Activities and Events

All events are free, but most require registration.

Register online or call at 954.757.4207.

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All events are via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

Author Appearance and Parkland Library Book Club: Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

Saturday, May 8th, 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Meet author Edwidge Danticat live via Zoom at this very special Parkland Library Book Club event as we honor Haitian Heritage Month by discussing her latest book, Everything Inside. Set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small, unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, this collection contains eight emotionally absorbing stories, rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity. The New York Times Book Review says: “...Danticat's birthplace, Haiti, emerges in an almost mythic fashion.” Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, and Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist. Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow, a 2018 Ford Foundation “The Art of Change” fellow, and the winner of the 2018 Neustadt International Prize and the 2019 St. Louis Literary Award. Parkland Library card required to register. Register Here.

Quote-Unquote Discussion Group (adults)

Wednesday, May 12th, 10:30 a.m.

Sometimes you come across a phrase that makes you think. Jot it down, circle it, print it out, or just remember it and share it with this fun discussion group. Bring a favorite quote from a book or a saying that inspires you. Parkland Library card required to register. 

Meditation on the Patio (adults & teens)

Friday, May 14th, 10:30 a.m. (IN PERSON on the patio)

Join us on the library’s peaceful patio for a session of mindfulness and stress release. Class size will be limited in order to maintain proper physical distancing, and face coverings are required. Parkland Library card required to register. 

Relax & Write (adults)

Tuesday, May 18th, 10:30 a.m.

Writers, sort-of writers, and, yes, even non-writers will have fun in this no-pressure creative experience. Parkland Library card required to register.

Arts, Books & Culture Discussion Group (adults)

Monday, May 24th, 10:30 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. Parkland Library card required to register. 

Artists of the Month: 
Sharron Demarest and 
Pat Axani Ellson

Exhibit: May 1 to May 29, 2021

Technically, photography – whether film or digital – is always about the light. Photographer Sharron Demarest sees it as her job to capture that light, mix in some joy, add a dash of herself, and let the viewer see what Demarest sees. Her passion for photography was ignited senior year of high school when she acquired a plastic $3.98 Diana camera. Her professional start in photography was as a darkroom technician for New York-based photographers, including W. Eugene Smith, notable for his WW II photography and documentation of the city of Pittsburgh. She roamed NYC photographing the people and places she came to know and love, and some of her early street portraits can be found at McGill University in Montreal and private collections in NYC. Now based in Wilton Manors, she has Florida work in several private collections and has received awards at art shows such as the Broward Art Guild, Arts United Art Explosion, National League of American Pen Women, and internationally in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.

Recreating the beauty of nature, architecture, humanity and age has been a lifelong passion for artist Pat Axani Ellson. She started her artistic career studying at the Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University in Montreal where she learned a lot of art history.  Real art technique education began when she needed spending money for Nursing School and drew and sold animal portraits.  Necessity bred innovation and she has been learning ever since. A fascination with ceramics grew into a ceramic studio and a newly developed a love of China Painting on Porcelain, an almost obsolete art form.  It included sculpting and painting porcelain dolls and eventually children. Pat also became interested in creating botanical images of pen and ink with a watercolor wash. She then progressed from there to acrylic and oil painting of flowers, bugs and birds. During COVID quarantine, she took the opportunity to study encaustic painting, an ancient medium combining pigments, beeswax and resin that Phoenicians used to waterproof their boats.

Pat continues to enjoy learning new art techniques.