Activities and Events
Artist of the Month: Vivian Hernandez
New York born artist Vivian Hernandez will be displaying her mixed media acrylic and chalk artwork at the Parkland Library during the month of November. Hernandez is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico liberal arts program. Her extensive schooling also encompasses interior design in addition to art. She has studied with local artists, currently with Debbie Fletcher at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in Florida. Vivian’s artwork has been on display in various collective art expositions and local galleries in Puerto Rico. In 2001 and 2004 her work earned her a second place in the Art School of Minneapolis’s annual art competition.
Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library through December 30th.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, December 18th, 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, December 19th, 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.
All-Ages Rock Painting
Tuesday, January 2nd, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Be part of the new 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.
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Chase away the post-holiday doldrums by spending a fun-filled afternoon at the Parkland Library! There will be something for everyone. Participate in a scavenger hunt, stroll through a Storywalk, stop by the treat table for a sweet surprise, and enjoy live music by Senior Moments…the Unforgettable Band. Registration not required.
All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Saturday, January 6th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can't tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey. Registration not required.
Knit ‘n’ Knowledge
Monday, January 8th, 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.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, January 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
Used Book Fair
Thursday, January 11th through Saturday, January 13th
Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these three days, the fair features used books. For more information, call 954-757-4203.
Meet ‘n’ Greet Local Authors
Tuesday, January 16th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Parkland and its neighboring cities are filled with talented local authors, and here’s a chance to chat with some of them about their books. Stop by their tables and say hello at this mini fair: Becky Graham (Faithful: An Unexpected Journey to Motherhood), Rowdy Gifford (The Man with 17 Names), Lawrence Fish (Tales from the Stoop), Helena DeLuca (Creative Coloring®), Liane Sangollo (End Your Self-Sabotage: 8 Deadly Patterns Preventing You from Leading the Life You Want), and Parkland Writers’ Café members (Voices of Parkland). Registration not required. Register here
“100 Years Ago: Then and Now” with speaker Dr. Margery Marcus (adults & teens)
Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30 p.m.
Western Europe under terror attack. America reluctantly drawn into conflict abroad. Contentious politics at home and headaches from Mexico. Women fighting for gender equality and new technologies making life better. Today’s world? No, 100 years ago! Join Dr. Margery Marcus as she examines the remarkable parallels in history, politics, and daily life between 100 years ago and today. Registration required. Register here
Art Class: Mindful Mandalas with Lori Arbel (adults)
Thursday, January 18th, 10:30 a.m. to noon
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 colored pencils and gel pens to create mindful mandalas. No art experience needed. Enjoy the process of art making! Supplies included. Register here
Afternoon Board Games (adults)
Friday, January 19th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Yahtzee, Scrabble, checkers, dominoes, and more are all on the table for this fun and social afternoon. We’ll provide the games; you just need to bring your game face! Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here
Potluck Social & Recipe Exchange (adults)
Saturday, January 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. The suggested theme for this month is “international.” 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: Eddie the Eagle (adults)
Saturday, January 20th, 2 p.m.
Inspired by true events, it is a feel-good story about Michael 'Eddie' Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself, even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Registration required. Register here
Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)
Tuesday, January 23rd, 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
A Night of Shared Stories (adults & teens)
Wednesday, January 24th, 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
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, January 29th, 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
Adult Craft: Book Folding
Tuesday, January 30th, 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
TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, January 31st, 6 p.m.
“Looks Aren't Everything: Believe Me, I'm a Model” is the topic of this TED Talk by Cameron Russell. Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. We’ll watch a video presentation of this entertaining and thought-provoking talk and then discuss as a group. 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.