Library Special Programs

August 2014

10x10 Challenge logo
5th Annual Ten By Ten Challenge
10,000 People • Donating $10 Each • by 10/10/2014

Support literacy and culture at your Miami‑Dade Public Library today!

Children's Programs

Fantasy Stew
Female Chef Cartoon

The Fantasy Cooking School is out to create the most fantastic stew ever! Chef gives cooking orders to his three bumbling assistants, then leaves them to find the “Fantasy Stew” recipe. Enjoy Fantasy Theatre’s newest mix of fun, comedy and children’s stories as it celebrates imagination and laughter.

Saturday, August 2, 3:30 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Educational Advisory Board.

A World of Difference: A Family & Child Workshop
Girl Holding Artwork

An anti-bias workshop that builds children’s self-esteem, fosters respect for differences, and teaches strategies to promote fairness. Participate with your child and receive tools designed to develop their capacity to success in our diverse world. Program limited to 18 participants. Register with branch. For caregivers and children 3‑5 years.

Presented by ADL’s Miller Early Childhood Initiative of A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute in partnership with Family Center, Inc. Made possible by the generous support of The Harvey Miller Family Foundation, Glades Jewish Center and ADL private donors.

Tuesday, August 5, 11 a.m.
Palm Springs North Branch

Thursday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.
Allapattah Branch

Saturday, August 23, 11 a.m.
North Central Branch

Thursday, August 28, 11:30 a.m.
North Dade Regional

Mentor the Inventor
Kid Scientist

Mentor the Inventor’s newest invention is called “The Clarifier”, which allows people to see things clearly and helps them in challenging situations. Mentor is very excited that her new invention is finally ready to be tested, and with the help of the audience she can do just that!

Tuesday, August 5, 3:30 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch*

Saturday, August 9, 11 a.m.
Concord Branch

* Made possible by the City of Coral Gables

MiChiMu Interactive Storytelling
Miami Children's Museum logo

Join the fun-loving MiChiMu Crew from just over the causeway for a morning of interactive stories inspired by infamous children’s books. MiChiMu is short for the Miami Children’s Museum.

Thursdays, August 7, 28, 10:30 a.m.
South Shore Branch

Saturday, August 23, 11 a.m.
North Shore Branch

Made possible by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs program, Cultural Arts Council.

Interactive Music Therapy for All
Cartoon Kids Playing Music

Using lyrics, meters, and rhythmic beats children with and without special needs can improve upon their motor skills by playing the tambourines, drums and more alongside a board-certified music therapist.

Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m.
West Dade Regional

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Programs

Make a Robot – Engineering Skills for Kids
Robot Waving

A fun introduction into the engineering skills of the future, participants will work in teams to build and program a robot, using Scratch, a special programming language developed for kids. The program is designed to raise cognitive awareness and develop natural abilities in children ages 6-11 years. Register with branch; Limit 24 participants.

Saturdays, August 2 & 9, 4 p.m.
Little River Branch

Tuesdays, August 5 & 12, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Monday, August 11, 3:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Friday, August 15, 11 a.m.
South Dade Regional

Mind Lab presents Mind and Strategy Gaming
Mind Puzzle

An innovative and research‑based program enhancing cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Certified educators utilize a unique approach that fills the gap between classroom education and real life challenges. Students will learn how to think, rather than what to think. Best for children 8‑12 years.

Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 3:30 p.m.
Main Library

Motion Commotion
Children Playing

A show that requires you to jump and move to understand the difficult concepts surrounding physical science. Participate in an interactive demonstration and hands‑on activities for a strong grasp on force, motion, gravity, and energy. Register with branch; Limit 25 participants.

Tuesday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
Miami Springs Branch

Tuesday, August 19, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Staying Alive with Nature’s Natives

Did you know that the plants and trees around you keep you alive? Join us for this interactive program that teaches children that nature is more than meets the eye when it comes to giving us air to breath and food to eat.

Tuesday, August 19
North Dade Regional3:30 p.m.
International Mall Branch6:30 p.m.

Programs made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Friends of the Miami‑Dade Public Library

Teen Read Week 2014
T-Shirt Design Contest

"Turn Dreams Into Reality"
August 18 - September 6
Grand Prize
  • Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 16GB 9” Tablet
  • See your winning design on t‑shirts during Teen Read Week programs

1st Runner Up
$100 Michaels Gift Card

2nd Runner Up
$50 Michaels Gift Card

See the official contest rules and download an entry form.

Turn Dreams Into Reality
Sponsored by
Miami-Dade County   Miami Dolphins FoundationFriends of the Miami-Dade Public Library

Teen Programs

Percussion Persuasion
Percussion Instruments

Welcome to the wide world of percussion where any instrument you strike, bang or hit is fair game! Listen to the various instruments and be inspired to take up a hobby or just expel energy with rhythm.

Presented by the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts.

Wednesday, August 6
North Dade Regional2 p.m.
Golden Glades Branch5:30 p.m.

Chillax with Yoga
Teen Yoga Girl

A big year of testing, studying, and extracurricular activity are about to begin. With yoga, you will learn how to relax your body and mind to cope with your workload throughout the year, all while fitting in a workout.

Saturdays, August 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11 a.m.
Palmetto Bay Branch

Adult Programs

Bookmaking with Style
Nereida Garcia-Ferraz

Having lived and worked throughout Europe, local artist Nereida Garcia‑Ferraz knows a thing or two about art and its relation to books. Join her for a creative session of do‑it‑yourself bookmaking using recycled book covers, hand binding and simple folded paper. Registration required; Limit 20 participants.

Saturday, August 2, 11 a.m.
West Dade Regional

Saturday, August 9, 11 a.m.
South Miami Branch

Meet the Local Author with the South Florida Writer’s Association
South Florida Writer's Association

Attention all readers, novelists, poets, and lovers of homegrown literature, the South Florida Writer’s Association presents the Meet the Local Author Series. Each month, enjoy a visit to a local library to discover one of your very own South Florida authors. In August, guests can get caught up in a world of emotion in poet Rita Dorn’s Strands of Rhyme: Poems from the Real World, and trace the struggles of an East Indian family as they grow their business in Badru Deen’s Out of the Doubles Kitchen.

Author Badru Deen
Saturday, August 2, 2 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Author Rita Dorn
Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

Yard & Garden Workshop Series
Garden Containers

An in‑depth series guiding the novice into a well‑versed gardener.

Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, August 16, 4 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

University of Florida IFAS Extension

Presented by staff and volunteers for the Miami‑Dade County/University of Florida Extension Service & the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

Florida Friendly Vegetables and Herbs (Low Water) Residents will be able to exchange three (3) old light bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and exchange up to two (2) water‑wasting showerheads for water‑efficient models. Quantities are limited.

Secrets to Successful Photography
Photograph Collage

All cameras welcome, whether it’s a smart phone, an SLR or a disposable, improve your photography skills with three classes. You will be invited to step just outside of the library to take photos of the surrounding nature and sea. Professional photographer Tabatha Mudra will critique your work and offer suggestions for improvement. Enjoy a different topic each week.

Classes designed for adults 18 years and older. Limit 20 participants; registration required.

Wednesdays, August 27, September 3 & 10, 6‑8 p.m.
North Shore Branch

Made possible by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs program, Cultural Arts Council.

Table for Two – A Live Cooking Demo for Couples
Table for Two

Chef Warren Caterson, author of Table for Two – The Cookbook for Couples and recently Table for Two – Back for Seconds, shares the perfect resources for young couples, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Learn time saving kitchen tips, cooking hints, and humorous anecdotes about the challenges and joys of cooking for two.

Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

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Please see the Calendar of Events for a full listing of programs throughout the system.