Activities and Events
Art Reception with Relly Peckett
Saturday, December 10th, 11:00 a.m. to noon
Capturing the inner spirit of animals, people and nature, Relly Peckett offers a beautiful portfolio of paintings that delve into a world that is poetic, fantastical, romantic and dreamlike, with jewel-like colors. Her canvases vibrate with life and energy. She has always loved horses, and these majestic creatures will be the focus of this art exhibit. Born in Romania, Relly spent most of her life in New York City where she studied the masters in some of the finest galleries and museums in the world. She studied at Music and Art High School, Buffalo State and the Art Students League. For many years Relly was a Southern California resident and developed a worldwide clientele. She has recently moved to South Florida and is available for equine portraits as well as other subjects. Her art will be on display in the Parkland Library December 1st through 31st.
Knit ‘N’ Knowledge
Monday, December 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 not required.
Monday, December 5th, 12th, 19th, 7 p.m.
This is a class for individuals who would like to learn to speak Italian and for those who like to improve their Italian speaking skills and is led by Antonio Del Bene of Byron Tree USA. The classes will be held weekly at the Parkland Library. Registration not required.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, December 6th, 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.
Coffee Bar and Used Book Fair
Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located in the Library Lobby, the fair is sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library.
All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
Saturday, December 10th, 10:30 a.m.
This charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove focuses on Elsa, who is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy – as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best and only friend. When her grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, the instructions lead Elsa to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. Registration is not required.
Adult Art Class: Tea Drawings
Tuesday, December 13th, 10:30 a.m.
Certified Teaching Artist Lori Arbel will guide students through simple practices and drawing techniques, allowing them to experience the art of play. Silliness/seriousness are highly encouraged and welcome! We will experiment with tea drawings and drawing from observation with a small surprise. No art experience needed. Enjoy the process of art making! Supplies included. Registration required. Register here.
Writers’ Café Book Presentation
Wednesday, December 14th, 6:30 p.m.
For the past 10 years, the Writers’ Café has gathered on every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Parkland Library all year round to write stories, poetry and essays. The group recently published its second book of short stories and poetry and invites you to join them as they share and happily read to you and sign any books, should you care to purchase one. Registration required. Register here.
Top Mystery Books of 2016 with speaker Oline Cogdill
Saturday, December 17th, 10:30 a.m.
What makes a mystery land on the best of the year’s list? The perfect melding of strong characters, unusual plots and evocative settings that make the novel stay in the reader’s mind long after the last page. Journalist and mystery fiction columnist Oline H. Cogdill, whose reviews appear in more than 300 publications worldwide, will discuss her top picks of 2016. Registration required. Register here.
Afternoon Film and Discussion: Brooklyn
Saturday, December 17th, 2 p.m.
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters. Registration required. Register here.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, December 19th, 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.
Facial Beauty Exercises
Wednesday, December 21st, 6:30 p.m.
Interested in learning a fun way to firm facial muscles? Kamala has been practicing a unique set of easy facial exercises for 25 years and would like to share these tips with others. Join us at the library where she will show you a relaxing way to keep those muscles firm. Registration required. Register here.
Sports Talk Challenge
Wednesday, December 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Do you know everything about sports? Do you LOVE talking about sports? Maybe ALMOST AS MUCH as PLAYING sports? Actually, maybe even MORE THAN playing sports? Then come and join other sports fanatics like yourself in the Sports Talk Challenge! Modeled after the show “Pardon the Interruption,” this fun game pits teams of two against each other to discuss randomly selected sports topics. Topics are drawn, and then teams get 10 minutes to research facts and stats. After that, the Sports Talk Challenge begins! Registration required. Register here.
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.