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The Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, in partnership with Florida Center for the Book, celebrates Haitian Heritage Month with a book discussion of Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat.

Everything Inside

Friday, May 14, 2021


This program aims to shed light on the diverse experiences of bold Haitian women in the fictional settings of Florida and Haiti, who reflect their culture with pride and resilience amidst various challenges. Danticat uses the characters in these emotional short stories to portray the themes of betrayal, death, and love. This Zoom book discussion event is open to members of the public 18 and over.

The first 25 persons who wish to obtain a free copy of the book to prepare for the discussion will be able to collect one at the Library. To register for this program please call 954-630-4374 or email

VITA Virtual Tax Preparation 2021

Please see the link below for VITA Virtual Tax Preparation 2021 brought to you by the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library in partnership with Hispanic Unity of South Florida. Services will be available from February 17, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Documents may be uploaded 24/7 but live certified tax specialists will be available Monday and Friday 10am-1pm for customers who need live assistance. For customers not requiring live assistance, IRS certified staff will take over the transaction once documents have been uploaded to this platform. VITA staff will contact the taxpayer with questions, prepare and review the tax return for accuracy before submitting it to the IRS.


Curbside Pick-up

The Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library is closed to the public until further notice, but curbside pick-up is available. To request materials, you must have an Oakland Park Library card in good standing.

Call the library during staff hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 954-630-4370 or send an e-mail to to request materials. The turnaround time will be 24 hours, or next business day.

  • Once materials are pulled and checked out, staff will call patrons to let them know materials are ready for pick-up.
  • Patrons can knock on front door or call the library when they arrive. Please stand 6 feet away from the door and staff will open the door and place materials outside.
  • If an item is not owned by the library, it will be treated as a patron request and procured through the Library’s usual process.

While the Library is closed, check out our list of remote resources and activities on the library’s catalog website! Click here to access the page!

Mango Languages provides fun audio-visual lessons to over 70 languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Cultural and specialty themed lessons such as Wine and Cheese French, along with foreign language films are also available. Use your library card number to sign up and create your own personal login to track your progress during each lesson and to access Mango Languages online or through mobile apps anywhere at any time. 
Click here to access Mango Languages today!
View tutorial video here. Find out how to get started with your library card here.
For more information or assistance, contact the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library at (954) 630-4370.
Freegal Music with Streaming

Freegal is a music service from your library. You can access it from any device with an internet connection and all you need is your library card number and PIN number. Once you are logged in you can stream music for 3 hours daily or download 3 songs each week. Song and music video files that you download are yours to keep forever (Each video download counts as 2 of your weekly allotment).

Free Mobile apps for Apple and Android devices are available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Freegal offers access to about 11 million songs and 18,000 music videos, including the world’s largest Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 30,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries.

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Book Readers Live Longer!

This article from the Smithsonian showcases an interesting new study that reveals book readers may live longer over those who do not ever read a book. 

Need to find a good book to read each day to keep the doctor away? 
Visit the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library in person to find your favorite book or click on the eBook collection to access the Library’s online books for free with your library card
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You are also invited to attend the Friends of the Library’s Used Book Sales too. Call (954) 630-4370 for more information.