Dr. Laurie Nadel: Healing After Disaster
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.
Art-for-Autumn Mural Painting (all ages)
Thursday, September 20th, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
It’s almost autumn! What better way to celebrate than to add your creative mark on a big paper mural that will be displayed at the library all season long? This all-ages family fun painting event will get you in the spirit of fall fun. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register here.
Banned Books Week: Celebrating Your Right to Read with speaker Dr. Margery Marcus (teens & adults)
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.
ACT Test Simulation (high school age)
Saturday, September 29th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Parkland Library ACT Simulation is for Parkland high school students and is conducted by Score at the Top. The test will be fully proctored and will take approximately four hours to complete. Students will get to experience what it means to take a real test under actual test conditions. In addition, they will learn about endurance and the importance of peak performance. At the end of the session, the test will be collected to be scored. Each parent/student will be then contacted by Score at the Top the following week with the results. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Smart Start Tutoring
varied Saturdays during the school year, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This program provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students provided by high school students. For information and to register, visit http://www.smartstartfl.com