Teen Writers Roundtable (middle & high school)
Wednesday, February 21st, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Share any form of writing and give and get feedback from peers, who are guided by a qualified adult facilitator. Bring your poetry, stories, or whatever writing you’d like to discuss with the group. We’ll start with a fun creative-writing warm-up. Snacks will be served. Parkland Library card required to register.
You’ve Been Hacked! (adults & teens)
Wednesday, February 28th, 6:15 p.m.
Kevin Quinn, a Parkland resident and cybersecurity expert who has worked with the NSA, NATO, and Fortune 500 enterprises to secure global systems and data, will give you a deeper understanding of why your data is not safe, who is using it, and how you can help reduce the personal impact. He will give an overview of the schemes leveraged to obtain your information, new policies that will directly impact your digital security and freedom, and give a broad view of emerging technologies that will “change the game.” Join us for a topic relevant to our time and leave empowered to better balance your release of privacy for convenience. Help steer the discussion by submitting questions ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration required. Register here.
Florida Lore: An Adult Storytelling Performance (adults & teens)
Tuesday, March 6th, 6:15 p.m.
It's often been said that our stories make us who we are – and that's true not only for people, but for places, as well. Come hear a lively, entertaining, educational – and mostly true – collection of legends, folktales and myths from the Sunshine State. No matter how long you've lived here, you will be amazed at what a fascinating place this is! Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., is a professional storyteller. She teaches at Florida Atlantic University, and performs nationally and abroad. Her most recent book is Florida Lore: The Barefoot Mailman, Cowboy Bone Mizell, the Tallahassee Witch and Other Tales. Dr. Neile appears weekly on public radio WLRN and writes a storytelling column for the Jewish Journal. Registration required. Register here.
TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “The Power of Introverts” (adults & teens)
Wednesday, March 14th, 6 p.m.
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and they should be encouraged and celebrated. Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative. We’ll watch a video presentation of this entertaining and thought-provoking talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here.
Irish Step Dance Performance (all ages)
Saturday, March 17th, 10:30 a.m.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Start your day off right with this performance by the Drake School of Irish Dance, whose dancers enjoy competing both locally and internationally, and performing throughout Broward County. Made popular by such shows as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Irish step dance is a fun dance form open to all. Come and see what the fuss is about. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this unique dance form. Registration required. Register here.
Step-into-Spring Mural Painting (all ages)
Tuesday, March 20th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It’s the first day of spring! 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 spring. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register here.
Improving Your iPhone Photography (adults & teens)
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 20th & 21st, 6:15 p.m.
On, no, you are at a special place or witnessing an amazing event and your camera is back in your hotel room! Have no fear, your iPhone camera is always handy and is an exceptional photo device once you know how to use it. This course is designed to help you take great iPhone photographs and process them to share with friends, family, or online. The two-day course will be taught by Alan Spitzer, a physician and a professional photographer, who has had numerous exhibits of his work around the country. Registration required. Space is limited. Registration required. Register here.
Smart Start Tutoring
varied Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This program provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students provided by high school students. For information and to register, visit http://www.smartstartfl.com