children in grades 1 – 5

Tuesday, February 7:  Crafternoon for Kids

Tuesday, February 14: Builders Club

Tuesday, February 21: Story Explorers

Tuesday, February 28: S.T.E.M. Fun

First Floor, Program Room 1017

Raise a Reader@ Sharkey's Storytime!
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM - 11 :15 AM

Ages 3 - 5 years with caregiver

Enjoy books, songs and activities that enhance early literacy skills. Recommended for children ages 3 – 5 years with their caregivers.

First Floor, Program Room 1017


Raise a Reader@ Little Minnows Storytime!
10:30 AM - 11 :15 AM

Ages 18 - 36 months with caregiver

Enjoy books, songs and activities that enhance early literacy skills.

10:30-11 AM: Stories & Songs
11-11:15 AM: Raise a Reader & Free Play


First Floor, Program Room 1017

Harry Potter Book Night

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Harry Potter Book NightCelebrate the professors of Hogwarts in a special Harry Potter Book Night event for kids of all ages!
Take a journey on the Hogwarts Express as you travel to the magical world of Harry Potter and learn more about the professors of Hogwarts. Enjoy games, activities, and stories related to the wizarding series. Costumes are encouraged!

First Floor, Program Room 1017

Magical Masks, Mime and Music of Japan: Presented by Kuniko Yamamoto

Saturday, February 11, 2:00 PM - 3:00PM


Magical MasksCharming folktales are combined with traditional musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling that will have audience spellbound in their seats.


Funded by the Charles P. Ferro Foundation.   This event is part of the series.


Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery


Wags and Tales
Monday, February 13, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
For children ages 5-12

Read to a dog at the library! This program enables children 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.


Register online or call 954-262-5477.

First Floor, Program Room 1017

Welcome to the Library, Broward Homeschoolers!

Tuesday, February 14, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Homeschoolers joins us for a library tour, overview of online resources and hands-on STEM activity!

Register by calling public library services at 954-262-5477.


Black History MonthCelebrate African Music and Culture with Positively Africa!
Wednesday, February 15, 10:30 AM - 11:15AM

Positively AfricaDance & sing along as this lively and enchanting duo performs songs and movement and demonstrates authentic instruments. A selection of African folktales will be available for check-out. This free program is for children of all ages with caregiver.

First Floor, Public Library Services



Teen Crafternoon: Harry Potter Mania
Thursday, February 2, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Make magical crafts while watching a Harry Potter movie!

Register online or call 954-262-5477.


First Floor, Program Room 1017


Young Authors Writing Group (Ages 13-18)
Saturday, February 18, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Want to get feedback on your writing? Come to the monthly Young Authors Writing Group! Share your words with others and get constructive criticism on how to revise to make it better. Facilitated by teacher and writer Jodi Turchin.


This event is part of the .


Register online or call 954-262-5477.


First Floor, Program Room 1017




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