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​​Please join us on our mission to support the Stirling Road Branch Library with our programming, fundraising, and advocacy efforts.

What does one of Hollywood's favorite authors say about the Stirling Road Branch Library?
Brad Meltzer, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Lies, and his newest, The Fifth Assassin, recently wrote to the Friends that the Stirling Road Library is:

"One of my favorite libraries -- since you didn't kill me when my kids used to wreck the place. See you soon"

Thanks Brad - we love seeing you at the Stirling Road Library! You have many fans here!​
​​​​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.

awardB.jpgThis 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. 

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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:​​​

stuart self portrait.jpgWe 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,Warp Angel.jpg 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


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 Tuesda​y 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 Tryst​​​​​"

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. ​​
​​Art Lessons​


​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.Oct Art.PNG

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. ​​

​For more information about Sandi and her passion please visit​. If you are interested, please contact Julie at:

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 Mesoamerica​n 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;​ and is the author of the historical novel Una Amapola entre cactus. For more information see Dr. Cohen's website at: ​​

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-Shelfpage.


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! ​

Cinema.jpgJust 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.

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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When was the last time you stopped by O​ur Library?
Do you know about some ​of the interesting and exciting 
 ​exhibits we host?
Please visit our new Exhibits​ page for more details.
​What's Happening at the Library?

Mayor Peter Bober installed the officers and directors of the Friends ​of the Stirling Road Branch Library at the 2014 Annual Meeting. At that meeting, City Commissioner Dick Blattner recognized the efforts of all the volunteers who were presented with roses. Almost fifty members attended the meeting which was followed by a pizza dinner. 2014-3.jpg

Mayor Bober listed the achievements of the Friends during the past year and acknowledged the key role our library plays with the City of Hollywood. He described how he appreciates the library both as an elected city official and also as a neighbor of our branch. Commissioner Blattner told of his special relationship with the Stirling Road Library and of his lifelong commitment to the public library. Our Friends Group is quite fortunate to have such widespread support among our local elected officials.​​​

​We encourage you to write to us describing your thoughts on our library. Linda Bloomfield recently took a few minutes to send us this wonderful email which we would like to share with you.

"I am now back in Florida and looking forward to the Music Club presentation as well as Dr. Cohen's lecture. As for the library, I've always been passionate about them.  I can't remember a time in my life when I did not read and cannot fathom a world without books.  I love the smell and feel of this book repository.  I love roaming through the rooms and shelves filled with knowledge and wonder and fantastic stories to take me to other worlds and into other people's lives."

​Linda's email in its entirety has been added to our blog​.​

Are you interested in becoming one of the Friends' volunteers? Would you like to become a member​​Click on the links to get the full details​