Activities and Events

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Artist of the Month: Jodi Turchin 

Jodi Turchin’s photographic journey began in the late 1980s, when she borrowed her father's Canon AE-1 and started shooting the bands at her local college rock bar. While musicians have long had Jodi's photographic heart, in recent years she has branched out into nature and wildlife photography and portraiture. What Jodi loves most about nature is having personal interaction with wildlife, which enables her to capture it at its best. Jodi Turchin’s photography will be on display at the Parkland Library from August 1 through August 31.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group

Monday, August 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 have you been reading or watching? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)

Tuesday, August 22nd, 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.

“The Art of the Mystery: What Evil Lurks?” with speaker Dr. Margery Marcus

Tuesday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m.

Distinguished educator Dr. Margery Marcus will give an overview of the history of detective fiction and take a look at why readers love mysteries. She will touch on all different types of mysteries and give lots of recommendations for book lovers. Registration required. Register here.

Used Book Fair 

Thursday, September 7th through Saturday, September 9th

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

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group 

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy 
by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
Saturday, September 9th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

After the unexpected passing of her beloved husband Dave Goldberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and bestselling author of Lean In, feared that she and her young children would never find joy again. Fortunately, this fear was unfounded. This book – co-authored with psychologist and friend Adam Grant – shows how Sandberg and many others who have overcome a wide range of profound hardships triumph over tragedy. The book posits that it’s helpful to think of resilience like a muscle, one that atrophies in the calm between the storms of our lives. But there are things we can do to develop it, so we’re better prepared when adversity strikes. Registration not required.

Knit ‘N’ Knowledge

Monday, September 11th, 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. Registration is not required.

Beginning Mah Jongg

Monday, September 11th, 4 p.m.

Mah Jongg is a popular four-player game that originated in China and is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. In five sessions you will learn the basics of this challenging game. The instructor Jill Vogel is a Mah Jongg aficionado and will share both her knowledge and love of the game with you. The one-hour classes will be held on five Mondays at 4 p.m. beginning September 11th. Bring your enthusiasm; the rest will be provided. Registration required. Register here

Adult Coloring Book Art

Tuesday, September 12th, 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

Photography Course with Jeremiah Jenner (adults & teens)

Tuesdays, September 12th, 19th, 26th, & October 3rd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring your camera and get ready for fun while learning! This 4-week fine art photography course will be taught by certified photography instructor Jeremiah Jenner, who also instructs at Art Center South Florida as well as at private workshops at his studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The four sessions will cover color and composition, architectural photography, abstraction and more. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here

TED Talk Screening & Discussion

Wednesday, September 13th, 6:30 p.m.

“Do Schools Kill Creativity?” is the topic of this 20-minute TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson. We’ll watch a video presentation of his enlightening, humorous talk, then the group will react and discuss. Registration required. Register here

An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling: A Performance/Lecture by Caren S. Neile (adults & teens)

Saturday, September 16th, 10:30 a.m.

Think storytelling is just for kids? Think again! The ability to tell, understand, and experience life through the sharing of story is one of the most important aspects of our human identity. This lively and entertaining program lead by Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., a performance storyteller and affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, will explain how storytelling affects the brain, why it is used in a wide variety of fields, how to jumpstart your own storytelling abilities and more. Plus, you'll hear some terrific stories, old and new. You’ll even find out how to tell your story on public radio! Registration required. Register here

Afternoon Film & Discussion: Dancing in Jaffa

Saturday, September 16th, 2 p.m. 

This charming and very moving documentary follows dancer Pierre Dulaine's project to teach ballroom dancing to a mixed group of Jewish and Arab fifth grade students in Jaffa, Israel. Dulaine is an internationally awarded dancer and in his later years he went on to run the program "Dancing Classrooms" in the New York public schools and other cities. Teaching neighboring students in Jaffa to dance together was his biggest challenge. Registration required. Register here

“Naturally Treating Childhood Diseases” with speaker Dr. Josh Kirby

Monday, September 18th, 11 a.m.

Dr. Josh Kirby, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, will outline how help childhood conditions like ear infections, common colds, scoliosis, and asthma without the need of medications or surgeries. Registration required. Register here

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)

Tuesday, September 19th, 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

5 Awesome Tips from a Professional Organizer on How to Get and Keep Your Home Organized

Tuesday, September 26th, 10:30 a.m.

Lisa Grossman of Peace Love and Organizing will lead this interactive workshop that will engage participants with fun organizing techniques to use at home, provide them with information on products she most often recommends, and share the secrets of maintaining an organized home. Lisa has been avid organizer her entire life. Three years ago, she started doing it professionally and now runs her own business. Registration required. Register here

Evening Jazz with The Inner Court

Wednesday, September 27th, 6:30 p.m.

Come out to the Parkland Library for a night of jazz and enjoy the live sounds of the Jazz Fusion band The Inner Court as they play a diverse set of funk, rock, Caribbean, Brazilian and other Latin styles. Light refreshments will be served. Register here

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.