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​​Please join us on our mission to support the Stirling Road Branch Library with our programming, fundraising, and advocacy efforts.
​​​​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.
Meetups for ChinaX MOOC Begin June 2nd! 

The Friends Group is offering its first “meetup” for a  Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  ChinaX, taught by  Harvard professors Peter Bol and William Kirby, “spans over 6,000 years of history and offers an understanding of institutional and cultural patterns from ancient times into the present , the choices China has made in the past, and the challenges it faces as a world power”. 

This meetup will consist of watching lecture videos projected on a screen, with a discussion to follow. The course will  be offered on Tuesdays from 6-7:15 pm on June 2 (Introduction to MOOCs), June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14. Registration is open to the public but the number of enrollees is limited so please pre-register by emailing​ or at the front desk of the library.

The Friends Group sees this offering as an important experiment in its public service mission of disseminating knowledge on its highest level. By creating this MOOC hub for the public, the Friends Group is participating in the democratization of education through its combination of MOOC technology with in-person help. ​
National Library Week

Peter Bober, Mayor of the City of Hollywood, Florida, and the Hollywood City Commission, Hereby Proclaim April 12-18, 2015 as:
in Hollywood, and encourage ALL residents to visit their local libraries, to take advantage of their resourses and services, and recognize all they do to make our community a place of EXCELLENCE.

Mother's Day 2015

This year, honor your Mother by dedicating a library shelf!

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What lasts longer than flowers?

What's less fattening than chocolates?

What's a perfect Mother's Day gift?    

a shelf in honor of your mother!

  • Complete the Dedicate-A-Shelf form and your plaque will be up on a library shelf before Mother's Day!
  • Your recipient will receive a handwritten note (we will add your own card or letter if you'd like!) acknowledging this gift.
  • You and Your dedicatee will be invited to a special Mother's Day Art and Dine Celebration to be held on Thursday, May 7th.
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 the classic Pulp Fiction series "The Spider". The author of the first two Spider Books was Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott. Prior to writing the Spider, R.T.M. Scott was famous for a creating a character named Secret Service Smith, who bore considerable resemblence to the Richard Wentworth who appeared in the first two Spider pulps. 

The Spider was created in 1933 at Popular Publications as direct competition to Street and Smith Publications' vigilante hero, the Shadow. The series enjoyed a long run from the pulp novels to movie serials to comic books.

Read Stuart's reviews on our​ Book Review​​​​ page.

Art for Tots
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During March,The Friends Group sponsored  free art classes to preschool age children (3-5yrs.).  Sandi Levy, a renowned local artist and former New York school teacher, led the classes. Sandi's passion for art and her love of teaching proved to be enjoyable for preschoolers and the adults who accompanied their children! Art Class2.jpg


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 April 28th​

The stories to be discussed are:
(1) Doris Lessing 
"The Habit of Loving"

(2) Mohammed Mrabet​
"Doctor Safi​​​​​"

The next meeting of the Book Discussion Group is on Tuesday, May 19th from 1:30-3:00 pm. The Group will discuss Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior.


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.

​​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:

​April 23 Cezanne
April 30  Van Gogh
May 7 Gauguin
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: ​​

Pic.jpgSkye Patrick, the Director of the Broward County Libraries, addressed our recent board meeting and shared her vision for the future of the public library system. She spoke passionately of how we must connect to our community through programming and outreach and by establishing partnerships within our community resulting in a creative synergy. She presented a video synopsis of the library's strategic business plan which included four core elements: a sense of place, continual education development, serving the underserved, and free access for all. She described the library of the future with cutting edge technology, innovation, and a new service model. The library will be a place to discover, to innovate, to collaborate. Our goal is to get people back in the library!  Our Friends Group plans on joining Ms. Patrick on this mission- won't you be a part of this with us?
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 short histories behind the people whose names appear on these plaques in our Dedicate-A-Shelf Gallery. Read more here​.

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​