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​​Please join us on our mission to support the Stirling Road Branch Library with our programming, fundraising, and advocacy efforts.
Join us at our monthly Board Meeting on the Second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM​​

The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 9th at 5:00 pm.

The following is the proposed slate of officers:
Hannah Handler Hostyk and 
Julie Mukamal: Co-Presidents
Sylvia Milkens Blutstein-Vice President
Rebecca Lemelman-Secretary
William Hart-Treasurer
Board: Michele Shore Cowan, Helen D'ambrosi, Helen Harringer, Christine Lorber, Arlene Mermelstein, Helene Oppenheimer, Jan Surratt
A light pizza dinner will follow the meeting. 

Please RSVP here​ and indicate whether kosher pizza is preferred.​

Dr. Judith Etzion, a professor who is beloved by her many students at the University of Miami and Nova, will be the guest speaker at our annual meeting on September 9th. Dr. Etzion will focus on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and will lecture on the diverse stylistic sources within the broader context of Vivaldi's compositional career in early 18th-century Italy.  She will also present a video of a live performance of The Four Seasons.  Dr. Etzion, who holds a Ph.D from Columbia University,  is known for her creativity in synthesizing music, art, and social history into an engrossing and enlightening presentation.  Please reserve the date! Dr. Etzion's presentation will be preceded by a light pizza dinner (kosher option available). If you'd like to volunteer to bring some cookies or other dessert, we would be so appreciative! Our annual meeting will begin at 5: 00 pm.

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Beginning on September 16th and co-sponsored by The Music Club of Hollywood, Robert "Be-Bob" Grabowski returns to share his love of jazz with our Friends beginning on Tuesday, September 16th. Bob is a bassist, composer, and educator, and jazz radio personality and has been an Adjunct Professor in Jazz Studies at Florida International University for the last twenty two years. 

​​Art Lessons


Oct Art.PNGBeginning on Friday October 10th   at 1:00 pm, Sandi Levy will lead a series of six art classes at the library.   Sandi  is a mixed-media artist who  uses "watercolor, acrylics, oils, enamels, inks, mediums, and  found treasures to create her palette and sometimes uses them all in one painting!"  She is known for her uncanny talent in finding that inner voice within each of us ready, willing, and able to create. The classes are designed to meet the needs of all artists from the beginner to the professional and will explore different media. These classes are free, thanks to the Friends, and will be held at the library  on Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, and Nov. 21. ​For more information about Sandi and her passion please visit

If you are interested, please contact Julie at

​​Art Appreciation​ Series​​

Art1.jpgDr. Batia Cohen, one of our most popular lecturers, will begin her popular Art History and Appreciation Lecture Series in October. The series will focus on Archeological Discoveries that Changed the Art Scene. 

Arch.PNGDr. 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?

Article.jpgFriends group wins state award for its website
June 5, 2014|By Sara Shell, Forum Publishing Group

Libraries have evolved significantly in recent years — books and magazines are still a big draw, but high-tech offerings continue to become more prominent.

Highlighting that trend, the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library in Hollywood was recently honored by the Florida Library Association as having the top Friends website.

Please take a moment to read the rest os the article on the SunSentinel website here​.

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!!​

At the annual Broward County Friends' meeting, the gift basket contributed by the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library and designed by our member, Sylvia Blutstein, was admired by all present and was a much coveted raffle prize for the attendees.​
When was the last time you stopped by Our 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?

Art od the Tale.jpgMiriam Kalett's Short Story Group will meet on August 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm and will begin a new series of contemporary international short story masterpieces. .
1. Heinrich Boll (Germany) "Action Will Be Taken"  p.94
2 .Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)  "The Life of the Imagination"  p.331
Editor: Daniel Halpern which can be purchased used from Barnes and Noble (least expensive, more available copies) or Amazon.

Check out our latest book review:​​​

One of our own friends recounts her encounters and interactions with Dr. Maya Angelou who died recently:

A Personal Remembrance of Dr. Maya Angelou

by Helen Spindler

Let the great world spin.jpgThe world lost an amazing writer, civil rights leader and role model for people of all races late last month with the passing of the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. I met her twice in my life and cried when I heard the news of her death and wanted to share with our Friends and fellow library members my personal memories.
Read More​​​​

​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​