DATE: June 11, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
American Heritage Month kick offs in July and Broward County Library has a summer full of fun to celebrate. Before, during and after the Fourth of July (the anniversary of the U.S.'s independence), there will be events, exhibits and more to celebrate American heritage.
June 12 - Shade Tree Pickers: Bluegrass Celebrates American Heritage Month, 3 to 4 p.m., Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351 (954-720-2282) Free for Friends of Tamarac Library; $3 for nonmembers.
June 16 - Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, celebrate Juneteenth with food, fun and music, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Northwest Branch Library, 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 (954-786-2186)
June 21 - Historical Commission Brown Bag Lunch Program: Broward County Sports, noon, Broward County Historical Commission Building, 301 Harmon Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954-357-5553)
June 26 - Lesley McDonald Sings America, 1 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066 (954-201-2600)
June 28 - Quilting Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065 (954-341-3900)
July 7 - Film: For Love and Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068 (954-968-3840)
July 9 - Life During the Civil War: Presented by Robert and Kathy Feeney, 2 to 3 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 (954-382-5860)
July 17 - Native American Dream Catcher Craft, ages 5-12, 2 to 3 p.m., please pre-register: 954-785-2181, Pompano Beach Branch Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 (954-786-2181)
July 20 - Moon Day, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954-357-7444)
July 21 - Shade Tree Pickers: Bluegrass Celebrates American Heritage Month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065 (954-341-3900)
July 23 - Life During the Civil War: Presented by Robert and Kathy Feeney, 1 to 4 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 (954-382-5860)
In addition to these programs, make plans to visit the Broward County Historical Commission during American Heritage Month. Tour the building, see the latest exhibit Broward Schools: A Look Back and view memorabilia, publications and other historical artifacts. Take a historic road trip around town and celebrate Florida's American Heritage by seeing Broward County's Must-See Historical Sites or view a sampling of historic photos here.
Displays & Exhibits:
American Heritage Month Book Displays, Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling Rd., Hollywood, FL 33312 (954-985-2689) and West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 (954-382-5860)
American Presidents Book Display, Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, 3403 Galt Ocean Mile, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954-537-2877)
Civil War Exhibit, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 (954-382-5860)
Historic Broward County, Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065 (954-341-3900)
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.