Library Special Programs

July 2014

When School is Out, Lunch is In @ the Library!
June 9 - August 8
Kids, 18 and under, can enjoy a free lunch.
While supplies last, view locations and schedules.

Children's Programs

Mind your Manners

A presentation on etiquette and life skills for a polished and professional future. Learn how to dine while doing business, dress for interviews, network and more.

Wednesday, July 2, 4 p.m.
Country Walk Branch

Thursday, July 3, 3 p.m.
Main Library

Saturday, July 5, 2 p.m.
Culmer Overtown Branch

Monday, July 14 & 28, 10:30 a.m.
South Shore Branch

Paper Weaving and Inspirational Writing Workshop
Gravity and Grace

Presented by Bass Museum’s Staff in Conjunction with the Exhibition “Gravity and Grace: Monumental works by El Anatsui”
Ghanian artist El Anatsui creates art, from recycled materials, into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting. Participants will learn how one unused material can be combined with others to make new materials. Participants can add special messages to their weavings. Register with branch; Limit 30 participants.

Thursday, July 10, 3 p.m.
Coconut Grove Branch

Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Homestead Branch

Monday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.
South Shore Branch*

Bass Museum of Art logo

Made possible by Bass Museum of Art.

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.

Saturday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.
Hialeah Gardens Branch

Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m.
Culmer/Overtown Branch

Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.
Main Library

Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m.
North Central Branch

Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Animal Survivors with Jungle Island
Jungle Island logo

Learn about the defense mechanisms and survival techniques used by reptiles, birds, mammals and other animals to stay ALIVE.

Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.
South Dade Regional

Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Little River Branch

Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.
Shenandoah Branch

Monday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.
South Shore Branch

Robert Hermen’s Magic Show
Robert Hermens

Local favorite, Robert Hermens has been entertaining children throughout South Florida for years with dazzling magic and loads of fun. Robert’s routines are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.
Sunny Isles Beach Branch

Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
North Shore Branch

“What a Wonderful World” Art Project
What a Wonderful World Art

Inspired by Louis Armstrong’s classic hit “What A Wonderful World,” artist Edwin Villasmil gives a history and art lesson rolled into one with the use of a custom coloring book for kids. The Venezuelan artist and environmental educator’s work consists of positive-negative sets of figures on black backgrounds with the occasional splash of color. Share your unique perspective on what makes your world a wonderful one. Best for ages 5‑12 years.

Saturday, July 12, 2:30 p.m.
South Miami Branch

Books, Dreams & Magical Things
Magician Brent Gregory

Magician Brent Gregory will take you on a magical dream while weaving elaborate stories into almost impossible magic.

Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Naranja Branch

Wednesday, July 16, 11 a.m.
Edison Branch

Saturday, July 19
Arcola Lakes Branch1 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch4 p.m.**

Signore Eduardo Juggling
Signore Eduardo

The juggler of Italian descent is back to incorporate his unique Mediterranean flair into an afternoon of unicycle balancing and bowling pin tossing.

Saturday, July 12, 4 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

How & Why? With Storyteller Kaye Byrnes
Kaye Byrnes

Long before science explained the how and why of our world, we turned to stories. Why is the sea so salty? How did constellations form in the night sky? Why do ants live everywhere? Listen to the answers found in stories, then explore the library for the answers.

Monday, July 14
Lemon City Branch10:30 a.m.
Palmetto Bay Branch1:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional7 p.m.*

Tuesday, July 15
Country Walk Branch11 a.m.
Coral Gables Branch3:30 p.m.**
Miami Springs Branch6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 16
Tamiami Branch10 a.m.
Palm Springs North Branch6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 17
North Dade Regional12:30 p.m.
Fairlawn Branch3:30 p.m.

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.

Mondays, July 14, 21 & 28, 11:30 a.m.
North Dade Regional

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, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
West Flagler Branch

Thursday, July 31, 11 a.m.
Allapattah Branch

Pop, Bang, Wow! The Amazing Science of Magic
Rabbit in a Hat

From the mind of Thomas Edison to the nimble fingers of Harry Houdini, the greatest minds in history had their secrets – many of them were one in the same. Wading through a breathtaking history of beakers and wands, this show is unlike any other as it welcomes you into the secret world of magic.

Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m.
Tamiami Branch

Origami, the Art of Paper Folding
Origami Crane

Enjoy creating intricate sculptures with just one sheet of square paper. Learn how the principles of origami are used in modern engineering, packing and art.

Saturday, July 26, 3:30 p.m.
Concord Branch

Teen Programs

Robot Engineering 101

Springboard into the future with a hands‑on lesson in robotics. You’re invited to build and program a simple robot using LEGO Mindstorms. In just 60 minutes, you’ll be exposed to a world of engineering, creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork. Best for ages 12‑15 years. Register with branch; Limit 24 participants.

Wednesday, July 2, 5:30 p.m.
Golden Glades Branch

Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Hispanic Branch

Gaming @ Your Library
Smash Bros

Play the latest board and video games while competing against others in the comfort of your library.

Tuesday, July 8, 15 & 22, 4 p.m.
South Miami Branch

Go Green Art & Jewelry
Recycled Paper Beads

Bring your old magazines and newspapers to the library to transform them into something new and fashionable. Using a special machine, you can create recycled paper beads as a start to your fashionable, green project.

Tuesday, July 15, 6 p.m.
Palmetto Bay Branch

Thursday, July 31, 3:30 p.m.
Opa-locka Branch

The Art and Style of India
Taj Mahal graphic

Transport into the traditional lands of India and learn of its rich customs, henna parties, mysterious art and more.

Monday, July 14, 4 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

Saturday, July 26, 3 p.m.
North Shore Branch*

Adult Programs

Yard & Garden Workshop Series
Garden Containers

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

Native Plants for Your Garden
Monday, July 7, 2 p.m.
Kendall Branch

What to Plant Now?
Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Doral Branch
Monday, July 21, 2 p.m.
Kendall 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.

Natural, Herbal Remedies from Across the Globe
Herbs in a Pot

Sit in on an informative session that discusses various herbs from around the world. These herbs are popularly known by different names, but all are used because of their medicinal properties. Led by Jurist Gordon, Professor of Nutrition at Miami‑Dade College.

Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m.
Culmer/Overtown Branch

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.

Wednesday, July 9, 7 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.
West Kendall Regional

Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 p.m.
South Shore Branch*

City of Miami Beach log

*Program made possible by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.

**Program made possible by the City of Coral Gables.

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