DATE: July 30, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
This year, both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate 50 years of independence from the United Kingdom. Jamaica celebrates their anniversary on August 6 while Trinidad and Tobago’s is on August 31. To celebrate this milestone, Broward County Library will host programs for all ages at three library locations. Additionally, three libraries will have displays of books and other materials relating to the countries and the occasion.
If you’re in the mood to celebrate independence island-style, put these fun and free events on your August calendar!
August 15 - Storytelling in honor of Caribbean 50 Year Anniversary, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9th Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (954-968-3820)
August 25 - "Jamaica: Honoring the Past in the Present," noon to 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
August 25 - David "Ras D" Goddard, Steel Band Benu Sounds, 1 to 2 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 (954-382-5860)
Stop any time during these libraries during regular hours to view the following displays:
Caribbean 50 Year Anniversary - Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065 (954-341-3900); Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago - 50 Years, North Regional/Broward College Library , 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066 (954-201-2600); Caribbean 50 Year Anniversary (Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago) Book Display, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 (954-382-5860).
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