Banner Image Missing
Free "Stand Up Speak Out: Community Conversations" at Main Library
- Public discussions explore the differences that unite us -
BROWARD COUNTY, FL “Stand Up Speak Out: Community Conversations” on American core values explores the meaning of being an American through interactive, informative programs meeting from 1 to 2:30PM on Saturday, October 26th, November 23rd, and December 7th at Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444.

Participants can attend all three programs or the program of their choice; each program is stand-alone. The series opens on October 26th with the showing of American Creed, a PBS documentary on what America’s ideals and identity ought to be. The film interprets different kinds of American civic activism and models the exemplary, respectful dialogue that “Community Conversations” seeks to support in public libraries around the country. A discussion following the film will be led by Timothy Dixon, J.D., Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History and Political Science.  

The following month, Jane Koszoru of the League of Women Voters will speak and host a conversation on November 23rd. Talk topics include the history of voting in the U.S., participation in our democracy, voter education and the role of the League of Women Voters, which encourages informed, active participation in government and voter advocacy. Voter registration forms will be available.

The series concludes on December 7th with a discussion of Dan Rather’s book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. The television journalist examines the institutions that elevate and sustain us, such as libraries, schools and parks, and the values that have transformed us, such as the civil rights struggle and the drive toward science and innovation.

All sessions of this program are free and open to the public; preregistration on Eventbrite is requested. For additional information, contact Jill Sears at or 954-357-7417. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries.

About Broward County Libraries Division 
Broward County Libraries Divisionnamed 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter

 DATE:August 16, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402