Did you know that according to the 2010 Census, approximately 22% of Broward County adults are functionally illiterate?  These individuals can’t read to their children, assist with homework, complete a job application or write a basic letter.

Every day, the NSU Alvin Sherman Library staff is working diligently with the community to help reduce the illiteracy rate in Broward County. Whether it’s through children’s story times, school outreaches, or workshops for NSU students, our librarians focus on building a love for reading and making a difference in their lives.

Your Circle of Friends membership is a VITAL part of our funding and helps us make our contributions to the library and other literacy-based community projects possible.

This past year, becoming a Circle of Friend member helped fund:

• The Circle of Friends state-of-the-art Collaborative Study Room where NSU and community students can engage in group study and project work.
SeussFest! This annual community event celebrates the works and contributions of Dr. Seuss through interactive programs and activities which encourages a love for reading. This year alone, the Library gave away over 2,500 books to children who attended this event.

Over the years, the Circle of Friends has also continued to help:

• Build one of the finest print, e-book and audiobook collections in the county
• Purchase academic databases for research available to NSU students and faculty, as well as all Broward residents, employees and students
• Update critical technology to help build a nucleus of information for NSU students and the public
• Refurbish a teen room that is now a hub to hang out in after school
• Provide new furniture for the very popular children’s area

That’s why, as President of the Circle of Friends, I am asking you to help us meet the needs of the NSU and the Broward county public by renewing your membership today!

If you have already renewed, thank you for your continued loyalty. Remember, your membership donation is fully tax-deductible as allowed by the law and valid through June 30th, 2017.

To renew online, visit: nova.edu/cof
If you have any questions, please call: (954) 262-4627 or email: libdev@nova.edu


Your partner in literacy,

Michael C. Greenberg,
President, Circle of Friends

Gift from Craig & Barbara Weiner Creates Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room in NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library

A gift from Craig and Barbara Weiner to Nova Southeastern University will result in the installation of a new Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room in the Alvin Sherman Library. The gift was presented by Craig Weiner, President of the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. and his wife Barbara to NSU at the Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends Annual Gala on May 14.

The gift will fund, furnish, equip and build the new room, on the Alvin Sherman Library’s second floor. In addition, an endowed fund will be established to provide resource materials and for maintenance of the room as well as to support related special events.

“Due to the generosity of Craig and Barbara Weiner, the Alvin Sherman Library will be able to provide unique information resources for the university community including the residents of Broward County,” said Lydia Acosta, M.A., NSU vice president of information services and university librarian. “ This room will serve as an educational place of serious study and reflection on this period in history. “

Set to open in the coming academic year, the room will offer NSU students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate the horrendous acts that result from intolerance and hate.

To read more: Click here

From left to right: Kenneth Tate, Lydia M. Acosta,
Barbara Weiner, Craig Weiner, Jacqueline Travisano and Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson


Brad Meltzer Launches His Newest Book!


A priceless book, hidden in a corpse. A family secret, handed down through generations. And a woman with no memory of her past. #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns with his new novel THE HOUSE OF SECRETS.

Light refreshments will be served.

We get by with a little help from our Friends!

The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center hosted its Annual Gala and Fundraising event last Saturday, May 14th, to recognize outgoing board members, and to install new board members and officers.

Outgoing board members Laurence Maurer, President, and Rona Levitt were recognized for their devoted service. Circle of Friends also elected new additions to its Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year: Karla Avecillas, Chuck Malkus, Greg McDermott, Charles Morton, Maggie Rogers and Janet Speth. Elected for office were Michael Greenberg as President, Lorraine C. Hoffmann as Vice-President, Ann Porterfield as Secretary, and Peter Woolf as Treasurer. Additional board members include Joan Baxt, Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr., Jana Hanbury, Donna Horkey, Ronnie Oller, Gilbert Young, M.D., and Thomas Zimmerman. Ex-Officio Board members include Lydia Acosta, Elaine Blattner and Luis Muriel.

The evening began with almost 120 attendees enjoying cocktails and appetizers, followed by the Annual Meeting and dinner. Then, guests were treated to a performance by Across the Universe, a Beatles tribute band. The night ended on a sweet musical note with a parting gift from Hoffman’s Chocolates.

Underwriting was generously provided by Peter and Fran Woolf, Susie and Larry Maurer, Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla, Mike Moskowitz and Crawford Tracey Corporation. Many thanks to all the generous underwriting for their kind support.

Circle of Friends Annual Gala and Fundraiser

Circle of Friends Annual Gala and Fundraiser

The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center is hosting its Annual Gala and Fundraiser to recognize outgoing board members, and to install new board members and officers.

Come together with the Circle of Friends on Saturday, May 14 while you rock to the sounds of the “Beatles” with live entertainment from the Across the Universe band.  Enjoy cocktails and dinner with great company and amazing chance auction prizes. Proceeds from this event benefit the Alvin Sherman Library.

$125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. You can register online by May 6 at www.nova.edu/cof/annual/

For more information, please call 954-262-4627, or email libdev@nova.edu

Pink Powder Exhibition

Pink Powder brings together a group of artists whose work addresses the female form with an unapologetic intensity. Imagery varying from the quiet and ponderous to the raw and rebellious subvert the traditional role of the female muse within the canons of art history, literature and popular culture. Works ranging from painting and photography to neon and fiber-based works express an openness and agency towards action; The viewer is confronted with fantasies of revisionist history, personal or otherwise, which unabashedly expose the romantic, self-indulgent and at times morbid desires of the female subject. Artists in the exhibition: Kaye Donachie, Tracey Emin, Naomi Fisher, Ana Mendieta, Birgit Megerle, Christoph Ruckhaberle.

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Free and open to the public    sherman.library.nova.edu    954-262-4613
For more information, contact Nora Quinlan at nora@nova.edu
Cotilla Gallery hours:  Monday through Thursday, 9 AM – 9PM
Saturday, 9 AM – 8 PM and Sunday, 11 AM – 9 PM