Library Special Programs

May 2015

For a complete listing of library programs, visit the Calendar of Events

Children's Programs

Use Your E‑magination

Make unique technology crafts using every day materials.

Technology Craft
Circuit Stickers
by Jie Qi

Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.
Sunny Isles Beach Branch

Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m.
Lakes of the Meadow Branch

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Just Add Rhythm: A Drum Workshop

An accessible and engaging rhythm and music program offering an interactive drumming experience for physical, mental, emotional and social benefits. Suitable for children with and without special needs.

African Drumming

Tuesday, May 5, 10 a.m.
Opa‑locka Branch

Friday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch *

Thursday, May 14, 3:30 p.m.
North Dade Regional **

* Made possible by the City of Coral Gables
** Made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation

Traditional Ink Painting Class for Kids

Follow a demonstration of traditional Japanese and Chinese ink painting. Learn basic brush strokes to create an elegant bamboo garden. Non‑toxic materials will be provided. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Asian Painting

Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.
Miami Springs Branch

Saturday, May 9, 3 p.m.
Naranja Branch

Tuesday, May 12, 6 p.m.
Fairlawn Branch

Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m.
Lemon City Branch

Moved to Learn

A Mindful Movement to Music Program for a fun, engaging activity for children 8‑13 years old. Children experience rhythm mindfulness and movement to decrease stress and improve overall well‑being. Registration required. Suitable for children with and without special needs.

Meditating Children

Saturday, May 9, 16, 23, & 30, 3:30 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch

Teen Programs

Mini Comic Con

A takeover of the Main Library by teens and for teens. Come dressed in your most creative attire for a chance to win prizes and stay for the fun.

  • Cosplay Contest
  • Video Gaming Free Play
  • Anime Marathon and Manga Lounge
  • Superhero Selfie

Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Library

Robot Engineering 101
Lego Mindstorm Robot

Springboard into the future with a hands‑on lesson in robotics. You’re invited to build and program a simple robot using LEGO Mindstorm NXT. Best for ages 8‑15 years.

Friday, May 1, 4 p.m.
Kendall Branch

Friday, May 8, 4 p.m.
Golden Glades Branch

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Creative Engineering Laboratory

Explore the basics of physics, energy, force, friction and electricity in an applied, thrilling way as you learn how engineers build roller coasters and power cities. Provided by the Frost Science Mobile Outreach Unit.

Roller Coaster

Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.
Key Biscayne Branch

Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.
West Flagler Branch

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. 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. Limit 12 participants; Registration required. Ages 14 years and up.

Tuesday, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4 p.m.
Country Walk Branch

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Edit Your Films for Free

Learn what resources you can use to edit your videos and films for free and how to use them.

Film Editor

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 p.m.
South Dade Regional

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Adult Programs

"Out of Chrysalis"
Influential Women at Work: A Panel Discussion & Presentation

Moderated by local poet and fiction writer, Julie Tyler.

With an all‑star panel of influential women featuring: Tesoro Carolina, Maria Lino, Ellen Kanner, Glenda Galan, Juana Meneses, Laila Leder Kremer, Aquarela Sabol, Kat King and Leah Guzman.

With a special flamenco performance by experimental flamenco artist Niurca Marquez and live painting by the "Out of Chrysalis" artists.

Saturday, May 23, 2 - 5 p.m.
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

West End Gallery Night

Join Commissioner Juan C. Zapata and the Miami‑Dade Public Library System for the first gallery night featuring the Information Technology Department’s Photo Club of Miami‑Dade County. Bring your friends and family to see beautiful color and black and white photographs of our West End community. Light fare and drinks will be served.

Friday, May 1, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

Tai Chi for 55 and Better
Senior 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 beneficial as a regular practice, improving balance and enhancing mobility.

Wednesday, May 6, 13, 6 p.m.
Hispanic Branch

Thursday, May 7, 14, 6 p.m.
Naranja Branch

Thursday, May 21, 28, 4:30 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch

Microsoft Office Clinic
Senior Couple Using Laptop

During this four week program participants will learn the basics of using Microsoft Word and Excel. Registration required.

Wednesday, May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:30 p.m.
Kendall Branch

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Social Media Basics for 55 and Better

An overview on using modern social networks to connect with family or friends and meet people with similar interests. Class will include information on Meetup, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Participants need a valid e‑mail address. Limited to 15 participants.

Tablet with Apps

Wednesday, May 13, 4:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Saturday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.
West Kendall Regional

Made possible by the Knight Foundation.

Theodore Roosevelt – A One‑Man Show

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the face of America for three decades. Powerful, opinionated, intensely loyal and devoted to the ideal of a just, honorable, and muscular America. He only preached what he practiced. "Teddy" is energetically brought back to life by Derek Evans. Meet the man Owen Wister called "The most American American who ever lived!"

Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, May 22, 2 p.m.
Main Library

This theatre performance is made possible by PMI Arts.