Broward County Libraries Division Continues to Celebrate Viva Florida 500
New Events and displays planned for March and April

Viva 500 Florida logo.

DATE: Februay , 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath

During 2013, Broward County Libraries will celebrate Viva Florida 500, an initiative launched by the Florida State Department and its partners. Viva Florida 500 commemorates Florida’s 500th anniversary. This statewide, year-long event salutes the state’s rich heritage and diverse cultural history as well as its early exploration by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.

Ponce de Leon’s discover of Florida ushered in a new historical, multicultural era that brought people of many nationalities together, all of them helping to shape the future of Florida and the United States. With them came countless culture that grew and thrived in Florida. Viva Florida 500 is about celebrating those cultures’ impact on the history of Florida. Help Broward County Libraries celebrate Viva Florida 500, have fun and learn more about the history of our state.

Viva Florida Events for March and April 2013
March 27 – "ArcheoTourist Destinations in Southeast Florida,"
lecture by Michele Williams, director for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, 2 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954-357-7444)
April 4 – Stories of Florida – Con Sabor! Presented by Carrie-Sue Ayvar, Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino - with a little bit of Latino flavor! from 10 to 11 a.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.Reservations required, please call 954-357-7443 or email bmiller@browardlibrary.orgProgram supported by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
• April 17 – Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care, by author Eliot Kleinberg
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
A whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history and how it has changed the state, for better or worse, capped with a strong argument that Florida's biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians and work to solve the state's problems. Books by the speaker will be available for sale.

Viva Florida Displays and Exhibit
• National Registry of Historic Places, South Regional/Broward College Library
• Florida Public Archaeology Exhibit, West Regional Library
• Florida Heritage: Early Black and Spanish History in celebration of Viva Florida         500,Northwest Regional Library. Exhibit supported by the Florida Humanities Council
• Florida History Display, Pembroke Pines Library

For more information, please visit Broward County's Viva Florida website at

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