DATE: February 17, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – “Our History is Our Strength” is the theme for this year's Women’s History Month, a celebration that is observed each March in the United States. First commemmorated in 1981 as “Women’s History Week,” the initiative was expanded in 1987 after the Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to turn the week into Women's History Month. Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
Broward County Libraries Division will celebrate Women’s History Month and the theme of “Our History is Our Strength” with a variety of events that include lectures, films, storytelling, music and even a look at the stars through the eyes of a woman astronomer.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with these great programs, displays and exhibits at Broward County Library locations countywide:
Displays & Exhibits
Book Display of Famous Florida Women, North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberley Blvd., North Lauderdale. Book Displays Highlighting Women’s History: North Regional/Broward College Library, 100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek; Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs; Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach and Stirling Road Library, 3151 Stirling Rd., Hollywood.
Events & Programs
March 5 – The Representation of Women in the Media, presentation by Nova Southeastern University professor Kate Waites, 1;30 to 2:30 p.m., Century Plaza Library, 1856 A W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach (954-360-1330)
March 8 – Lecture: The Florida Women’s Story During the American Civil War, presented by local history writer Mae Silver, 1 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-357-7444)
March 10, 24 – Women’s History Month Movies: Topic: The Salem Witch Trials, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar (954-437-1806)
March 14 – Women’s History Month Performance: She Wrote the Story, performed by Sonny & Perley, 2 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation (954-382-5860)
March 17 – Famous American Businesswomen: Historical presentation on influential American businesswomen in the 20th and 21st centuries, noon, Northwest Library, 1580 N.W. 3rd Ave., Pompano Beach (954-786-2186)
March 15 - Historical Commission's Brown Bag Lunch: "Women of Broward County," noon, Historical Commission, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13) Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-357-5553)
March 17 – Culture in the Pines Women’s History Month Performance: She Wrote the Song, performed by Sonny & Perley, 2 p.m., Southwest Regional, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines (954-538-9996)
March 21 – Sharkey’s Storytime Fun: Girl Power! Celebrate Women’s History Month with books by your favorite female authors, ages 3-5, with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University, Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale-Davie (954-262-5477)
March 21 – In Honor of Women’s History Month and The Big Read: Books-in-Action program based on the children’s story Roy Makes a Car by Mary Lyons, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9th Ct., Pompano Beach (954-968-3820)
March 21 – Culture Vultures Presents: We Are the Voyagers: Join astronomer Janis Hernandez, former Associate Director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium, in her quest to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 2 to 4 p.m. 2nd floor Gallery, Nova Southeastern University, Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale-Davie (954-262-5477)
March 21 – Stories About Famous Women: Celebrating Women’s History Month, ages 6 to 9, 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines (954-538-9996).
To learn more about women in local history, consider a visit to the Broward County Historical Commission, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13) Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. View documents, books, photographs and more from their extensive collection of items focusing on the people and history of South Florida and Broward County.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.