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Nova Southeastern University
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5353
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Make NSU’s Library Your One-Stop 2012 Entertainment Spot to Have a Great Summer Without Spending a Dime

10th Annual “Summer of Fun” kicks off June 10, and lasts through Aug. 6

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Savvy Broward County insiders know the one-stop-spot for FREE summer fun for all ages is Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

That’s right, we said library! For the 11th year in a row, FREE offerings for youth, teens, families and adults will take place June 10 through Aug. 6 at the Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. in Davie.

The festivities start with the FREE Summer Reading “Dream Big… READ!” Kick-off Party on Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the only library open 100 hours a week in Broward County. The party, hosted with South Florida Parenting, features music, games, contest with prizes, a show with guest performers. Participants can also sign up to win prizes for reading all summer long (get a jumpstart at www.nova.edu/library/summer).

The party is a great time to learn about the many other FREE summer activities available. Check out the Super Star Saturdays with Special Guests for family-oriented activities from 2-3 p.m. on each date, appropriate for all ages (with a caregiver):

  • June 16 – Puppets to Go: The Frog Prince. Enchanting tale of a frog, a princess and a kiss.
  • June 23 – Geddy the Gecko’s Dance Show. Laugh, leap and learn with Florida’s liveliest lizard.
  • June 30 – Jiggleman’s Wild & Wacky Show. Don’t miss this comedic balancing act; he has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman seven times.
  • July 7 – Page Turner Adventures’ Sleeping Beauty & the Giant. Mixed-up fairytales come alive.
  • July 14 – Duck in Truck Puppets’ Dog Dreams in Color. Guaranteed to quack you up.
  • July 21 – The Secret Life of Books. Recommended ages 6-12, runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Your backstage pass to explore the stacks with activities, crafts and more, all inspired by your favorite novels! Come dressed as your favorite book character. (Costumes optional.)
  • Aug. 4 – Bits ‘N Pieces Marionettes’ Rumpelstiltskin. Classic tale of a beautiful miller’s daughter, a greedy king, and an impish creature spinning straw into gold. 

Additional FREE fun activities for children, tweens and teens include:

  • Starry Night Stories, every Monday from 7 to 7:45 p.m. for ages 6-10. Interactive stories and creative crafts for children ages 6-10 with younger siblings welcome. *Starry Night Special on July 9: Learn about sea turtles with marine life experts.
  • Totally Tweens, every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. for ages 9-12. Totally tweens, totally YOU! Bring your friends and have fun! Registration is required by calling 954-262-5477 one week prior to each program date:
    • June 12: Chocolate Drizzle Dreams. Create and enjoy deliciously dreamy deserts.
    • June 19: Native American Nights. Stories, legends, and making a dream catcher.
    • June 26: Stargazing. Astronomy activities to help you navigate the night sky.
    • July 3: Star Spangled Stories. Classic American stories, fun facts and more.
    • July 10: Sea Turtles. Learn about sea turtles with marine life experts from the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and NSU’s Oceanographic Center.
    • July 17: When Night Falls. What really happens in the library after the lights go out? Creative writing activities and more.
    • July 24: Extraterrestrial Extravaganza. Intergalactic stories and create your own alien.
    • July: 31: Animal Dreams. Explore what nighttime means to creatures around the world. 
  • Lunch Bunch, every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for ages 6-8. Bring your lunch, eat, LEARN, and have fun! Registration is required by calling 954-262-5477 one week prior to each program date:
    • June 13: Sweet Dreams. Build an edible dream house for dessert.
    • June 20: 1001 Arabian Nights. Ancient tales and activities including a flying carpet craft.
    • June 27: Night Sky Mythology. Learn the stories behind the constellations.
    • July 4: LIBRARY CLOSED
    • July 11: Sea Turtles. Learn about sea turtles with marine life experts from the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and NSU’s Oceanographic Center.
    • July 18: Lights Out. Spooky stories and shadow puppets.
    • July 25: Martian Mania. Make your own space alien puppet and more.
    • Aug. 1: Dreamland. Dream legends and crafts from around the world.
  • Silly Stories with The Shermanettes, every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. for all ages with caregiver. Enjoy magical, dreamy tales that will have your imaginations running wild. Our very own Shermanettes, winners of South Florida Parenting’s Kids Crown Award, dream a little dream of books, music and puppets.
  • Special Tween Events, for ages 9-12.
    • July 28: Gary Midnight’s Heavy Metal Magic Show, 2 to 3 p.m. Interactive magic show with heavy metal rocker Gary Midnight! This super deluxe extended show is an Alvin Sherman Library exclusive! 2-3pm.
  • “Own the Night” Themed Teen Events, for ages 13-18
    • June 28: Starry Nights Sketching Workshop, 6 to 7 p.m. Sketch popular cartoon characters with comic book artist Cory Laub.
    • July 12: Dream Catching Crafts & Jewelry, 5 to 6 p.m.  Create Native American inspired natural crafts and jewelry.
    • July 19: Sweet Dreams & Treats Confectionary Workshop, 5 to 6 p.m.  Indulge your sweet tooth! Turn everyday snacks into delicious desserts.
    • July 26: Midnight Magic, 2 to 3 p.m. Watch and learn as professional magician Gary Midnight teaches magic illusions from his bag of tricks. A deck of cards is recommended for practice.
    • Aug. 2: Summer Nights Movie Showcase, 4 to 6 p.m. Kick back and relax with movies and snacks. Please call for movie title.
  • Teen Volunteer Orientations, for ages 14-18 will take place June 2, June 30 and July 14. Limited spaces. Applications and details at: http://nova.campusguides.com/teens

Additional FREE fun activities for adults include:

  • “Between the Covers” Themed Summer Reading Program. Read “between the covers” of a good book and win prizes. Participate in the adult summer reading program for a chance to win weekly prizes and the grand prize of a Kindle Fire e-book reader. Register for events at http://sherman.library.nova.edu/helios/events/ or call 954-262-5477. 
    • June 2 & June 9: Dreamwriting Workshop, 2 to 3:30 p.m. In this two-part workshop with NSU Professor Kate Heidelbach, we will examine the historic use of dreams as inspiration for creative writing. Please bring a notebook and pen.
    • June 10: Make a Dream Board, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Make a board with pictures from magazines or other photographic sources of inspiration to motivate you to reach your goals. All materials provided.
    • June 24, July 8 & July 22: Jazz in the Gallery, 2 to 4 p.m. A chance to get in out of the heat and enjoy free live jazz from local professional musicians.  Co-sponsored by the Gold Coast Jazz Society.
      • June 24, Guitarist Frank Carmelitano and his group
      • July 8, Singer Rachel Perry and a guest guitarist
      • July 22, Saxophonist Greg Sidberry and his group
    • July 1: The Book as Art, 1 to 4 p.m. Spend an afternoon learning to craft your own folded fore-edge stab bound book with award-winning book artist Tennille Shuster.  
    • July 27: Ladies’ Night Out @ the Library, time TBD. Pamper yourself with a ladies-only night out with your friends at the library with refreshments and door prizes. Registration is required. Ages 18 and over.
  • Adult “Computer Camp” Workshops. Prerequisite for all courses (excepts for “Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners”) is a basic knowledge of computer skills. Registration required for all courses.
    • June 6: Explore Job Resources Online, 1 to 3 p.m. Job seekers – Did you know the Alvin Sherman Library has a variety of resources that can assist you in your search?
    • June 13: Social Networking 101, 1 to 3 p.m. Tweet, Tag, Circles, Pin, Friend – what does it all mean?  We’ll help you sort it out! Join us for an overview of popular social networking services and learn tips on how to use these social tools responsibly.
    • June 14: Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners, 2 to 3 p.m. This computer class is for absolute beginners who would like to learn basic computer skills in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
    • June 20: Facebook, 1 to 3 p.m. Connect with family and friends or make new ones with the help of Facebook. Post thoughts, pictures and videos. We will also show you how to navigate the privacy settings. A current email account is required to use Facebook.
    • June 30: Microsoft PowerPoint, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gain confidence and experience in using the basic features of PowerPoint slide presentation software.
    • July 11: Pinterest, 1 to 3 p.m. Are you pinning? Discover what Pinterest is and how this growing social network is being used by millions. Think of it as bookmarking your favorite things-visually! You must have a Facebook or Twitter account to use Pinterest.
    • July 12: Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners, 2 to 3 p.m. This computer class is for absolute beginners who would like to learn basic computer skills in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
    • July 14: Google Docs, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to create, share, and store documents online with Google Docs. You must have a Google account (Gmail, Blogger, or Google+).
    • June 18: Youtube, 1 to 3 p.m. Search for and view videos on this popular site and discover how easy it is to create and upload your own videos.
    • Aug. 1: Skype, 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to use Skype to make calls using their Internet connection.
  • Adult “Resume Writing Resources” Sessions. Schedule a personal one-to-one overview with our librarian who will help you discover the many tools available to help you create a successful resume. Make your appointment with Sarah Cisse at sc1169@nova.edu or 954-262-4649. Available dates include: June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, and Aug. 2.

While at the library, don’t forget to avoid rental fees by stocking up on free checkouts of the latest Blu-Rays, DVDs and video games. Teens can also earn service hours by volunteering over the summer.

For more information, please visit www.nova.edu/library/summer or call 954-262-5477.

About the Library: The Alvin Sherman Library is a joint-use facility, which is the result of an innovative agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The five-story Library, Research, and Information Technology Center is Florida’s largest library building at 325,000 square feet. It serves the residents of and those who work in Broward County, as well as NSU students, faculty, and staff members. For more information visit www.nova.edu/library/main/. To sign up for a library card, visit www.nova.edu/library/card.

About Nova Southeastern University: Located in Davie, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited Florida University dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs of distinction from preschool through the professional and doctoral levels. NSU has more than 28,000 students and is the eighth largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally. The University awards associate’s, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, specialist, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, early childhood, psychology and other social sciences.  Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU was also awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification in 2010 for the University’s significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement.   For more information about NSU visit www.nova.edu.

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