Meet NSU’s First Lady

“The Library is the Heart of NSU” – Jana Hanbury, Circle of Friends Board Member

A person is only as strong as his or her support system, and for President Dr. George Hanbury, that strength lies in his wife, Jana.

NSU's First Lady, Jana Hanbury, featured in March edition of Boca Raton Observer
NSU’s First Lady, Jana Hanbury, featured in March edition of Boca Raton Observer

The Boca Raton Observer featured an inside look into Mrs. Hanbury’s successes, along with some of South Florida’s other first ladies, to understand the charitable efforts and contributions these women make to the South Florida community.

May 17th: Circle of Friends Annual Meeting

The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library invites you to attend its Annual Meeting on May 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm for a celebration of this past year’s achievements, and the installation of the incoming board and officers.  You’ll also hear about Banana Wave, an up and coming company, whose determination, perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit and the support of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library turned their dream into an amazing success.

This event is open to all Circle of Friends members and their friends, and refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, please email or call 954-262-4627.



The Dorm Doctor

Join the Circle of Friends and Carolyn S. George on April 27th, 2017, as she talks about her book, The Dorm Doctor, a handbook targeted to college students and their parents to help them prepare for the college experience and the many potential health related pitfalls that accompany the journey.

The Dorm Doctor is a health handbook intended for both parents and students.

  • How to maintain a healthy life in a college setting
  • Guidance on how to identify and manage common illnesses
  • Do’s and don’ts that all students should know to keep them healthy during the school year.
  • Answers for parents when they call home not feeling well

Carolyn S. George, MD, author of “The Dorm Doctor” and founder/owner of VIDA Integrative Medicine, is dedicated to providing personalized healthcare by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness through an approach called Functional and Integrative Medicine. Her functional medical approach helps her find answers so she can treat the root cause of disease instead of just treating the symptoms. She works closely with her patients to explore their health and identify areas of improvement with both traditional medicine as well as nutritional support to maximize their health and well being.


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Save the date for Circle of Friends Annual Gala

Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library will hold its Annual Gala and Fundraiser “A Night of Dueling Pianos” on Saturday evening, May 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will be provided by Fun Pianos! By 176 Keys and the event will be held in the Sherman Library’s Geraldine and Morton Terry Atrium. This will be a rocking and rolling night of delicious dining and cocktails accompanied by music and fun not to be missed!

Thanks to the kind support of generous members, the Circle of Friends have been supporting the programs, services and resources of the Sherman Library in many ways such as:

  • Expanding the academic collection for students and faculty
  • Creating an innovative state of the art Collaborative Study Room for group study and conversation
  • Providing support over the past two years for SeussFest!- a signature annual event that addresses literacy issues facing our South Florida community by helping to foster a love for life-long learning and reading
  • And so much more.

The Circle of Friends has made great strides in building a better library, but there is so much more to be done. You can help support the library by attending and underwriting the Gala. Just click on this link: or for more information, call 954-262-4627.

With more Friends, we can do more. For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please click on this link: or call 954-262-4627 or email To sign up for a library card, please visit


        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:
If you have any questions, please call: (954) 262-4627 or email:


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.