A Message from Hannah Hostyk, Co-President

Monday, September 19, 2016

Dear Friends,

Our annual meeting was magical! We had a chance to thank our volunteers, especially Jack Aroshas, who created our first ever video. This video was viewed almost 210 times in the first 48 hours of being posted!! Have you seen it yet? Click here to schep some naches

Jack invested his energy and creativity in producing this video and we are so grateful to him. I must confess - I have probably watched the video 30 times and each time I am overwhelmed by what our group has created.

Don't forget that Sandi Levy's Art Classes begin tomorrow. Two of our art students won prizes in different art contests over the summer! Congratulations to Gary Green and Neil Lentin. We are so proud of you and of all the wonderful art students at Stirling! To become a part of this energy, come to the class on Friday at 1:00 pm. It's free of course and open to the public! You can sign up here: stirlinglibraryfriends@gmail.com

All the best,

Tim Dixon Lecture Series - America In Transformation

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Join us as we host Tim Dixon for four nights of historical context and contemporary insight into this year's Election. 

Stuart Hopen's review of The Information: A History, A theory, A Flood by James Gleick

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Like James Joyce’s Ulysses, The Information, a history, a theory, a flood, by James Gleick is a book about nothing less than everything. That is what comes of tackling the very notion of information, including the ambiguities inherent in the word."

Read Stuart Hopen's complete book review on his blog! 


Update from our Co-President, Hannah

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dear Friends,
When you pay your membership dues or dedicate a shelf or make a general contribution to the Friends, where do your funds go? And in what ways do the Friends help create community? Let me give you a quick snapshot of just the past two weeks:
  • You helped sponsor a Magic Show which brought over 60 kids and their parents to our library on a hot summer day!
  • You bought snacks and water for the kids who come to the library to have a free lunch and who also received, thanks to you, a free book from Scholastic! We thank those of you who responded to our last email and asked to give extra funds to help supplement this program. Click the link to see how the Sun Sentinel reported on our Group's involvement with those in our community who are hungry: https://www.readoz.com/#/viewer?id=hurEvdhfYz3HcH&page=7
  • You helped to bring WLRN's Michael Stock to our branch in partnership with The Music Club of Hollywood for a series focused on Folk Music together with sing-a-longs!
  • You hosted a group of outstanding high school students from Hollywood Hills High School and showed them how to use the library most effectively for this data driven age! This group came up with such creative, exciting ideas for our library!
  • You organized a free SAT/ACT program and College Prep seminars for this summer to help even the playing field for all high school students (see flyer above and help publicize this program to all teachers and families who might be interested). We are so proud of this program and thank Sanderson Test Prep and International College Counselors for contributing their time to our community!
  • You advocated for Sunday hours and Broward County Commissioners Tim Ryan and Beam Furr heard you!! Our library will soon be open on SUNDAYS!!
  • You sponsored a Book Club and Short Story Group which brings together readers who share their love of books monthly.

Remember that our MOOCS on India and Japan begin on Tuesday, July 5th! I will be curating the courses and hope to see you there. So far we have a lovely group of people who have registered. To enroll, click on this link:  stirlinglibraryfriends@gmail.com
And be sure to follow us on Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/StirlingFriends and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stirlinglibraryfriends) so that we can get all pertinent information to you! If you don't know how to do this, let me know and I will help you.

Wishing you all the best!
Hannah Handler Hostyk
Co-President of the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library

This snapshot is from our slower summer season but your efforts on behalf of the library are anything but! And all of this is accomplished with your volunteer efforts. You make all of this happen but we need your help in order to continue. Do you want to play a more active role in our Group? We are looking for people who love the library and are ready to put time into sustaining the work that we do. If you're ready, willing, and able, please email by clicking here and Julie Mukamal,my co-president, and I will meet you for a coffee to discuss how you can help our library to transform our community!! Click here: stirlinglibraryfriends@gmail.com.

SAT Course Prep and College Preparation Seminars

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library are proud to announce four free ACT/SAT test prep sessions led by Chris Sanderson, the president of Sanderson Test Prep. Test prep dates are:

Monday, August 1st

Friday, August 5th 
Monday, August 8th 
Friday, August 12th

These free sessions will be held at 1:00pm and lunch will be provided beginning at 12:15pm with a kosher option available. All high school students are invited to attend the sessions. All materials will be provided. If you're a student interested in registering, email us with your first and last name and we will add you to the roster. 

Additionally, we will be hosting two FREE College Preparation Seminars for students and parents led by International College Counselors. 

Thursday, July 28th at 6:30pm
Preparing for College: What to Look For and How to Get In! 

Competition for acceptance to colleges and universities is at an all-time high. Parents and students in the 8th -12th grades are invited to attend a special, free seminar by the expert college advisor of International College Counselors that will provide real and practical answers to crucial questions about what you need to know about how to prepare for the college admissions process.  

Seminar topics will include:

  • What should my student do now to prepare for college?
  • How can my student get into the college of his or her choice?
  • How early should my child start the college admission process?
  • What should my student look for when choosing a college?

Thursday, August 18th at 6:30pm
How to Choose A College 

Choosing a college is one of the toughest choices high school students will have to make. Parents and students in the 8th-12th grades are invited to attend a special, free seminar by the expert advisors at International College Counselors where they will discover how to narrow the thousands of options including Florida colleges, private schools, and public out-of-state colleges, and choose a school that suits your own needs and goals. Also understand the role grades, standardized tests, course load, and extracurricular activities play in order for student to get into the college of their choice.