Broward County Libraries Division Celebrates International Heritage
Free events scheduled for Cinco de Mayo, Asian-Pacific Heritage and Haitian-American Heritage Months

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DATE: May 1, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

During May, explore three diverse cultures, their histories and heritage, as Broward County Libraries Division celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, Haitian-American Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo. Take a global tour without leaving your hometown, as Broward County Library readies for a month filled with the sights and sounds of Haiti, Mexico and the countries and cultures of Asia and the Pacific.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. This month, take a trip through Bollywood history, taste healthy Asian recipes and watch dances from India and Polynesia, all for free!
May 4 – Asian-Pacific Cooking Demonstration with Public Aprons Cooking School chef, from 1 to 2 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477) 
May 4 – Polynesian Dancers, watch and participate, all ages, from 2 to 3 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066 (954-201-2600) 
May 5 – Bharatanatyam to Bollywood: The Journey of Indian Dance. Lecture/demonstration presenting the history, evolution and current state of Indian dance, adults, from 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
May 11 – Culture In Pines Presents: The Moeta Lual Polynesian Dancers, from 2 to 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 3331 (954-357-6580)
May 15 – Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs, Asian Film Month, 2 to 4 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065 (954-357-7990)
May 25 – Association of Performing Arts of India Presents Indian Classical Music and Dance, 2 to 4 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33331 (954-357-6580)

Cinco de Mayo – Eat, Dance and Fiesta!
Food and music - two favorite ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the holiday held in honor of Mexico’s fight for freedom, as well as its heritage and culture. Visit Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351 (954-765-1500) on May 4 for a “Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert,” to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear the sweet and suave sounds of authentic Mexican music; all are invited to this fun, free concert.

Learn how to make delicious Latino dishes at home, on your own time, with Universal Class. Non-credit courses in a variety of subjects, including “Spanish Cooking 101”, are offered online. Use your Broward County Library card to sign on and access more than 500 free classes. Also, check out Broward County Library’s catalog to find great books on Mexican cooking for all levels and tastes.

Haitian-American Heritage Month
Haitian-American Heritage Month was established as a celebration of Haitian culture, history and pride as well as a number of significant events including:
• The creation of the blue and red Haitian flag on May 18, 1803
• The birthday of General Toussaint Louverture (May 20 1743)
• Haitian achievements and contributions across the globe.

One special way to celebrate a nation’s history and heritage is learning its language. Learn either Haitian-Creole or French in honor of Haitian-American Heritage Month. Take both of them for free at Byki, an online language learning tool provided by Broward County Library that uses flash cards to teach word sets and phrases. Use your Broward County Library card to sign up and take free language classes now.

Also, include this art display, festival and cultural celebration on your list of must-do Haitian-American Heritage Month activities:
May 1-30 – Paintings by Haitian author/artist Paul Blot, South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
May 11 – Miramar Library Presents Festival d’Haiti, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025 (954-357-8090)
May 22 – Haitian-American Cultural Panorama! 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (954-357-7670)

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 40 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,, 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.

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