Activities and Events
Artist of the Month: Annika Dean
Saturday, May 5th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Annika Dean was the kid that was always drawing. Her mother and grandfather were both portrait artists. She knew at age 14 she wanted to be an art teacher and in 1998 graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a degree in Art Education K-12. Teaching is her passion. She currently teaches for two elementary schools in Broward Public Schools: Indian Trace and Royal Palm. Since moving to Florida from the mountains of Utah where she grew up, she has been drawn to paint seashells with acrylic paint. Annika, a survivor of the 2017 Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and parent of a Stoneman Douglas student, has been moved to begin oil paintings of the angels from the memorial at Pine Trails Park as a way to process it and heal. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library May 1st through 31st.
Afternoon Board Games (adults)
Friday, May 18th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Yahtzee, Scrabble, checkers, dominoes, and more are all on the table for this fun and social afternoon. We’ll provide the games; you just need to bring your game face! Registration required. Register here
Afternoon Film & Discussion: A Dog’s Purpose (adults)
Saturday, May 19th, 2 p.m.
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Registration required. Register here
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, May 21st, 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
Memorial Day Ceremony
Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Parkland Library will mark this coming day of observance with a presentation of colors by Westglades Middle School JROTC, and a performance of taps and The Star-Spangled Banner by an ensemble from Westglades Band. Harpist Darlene Weingarten, a member of the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society, will then provide beautiful background music as attendees write notes or create coloring pages to add to a memorial message board, if they wish.
Aging with Style (adults)
Wednesday, May 30th, 6:30 p.m.
Come hear from an Ivy League educated attorney with over 20 years of experience about the latest updates on how to protect your assets from probate and how to age with style. Lisa I. Glassman, Esq. is a proud Parkland resident since 2004 and will be discussing wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care surrogate documents and more. Registration required. Register here
Knit ‘n’ Knowledge
Monday, June 4th, 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.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, June 5th, 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. We will provide the supplies or you may bring your own. Registration required. Register here.
Used Book Fair
Thursday, June 7th through Saturday, June 9th
Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these three days, the fair features used books. For more information, call 954-757-4203.
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.
Adult Summer Reading Kickoff with speaker Oline Cogdill
ay, June 9th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Parkland Friends of the Library
Art Class: Fundamentals of Drawing (adults & teens)
Tuesday, June 12th, 10:30 a.m. to noon
The focus of this drawing class will be on sketching basic shapes and using a variety of lines and shading techniques. This class will be led by instructor Malgorzata Kawashima. Supplies included. No experience necessary. Registration required. Register here.
Afternoon Board Games (adults)
Friday, June 15th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Yahtzee, Scrabble, checkers, dominoes, and more are all on the table for this fun and social afternoon. We’ll provide the games; you just need to bring your game face! Registration required. Register here.
Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)
Monday, June 18th, 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. Register here.
All-Ages Rock Painting
Monday, June 18th, 3 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.
TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “My Wish: Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out”
Wednesday, June 20th, 6 p.m.
Beloved French street artist JR depicts social injustices through giant, involved works portraying the faces of the impoverished and displaced. JR uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. He hopes to inspire others to take up his cause and join him in showing oppressors the people they negatively impact or sometimes even outright exploit. We’ll watch a video presentation of this talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here.
Summer Mural Painting
Thursday, June 21st, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It’s the first day of summer! What better way to celebrate than to add your creative mark on a giant mural that will be displayed at the library all season long? This all-ages family fun painting event will get you in the spirit of summer fun. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register here.
Afternoon Film & Discussion: Step: A Real Life Story (adults & high school teens)
Saturday, June 23rd, 2 p.m.
Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, Step chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Registration required. Register here.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, June 25th, 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.
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.