|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
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.
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.
Dr. Judith Etzion, a professor who is beloved by her many students at the University of Miami and Nova, was the featured speaker at our cultural kickoff in September. A standing room only crowd of over 80 people listened as Dr. Etzion discussed Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and the diverse stylistic sources within the broader context of Vivaldi's compositional career in early 18th-century Italy. 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 and the audience's response to her captivating lecture at the Stirling Road library reflected why Dr. Etzion is such as sought after lecturer.
We are very sorry to announce that tonight's (Tuesday, September 30th 2014) Jazz lecture has been cancelled due to the illness of Bob Grabowski. We appreciate everyone's support and we will keep you posted with information about rescheduling the event.
We wish BeBob a speedy recovery and we hope to see you all next Tuesday for some more great jazz insights!
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.
Beginning 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 http://www.paintingsbysandi.com/mbr_bio.php
If you are interested, please contact Julie at MUKA3021@aol.com.
Art Appreciation Series
Dr. 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.
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.
|Skye 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?|
Friends group wins state award for its website
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.
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!!
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.