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​​Please join us on our mission to support the Stirling Road Branch Library with our programming, fundraising, and advocacy efforts.
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What: 
Fiction, Non Fiction, Children’s Books, CDs, and other treasures! $3.00 a bag (we supply the bag!). 
Special Offers on Lincoln Collection and Coffee Table Books

Where:
The Stirling Road Branch Library
3151 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33312

When:
Dates and Times: 
Friday, April 17th Noon - 4 PM
Saturday, April 18th  11AM - 2PM 
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 ​
March 28: 1940s - Remember Little Golden Books, Cootie, and Curious George?
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?
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Join us at our monthly Board Meeting on the Second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM​​
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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 StuartHopen.com.

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The first book which Stuart has reviewed for us is Shantagram by Gregory David Roberts. 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
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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​​​​​"

Starting on March 10th and continuing through April 14th - Walter Ladden returns with a new Tuesday evening Music Series. This series will focus on Classical music and is free for all who wish to attend.

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The next meeting of the Book Discussion Group is on Tuesday, April 21st from 1:30-3:00 pm. The Group will discuss The Ocean at the End of the Land by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman's work has been honoured with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards​
​Movie​ Club

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 Paradi
so in Hollywood. Members of the Friends will receive $2 off the tickets and a free popcorn.
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CHANGE FOR APRIL ONLY - SECOND THURSDAY!!
Please note that in April, the Movie Club will meet on Thursday, April 9th at 1:30 pm.

​​Art Lessons​

Levy.jpgOct Art.PNGThe Friends Group is thrilled to announce that Sandi Levy will return on Fridays March 6,13, 20 and 27th  at 1:00 pm with a new series of art classes. Check your email for the announcement regarding specific dates.

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 http://www.paintingsbysandi.com/mbr_bio.php​. 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:

March 26 Kahlo and Rivera 
April 2nd Postponed
April 23 Cezanne
April 30  Van Gogh
May 7 Gauguin
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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. 
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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. ​​

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?
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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. www.fliff.com.

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.
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​What's Happening at the Library?
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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​