A Message from Our Program Services Team

We have so many programs for you to participate in this month! Our Cultural Connections lineup includes a delightful storytelling performance on the Irish poet Yeats and a poignant Italian coming-of-age comedy-drama set in the 1930s. To celebrate Women's History Month, we are hosting a Civic Engagement lecture on activism inspired by the recent Women's March on Washington. And for Teen Tech Week, we are offering drone classes thanks to the generosity of the Robert C. Rolfe family, and new teen Maker classes in Discovery Studio thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of BRPL. Add to this a list of interesting book clubs and classes for adults, enrichment activities and programs for children, and art exhibits for all, and you'll see there's something for everyone to attend!
   
~ Neil, Max, and Gabi
In the Deep Heart's Core:
A Celebration of William Butler Yeats
Presented by Joseph Sobol
Downtown Library, March 11, 3:30-5:00pm
In time for St. Patrick's Day, the library is pleased to welcome professional storyteller and musician Joseph Sobol. His theatrical song cycle will take listeners through the romantic imagination and national soul of Ireland as he celebrates the life of the Celtic visionary poet and activist. Register here.
Foreign Film Series: Amarcord
Spanish River Library, March 14, 6:30-9:00pm
This 1973 Italian comedy-drama film, directed by Federico Fellini, is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age tale about Titta, an adolescent boy growing up among an eccentric cast of characters in the village of Borgo San Giuliano in 1930s Fascist Italy. (R, 123 min) Register here.

 

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: A History of Women's Activism in the United States
Downtown Library, March 23, 7:00-8:00pm
Celebrate Women's History Month during this presentation by Mary Reid Bogue, an adjunct instructor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at FAU. Inspired by the Women's March of January 21, 2017, this timely talk will explore the history of women's activism in the United States and how it has inspired a new generation of activists. Register here.
Year of Reading Women: Jane Gardam
Downtown Library, March 1, 1:00-2:30pm
Join Neil Schulhoff in discussing the literary works of Jane Gardam. Internationally known for her work in both adult and children's fiction, she was awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize for a lifetime's contribution to the enjoyment of literature. Some of her notable works include Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends. Register here.
 
Monday Morning Muffins & Mysteries
Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, by Philippe Georget
Downtown Library, March 13, 10:30-11:30am
This month's selection is Philippe Georget's Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, which Booklist called "a superior beach read for fans of international crime." Join Neil Schulhoff for a discussion of acclaimed mysteries, and enjoy coffee and muffins. Register here.

(Not Too) Young Adult Book Club: A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
Downtown Library, March 16, 7:00-8:00pm
This month's selection, A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas was a New York Times bestseller. Find out why author Alexandra Bracken called it "a gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding." Register here.
DISCOVER STUDIO
Enhance your photos
Create better selfies
Turn your ideas into 3D projects

Join us in the Discover Studio this month for our popular Photoshop classes where you can learn the basics or apply your skills to real-life applications. Plus, sign up for a 3D printing class where you can bring your great ideas to life! All classes are Mac-based, and participants should be moderately proficient with computers before attending. 
 
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop Basics 1: Become familiar with the Photoshop interface, and learn how to crop, transform, straighten, and superimpose images. Users new to Photoshop should start here!
Photoshop Basics 2: Learn about adjustment layers to make precise changes, and how to alter images in subtle and seamless ways.
Photoshop Intermediate: Build upon the basics by learning how to composite and retouch to make a new image. Prerequisites: Photoshop Basics 1 & 2
Photoshop Lightroom: Lightroom works in conjunction with Photoshop to organize your photos, tag your friends and family, and touch up your photos with the click of a button.
Photoshop Studio: Use our computers and professional software to adjust photos or work on individual creative projects. A staff member will be available during studio time to answer questions about Photoshop.
 
3D Printing
  Introduction to Tinkercad: Gain firsthand knowledge of basic 3D design principles. Design your very own 3D object using easy-to-use modeling software. No prior experience is required. 
Intermediate 3D Fundamentals: Learn how to use Sketchup Pro to make your very own 3D designs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Tinkercad.
3D Printing Studio: Use this creative space to bring your digital creations to fruition. A staff member will be present to answer questions about Tinkercad or Sketchup.
 
Click below to see all of our
class times in March and enroll. 
Access legal forms or find your next great read.
Network with professionals or battle online viruses.
Our Classes for Adults can show you how!
 
Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of BRPL, we are pleased to offer library cardholders free access to Gale LegalForms, which provides everything you need to manage legal affairs with confidence. No special skills or extensive knowledge of the law is required because LegalForms offers an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to addressing complex legal matters. These officially approved, professionally written documents are actually used in legal practices, unlike those found in "form books." Whether for business, personal or litigation purposes, each form is conveniently accessible and downloadable in a number of formats.
 
An introduction to Reference USA and Gale LegalForms databases, which enable professionals and laypeople to conduct market and job research, locate business contacts, find local attorneys, create legal forms, and more.
Explore BRPL resources to find great books and keep track of what you've read. Laptops and tablets welcome.
Explore what you can do on the library's website from home: access your account, place holds, renew items, request titles, Book-a-Librarian, create and save lists.
Learn how to use the social networking site that helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.
Learn about computer viruses, phishing, and malicious links, and review best practices in Internet safety.
 
Classes fill up quickly, so sign up now!
Teen Tech Week Programs

Drones
Drones are arriving at the Boca Raton Public Library! Middle- and high-school students will have the opportunity to use this new technology during Teen Tech Week thanks to a generous donation by the Robert C. Rolfe family. This year's theme is "Be the Source of Change," and participants will be able to pilot several different drones, use drones to explore the scientific method, and discuss how drones might shape the future. These classes all support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) principles. Classes include:
 
After School @ the Library with Drones (Ages 10-17)
Spanish River Library, March 6-10, 4:30-5:30pm
No registration required, but space is limited.

Drone Program for Teens (Ages 13-17)
Downtown Library, March 9, 6:30-7:30pm

New Maker Classes
Thanks to funding from the Friends of BRPL, Discover Studio is rolling out two new technology programs: Circuit Scribe and Makey Makey! In hands-on, project-based classes, teens will explore the depths of their imagination and creativity. Makey Makey allows teens to use everyday objects, such as a banana or donut, to create computer keys or game controller. Circuit Scribe allows teens to draw electric connections on paper to create unique designs and functioning circuits.
 
Circuit Drawing
Downtown Library, March 6, 6:00-7:00pm
 
Fun with Makey Makey
Downtown Library, March 8, 6:00-7:00pm
Mother Daughter Tea ~ Space Still Available!
Downtown Library, March 4, 11:30am-1:30pm
The library would like to thank the Friends of BRPL for funding our popular annual tea when tweens, teens and moms enjoy an afternoon of tea, savory delights, inviting conversation and special time together. Participants receive a copy of the book, A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, at the time of enrollment in person at either library. For more information, call Youth Services at 561-393-7968.

Wildlife Explorers Program
In March, the Children's Science Explorium's Wildlife Explorers program will include visits to the natural areas of the Spanish River Library! This free drop-in program connects children, ages 5-11 (and their guardians), with nature in local parks. Click here for more details.
 
March 4, Children's Science Explorium, 10:00-11:00am
March 11, Spanish River Library, 10:00-11:00am
March 18, Spanish River Library, 10:00am-12:00pm*
 
*Includes ceremony of completion and free swag!

Pokémon Safari
Spanish River Library, March 11, 11:00am-12:00pm
Do you have Pokémon Go on your smartphone or tablet? Join us for a Pokémon-catching safari! Don't have the app? Join us anyway! Learn about Pokémon origins in real animals, as well as Japanese myths. Then onto an adventure outdoors to use your knowledge to find the Pokémon (on and off screen) hiding outside! Enroll here.
 
Enroll in New Story Time Sessions
March 3, beginning at 9:00 a.m. for Library Cardholders
March 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m. for Non-Cardholders
Classes begin the week of March 13 and end the week of April 29. Please enroll children under 4 years old for 1 story time at 1 location. Enroll here.
 
Special Drop-in Story Times
Bilingual Story Time: Spanish
Downtown Library, March 2, 10:00-10:30am
Develop language and fine motor skills with rhymes, songs and stories. Learn simple words in a new language!
Special Guest Story Time: Gumbo Limbo
Spanish River Library, March 6, 10:00-10:30am
Downtown Library, March 9, 10:00-10:30am
It's Sea Turtle Awareness Month! Stop in for a special story time with a guest reader from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and their mascot, Luna!

Read with FAU Men's Basketball Players
Downtown Library, March 17, 3:00-3:30pm
It's March Madness! Join some of FAU's Men's Basketball players for a fun story time for children in elementary school!
 
Mr. Bob's Puppet Show
Spanish River Library, March 17, 3:30-4:15pm
Enjoy a puppet show of a modern version of "The Tortoise and the Hare." No enrollment required but space is limited. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required and available 1/2 hour prior to show time.

Teen Movie: Mean Girls (PG-13, 97 minutes)
Downtown Library, March 30, 6:00-8:00pm
Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. No enrollment required.   

MORE TO ENJOY
VIDEO: Special Presentations at BRPL
Last month, we had some amazing presentations on subjects as varied as Black history, finding your soul mate, and octopuses! If you missed them, be sure to click on the picture at right to watch a video featuring highlights from these special visits. And don't forget to sign up for more great programs in March!
EXHIBIT: Dana Donaty: The Art of Imagination
Downtown Library, February 17-March 25
An accomplished artist and artist-in-residence at Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, Dana Donaty is widely recognized for her provocative canvases with unusual narratives. An exhilarating mix of monstrous party animals and humans that are having a great time, Donaty convinces us of their potential reality and believability.
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