Sponsoring programs within the various departments of the library is a keystone of our mission. Throughout the year, the majority of programs held at the library are Friends' sponsored, including cultural, educational, and entertainment programs. The Friends have a synergistic relationship with the staff focused on bringing a variety of programs to our branch. The staff creates and plans programs which our group publicizes to our members and underwrites the cost. Our partnership with The Music Club of Hollywood has been amazingly successful through our different lecture series on composers with Walter Ladden and on jazz with FIU Professor Bob Grabowski. We also sponsor a monthly short story group with Miriam Kalett which not only is beneficial to its attendees but has also resulted in many new memberships for our group.
In 2013, the Friends initiated a Programming Committee whose mission is to create and institute programs which will cement our branch's position as the center of culture and education for our community. During our first year we began our Open Learning program which features a series of lectures throughout the year. Our first series was On Happiness followed by a series on the Slow Food Movement. In the past our group also organized a High School workshop focused on the college admissions process which was generously facilitated by Mandee Heller Adler of International College Counselors.
Upcoming Friends Sponsored Events:
Seth Bramson, South Florida's foremost and
premiere historian, to speak at the
Stirling Road Library for Black History Month .
Seth Bramson is South Florida's foremost and premiere historian. He is America's single most-published Florida history book author with 17 of his 22 books dealing directly with the villages, towns, cities, counties, people and businesses of the South Florida Gold Coast.
He is the Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway—the only person in the country who bears that title with an American railroad—and his book, "Speedway to Sunshine" is the official history of that famous line. His collection of FEC Railway and Florida transportation memorabilia is the largest in the world: it is larger than the State Museum's collection and larger than the Flagler Museum's collection.
A graduate of Cornell University's famed School of Hotel Administration, he holds Masters degrees from St. Thomas University and Florida International University, both here in Miami. He is Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence at Barry University and Adjunct Professor of Nova Southeastern University's Lifelong Learning Institute, where he teaches numerous south Florida and Florida history courses. In addition he is Historian in Residence at FIU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
The founder of the Miami Memorabilia Collectors Club, his collection of Miami memorabilia and Floridiana is the largest in private hands in the country.
He is now working on his 22nd and 23rd books, one of which will be titled "Jewels in the Sunshine: The Flagler System Hotels" and the other "Beach is Dynamite! The History of Miami Beach High."
Additionally he is the author of more than 130 articles on South Florida local and Florida transportation history including five in juried or refereed publications.
He has appeared as a featured guest or commentator on Florida history programs on A and E, Discovery Channel, Florida Public Broadcasting, Fox FX The Collectibles Show, History Channel, Learning Channel and Turner South Network as well as all six local Miami television stations.
Nationally recognized as Florida's leading transportation historian and the Miami area's pre-eminent local historian he has been quoted frequently in newspapers and magazines throughout Florida as well as in "The New York Times," "Chicago Tribune," "Bloomberg Business Week," "History," the History Channel Magazine and "U. S. A. Today."
Classical Music Series
Walter Ladden’s musical profiles continue to inspire and excite the
classical music lovers in our community. This series is sponsored by the
Friends in partnership with The Music Club of Hollywood. Seating is
limited. Click Here to see the scheduled sessions.
Art Appreciation Series
Dr. Batia Cohen kept over 25 attendees at her art appreciation lecture enthralled as she highlighted some of the most notorious art thefts in history. To everyone's delight, Dr. Cohen gave the background behind each artist of the masterpiece stolen and placed each theft in its historical context. Her next lecture will take place on January 30th and will focus on Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. 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 -
Stirling Road Short Stories Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM. Click here to view the short stories which we will be covering over the upcoming months.
Other Upcoming Library events:
Stirling Road Branch Discussion Group
Meeting Room off of Lobby, every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:30-3 PM. Check back soon for our list of books to be included for discussion in 2014.
March 18TH: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Interested in what our Book Discussion Group has read in past years? Click here to check out some of the titles that we have read beginning in 2012. It's quite a fascinating collection! Click here
Do you have any comments or suggestions about our various programs? Do you have any suggestions or recommendatinos for new programs? Feel free to contact our Programming Committee Directly: Email Us