Activities and Events

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Vincent Franco artwork

Artists of the Month: Vincent Franco & Barbara Franco
Ever since childhood, Vincent Franco had an interest in art which was a natural trait he inherited from his mother. Upon his discharge from the service, he took classes in oil and water color painting. He enrolled at Pratt Institute to study Advertising Design. After graduating, he entered in the field of Graphic Design at Raymond Loewy Associate. While employed there, he was one of four selected to design the John F. Kennedy postage stamp. Then he moved on to a career in logo design and production at Chermayeff & Geismar Associate. After retirement, he continued to take additional classes in water color, pastels, pen and ink drawing. As a member of the Nassau Art League, he won several awards in juried competitions. Barbara Franco was born and raised in Brooklyn and at James Madison High School took sewing classes that required completion of an outfit. Her design was awarded first place in Design and Construction. Her love of sewing and being creative has always been part of her life, and her embroidery has won several awards. Her embroidery relaxes her, and she enjoys every stitch that she creates.Their work will be on display at the Parkland Library July 2nd through 31st.

Parkland Library’s “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Club
(children, teens and adults)

June 7 – August 11

Sponsored by Parkland Friends of the Library and Parkland/Coral Springs Business Group
Every person age 2 years through adult will receive a small gift for coming in and registering for the “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Club. Keep a log of books you read to earn prizes all summer. The more books you read the more prizes you get! Keep reading all summer and earn prizes along the way. Children and teens must have a Parkland Library card to register. 

Open Play Game Room (adults)

Friday, July 20th, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Bring a board/card game or use one of the library’s for a social afternoon. Meet your friends for Mah Jong, dominoes, canasta and more. Registration not required.

Potluck Social & Recipe Exchange (adults)

Saturday, July 21st, 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the neighborly feeling of a friendly potluck social. Bring a dish of your choice (homemade or store bought) and, if you’d like, a copy of the recipe. For those who want, we’ll make copies of the recipes for everyone to share and take home. Then just relax, socialize and eat! Registration required. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: Wrinkles (adults)

Saturday, July 21st, 2 p.m.

Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe lead a cast of eccentric characters who rebel against authority in this wonderfully animated and poignant comedy for adults. The story opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in an old folks’ home, this film introduces the audience to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and nighttime joyrides, as the reality of Emilio's future life begins to sink in. Using hand-drawn animation, Wrinkles moves freely between the inmates' daily routines and their more colorful, dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for both tears and laughter as it pokes pointed fun at society's attitude towards the elderly. Registration required. Register here.

Book Folding Craft (adults and teens)

Monday, July 23rd, 10:30 a.m.

Cultivate your crafty side with this fun and easy project that will result in an artsy sculpture made by folding the pages of a book. No experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Registration required. Register here.

Eyes of the World – Astronomy in Chile

Monday, July 23rd, 1 p.m.

Join MSDHS Astronomy teacher Kyle Jeter as he discusses Astronomy research in Chile. Mr. Jeter will share insights and pictures from his recent tour of the amazing observatories dotting the landscape of this beautiful country. Registration required. Register here.

Cartooning with Corey (adults and teens)

Wednesday, July 25th, 6 p.m.

Local cartoonist Cory Laub will teach participants to draw popular cartoon characters while entertaining the group with fun facts about animation and comic book trivia in this special session geared toward teens and adults. Registration required. Register here.

All-Ages Rock Painting

Thursday, July 26th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Be part of the movement trending across the nation: spreading happiness and smiles through a small act of kindness. How? Paint river rocks and hide them for others to find. We will provide the supplies. You bring the inspiration! You’ll leave with your new creation, and then you can decide later where you want to hide it. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group

Monday, July 30th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here.

Make-It-Mod Mannequin Craft (adults & teens)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2 p.m.

Bring a wooden figure to life! A flexible 12-inch mannequin will rock the style you choose in this crafty session. We’ll provide a mish-mosh of materials like paint, markers, ribbon, fabric scraps, cotton, glitter and more, along with a wooden mannequin with stand to decorate to your own taste. Registration required. Register here.

Off to College: Important Legal Issues to Consider

Wednesday, August 1st, 6:30 p.m.

For families with college-age children, it is important to consider topics such as power of attorney for school grades/financial matters and health care rights. Once your child turns 18, legal matters change. Just because you pay the tuition doesn’t override the school’s privacy policy. Did your children leave you with a power of attorney? What’s your plan to pay for their expenses? It’s that time of year when these young adults either return to or begin college. Come hear advice from two professionals who can help with a smooth transition. Lisa I. Glassman is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience and Evan L. Wolk, CRPC© is a well-respected and experienced financial advisor. Registration required. 

Knit ‘n’ Knowledge

Monday, August 6th, 10:30 a.m.

Do you enjoy knitting?  Bring your own projects, tips, techniques and ideas to share with fellow knitters at the Parkland Library. 

Used Book Fair

Tuesday, August 7th through Saturday, August 11th

Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these five days, the fair features used books. 

Adult Coloring Book Art

Tuesday, August 7th, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Decompress and let your mind wander while enjoying this latest creative trend: coloring books for adults. We’ll add some soothing background music and light snacks to create a little “me time” in your day. 

Best Book Brunch (adults)

Saturday, August 11th, 10:30 a.m.

This fun get-together will be the culmination of the “Libraries Rock” Adult Summer Reading Club. Come share your favorite book of the summer, and bring your completed reading log in order to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing. Brunch will be served. Registration required. 

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)

Tuesday, August 14th, 10:30 a.m.

Put it all together with new and old friends during this relaxing morning of jigsaw puzzles. Enjoy snacks, listen to music, and get that sense of completion. Registration required. 

TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

Wednesday, August 15th, 6 p.m.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership – starting with a golden circle and the question: "Why?" His examples include Apple, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Wright brothers. Sinek, the author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last, explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. We’ll watch a video presentation of this talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. 

Open Play Game Room (adults)

Friday, August 17th, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Bring a board/card game or use one of the library’s for a social afternoon. Meet your friends for Mah Jong, dominoes, canasta and more. Registration not required. 

Sahaja Yoga Meditation (adults & teens)

Saturday, August 18th, 10:30 a.m.

This simple, time-honored meditation reduces stress and increases wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. Anyone can do it. Apurva Puranik, a Sahaja Yoga Meditation practitioner since 2005, will lead this session. Registration required. 

Afternoon Film & Discussion: Goodbye Christopher Robin (adults)

Saturday, August 18th, 2 p.m.

Get a rare glimpse into the relationship between author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), creator of the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and his young son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston). The international success of the books that enchanted the world comes at a cost to the author, his son, and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), in this moving story about success and family. Registration required. 

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group

Monday, August 20th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. 

Adult Art Class: Fundamentals of Watercolor Painting

Tuesday, August 21st, 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy the beauty of watercolor painting! Participants will learn how to apply watercolor washes and how to blend colors. This class will be led by instructor Malgorzata Kawashima. Supplies included. No experience necessary. Registration required. 

Speaker Liane Sangollo: “Lead the Life You Want,”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 6:15 p.m.

Are you living the life you want? Is someone preventing you? You think it’s your family? Your spouse? Your boss? Your children? Think again! You’ll learn about what prevents you from pursuing what you really want in life by becoming aware of self-defeating patterns. Liane Sangollo is a certified HR consultant, professional coach and applied neuroscience practitioner who helps people transform their personal and professional lives. She has more than 30 years of human resources management experience in Canada and the United States and is the author of End Your Self-Sabotage: 8 Deadly Patterns Preventing You from Leading the Life You Want. Registration required. 

Writers' Cafe


Fridays at 10 a.m.

Whether you are hoping to be published or just want to share your memories with family members, you will find advice and support with this group of authors. This group meets every Friday at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.