Library Special Programs

October 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

Mexican Sugar Skulls
Hispanic Heritage Month logo
Create a Mexican Sugar Skull

Aztec indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years ago have used “sugar skulls” to honor their ancestors. Here’s a chance for you to create your own skull for the November 1st holiday, “Dia de Los Muertos”. Limit 20 participants, register with branch.

Saturday, October 4, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m.
Allapattah Branch

Thursday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.
West Flagler Branch

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

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Hispanic Beats

The fundamentals of Latin music via percussion instruments. Listen to the notes that distinguish Brazilian, Cuban, Colombian and those that connect it.

Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.
Concord Branch

Saturday, October 11, 2 p.m.
Tamiami Branch

Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m.
Little River Branch

Music Fundamentals for Babies
Baby with Tambourine

Nurture your babies natural love of music during a special time to learn songs, rhymes, dances, lap and floor games designed to foster your infant’s development. Play with instruments made for little hands and learn how to integrate these lessons at home. Register with branch. Best for infants up to 18 months.

Saturdays, October 18 & 25, November 1 & 8, 2 p.m.
North Central Branch

Puerta de Oro de Colombia
Puerta de Oro de Colombia
Hispanic Heritage Month logo

Enjoy a glimpse into Colombian life with stories and folk dance by Puerta de Oro de Colombia. The group will have you celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with dances such as the Cumbia and other styles that have evolved throughout its history.

Saturday, October 11, 3 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch

Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Hand Holding Tiles Spelling Art
Art and Literacy in the Community

Join the Bass Museum of Art for a 6‑week art and literacy program for families with children 2‑8 years old to participate in exciting workshops where both child and caretaker will enjoy creating hands-on art projects that go along with exciting books they will get to take home!

Families must register in advance at the branch, space is limited. Families attending all workshops will participate in a free field trip to Bass Museum of Art on Saturday December 6. Transportation is free and provided by the Bass Museum of Art.

Saturdays, October 18 - December 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Golden Glades Branch

Made possible by the BASS museum and Kellogg Foundation.

Rockin’ and Readin’ – Interactive Music Therapy for All
Music Therapy for Kids

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, October 25, 11 a.m.
South Dade Regional

Saturday, November 22, 11 a.m.
West Kendall Regional

Teen Programs

Outloud Events!

October 7 - 21
Share a poem, short story, excerpt from a book, or song to receive community service hours and a chance to win a Teen Read Week T‑shirt designed by a fellow teen.
Visit the Outloud! page for complete details.
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Game On! Teen Gaming Competition

Celebrate National Gaming Day! Winners will move on to the final rounds at the West Dade Regional Library on Saturday, November 15 at 11:30 a.m.  Forget the arcade; come to the library and play! Enjoy the latest board and video games while competing against others. Registration with branch required.

Monday, October 6, 3:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Saturday, October 18, 3 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Monday, October 20, 3 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.
Main Library

Saturday, November 1, 3 p.m.
Hispanic Branch

Friday, November 7, 3:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

book with film slate
Read the Book, See the Movie

Great movies begin with great literature. Here’s an opportunity for you to delve into the book behind the blockbuster movie then chat with others about the joys and struggles of the two formats. No matter the order you choose, experience the two.

Captain America Winter Soldier

Monday, October 6, 5 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

Wednesday, October 8, 3 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

Thursday, October 9, 5 p.m.
South Dade Regional

Saturday, October 11, 3 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Wednesday, October 22, 5 p.m.
North Dade Regional


Tuesday, October 7, 3:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Wednesday, October 15, 5 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Thursday, October 16, 3 p.m.
West Kendall Regional

Mortal Instruments

Tuesday, October 14, 3:30 p.m.
Main Library

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Wearable Book Cover Nails

Our in-house nail art expert will show you how she uses popular book covers as inspiration for her nails. Registration and permission from caregiver required. Bring your own polish and tools.

Nail Polish Bottles

Saturday, October 11, 3:30 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Friday, October 17, 4 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Thursday, October 30, 4 p.m.
Little River Branch

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Adult Programs

Resumes and Cover Letters that Stand Out

Having trouble distilling your whole life into a one‑page résumé or unsure about how to target that cover letter for a particular position? Register for a workshop that will assist you in putting together a competitive resume. Learn what employers want to know from potential employees.

Thursday, October 2, 11 a.m.
Model City Branch

Monday, October 6, 11 a.m.
South Dade Regional

Friday, October 10, 10:30 a.m.
North Central Branch

Tuesdays, October 7 & 21, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Pinecrest Branch

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Homestead Branch

Morsels of Latin Jazz
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Enjoy an afternoon of Latin jazz with a 5‑piece band complete with their drums, percussions, piano, bass guitars and saxophones. The band members will offer audience members an educational experience by delving into the history and make‑up of the genre.

Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.
North Shore Branch

City of Miami Beach 100 Years

City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.

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.

Louis Lowy
Die Laughing
Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Steve Liebowitz
Devorah: The Convenant and The Scrolls, Book 1
Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

Don Daniels
Rhyme and Punishment
Saturday, October 11, 3 p.m.
Kendall Branch

Steps to Starting a Small Business
Store Front

Want to learn how to get started?
The informational session includes:

  • Steps to getting started
  • Deciding what business to start
  • Choosing a business name & structure
  • Required government licenses
  • Finding financing
  • Defining your target marketing & customers
  • Basic business record keeping
  • Top start mistakes to avoid

Wednesday, October 8, 6‑7:30 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Hablemos Dominó y Cafecito
Dominos and Coffee

Stop by the library for dominoes, a talk and a coffee.

Friday, October 24, 3:30 p.m.
West Flagler Branch