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Artist of the Month: Lei Yu

Lei Yu is a local artist, designer, PR & Marketing expert. Her artworks do not just capture scenes in life; her artworks are about life, about the colorful and optimistic life. In her paintings, she gives the water life. She interprets memorable moments – nature, places, people, and culture – and hopes that each one gives her audiences the same bliss and enjoyment as it does for her. "Water Lily Pond" is inspired by memories of her childhood summer at her grandmother's house. This painting is about love, life, and hope. "The Ocean Waves" reflects power, energy, and excitement about life. She hopes all of her paintings can bring people good energies. She paints mainly with acrylic, and oil. She also uses mixed media to create textures.  

Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library September 1st through 29th. 


Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, September 17th, 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.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Tuesday, September 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.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating Your Right to Read with speaker Dr. Margery Marcus (adults & teens)


Tuesday, September 25th, 6:15 p.m.


For over 30 years, Banned Books Week has highlighted issues of book censorship. For this year’s national celebration, Banned Books Week emphasizes the importance of the First Amendment in guaranteeing our inherent right to choose what we read. Join Dr. Margery Marcus for a lively presentation examining the history of book banning (and burning) in America, including First Amendment court cases related to book censorship. Her PowerPoint lecture concludes with a countdown of the top 10 most banned books of 2017. Registration required. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: The Band’s Visit (adults)


Saturday, September 29th, 2 p.m.


A band composed of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves stranded in the wrong town, a desolate spot somewhere in the heart of the desert. This film inspired the Tony award winning musical. Registration required. Register here.

Knit ‘n’ Knowledge


Monday, October 1st, 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.

Used Book Fair


Wednesday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 6th


Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these four days, the fair features used books. For more information, call 954-757-4203.

A Night of Shared Stories (adults & teens)


Wednesday, October 3rd, 6 p.m.


Bring an excerpt of a story either of your own creation or from an author you enjoy reading. Volunteer to read for five minutes, or just come out to listen and support those sharing. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here.

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


Saturday, October 6th, 10:30 a.m.


Ghana, 18th century: two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed – and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation. Registration is not required.

Adult Coloring Book Art


Tuesday, October 9th, 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.

TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “The Danger of a Single Story”


Wednesday, October 10th, 6 p.m.


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. We’ll watch a video presentation of this enlightening talk and then have a roundtable discussion led by community members regarding the meaning and impact of diversity in society. Registration required. Register here.

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.

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.