Activities and Events
Artist of the Month: Cory Evan Laub
Cory Evan Laub is an illustrator and writer living in South Florida. A specialist in the fields of cartoon art, comic book design, fiction writing, and journalism, Cory has been a fixture of the art education circuit since the 1990s. He holds a B.A. in English from University of Florida, and trained for two years at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.
Cory works primarily in the fields of comics and cartooning. He works in both black & white and color, and utilizes a large array of media, from pencil to brush and ink, ballpoint pen, digital graphics, and paint. His most recent endeavors involve stippling, the art of creating images from black dots. His work will be on display at the Parkland Library April 5th-29th.
A Night of Shared Poetry (adults and teens)
Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30 p.m.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, enjoy an evening of shared poetry! Bring a poem (or two) either of your own creation or from a poet you enjoy reading. Volunteer to read or just come out to listen and support those sharing. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here.
Knit ‘N’ Knowledge
Monday, May 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.
How to Have a Positive and Productive Family Meeting (kids, teens and parents)
Tuesday, May 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to have a family meeting where you can plan summer activities and open up the lines of communication with your kids! Life Coach Kathleen A. Matchunis will lead this fun and productive session. Parkland Library Card required to register. Register here.
Insane or Inconvenient? Author Bradette Michel presents For Their Own Good
Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:15 p.m.
Inspired by true events, For Their Own Good is historical fiction that reveals the murky, often terrifying world of 19th century insane asylums and the treatment of women. Touted as havens for patients receiving innovative treatments, the hospitals confined society's powerless, whether insane or not. As a counselor, teacher, and trainer, author Bradette Michel learned a lot about human behavior, which she now connects with her dark imagination to create plots and characters. For Their Own Good won second in the Florida Writers Association's 2013 Royal Palm Literary Awards historical fiction category. Registration required. Register here.
All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Saturday, May 6th, 10:30 a.m.
The lives of three women – a New York socialite, a Polish teenager, and an ambitious young German doctor – are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens in 1939 and one is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents – from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland – as two of them strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. Registration is not required.
Italian Film Night with Antonio
Monday, May 8th, 7 p.m.
Enjoy an Italian-language film with English subtitles under the guidance of Antonio Del Bene of Byron Tree USA. Registration not required.
Adult Art Class: Drawing Wildflowers of Florida
Tuesday, May 9th, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Instructor Malgorzata Kawashima will guide participants in making art that is perfect for spring. This class will focus on shapes, line and tone that capture the beauty of periwinkles, Spanish daisies and other beautiful native plants of Florida. Registration required. Register here.
Vacation Photography Tips with Jodi Turchin
Wednesday, May 10th, 6:15 p.m.
Before you pack your bags, stop by the Parkland Library for some tips to make the most of your vacation photo opportunities! Photographer Jodi Turchin will provide helpful pointers. Registration required. Register here.
Speaker James Walker: “My Winding Journey to ESPN"
Thursday, May 11th, 6:15 p.m.
Veteran ESPN NFL reporter James Walker describes his journey from humble beginnings to the world's No. 1 sports media company. Hear Walker's stories of how he worked his way up the sports media ladder in places like Iowa, West Virginia and Ohio before landing at the "Worldwide Leader in Sports." He also shares what it is like to cover multiple Super Bowls, NBA Finals and superstar athletes such as LeBron James throughout his career. Walker has 16 years of experience as a sports writer and has worked at ESPN for the past nine years. Registration required. Register here.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, May 16th, 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.
Jewish History Month Speaker Eric Lipetz: "From the Pot to the Fire”
Wednesday, May 17th, 6:15 p.m.
Eric Lipetz will tell the story of how his family of five managed to escape Belgium as the Nazi bombardment started, then ended up in Manila, Philippines as the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Come hear this miraculous story of survival spanning five years of worldwide turmoil. Registration required. Register here.
Potluck Social and Recipe Exchange
Saturday, May 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: 500 Days of Summer
Saturday, May 20th, 2 p.m.
In this quirky romantic comedy about love and fate, a young greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams...and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), may just be "the one." But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, uncontrollable – and funny. Registration required. Register here.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, May 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 have you been reading or watching? 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, May 23rd, 10:30 a.m. to noon
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.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Wednesday, May 24th, 6:30 to 7 p.m.
The Parkland Library will mark this coming day of observance by presenting a slideshow of inspirational photographs accompanied by poetic narration. Harpist Darlene Weingarten, a member of the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society, will provide beautiful background music during the presentation. Registration not required.
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.