Activities and Events
Artist of the Month: Mary E. Parlato
Mary E. Parlato developed an interest in painting from her great uncle Mariano, who was a muralist in Italy before immigrating to America in the late 1890s. He left her a box of paints and an old pallet knife, and she has kept these treasured relics as a reminder of her artistic inheritance. Parlato’s cultural guide as a young child was her mother, who cultivated her interest in painting through frequent visits to museums available near her home in Queens, NY. She received a BA in Art History from Fordham University, married her high school sweetheart and raised three children. She reconnected with her art when she enrolled in art classes at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in 1999, where she met Al Razza, who has been her teacher for 18 years. Her line paintings are done with non-typical painting tools such as rulers and squeegees. She is currently working on a series of large flower paintings. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library August 1st through 31st.
Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)
Tuesday, August 14th, 10:30 a.m.
Put it all together with new and old friends during this relaxing morning of jigsaw puzzles. Enjoy snacks, listen to music, and get that sense of completion. Registration required. Register here
TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
Wednesday, August 15th, 6 p.m.
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership – starting with a golden circle and the question: "Why?" His examples include Apple, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Wright brothers. Sinek, the author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last, explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. We’ll watch a video presentation of this talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here
Open Play Game Room (adults)
Friday, August 17th, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Bring a board/card game or use one of the library’s for a social afternoon. Meet your friends for Mah Jong, dominoes, canasta and more. Registration not required. Register here
Sahaja Yoga Meditation (adults & teens)
Saturday, August 18th, 10:30 a.m.
This simple, time-honored meditation reduces stress and increases wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. Anyone can do it. Apurva Puranik, a Sahaja Yoga Meditation practitioner since 2005, will lead this session. Registration required. Register here
Afternoon Film & Discussion: Goodbye Christopher Robin (adults)
Saturday, August 18th, 2 p.m.
Get a rare glimpse into the relationship between author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), creator of the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and his young son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston). The international success of the books that enchanted the world comes at a cost to the author, his son, and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), in this moving story about success and family. Registration required. Register here
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, August 20th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here
Adult Art Class: Fundamentals of Watercolor Painting
Tuesday, August 21st, 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy the beauty of watercolor painting! Participants will learn how to apply watercolor washes and how to blend colors. This class will be led by instructor Malgorzata Kawashima. Supplies included. No experience necessary. Registration required. Register here
Speaker Liane Sangollo: “Lead the Life You Want,”
Wednesday, August 22nd, 6:15 p.m.
Are you living the life you want? Is someone preventing you? You think it’s your family? Your spouse? Your boss? Your children? Think again! You’ll learn about what prevents you from pursuing what you really want in life by becoming aware of self-defeating patterns. Liane Sangollo is a certified HR consultant, professional coach and applied neuroscience practitioner who helps people transform their personal and professional lives. She has more than 30 years of human resources management experience in Canada and the United States and is the author of End Your Self-Sabotage: 8 Deadly Patterns Preventing You from Leading the Life You Want. Registration required. Register here
Knit ‘n’ Knowledge
Tuesday, September 4th, 10:30 a.m.
Do you enjoy knitting? Bring your own projects, tips, techniques and ideas to share with fellow knitters at the Parkland Library. Registration is not required.
Used Book Fair
Wednesday, September 5th through Saturday, September 8th
Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these four days, the fair features used books. For more information, call 954-757-4203.
Dr. Laurie Nadel: Healing After Disaster (adults & teens)
Wednesday, September 5th, 6:15 p.m.
As a journalist who covered tragedies around the world, Dr. Laurie Nadel saw the urgent need to help people whose lives were shattered by violence. As a therapist, she created “emotional first aid tools” to calm acute stress reactions after catastrophes and led a program for teenagers whose fathers were killed in the September 11th attacks. But it was when her own home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that she discovered the steps that helped her rebuild her life. In The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing, and Strength When Disaster Strikes (with a Foreword by Dan Rather), seasoned journalist, scholar, and practicing psychotherapist Dr. Laurie Nadel offers a psychological road map through cycles of shock and trauma to help readers discover peace after disaster. Registration required. Register here.
Art Class: Intuitive Collage with Lori Arbel (adults)
Friday, September 7th, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Join Lori Arbel, founder of Venture with Art, as she shares tools for infusing creativity into your daily life. You'll experience the freedom and release of creating from your intuition while using a variety of art materials with an emphasis on National Geographic magazines. No art experience needed. Enjoy the process of art making! Supplies included. Registration required. Register here.
All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Saturday, September 8th, 10:30 a.m.
Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history: performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. Unfortunately for Tom, the secretive group which protects people like him has one rule: Never fall in love. How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages about a man lost in time and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. Registration not required.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, September 11th, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Decompress and let your mind wander while enjoying this latest creative trend: coloring books for adults. We’ll add some soothing background music and light snacks to create a little “me time” in your day. We will provide the supplies or you may bring your own. Registration required. Register here.
TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen”
Wednesday, September 12th, 6 p.m.
At this school in Tokyo, 5-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids. We’ll watch a video presentation of this talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, September 17th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here.
Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)
Tuesday, September 18th, 10:30 a.m.
Put it all together with new and old friends during this relaxing morning of jigsaw puzzles. Enjoy snacks, listen to music, and get that sense of completion. Registration required. Register here.
Banned Books Week: Celebrating Your Right to Read with speaker Dr. Margery Marcus (adults & teens)
Tuesday, September 25th, 6:15 p.m.
For over 30 years, Banned Books Week has highlighted issues of book censorship. For this year’s national celebration, Banned Books Week emphasizes the importance of the First Amendment in guaranteeing our inherent right to choose what we read. Join Dr. Margery Marcus for a lively presentation examining the history of book banning (and burning) in America, including First Amendment court cases related to book censorship. Her PowerPoint lecture concludes with a countdown of the top 10 most banned books of 2017. Registration required. Register here.
Afternoon Film & Discussion: The Band’s Visit (adults)
Saturday, September 29th, 2 p.m.
A band composed of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves stranded in the wrong town, a desolate spot somewhere in the heart of the desert. This film inspired the Tony award winning musical. Registration required. Register here.
Fridays at 10 a.m.
Whether you are hoping to be published or just want to share your memories with family members, you will find advice and support with this group of authors. This group meets every Friday at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.