Short Stories with Miriam Kalett for Tuesday, April 25th

Monday, March 27, 2017

1. From Best American Short Stories, 2015
"Happy Endings" on page 32

The story can be found online at:

2. From The O'Henry Prize Stories, 2015
"A Permanent Member of the Family" on page 80

Also online as PDF @WordPress site download


Save The Date! Our next book fair is right around the corner and we hope to see new faces as well as our regular visitors. Thank you for supporting the library! 

National Honor - Library Group Earns Award for Event

Monday, March 6, 2017

By Helen Wolt
Staff Writer for Sun Sentinel
Article published in the Sun Sentinel
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library earned a 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Award for putting on one of the top events in the country. 

United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, awarded the Hollywood group and honorable mention. It is one of four named in the U.S. The top two winners are in Glendale, Ariz. and Holdrege, Neb. 

Stirling Friends co-presidents Hannah Hostyk and Julie Mukamal credit community involvement for the award. 

"What Julie and I are gifted with is understanding the need for partnerships with other community groups and reaching out beyond our library," Hostyk said. "We want our library to reflect the community." 

Partnerships include the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Music Club of Hollywood and Hollywood Hills High School. And every locally elected official is an honorary member. 

During Friends of the Library Week last October, the lineup at Stirling featured activities for all ages such as raffles, storytelling and a sing-a-long. Adults could attend a scholarly lecture. Kids were treated to Scholastic Books. "We gave away over 100 brand new, beautiful books," Hostyk said. 

The muscle behind the Stirling Library's 400 member group is its volunteers. They assist with programs all year ranging from Halloween parties to MOOCS (massive open inline courses) on subjects such as constitutional law. 

When the group requested help making a PowerPoint "Gallery of Friends," member Gabrielle Aroshas enlisted her husband, Jack Aroshas. He volunteered to kick it up a notch by producing a music video. Members sent in selfies and pictures that reveal a close-up look into the branch. Aroshas, a self-described creative guy who owns a mosaic tile business, spent hours compiling the group's story.

"I gave recognition to all the people working behind the scenes that nobody knew about except the group," Jack Aroshas said. 

The video scoped an instant hit with the United for Libraries panel. 

Stuart Hopen's new review of a book by a writer who grew up right here in Hollywood, Florida

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Finishing School - The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done

"The essence of Finishing School is a method for connecting with others in a non-judgmental way in order to get things done.  By discarding categories of good and bad, it enables the participants to focus on a goal.  The book describes an approach that could apply generically to almost any kind of project.  It emphasizes bonding and forming connections with other people in order to promote individual efforts.  It does so in a way that encourages completion without regard to the actual content—or even the actual value– of what gets completed.  The protocol could apply to anything.  The universality of the process becomes apparent when you consider that the authors were specifically addressing to what is commonly the loneliest activity in the world—the capturing of dreams, the rendering of passing ephemeral thoughts into concrete and organized form, the preservation of gathered information that otherwise resides in the leaking vessels of memory, or in the distorting streams of verbal exchange."

Read Stuart's full review here.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Have you signed up for our Constitutional Law MOOC yet? Featuring Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law. We've got a full house prepared to spend a few hours exploring Constitutional Law. Join us for the next session on Thursday, February 9th at 5:00!

Children's Art Workshop!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, December 13th from 4:00 to 5:00 as we host an art workshop for kids! 

Children in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade are invited to join the Art and Culture Center for a FREE, fun-filled art lesson at the library. Students will work with chalk pastels and black paper to create a dazzling Aurora Borealis landscape based on the book Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights. The finished piece will allow your child to bring a little bit of winter into your home.