Library Special Programs

November 2014

For a complete listing of library programs, visit the Calendar of Events
Friends of the Miami‑Dade Public Library
Annual Book Sale
Friends of the Miami‑Dade Public Library
Wednesday - Saturday
December 10-13, 2014
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
View the Friends Book Sale page for more information.

Children's Programs

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, November 1 & 8, 2 p.m.
North Central Branch

Saturday, November 15, 3 p.m.
Key Biscayne Branch

Mind and Strategy Gaming
Child Thinking

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 ages 8‑12 years.

Fridays, November 7, 14 & 21, December 5, 4‑5 p.m.
South Dade Regional

Mondays, November 17 & 24, December 1 & 8, 3:15‑4:15 p.m.
West Kendall Regional

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Fine Art for Kids with Asser Saint‑Val
Asser Saint-Val

Art has inspired and captured history since the dawn of time. Enjoy a family program with art as an outlet and voice. Artist Asser Saint‑Val will navigate kids through a fine art project to understand how they can convey their beliefs, feelings and moods via artistic mediums. Sign up for this opportunity to share a few special hours with the renowned artist.

Saturday, November 8, 1‑5 p.m.
Virrick Park Branch

Saturday, November 15, 1‑5 p.m.
Little River Branch

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Ceramics and Dimensional Art with Eco‑Friendly Materials
Eco-Friendly Sign

Local Artist Gary Fonseca uses eco‑friendly, sustainable and recycled materials including ceramics to lift Miami’s cultural spirit. Sign up to create a sustainable piece of art all your own. Limit 30 participants.

Saturday, November 8, 3:30 p.m.
West Kendall Regional

Saturday, November 15, 3:30 p.m.
North Dade Regional – Experience a unique opportunity to create pots, cups and bowls using a pottery wheel.

Saturday, November 22, 10:30 a.m.
Hispanic Branch

Saturday, November 29, Noon
Little River Branch

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Read Along, Sing a Song with the Florida Grand Opera
Musical Notes

Follow a story, sing, dance and play an instrument. For children 5‑8 years. Registration required; contact Cerise Sutton at 305‑854‑1643 ext. 1100 or by e‑mail.

Saturday, November 15, 3:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Florida Grand Opera logo

Made possible by the Florida Grand Opera.

Rockin’ and Readin’ – Interactive Music Therapy
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, November 22, 11 a.m.
West Kendall Regional

Teen Programs

Person Rapping Silhouette
Outdoors @ Arcola Lakes
Hip Hop Shakespeare: A Spoken Word Hip Hop Workshop

Learn how to write a rhyme and perform your poetry in this interactive hip hop and poetry workshop. Show us your free styling skills, join the Hip Hop Shakespeare Team, enjoy a special DJ set and breakdance performance by PATH. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 14, 2‑5 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch

Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge logoMiami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
Facilitated by PATH and The Biscayne Poet.

Game On! Teen Gaming Competition
Xbox Controller

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 required.

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.

Make It! Dueling Makey Makey
Makey Makey logo

Be creative, inventive, and imaginative by turning the whole world into a keyboard. Make + Key = MaKey MaKey. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touch pads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple kit for beginners or experts to expand on art, engineering, and everything in between. Participants will be divided into groups and try to create the outrageous use for the tool.

Tuesday, November 4, 3:30 p.m.
Main Library**

Saturday, November 15, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional*

Saturday, November 22, 3:30 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch**

Miami Dolphins Foundation

*Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Knight Foundation logo

**Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Make It! Create an Android App
Mobile Apps

Participants learn to design and create on a computer, by programming and building their own fully functional app for Android devices. Program is limited to 12 participants ages 14 years and up. Each person works independently at their own pace following the directions of a curriculum especially designed for the class. Bring your Android phone if you own one. Registration required.

Thursdays, November 6, 13 & 20, December 4, 4 p.m.
Lemon City Branch

Knight Foundation logo

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Robot Engineering 101
Robot Waving

Springboard into the future with a hands‑on lesson in robotics. You’re invited to build and program a simple robot using LEGO Mindstorm. 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.

Saturday, November 15, 10:30 a.m.
Hialeah Gardens Branch

Miami Dolphins Foundation

Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Adult Programs

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.

Steve Liebowitz
Devorah: The Convenant and The Scrolls, Book One
Saturday, November 1, 2 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Louis Lowy
Die Laughing
Saturday, November 8, 3 p.m.
Kendall Branch

Don Daniels
Rhyme and Punishment
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

Louis Lowy
Die Laughing
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 a.m.
South Dade Regional

Rita Dorn
Strands of Rhyme: Poems From the Real World
Thursday, November 20, 7 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Hablemos! Dominó y Cafecito
Dominos and Coffee

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

Sunday, November 9, 3:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Alzheimer’s Awareness Seminars
Senior Care

Find out how typical age‑related memory loss compares to early signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Lo Básico: La Pérdida de Memoria, La Demencia y La Enfermedad de Alzheimer
Monday, November 10, 11 a.m.
West Dade Regional

The Basics: Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Monday, November 10, 2 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters
Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m.
Sunny Isles Beach Branch

Conozca las 10 Señales De Advertencia: La Detección Temprana es Importante
Thursday, November 20, 3 p.m.
Hispanic Branch

Resumes and Cover Letters that Stand Out
Great Resume

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 6 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch

Tome el control de su futuro financiero con la Biblioteca
Credit Cards and Money

Uso Inteligente del Crédito
El taller está orientado a llevar al participante a reflexionar sobre la decisión que en un momento dado lo esté llevando a buscar o adquirir un crédito. Le recuerda que mediante la adquisición de un préstamo hoy está comprometiendo futuros ingresos.

Wednesday, November 12, 6‑7:30 p.m.
Hispanic Branch

Opciones para Manejar su Deuda
La presentación va orientada a informar acerca de dónde y cómo debe empezar a organizarse si tiene deudas que considera se están volviendo inmanejables y cuáles y en dónde están las opciones disponibles para ayudarlo a salir de ellas.

Tuesday, November 18, 6‑7:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Presented by the Hispanic Center for Financial Excellence.

Visual Art Class for 55+
Artist Palette

An art class for those 55 years and up and/or with limited mobility designed to cultivate different techniques, cultures and styles for mature minds. Registration required; limit 30 participants. Supplies included.

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.
South Miami Branch

Made possible by the Friends of the Miami‑Dade Public Library.

Latin Jazz Concert

Enjoy an afternoon of Latin Jazz with a 5-piece band complete with their drums, percussions, piano, bass guitars and saxophones.

Thursday, November 20, 6 p.m.
Palmetto Bay Branch

Sunday, November 23, 3:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Meet the Author: Caroline Klepser
Lost Miami Beach

In her new book, Lost Miami Beach (History Press), local historian Carolyn Klepser rediscovers a whole generation of people and buildings that were here before Art Deco and are mostly lost to memory. A talk by the author, illustrated with some of the book’s 80 photographs will be followed by a book signing.

Tuesday, November 25, 6 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

Saturday, November 29, 3 p.m.
North Shore Branch

City of Miami Beach 100 years logo

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