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Artist of the Month: Dr. Alan Spitzer
Alan Spitzer began photographing during the 1970s. At first, his photographs were taken primarily as a hobby but then became a means of serious personal expression, especially after he attended workshops with Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Bruce Barnbaum, and John Sexton which created a lasting influence on much of his experience with the landscape. Wishing to photograph in the inner city as well, he also began to explore graffiti and street art. While pursuing research work in his other career of neonatal medicine, however, he temporarily put his photography exhibiting on hold. Throughout this period, however, he continued to photograph avidly, with some of this imagery forming the basis for the current exhibition, and he has now returned to full-time photography. In 2007, he purchased his first iPhone and immediately recognized the potential power of this device photographically. With almost every succeeding generation of iPhones, the camera has been progressively improved and is now capable of superlative image-making, as can be seen in this exhibit. All prints on exhibit are for sale and all images will be limited to a maximum of 35 prints in a series. Images are produced by archival pigment Giclee printing and are guaranteed to be free of any defects in workmanship or materials. Alan’s website is www.aspitzerimages.com. He posts a new daily photo on Instagram at @alanspitzerphotography. His work will be on display at the Parkland Library June 1st through 30th.


Parkland Library’s “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Club
(children, teens and adults)


June 7 – August 11


Sponsored by Parkland Friends of the Library and Parkland/Coral Springs Business Group
Every person age 2 years through adult will receive a small gift for coming in and registering for the “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Club. Keep a log of books you read to earn prizes all summer. The more books you read the more prizes you get! Keep reading all summer and earn prizes along the way. Children and teens must have a Parkland Library card to register. 

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Monday, June 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.

All-Ages Rock Painting


Monday, June 18th, 3 to 4:30 p.m.


Be part of the movement trending across the nation: spreading happiness and smiles through a small act of kindness. How? Paint river rocks and hide them for others to find. We will provide the supplies. You bring the inspiration! You’ll leave with your new creation, and then you can decide later where you want to hide it. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “My Wish: Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out”


Wednesday, June 20th, 6 p.m.


Beloved French street artist JR depicts social injustices through giant, involved works portraying the faces of the impoverished and displaced. JR uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. He hopes to inspire others to take up his cause and join him in showing oppressors the people they negatively impact or sometimes even outright exploit. We’ll watch a video presentation of this talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here.

Summer Mural Painting


Thursday, June 21st, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


It’s the first day of summer! 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 summer fun. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: Step: A Real Life Story (adults & high school teens)


Saturday, June 23rd, 2 p.m.


Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, Step chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Registration required. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, June 25th, 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.

Knit ‘n’ Knowledge


Monday, July 2nd, 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.

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown


Saturday, July 7th, 10:30 a.m.


It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan – a Berkeley mom with an enviable life – went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends. But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth – about Billie, but also about themselves. Registration is not required.

Art Class: Intuitive Collage (adults and teens)


Monday, July 9th 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join Lori Arbel, founder of Venture with Art, as she shares tools for infusing creativity into your daily life. You'll experience the freedom and release of creating from your intuition while using a variety of art materials including magazines. No art experience needed. Enjoy the process of art making! Supplies included. Registration required. Register here.

Adult Coloring Book Art


Tuesday, July 10th, 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.

A Night of Shared Stories (adults & teens)


Wednesday, July 11th, 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.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Tuesday, July 17th, 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.

Redesign: How to Fall in Love with Your Home All Over Again (adults)


Tuesday, July 17th, 6:30 p.m.


“My home doesn’t look like an HGTV home! Where do I start?” Expert psychological stager and certified color expert Carol B. Clark, owner of Love at First Sight Staging, will show you how simple, inexpensive updates can make a big difference. Attendees who bring an 8x10 photo of a room that they would like to update will have a chance to get some specific tips for their room. Carol will also talk about the differences between staging to sell and staging to stay, and using an interior designer vs. a home stager/restylist. Carol Clark is president-elect of the Broward Chapter of the Real Estate Staging Association and co-author of Amazon best-seller, Home Staging: The Power that Sells Real Estate. She specializes in staging occupied homes. Registration required. Register here.

TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time”


Wednesday, July 18th, 6 p.m.


There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got." We’ll watch a video presentation of this talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here.

Open Play Game Room (adults)


Friday, July 20th, 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 not required.

Potluck Social & Recipe Exchange (adults)


Saturday, July 21st, 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: Wrinkles (adults)


Saturday, July 21st, 2 p.m.


Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe lead a cast of eccentric characters who rebel against authority in this wonderfully animated and poignant comedy for adults. The story opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in an old folks’ home, this film introduces the audience to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and nighttime joyrides, as the reality of Emilio's future life begins to sink in. Using hand-drawn animation, Wrinkles moves freely between the inmates' daily routines and their more colorful, dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for both tears and laughter as it pokes pointed fun at society's attitude towards the elderly. Registration required. Register here.

Book Folding Craft (adults and teens)


Monday, July 23rd, 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.

Eyes of the World – Astronomy in Chile


Monday, July 23rd, 1 p.m.


Join MSDHS Astronomy teacher Kyle Jeter as he discusses Astronomy research in Chile. Mr. Jeter will share insights and pictures from his recent tour of the amazing observatories dotting the landscape of this beautiful country. Registration required. Register here.

Cartooning with Corey (adults and teens)


Wednesday, July 25th, 6 p.m.


Local cartoonist Cory Laub will teach participants to draw popular cartoon characters while entertaining the group with fun facts about animation and comic book trivia in this special session geared toward teens and adults. Registration required. Register here.

All-Ages Rock Painting


Thursday, July 26th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Be part of the movement trending across the nation: spreading happiness and smiles through a small act of kindness. How? Paint river rocks and hide them for others to find. We will provide the supplies. You bring the inspiration! You’ll leave with your new creation, and then you can decide later where you want to hide it. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, July 30th, 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.

Make-It-Mod Mannequin Craft (adults & teens)


Tuesday, July 31st, 2 p.m.


Bring a wooden figure to life! A flexible 12-inch mannequin will rock the style you choose in this crafty session. We’ll provide a mish-mosh of materials like paint, markers, ribbon, fabric scraps, cotton, glitter and more, along with a wooden mannequin with stand to decorate to your own taste. 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.