Celebrate Viva Florida 500 with Free Events and Exhibits at Broward County Libraries!
- Have fun with Florida history and learn something, too! -

Viva Florida 500  logo.

DATE:  July 12, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
EMAIL: cmcelrath@broward.org  
PHONE: 954-357-7402

Viva Florida 500, an initiative launched by the Florida Department of State and its partners, celebrates the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival in Florida. The statewide, year-long salute to the state's history celebrates Florida's rich heritage and diverse cultural history. Broward County Libraries Division will hold numerous events and exhibits dedicated to Viva Florida 500 including:

Viva Florida 500 Events
July 20 - ArcheoTourist Destinations in Southeast Florida, from 2 to 3 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
July 27 - Matthew Sabatella: The Real Florida in Song and Story,from 2 to 3 p.m.,
Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
August 30 - Story Time and Craft: Florida Animals, ages 2-5, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, 954-357-7595
September 11 - Sharkey's Storytime:Florida Fun! Enjoy books, songs and activities about the Sunshine State, 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, FL 33314, 954-262-5477
September 17 - Spanish Marine Navigation Circa 1513, presented by the South Florida Astronomer's Association, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444

Viva Florida 500 Exhibits:
Northwest Regional Library; Historic Broward County, courtesy of Broward County Historical Commission, North Regional/Broward College Library

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, 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.

Release Properties