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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!​
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Members of the Board of the Friends Group recently met with County Commissioner Beam Furr to thank him for his efforts on behalf of public libraries. The Board Members also expressed to Commissioner Furr the need to restore Sunday hours for our branch and to add additional youth services staff. Commissioner Furr is an honorary member of the Board of the Friends. ​

The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library has been recognized 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.

Hats Off To Stirling Road
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On June 18, the Friends of Broward County Library, Inc. held its annual awards luncheon in honor of all of the Friends Groups in Broward County.  Skye Patrick, Director, and Laura Connors, Assistant Director, of the Broward County Libraries Division, presented awards to each branch for their achievements and support for  their respective libraries in particular and of the county library system in general.  

The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch won the award for our outstanding contribution regarding growth in membership.   In addition, each of the 39 branches in the county submitted a basket of items that was raffled off at the end of the luncheon, which was attended by over 250 people.  

Pictured below receiving the award for Stirling Road from Skye Patrick and Marlene Lee, President of the Friends of Broward County Library, Inc. are Rebecca Lemelman, Board Member and Neil Pollack, Branch Manager.
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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 ​
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​​
***NOTE*** There will be no July Board meeting. Please join us when we return to business in August.

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


missing Piece.jpgThis month Stuart has selected to review the Madam Xanadu series iof stories which began in DC Comics back in 1978. Madam Xanadu is a beautiful Gypsy tarot reader who comes to the aid of young lovers threatened by monsters.  Most of these monsters were of the B-movie ilk.  The sign on her shop invites the passer-by to “enter freely, unafraid,” though the shop is closed most of the time, and is, in fact, only open to people who have a great deal to fear.

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 July 28th.​

The stories to be discussed are:
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1."Cowardice" by Abdeslam Boulaich(Morocco)  translated by Paul Bowles,* p.122
2 "A Distant Episode"  by Paul Bowles* (United States) p.124
*Note:  Well-known American writer quite knowledgeable of Morocco, its culture, and its Arab language-Mogrebi​
The next meeting of the Book Discussion Group is on Tuesday, July 21st from 1:30-3:00 pm.
We will be discussing Best Selling Author Kate Morton's book "The Secret Keeper".

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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 will be on Thursday August 6 at 1:30. Check back here for details.​ 
​​Art Lessons​


​The Friends are proud to announce that Sandi Levy has completed another round of art classes. Her Spring 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 be back in the fall to continue her Art History and Appreciation Lecture Series.   Stay tuned for more information. 

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.


The Story behind a Shelf Dedication


Rebecca and Elliot Lemelman believe that dedicating a platinum shelf at our library is the perfect way to honor Becka's parents, Eddie and Rose Klabano. Becka explains, " I was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. 'My Dad served in WWII and when he left for his service to our country, I was a newborn. Consequently, we did not meet until he returned 2 1/2 years later. By that time I was already under the influence of my Mom's passion for books! My father loved sports and would often enjoy golf or bowling. When he would return home, he would always see his wife and their three daughters siting together in the living room, each absorbed in their own book."  'Becka's sister, Lois, a retired teacher, is the manager of Paragraphs Bookstore in Mt Vernon, Ohio and her sister Joanne is also a retired teacher.  The three sisters exchange books on a regular basis. In fact, Lois started a "Book-A-Month" personal book club with Becka as a recent birthday gift. Every month Lois sends a book to Becka for the sisters to discuss.

Becka spent her professional life in banking and was chosen for Mellon Bank's executive training program back in 1973 so she was already "leaning in" at a time when for most women this was unheard of. She served as branch manager and as a commercial loan officer for 23 years with her most recent position being with Barnett Bank and then Bank of America. In addition to reading, Becka loves to travel, with a safari to Africa forthcoming. She has visited Western Europe, St. Petersburg, the Baltic Countries, the Mediterranean Countries, Israel, and Costa Rica. She and Elliott love cruises and especially love Hawaii, where they have been several times. Becka serves on the Board of the Friends of the Broward County Library, the Board of the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library, and is a supporter of the Jewish Book Festival.

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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 ​exhibits we host?
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