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Artist of the Month: Nessie Yara

Artist’s Reception Saturday, October 6th 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Nessie Yara is an emerging contemporary figurative artist. She was formally educated in visual arts at Florida International University and the University of Puerto Rico. Using acrylics, Nessie paints about motherhood, childhood, family, and the little things in between. Most of her inspiration comes from the simple things in life. Her art touches the subjects of time, permanence vs transition, and invites us to explore emotions of joy, love and intimacy. The subjects on her art inspire us to look into our search for a balance between serenity, simplicity, spontaneity, and movement. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a Florida resident for the past 27 years, Nessie’s color palette is highly influenced by the distinctive saturation of blues and greens found in Florida and in the tropics. Bright colors and ocean inspired themes are an inherent part of her work. Her artwork is displayed in South Florida, Ohio, and Puerto Rico.Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library October 1st through 30th. 



How to Use the Library – Tips and Tricks


Monday, October 15th and 22nd, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  
In these classes for all ages, participants will learn their way through all the aspects of library use. The first class will focus on how to use the physical library with details on how to find items, how items are arranged and how to be an effective searcher.  The second class will focus on the virtual library with instruction on how to use electronic resources as well as which electronic resources to use. Registration required. Register here.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Tuesday, October 16th, 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 is not required.

Spanish Guitar Concert


Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30 p.m.


Spanish guitarist Gladius fuses a variety of musical styles into a refreshing formula, evoking the Spanish spirit, yet resulting in a distinctly unorthodox sound. Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros and others, this award-winning musician explores a multicultural mix sure to appeal to all audiences, while also exhibiting perseverance, having prevailed over a crippling case of nerve damage which could have easily ended any musician's career. Registration required. Register here.

Adult Craft: Book Folding


Thursday, October 18th, 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.

Open Play Game Room (adults)


Friday, October 19th, 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 is not required.

Potluck Social & Recipe Exchange (adults)


Saturday, October 20th, 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: The Artist (adults)


Saturday, October 20th, 2 p.m.


The Artist is a love letter and homage to classic black-and-white silent films. The film is enormously likable and is anchored by a charming performance from Jean Dujardin, as silent movie star George Valentin. In late-1920s Hollywood, as Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he makes an intense connection with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. As one career declines, another flourishes, and by channeling elements of A Star Is Born and Singing in the Rain, The Artist tells the engaging story with humor, melodrama, romance, and – most importantly – silence. Registration required. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, October 22nd, 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.

The Ghost of Bellamy Bridge: Terrifying Tales from Florida and Beyond (adults & teens)


Tuesday, October 30th, 6:15 p.m.


Halloween just wouldn't be the same without a session of spooky stories. Come prepared to be pleasantly scared by characters like the tragic Ghost of Bellamy Bridge from Marianna or Key West's creepy Robert the Doll and Carl von Cosel. But never fear: You'll also get a much-deserved laugh from an interactive crowd-pleaser about a monster with yellow eyes. Not for the faint of heart, this program is a must for anyone who wants to tell their own spine-tinglers! Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., is a performance storyteller who has taught storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University since 2001. The former chair of the National Storytelling Network, she has performed in six countries and 10 states. Her most recent book is Florida Lore (History Press). Registration required. Register here.

Mixed Media Art Class: Fall Colors (adults)


Thursday, November 1st, 10:30 a.m. to noon


Get your fall colors flowing! Students will be guided in creating autumn-inspired artworks using pencil and other materials. This class will be led by instructor Malgorzata Kawashima. All supplies will be provided. Registration required. Register here.

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate


Saturday, November 3rd, 10:30 a.m.


Based on a real-life scandal – in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country – Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale starts in Memphis 1939, when 12-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings are taken and thrown into an orphanage. The Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents, but they quickly realize the dark truth. Then, jumping to Aiken, South Carolina, present day, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. Then Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis and an encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history. Registration not required.

Knit ‘n’ Knowledge


Monday, November 5th, 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. 

The Glen Friedman Jazz Quartet


Wednesday, November 7th, 6 p.m.


Join us for jazz at the library! The Glen Friedman Jazz Quartet consists of some of the best musicians in South Florida. Band leader and Parkland resident Glen Friedman plays trumpet and piano, with Jamie Roth on sax and piano, Robert Sherber on bass, and Jason Furman on drums. Come get your swing on! Registration required. Register here.

Adult Coloring Book Art


Tuesday, November 13th, 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. 

Parkland Cares Children’s Book Event: Wings by Caren Bock


Thursday, November 15th, 4 p.m.


Meet author Caren Bock as she reads from her book Wings: Soar Through the Journey, which helps families learn how to communicate feelings associated with loss. Parkland Cares’ goal is to raise money and award grants in South Florida to non-profit organizations that provide mental health services and trauma counseling to those impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The author will sign books which will be available for purchase to benefit Parkland Cares. Register here.

Open Play Game Room (adults)


Friday, November 16th, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.


Bring a board/card game or use one of the library’s for a social afternoon. Mah Jongg, Scrabble, Yahtzee and more are all on the table. Registration is not required. 

Sahaja Meditation (adults & teens)


Saturday, November 17th, 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. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: Best in Show (adults)


Saturday, November 17th, 2 p.m.


This comedic "mockumentary" is a blue ribbon look at dog show participants and the pooches who love them.  Director Christopher Guest plays a dog owner headed to the big show, along with a stellar comedic cast including Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. There’s hilarious commentary by dog show announcer (Fred Willard), endured by his long-suffering British counterpoint (Jim Piddock). Registration required. Register here. 

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Monday, November 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 is not required. 

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, November 26th, 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.

Adult Craft: Paper Marbling


Tuesday, November 27th, 10:30 a.m.


Create your own swirling design for stationery or just a colorful work of art in this easy-to-do ink-and-paper art class. No experience necessary. Supplies included. Registration required. Register here.

Jewish Book Month Multimedia Event: A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee

 

Thursday, November 28th, 6 p.m.


Join us for this fascinating presentation by author Miriam Hoffman and her son, renowned actor Avi Hoffman. Author, scholar, journalist, playwright and survivor Miriam Hoffman’s new book A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee, published by Yiddishkayt Press (a division of Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc.) describes the intellectual and emotional journey of her experience growing up in a post-war displaced person (DP) refugee camp in Ulm, Germany, after World War II. A Breed Apart is an engaging nonfiction tale of war and survival, seen through the eyes of a young Miriam and her father. The memoir chronicles her ability to triumph through a five-year sojourn in a DP camp, leading to her immigration to the Bronx. Hoffman’s personal tale captures the beauty and importance of keeping the Yiddish language and Jewish culture alive during the 20th century, despite countless attempts to destroy it. Registration required. 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.