Broward County Libraries offer unique, educational and fun events and programs that help people of all ages commemorate Black History Month. Online resources bring African-American biography and history to your fingertips. Renowned storytellers, special discussions, dance, art, music and more make your library a special place to visit this February.   

The theme for 2014's Black History month, also called African American History Month, is "Civil Rights in America." The focus will be on important milestones by African Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. The theme for Black History Month is announced annually by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Washington DC.

county-commissionerChildren attending day care in Broward County may soon be getting a lot more exercise, better food and spend less time in front of a television. The proposal for stricter day care regulations was brought forward by Broward County Commissioner Martin David Kiar and approved by the majority of Commissioners. Broward County regulates day care centers.

The County Attorney has been asked to amend current regulations to ensure at least 40 hours of exercise, low or no fat milk products for children under two years old, and more time spent outside instead of watching television. Current regulations allow two hours of television entertainment. “I know everybody here likely knows that adult obesity and its related health consequences generally originate from childhood.

Broward County's Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) program was featured this week in Mayor Barbara Sharief's "Broward Means Business" moment. HIP serves up to 3,100 homeless per day, has provided cold weather shelters to 1,800 homeless persons this cold weather season and placed more than 650 homeless persons in homes.

Residents are encouraged to tune-in to Video Central on Tuesday's at 10 a.m. to view the County Commission's regularly scheduled meeting and learn more about "Broward Means Business." Commission meetings are also televised on participating cable channels and AT&T U-verse.

The Vice Mayor of the City of Miramar, Alexandra Davis, and The Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark will host a reception to kick off the Legacy of Marcus Garvey Exhibition in Ansin Family Art Gallery on Friday, February 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. On exhibit for the month of February, the exhibition celebrates Garvey’s lifelong contributions. The reception also will serve as the kick-off event for the free Black History Month Celebratory Event on Saturday, February 8.

During the reception, Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis will honor the following people for their contributions to the arts: Rodney Baltimore, Hot 105 – Cox Radio; Eddy Edwards, Riddims Marketing, Inc.; Neil Hall, The Urban Collective; Babacar M’bow, Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery; Jimmy Moise, Le P’ti Club; and Jacqueline Shaw, Sunshine Theater.