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Cat paw resting on an open book; next to a pair of glasses.Explore the wild side of Broward County Library with a summer full of animal fun! Children can learn about Florida’s native animals, check out undersea creatures and get creative with animal-related craft programs held during Broward County Library’s Summer Reading Program, which runs through August 3 at participating Broward County Libraries. The Wags & Tales program, which lets children read to a pet therapy dog to develop reading skills and confidence, will also continue during the summer to give children a one-on-one experience that makes reading fun.

After learning all about animals at your library, consider bringing a pet home this summer – the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division has hundreds of cute animals waiting for a home. Read more below for details.

Animal Programs for Teens and Children This Summer @ Broward County Libraries

June 25 – Live animal Show with Otter John from Wild Florida Productions; Learn about invasive species, ages 6-11, 2 to 3 p.m., Hollywood Library
June 25 – Little Scientists: Learn about sea creatures, touch the jaw bone of a shark and make a craft, ages 5-7, 3 to 4 p.m. 40 spaces; first come/first served, North Regional/Broward College Library
June 27 – Mr. Aardvark Summer Show: Meet your favorite book character, sing and play games with him, ages 3-5, 1 to 2 p.m., Hollywood Library
July 6 – Where the Wild Things Are Party, ages 5 and up, 1 to 2 p.m., Young At Art/Broward County Library
July 9 – Totally Tweens: Learn about Sea Turtles, presented by the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program/NSU Oceanographic Center, ages 9-12, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration begins one week in advance: 954-262-5477, Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center
July 10 – Lunch Bunch: Bring your lunch and learn about sea turtles, presented by the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program/NSU Oceanographic Center, ages 6-8, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration begins one week in advance: 954-262-5477, Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center
July 10 – Lunch Bunch: Bring lunch and a friend and paint a wooden cat or elephant, ages 5-12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Sunrise Dan Pearl Library
July 11 – Craft and Story Based on a Book: There Is a Mole in That Hole, pre-register, 3 to 4 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
July 11 – Animal Tales Show with Amy Nemeth: Small Animals of Florida, ages 6-11, 2 to 3 p.m., Hollywood Library
July 15 – Sea Turtles Craft, 2:39 to 3:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
July 16 – Little Scientists: Butterfly Magic: Learn about butterflies and make a craft, ages 5-7, 3 to 4 p.m., 40 spaces; first come/first serve, North Regional/Broward College Library
July 18 – Just for Tweens: Ocean Exploration – learn about the creatures in the ocean, ages 8-12, 4 to 5 p.m., 40 spaces; first come/first served, North Regional/Broward College Library
July 19 – Itsy Bitsy Babes: In the Jungle! Language enrichment for babies through songs, stories and fingerplays, ages 3-11 months with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
July 22 – Family Science Night with Geddy the Gecko, all ages, 6 to 7 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
July 25 – Beneath the Surface Featuring Astonishing Animals and Their Habitats, ages 12-18, 1 to 2 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
July 31 – Shark Attack Teen Celebration, 4 to 5:45 p.m., Main Library
August 3 – Underground Reptiles, teens, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Davie/Cooper City Library

Wags & Tales: Children can gain confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud to pet therapy dog. The program, which is sponsored by the Broward County Humane Society, is held at the following libraries this summer:
June 26 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
July 8 – 3 to 4 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
July 8 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Riverland Library
July 10, 24 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
July 11 –  5 to 6 p.m., Imperial Point Library
July 13 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., ages 5-11, Northwest Regional Library
July 13, 27 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., ages 5-12, Southwest Regional Library
July 17 –5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Hollywood Library
July 19 – 3 to 4 p.m., ages 5-12, Weston Library
July 20 –10:30 to 11 a.m., Davie/Cooper City Library
July 20 – 1 to 2 p.m., Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library
August 10 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., ages 5-11, Northwest Regional Library 

Protect Your Pets During Hurricane Season

June 1st has come and gone, and hopefully all of our cupboards are filled with non-perishable eats, batteries, some candles and other items to make your life more comfortable before, during and after a hurricane.

But what about those furry family members, the cherished cats, dogs and other house pets that don’t have cash, can’t drive and don’t even have opposable thumbs to turn on a flashlight? Broward County Animal Care and Adoption has some great tips on prepping your pet for a hurricane.

Top Ten Ways to Prep Your Pet for a Hurricane from Broward County Animal Care and Adoption

  1. Have a crate or carrier ready that is large enough for your pet to stand and turn around.
  2. Gather leashes, collars, water and food dishes, toys, blankets and treats.
  3. Have a two-week supply of food (moist) with a manual can opener. Dry pet food is fine, but be sure to have extra bottles of water since your pet will require more water with dry food than moist food.
  4. Have a two-week supply of water on hand; more if your pet is eating dry food.
  5. Get extra cat litter, litter pan and puppy training pads. Dogs can’t go outside to use the bathroom during a storm, so pre-plan a place in the house as the dog’s designated bathroom spot if need arises. Line area with puppy pads or newspapers.
  6. Emergency phone numbers for veterinarian, animal shelters and friends/relatives.
  7. Veterinarian records with rabies certificate and current Broward County Pet Registration tag.
  8. Medications with instructions. Ensure you have enough medication on hand before storm hits.
  9. A photo of you and your pet together (to help prove the pet is yours) and a photo of the pet by itself, showing any distinguishing marks that will help with identification.
  10. Cleaning supplies such as newspaper, plastic bags with ties, paper towels, and disinfectant.

Residents living in an evacuation zone, or in a mobile home, can preregister for the pet-friendly shelter in person at the Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, or call 954-989-3977 for details.

The Broward County Animal Care and Adoption provides shelter and food for lost and surrendered animals and also promotes successful adoptions that enhance the lives of companion animals and their humans. They also are reliable source for information on making the life of you and your pet better. For more information, subscribe to their online newsletter, Pet Press, by contacting adminan@broward.org, to or visit their website for details on their many services and specials.

Two lovely cats close to each other with innocent faces.Two-For-One Cats: Right now, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption has a “2 for $12” cat special – get any two cats or kittens for this one low price. This includes animals at the Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39 St. (954-359-1313) and Pompano Beach Adoption Center, 3100 N.W. 19th Terr. (954-359-1313) as well as all cats located at Pet Supermarket stores in Broward County.

Monkey checking out a green leaf.Animals Online @ Your Library!

In between partying with geckos, aardvarks and other creatures, children and teens can also explore their love of animals online at two educational and entertaining web sites created just for kids.

Little learners in grades K-2 can use their Broward County Library card to access Amazing Animals of the World. Get photographs and facts about 1,200 animals. Learn about each animal’s size, diet, classification and view a map representing where they can be found.
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Materials and Resources on Anancy, Caribbean Heritage and Juneteenth from Broward County Libraries Division:

Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World, edited by Deborah Cullen

Juneteenth: A Novel, by Ralph Ellison

Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore, edited by Francis Abernethy

Peoples of the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia of Archeology and Traditional Culture, by Nicholas J. Saunders

The Contemporary Caribbean: History, Life and Culture Since 1945, by Olylwyn Blouet

For Children and Teens:

Anancy and Mr. Dry Bone, by Fiona French (Picture Book)

Come Juneteenth, by Ann Rinaldi (Young Adult Fiction)

First Palm Trees: An Anancy Spiderman Story, by James Berry (For Young Readers)

Foods of the Caribbean, by Barbara Sheen (For Young Readers)

Juneteenth: Celebrating the End of Slavery, by Janey Levy (For Young Readers)

Traditional Crafts from the Caribbean, by Florence Temko (For Young Readers)