DATE: April 16, 2014
Celebrate international heritage this month at your library.
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - During May, explore diverse cultures, histories and heritage as Broward County Library 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 Mexico, the Caribbean and the countries and cultures of Asia and the Pacific.
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Events at the Library
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history with these free events at your library:
May 7 - SAMANVAY (Harmony) performance, 6 to 7 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-357-7444
May 14 - Foreign Films with commentary by Shelly Isaacs: Award-winning historical drama in Mandarin with English subtitles, call library for title, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
May 21 - Foreign Films with commentary by Shelly Isaacs: Film from China in Mandarin with English subtitles, 2 to 5 p.m., call library for title, Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
Cinco de Mayo: Party with Mariachis, Mexican Treats and More!
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. Enjoy mariachis, Mexican food sampling and fun kid's activities:
May 3 - Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351, 954-765-1500
May 3 - Paco Moreno and Friends create crafts and foods, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music! Children’s program 2 to 5 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Festival with Mexicanisimo Mariachi Band, Mexican Food Sampling, Favors and Crafts for Kids! 3 to 5:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
Celebrate Haitian-American Heritage, Held Annually Each May!
May 7 - Reception for Haiti Focus Exhbition 2014, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
May 10 - Festival D'Haiti, free annual cultural event with taste of all things Haitian: music, dancing, culture, food and fun, 12 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Educational Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL,
May 10 - Culture of the Haitian Diaspora - Lectures and Entertainment: "Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li," 2 to 5 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, located at 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066, 954-201-2600.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the largest library system in Florida by square footage 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 Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division 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, movies and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.