Activities and Events
Artist Exhibit: Denise Thompson
Exhibit through January 30th
Denise Thompson is a local Parkland artist, originally from England. She sees art as a form of self-expression that enables her to hyper-focus on her surroundings as a sensory being. She is inspired by untamed spaces. Recently she has been exploring her connection to Place and the history of South Florida. Her latest work has taken her into the Everglades and 10,000 Islands on the west coast of Florida. There she has been inspired by the natural landscape and raw energy she found waiting beyond the walls. She discovered an intimacy with her surroundings that has added a quality of storytelling and visualization to her work. Despite the remote locations she portrays, her work creates a familiarity within the wild spaces that surround us. She works in various media, primarily photography, printmaking, ceramics, and painting. Denise has a Master’s degree in Education, and is completing her MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Work pictured at left: "Ancestors"
All programs are via Zoom unless otherwise noted.
Quote-Unquote Discussion Group (adults)
Wednesday, January 6th, 10:30 a.m.
Sometimes you come across a phrase that makes you think. Jot it down, circle it, print it out, or just remember it and share it with this fun discussion group. Bring a favorite quote from a book or a saying that inspires you. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Parkland Library Book Club: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Saturday, January 9th, 10:30 a.m.
In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and, in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel. McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. This novel is every bit as involving as his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as his memoir The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Relax & Write (adults)
Tuesday, January 12th, 10:30 a.m.
Writers, sort-of writers, and, yes, even non-writers will have fun in this no-pressure creative experience. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Meditation on the Patio (adults & teens)
Friday, January 15th, 10:30 a.m.
Join us on the library’s peaceful patio for a session of mindfulness and stress release. Class size will be limited in order to maintain proper physical distancing, and face coverings are required. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Arts, Books & Culture Discussion Group (adults)
Monday, January 25th, 10:30 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. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.