Activities and Events
Artist of the Month: Kelly Merkur
Kelly Merkur has a fine arts degree in Textile Design from the University of Kansas. She worked as a designer and buyer for a fabric company in Tulsa, OK until 2000 when she met her husband who lived in Florida. She lives in Parkland with husband and two daughters. Kelly enjoys creating two different types of work. She paints simple yet realistic portraits of people and animals, which gives her an opportunity to focus on the analytical and detail oriented side of her personality. When painting a portrait of a person or an animal she tries to capture their spirit without taking the process or the idea of the end result too seriously. She also enjoys painting abstract work, beginning with a colorful foundation and deliberate bold marks, creating a groundwork of excess and texture, continually editing with a neutral palette, layer after layer until the final result is minimalistic. The result is subtle areas of bold vibrant color and interest. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library September 1st through 30th.
Photography Course with Jeremiah Jenner (adults & teens)
Tuesdays, September 12th, 19th, 26th, & October 3rd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring your camera and get ready for fun while learning! This 4-week fine art photography course will be taught by certified photography instructor Jeremiah Jenner, who also instructs at Art Center South Florida as well as at private workshops at his studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The four sessions will cover color and composition, architectural photography, abstraction and more. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
5 Awesome Tips from a Professional Organizer on How to Get and Keep Your Home Organized
Tuesday, September 26th, 10:30 a.m.
Lisa Grossman of Peace Love and Organizing will lead this interactive workshop that will engage participants with fun organizing techniques to use at home, provide them with information on products she most often recommends, and share the secrets of maintaining an organized home. Lisa has been avid organizer her entire life. Three years ago, she started doing it professionally and now runs her own business. Registration required. Register here
Evening Jazz with The Inner Court
Wednesday, September 27th, 6:30 p.m.
Come out to the Parkland Library for a night of jazz and enjoy the live sounds of the Jazz Fusion band The Inner Court as they play a diverse set of funk, rock, Caribbean, Brazilian and other Latin styles. Light refreshments will be served. Register here
Knit ‘N’ Knowledge
Monday, October 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 not required.
Used Book Fair
Thursday, October 5th through Saturday, October 7th
Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these three days, the fair features used books.
All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
Saturday, October 7th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core – and force her to make an impossible choice. Registration not required.
Everglades Communities with Sawgrass Nature Center (adults)
Tuesday, October 10th, 11 a.m.
Learn about the Everglades ecosystem and meet some of its creatures during this presentation by Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital. This program examines the spectrum of the Everglades, this distinctive Florida feature, including the Hammock, Sawgrass Prairie, Pinelands Cypress and Mangrove habitats. Registration required. Register here.
Healthy Lifestyle: The Sun and Your Skin
Wednesday, October 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Find out how to best protect yourself in sunny Florida as board certified dermatologist Richard M. Rubenstein, M.D., of Skin and Cancer Associates in Tamarac, talks about skin diseases, skin cancer, sunscreen cosmetics and more. Registration required. Register here.
Spanish Guitar Concert
Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 p.m.
Spanish guitarist Gladius fuses a variety of musical styles into a refreshing formula, evoking the Spanish spirit, yet resulting in a distinctly unorthodox sound. Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros and others, this award-winning musician explores a multicultural mix sure to appeal to all audiences, while also exhibiting perseverance, having prevailed over a crippling case of nerve damage which could have easily ended any musician's career. Registration required. Register here.
Italian Film Night with Antonio
Monday, October 16th, 7 p.m.
Enjoy an Italian-language film with subtitles under the guidance of Antonio Del Bene of Byron Tree USA. Registration not required.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, October 17th, 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.
“From Muck to Murder!” with author Sally J. Ling
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 p.m.
From muck farming in Belle Glade to murder and the spellbinding mystery of the Clock Tower in La Belle, this presentation looks at the history of the Lake Okeechobee area and will leave you on the edge of your seat. Join historian Sally J. Ling, “Florida’s History Detective,” as she unravels these true-life tales that could only happen in Florida! Registration required. Register here.
Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)
Tuesday, October 24th, 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 and teens)
Wednesday, October 25th, 6:30 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.
Art Class: Leaf Paintings with Lori Arbel (adults)
Thursday, October 26th, 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 a variety of art materials on leaves. No art experience needed. Enjoy the process of art making! Supplies included. Registration required. Register here.
Potluck Social & Recipe Exchange (adults)
Saturday, October 28th, 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: Sleepwalk with Me (adults)
Saturday, October 28th, 2 p.m.
When an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, this sincere and hilarious film from comedian Mike Birbiglia is based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie from Ira Glass and co-produced by This American Life, and features Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Carol Kane (Taxi), James Rebhorn (Meet the Parents), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway's Once), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain. Registration required. Register here.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, October 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.
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.