|The Florida Library Association has named The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library as the 2015 recipient of the Eileen Brunner Membership Development Award, the only Friends Group in Florida to receive such an honor. |This award is given to the Friends Group which has demonstrated the most dramatic increase in membership, based on the quality and content of membership materials, campaign objectives and achievement. Our Group now boasts over 250 members, representing over 400 individuals, who support the important role a public library plays in the life of a community. Visit our Photo Gallery to see more pictures from this proud evening here.
State Representative Joins Honorary Board of the Friends
Representative Evan Jenne recently joined the Board of the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library as an honorary board member.. Representative Jenne joins our other Honorary Board Members - State Senator Eleanor Sobel, Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan, Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, and City Commissioner Dick Blattner. We are so proud to have such a stellar group of elected officials who are committed to the future of public libraries and who have such a special relationship with our Stirling Road Branch. Below please find a picture of Representative Jenne with our Board delegation that spent a productive meeting discussing the concerns of our Friends with respect to this year's allocations for libraries.
Dine and Art Event
The Friends' first Mother's Day Event featured a wonderful light dinner followed by a special lecture by Dr. Batia Cohen on Mothers in Art for participants in the Dedicate- a- Shelf Program and contributors of $50 and more. The attendees enjoyed a welcome from City Commissioner and Honorary Board Member Dick Blattner and the recitation of a few poems honoring Mothers.
|Introducing Throwback Saturdays|
The Friends Group is proud to sponsor Throwback Saturdays, a series of Family Celebrations to commemorate the 100th birthday of Broward County! Each of the past ten decades will be celebrated with its own books, games, and treats! Thanks to Sandy Shelhamer, the library’s director of Children and Youth Services for designing such a wonderful series! Children from 5 years up and their families are invited to join together to celebrate. Happy Birthday Broward County!
All programs begin at 2:30 pm
April 25: 1950s - Remember Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, and A Bear Named Paddington?
May 30: 1960s - Remember Etch A Sketch, Operation, and – Stay Gold, Ponyboy – The Outsiders?
June 27: 1970s - Remember Rubik’s Cube, Pet Rocks, and Where the Sidewalk Ends?
July 25: 1980s - Remember Glow Sticks, My Little Pony, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?
August 29: 1990s - Remember Goosebumps, Beanie Babies, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?
September 26: 2000-2015 - Remember Captain Jack Sparrow, Percy Jackson, Katniss Everdeen, and Elsa?
Join us at our monthly Board Meeting on the Second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM
Check out our latest book review:
We are proud to announce that our site will feature book reviews by Stuart Hopen on a regular basis. To escape the boredom and harassment of 4th grade, Stuart wrote and illustrated a science fiction and fantasy short story collection that began with a work titled “Me, Temporary Teenager.” He’s been escaping into his writing and art ever since. A graduate of Princeton University, he has written comic books published by D.C. Comics, Marvel, Fantagraphics, Eclipse, and Amazing Comics. His novel, Warp Angel, was originally published by Tor Books and new, revised edition has been published by the Misenchanted Press. His critical writing has been published by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Comics Journal. He is married to a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the cover painting on the Tor edition of Warp Angel, and they have three children. Though he has traveled extensively across galaxies and dimensions, he has spent most of his life in Hollywood, Florida. His fiction, art, and essays can be found at StuartHopen.com.
The latest review by Stuart is a review of Paul Auster's novel: Book of Illusions
Read Stuart's reviews on our Book Review page.
The Friends Group is proud to sponsor a short story group with our beloved Miriam Kalett. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. Please join us for our next meeting on May 26th.
The stories to be discussed are:
(1) Alberto Moravia
(2) Joyce Carol Oates
The next meeting of the Book Discussion Group is on Tuesday, June 16th from 1:30-3:00 pm.
The Group will discuss Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
Our new MOVIE CLUB, formed by Cinema Paradiso in partnership with the Friends Group, meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood. Members of the Friends will receive $2 off the tickets and a free popcorn.
Our next movie on June 4th will be In The Name Of My Daughter with Catherine Deneuve from 1976.
The Friends is proud to announce that Sandi Levy is coming back for another round of art classes beginning Friday, May 8 through May 29.
Her Fall sessions attracted over 25 participants weekly whose inner voices were ready, willing, and able to create. The free classes met the needs of all artists from the beginner to the professional and explored different media.
Art Appreciation Series
Dr. Batia Cohen, one of our most popular lecturers, will lecture on the Impressionists as part of her popular Art History and Appreciation Lecture Series.
The dates and subjects of the Thursday evening lectures are:
May 21 Henri Matisse
May 28 Expressionism
June 4 Abstractionism
Dr. Cohen has a Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City.
She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University and has published numerous articles in specialized Art and History magazines. She is currently a collaborator of a cultural magazine in Spanish on line; LetraUrbana.com and is the author of the historical novel Una Amapola entre cactus. For more information see Dr. Cohen's website at: http://www.unaamapolaentrecactus.com.
Dedicate-A-Shelf Gallery -
Take a walk through our library and you will be introduced to so many interesting people simply by reading the plaques on our shelves. We now feature the stories behind the plaques found throughout the library, each signifying a generous gift to the Friends. The Friends' Gallery of Dedicate-A-Shelf Donors can be found here.
Please honor someone you love while supporting our library. See more details on our Dedicate-A-Shelf page.
Our first featured donors are Jeff and Fradelle Milrad of Hollywood (picture below). The Milrads donated two platinum shelves: the first, in honor of their children, Rabbi Chaim and Malka Milrad, and their grandchildren, Rachel, Chana Rivka, and Simcha Ari (grandchildren pictured below) and the second, in loving memory of their parents, Ida and Irving Hirsch and Edith and Sol (Symcha) Milrad and Fradelle's beloved brother Marvin Hirsch.
Jeff, a California native and a graduate of UCLA, also hold a JD from University of West Los Angeles, and is currently employed at Maspero Inc. in insurance and financial planning. Fradelle, a Bronx native and a Hunter College graduate, is a lifelong educator and a volunteer with the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida and loves dogs. Both Jeff and Fradelle, have patronized libraries since their early childhood and Fradelle especially enjoys researching various subjects. They are both fans of our Stirling Road library and can be frequently seen there. Thank you Jeff and Fradelle! Look for their plaques the next time you visit our library!
Just when you thought that you knew all of the benefits of being a Member of The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library we find new ways to say Thank You for your support. Show your Friends membership card at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood and receive two dollars off the ticket price and a free popcorn! This is a wonderful benefit for our members and we are thrilled to offer you this incredible deal! If you have not yet been to the movies at Hollywood's newest and most innovative movie theater, please let this amazing offer be your introduction!
Follow this link to movie times and more information. www.fliff.com.
See you at the movies!!
We are very proud to announce that The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library just received the first "Spotlight On Innovation" recognition award from the Friends of Broward County, which is the umbrella group representing all of the Friends groups in Broward County.
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Please visit our new Exhibits page for more details.