Library Special Programs

September 2014

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Children's Programs

A Cultural Journey through Hawaii and Polynesia
Aloha Islanders

Enjoy island dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand in beautiful, authentic costumes. The journey includes audience participation with Hula Lessons, Hawaiian instruments, Tahitian Drumming, and more. Children will join in the fun and participate with the dancers on stage.

Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.
Miami Beach Regional, Auditorium

City of Miami Beach

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

Stories con Sabor
Carrie Sue Ayvar

Con un poquito de sabor Latino (with a bit of Latino flavor), Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar blends traditional, international, and personal stories, connecting Florida’s people, languages, and 500 years of Hispanic culture.

Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.
North Shore Branch

City of Miami Beach

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

Puerta de Oro de Colombia
Puerta de Oro de Colombia

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.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

Saturday, September 13, 3 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Saturday, September 20, 1 p.m.
West Kendall Regional

Saturday, September 27, Noon
Homestead Branch

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, September 20, 11 a.m.
West Dade Regional

Mr. Munchlee’s Magic Top Hat
Mr. Munchlee's Magic Top Hat

Storybook characters come to life in this interactive exhibition featuring original drawings and sketches from the book: Mr Munchlee’s Magic Top Hat, illustrated by Tulia Lulu and written by Corrie Rice. Take part in an interactive storytime, color with crayons and discover together the magic of Mr. Munchlee’s Top Hat through the artists’ workshop.

Wednesday, September 24, 11 a.m.
Miami Beach Regional

City of Miami Beach

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

MiChiMu Interactive Storytelling
Miami Children's Museum

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.

Thursday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.
South Shore Branch

City of Miami Beach

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

Teen Programs

Graphic Design and Video Production with YOUmedia Miami
Teen Girl Filming

YOUmedia Miami hits the road to develop the technology skills of the future. Teens, ages 13‑19 years, are eligible to register for an in‑depth course on graphic design, video production and editing skills. The program is limited to 35 participants and requires a commitment to all workshops.

Teens will showcase their final product in a culminating event in October.

Tuesdays, September 9, 23, 30, 6 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17, 6 - 8 p.m.

Miami Lakes Branch

Friends of the Miami-Dade Public LibraryMiami Dolphins Foundation

Program made possible by the Friends of the Library and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

SAT Preparation Workshop
Test Answer

Need a great SAT score with that college application? Sign up for this SAT workshop and get useful tips on test format, question types, and strategies. Though the workshop is not a substitute for formal high school instruction, it will provide you needed tools to improve on those math, reading and writing skills. Register with branch.

Saturday, September 13
Math, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reading and Writing, 2 - 4 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Adult Programs

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

The South Florida Writer’s Association presents the Meet the Local Author Series. In September, guests can live the betrayal and passion of the Colombian jungles in Jan Smolders The Convenient Fund, explore the life of one of the strongest women in the Bible with author Steve Liebowitz’s work Devorah, Book One, The Covenant and The Scrolls, enjoy the strange new stories set to poetry and limericks as retold by Don Daniels in his book Rhyme and Punishment, or get beamed up to a 1950’s Sci‑FI adventure in Louis K. Lowy’s, Die Laughing.

Wednesday, September 3, 7 p.m.
Author Don Daniels
Coral Gables Branch

Saturday, September 6, 2 p.m.
Author Jan Smolders
West Dade Regional

Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

Saturday, September 13, 10:30 a.m.
South Dade Regional

Saturday, September 13, 3 p.m.
Author Steve Liebowitz
Kendall Branch

Tuesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Author Louis K. Lowy
North Dade Regional

Tai Chi for Mind, Body and Soul
Woman Doing Tai Chi

Learn the art of Tai Chi as a method to promote relaxation, improve balance and strengthen core muscle groups. Tai Chi is especially beneficial to individuals over 55 years of age as regular practice improves balance and enhances mobility.

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5 - 6 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

The Power of Play: Understanding and Scaffolding Play to Promote Learning

A one day training focusing on identifying types and levels of play, using strategies that support and scaffold play, and integrate learning across the content areas for the purpose of meeting the Florida Early Learning Standards for 4 year‑olds.

This training is designed for Center Directors, Preschool Teachers, Curriculum Specialists, and Technical Assistants. Providers register through the Quality Counts online training calendar; limit 30 participants.

Saturday, September 6, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Made possible by the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education.

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

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.

Saturday, September 13, 3:30 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Program made possible by the City of Coral Gables.

“Writing ‘Up’ to Children and Young Adults” with Author Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Pena

Most readers want to participate in the novels they read far more than authors allow them to. In this workshop we will talk about the author/reader relationship and the function of the narrator in novel writing. How do we back off and allow the characters to drive scenes and conversations? When is narration vital? We will break it down examining examples of published work and in‑session exercises.

Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically‑acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living. He’s also the author of the award‑winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Registration with the branch required; limit 25 participants.

Tuesday, September 16, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

City of Miami Beach     The Betsy South Beach

Program made possible by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council and The Betsy‑South Beach.

Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance
Ife-Ile Afro Cuban Dance

IFE‑ILE dancers perform famous Celia Cruz hits rendering tribute to the joy of Cuban music featuring; La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Quimbara, La Guagua.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Queen of Salsa: Photographic Portraits of Celia Cruz.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Saturday, September 20, 3:30 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Program made possible by the City of Coral Gables.

Writing Your Memoir: One Story at a Time
Journal Writing

A workshop geared toward those interested in writing their own personal or family history as a gift for their children and grandchildren. Learn the importance of leaving a legacy through memoir and lessons in making your writing process a smooth and healthy one.

Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. - noon
Pinecrest Branch