2023 Big Read Miami Kick-Off: “Thank You Azalea, Seagrape Tree, and Sabal Palm” An exhibit of Florida nature paintings by Penny Thurer

Join us for this year’s Big Read Miami kick-off with “Thank You Azalea, Seagrape Tree, and Sabal Palm,” an exhibit of Florida nature paintings by Penny Thurer
After a multi-decade career in cultural programs management, Penny Thurer, now 81, retired and returned to her first love: painting. She uses the mediums of pastels and acrylics to reflect the vibrancy of Florida’s natural environment. …

The Big Read 2023: Miami-Dade Public Library Branch Book Discussions

Join us for a discussion of this year’s title, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, an award-winning poetry collection by poet, educator, and community gardener Ross Gay. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Program made possible by Miami Book Fair. …

Folk Herbalism for Wellness

Folk herbalist Kristina Napoles will share her approach to herbal support for whole health. Using a holistic approach, Kristina will explain how herbs support health and vitality, connecting the practical use of plants with the more spiritual aspects of accessing their life force and energy to enhance our connection to the natural world and achieve a more balanced emotional state.
Kristina practices herbalism based on traditional and empirical methods. …