September Is Going to Be Incredible!

We had a rocking summer, and I want to thank all 4,479 adults, children, tweens and teens who signed up for our summer reading program. You all read 37,812 books this summer, so thank you for being rocking readers and supporting your library! Another way you can support your library is by making sure all your family members and friends have a library card. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and we would love to see a surge in new library cardholders. A library card may seem like just a piece of plastic, but in reality it allows you to check out, stream and download over 800,000 items. That's a lot of books to read, music to listen to, and videos to watch. And don't forget, with your library card, you can access our digital library 24/7, so you can download your favorite magazines and bestsellers any time. Like the commercial says: What's in your wallet?
~Oyuki, Program Services Librarian


FAU's Love Libraries Day
FAU Stadium, September 15, 6:00pm
Celebrate Love Libraries Day at the Florida Atlantic University football game on September 15. It's also Youth Day at FAU, and families will enjoy free entertainment outside FAU Stadium prior to kickoff. BRPL cardholders, get a special rate of $5 per ticket for this game! For tickets, contact FAU's Evan Siegel at 561-297-0068. Go, Owls!
Spanish River Library, September 5, 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us for a free information event for veterans of all ages. Since November 2016, the BRPL's Military Intel programs have provided veterans and their families with information about benefits, counseling, jobs and more. Presenters include: Pompano Beach Vet Center, PBC Division of Human & Veteran Services; Connected Warriors, Inc. Each organization will present for 20 minutes followed by Q&A. Register here.
The Long Drop, by Denise Mina
Downtown Library, September 17, 10:30-11:30am
Based on true events, The Long Drop is an explosive, unsettling novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference. Join Neil Schulhoff for a discussion of this acclaimed mystery, and enjoy coffee and muffins. Register here.

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert
Downtown Library, September 13, 7:00-8:00pm
Everyone is raving about this fiercely stunning New York Times bestseller with seven starred reviews. Entertainment Weekly calls this "an original and imaginative fairy tale: thrilling, fascinating, and poignant in equal measure." Register here.

Downtown Library, September 19, 1:00-2:30pm
In Kudos, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, justice and love, and the ultimate value of suffering. Discover why Katy Waldman of The New Yorker calls this "a book about failure that is not, in itself, a failure. In fact, it is a breathtaking success."  Register here.
Downtown Library, September 11, 6:30-9:00pm
When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains -- just who is running the government? Register here.
Spanish River Library, September 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. Bestselling author Marianne Williamson calls this film, "Entertaining and enlightening ... a spark of light and a work of love." Register here.
Discover Studio's Photoshop and 3D printing classes are Mac-based, and registration is required. Prerequisite: moderate computer proficiency.

Introduction to Tinkercad: Gain firsthand knowledge of basic 3D design principles. Design a 3D object using easy-to-use modeling software. No prior experience with Tinkercad is required but must register for a free Tinkercad account at

3D Printing Project: During this 2-hour span, patrons will have full use of the lab computers to design and create their very own three-dimensional objects and print them out. An instructor will be available to assist with design and to answer questions.

Podcasting I: Have you ever listened to a podcast during your commute and said, "Hey, I think I can do that"? This is your opportunity to learn how to create your very own podcast! Learn about the origins and uses of podcasting, as well as necessary equipment, recording, and scripting. All equipment will be provided.

Podcasting II: During the second part of Podcasting, you will learn about post-production techniques, how to manage your content, and how to upload your content to iTunes or Google Play. All equipment will be provided.

Video Editing for Kids' Spooky Film Festival
Downtown Library, Discover Studio, September 15 & 22, 9:30am-12:00pm
In support of the Kids' Spooky Film Festival at Sugar Sand Park, the computers in Discover Studio will be available to use our video-editing software. The festival is part of the annual Shriek Week event at Sugar Sand Park Community Center. Qualified films will be shown online in October, and select films will be screened during Shriek Week in late October. All films must be suitable for screening to children ages 5-12. Learn more here. 
Join us for these classes for adults this month!
Bring a poem for the poetry roundtable and learn what resources the library has to offer aspiring poets.
Are you considering or actively homeschooling? Join us for a review of resources at BRPL including databases, tutoring, book clubs, and technology classes.

Need help learning physics, computer coding or advanced math? Massive Open Online Courses, or "MOOCs," make it possible for you to attend university-level courses in any subject. This class will show you the top sites for broadening your interests and tackling subjects you always wanted to explore.
Learn how to download eBooks for free through the library. Bring charged iPad to class for hands-on instruction. Apple ID and password are required to download apps.

Learn about your local representatives and ways to make sure your voice is heard.          

Explore amazing educational exhibits, programs and events offered across Boca Raton's recreational facilities during the month of September. Pick up a "STEAM through September" passport at any of the participating locations: Downtown Library, Spanish River Library, Children's Science Explorium, and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Complete the challenges to win a prize! For children ages 5-12. Learn more here.
Special Story Times in September
Bilingual Drop-In Story Time: Thai
Downtown Library, September 15, 10:00-10:30am
Develop language and fine motor skills with rhymes, songs and stories. Learn simple words in a new language! No enrollment required.

Special Guest Drop-In Story Time with Boca Raton Police Officers
Downtown Library, September 6, 10:00-10:30am
Spanish River Library, September 10, 10:00-10:30am
Officers Galletta and Friters from the Boca Raton Police Department will join us for story time, and then children will be able to explore a real police car in the library parking lot! No enrollment required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Downtown Library, September 19, 3:30-4:30pm
Book club for early readers with themed activities based on different cultures around the world. This month's book is Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith. Free copy of the book upon enrollment courtesy of the Friends of BRPL. Child attends independently. Enroll here.

Downtown Library, September 10, 6:00-7:30pm
Join us to watch a variety of anime episodes! Episode ratings range from PG to PG-13. For children 12 and younger, a parental permission slip must be filled out and handed to the instructor before the program. Enroll here.

Downtown Library, September 19, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us as we create a variety of sugar face and body scrubs. Enroll here.

Tween Book Jam (Ages 9-12)
Downtown Library, September 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Book discussion with themed activities. This month's book is Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan. Receive a free copy of the book at time of enrollment courtesy of the Friends of BRPL. Click on a date above to enroll. 
Downtown Library, September 11, 6:30-7:30pm
This month's book is The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli. Receive a free copy of the book at time of enrollment courtesy of the Friends of BRPL. Enroll here.
Downtown Library, September 20, 6:30-7:30pm
Travel back to the '80s for this Stranger Things themed Escape Room! Can you solve the puzzles in time to escape the clutches of the Demogorgon? Teens will participate in teams of 6. Each team will have 20 minutes to escape. Enroll here.

Spanish River Library, Thursdays, 6:00-7:00
At each weekly club meeting, we will dissect a poetry style or theme, watch and discuss a slam poetry performance, participate in a creative writing activity, and share our new poem progress via an open mic session! Enroll here.
Coding Classes for Kids
Want to learn coding? The library has free coding classes for kids of all ages. Click here to see our upcoming classes and enroll.
Classes full of fun and learning with robots and coding. Click on a class title below to enroll.
Spanish River Library, September 5, 4:30-5:30pm
Downtown Library, September 27, 4:30-5:30pm
Matthew Sabatella's American Heritage Music: From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll
Spanish River Library, September 21, 3:30-4:30pm
With vocals, guitar, banjo and a wealth of folk songs, Matthew brings the story of the U.S. vividly to life. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required and available 20 minutes prior to show time.
New Exhibit: Elements of Art & Life
On display at the Downtown Library through November 9 during regular library hours
This colored-pencil exhibit by artist Galal Ramadan is on display at the Downtown Library, an Art in Public Places venue, from September 1-November 9. His artwork reveals his fascination with natural and cultural matters, along with his appreciation of basic elements of art and life. These beautiful images reflect the artist's attention to the minutest details and love of color.
Pick up the September-December 2018 edition of The Recreator at either library or at other facilities throughout the City, or view the online version here. Discover the wide variety of programs, camps, classes and activities for you and your family this season!
Both libraries will be closed on Monday, September 3, for Labor Day.
Enjoy the holiday with friends and family!
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