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Note from the Editor
Can you feel it? That feeling of renewal and new possibilities that come with a New Year? For most of us, change can't come soon enough. By all accounts, 2020 will be considered one of the strangest and most unsettling year ever. So hello to 2021! Bring it on! For me, the new year will also be a new start. After 15 years, I'll be retiring as Director of Community Relations and Marketing for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library. I've loved every bit of my experience at the Library. While I haven't met most of you, I hope my love has also inspired you in a small way to take advantage of this amazing facility. Through this monthly newsletter, I tried to share a small piece of all the amazing programs and resources available to you. This month is no exception. On December 6th, we are hosting a celebration of community and unity with GRAMMY award winner Lucy Kalantari & her Jazz Cats. Join us on the Library's Facebook page for this special winter concert. I'll miss all of my colleagues but won't be away from the Library for too long! There's too much to learn and explore at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library! On behalf of the Library staff, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021!


Make your kid's school year SUPER successful with our Free Virtual Health and Wellness programs. Your little superheroes are facing new challenges this school year. Broward's leading healthcare experts and community organizations will be their sidekicks in a series of interactive, virtual programs, helping you find the resources you need to make their year SUPER special.

    Gun Safety, Protecting Your Children
    Tuesday, December 1, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Deborah Davis,from the League of Women Voters on Broward County, discusses ways to protect your child around guns, current gun laws, relevant statistics and actions you can take to make your home safer. Register online.

    NSU Health Clinics Overview
    Thursday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Leonard Pounds, Vice President of Clinical Operations at NSU, gives an overview of the University's 33 health care centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. These centers offer high-quality health care services to the community and oversee various community outreach programs in the form of free health care education and assessments for vision, medical, speech, as well as behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy, and dental services. Register online.

    Early Literacy
    Tuesday, December 8, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Support your child’s love of reading and learning! Join librarians and early childhood experts to learn about the science of reading and the impact of books on social/emotional development and school readiness. Discover community and library resources that support high quality early learning experiences. Gain practical storytime tips to get every child ready to read and explore the 3Ts – Tune In, Talk More, and Take Turns to build your child’s brain with lots of rich language.

    Allison Metsch, M.S.Ed., Director of Education and Quality Initiatives for the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County.
    Kimberly White, M.L.I.S., Youth Services Coordinator at Broward County Libraries.
    Ruth Shaw, M.L.I.S., Youth Services Librarian a.k.a. Miss Ruthie at NSU Alvin Sherman Library.
    Meagan Albright, M.L.I.S., Youth Services Librarian III at NSU Alvin Sherman Library.

    Register online.

    These programs are part of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library Health & Wellness Series made possible with funding from Truist.

Friday Movie Matinee Discussion
Friday, December 4, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a lively virtual discussion with Professor Tas Salini, instructor of Film History and Film Appreciation at Broward College. Movie to be determined. A Zoom Link to the discussion will be sent one day prior to the events. Register online.

GSBC: How We Share and Preserve Memories in a Digital Era
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Horowitz, Genealogist at MyHeritage, shows you best practices for digitally collecting, storing, preserving, publishing, and sharing your research inexpensively. Register online and visit for more information about the Genealogical Society of Broward County.

Computer Camp: Hey Google, Hey Siri
Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Learn tips on using the virtual assistant on your mobile device. This class is geared toward beginners who are new to virtual assistants. Register online.

Foundation and Grants Resources ONLINE Workshop
Tuesday, December 15, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Identify non-profit grants using Foundation Center resources at this free workshop with a demonstration. Learn about resources available to find grants, tools to start your search, how to tailor your search based on your area of interest, and tips for an efficient search. Registrations open at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Register online.

Happy Hour Book Club
Thursday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Grab your favorite drink or snack and join Sarah the Librarian for an entertaining hour of books and games. We'll discuss a new book each month - from spooky ghost stories, to exciting space operas, to spicy romance novels, and more genres beyond your imagination. Cheers to a literary good time! Register online and check out the related libguide, Happy Hour Book Club.

Anyone under the age of 18 participating in a virtual program via Zoom must have the consent of their parent or caregiver in order to participate. By registering for this program, you agree to the Zoom participation guidelines.

Raise a Reader Storytime
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

We bring our storytime to your home! Join Miss Ruthie on Zoom for silly stories and songs every Wednesday morning! Don't forget to check out the related libguide Do It Yourself Storytimes for more ideas on how you can bring the library to you!

Canciones y Cuentos: Songs and Stories
Thursdays, December 3, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Explore a joyous blend of traditional and original songs and new interpretations of folktales in English and Spanish with award-winning, internationally-touring family musician and teaching artist Alina Celeste in a special livestream performance on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page.
This program is made possible with the generous support of the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation.

Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats Family Concert: It’s the Holidays!
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Celebrate community, unity and togetherness with original songs in a live concert commemorating winter, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s! Join 2019 GRAMMY-winning Lucy Kalantari and her Jazz Cat bass player on the library’s Facebook page:
Can’t join us live? Watch the concert at your convenience for 1-month after the premiere on the library’s Facebook page.
This program is made possible with the generous support of the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation.

STEM for Kids: Coding Games! (Ages 6+)
Saturday, December 12, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Computer Science Eduation Week with online games! Work in teams to escape virtual breakout room-all while practicing coding. Register online and check out the related libguide, STEM for Kids.

Anyone under the age of 18 participating in a virtual program via Zoom must have the consent of their parent or caregiver in order to participate. By registering for this program, you agree to the Zoom participation guidelines.

Virtual Drop-In Research Help
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Are you working on a research project or paper? Do you need help finding resources? Formatting your Works Cited page in MLA style? Drop into our Zoom meetings for help with any of your research related questions!

Virtual Teen Advisory Board (Ages 13-18)
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Teen Advisory Board is a program for teens who want to help with library programs and offer input into library collection and program development. Earn volunteer service hours while helping your community and having fun!
Virtual Teen Volunteer Orientation (Ages 12-18)
Saturday, December 5, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Become a volunteer at the Alvin Sherman Library! Help librarians with virtual projects, assist with library programs, and more. As a volunteer, you can develop your problem solving, leadership, and time management skills, and gain experience to add to your resume! Register online.

Virtual Teen Maker Night (Ages 12-18)
Friday, December 11, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Use your creative energy to make fun crafts and projects with simple items you can find lying around the house! Register online.


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