The Broward County Library is out to show people it’s still cool.
Librarians on the second floor of the library’s main branch on Saturday were encouraging noisy visitors rather than shushing them as a few hundred people danced to blaring music or talked excitedly over vinyl records.
The library hosted the new event, called Cool Off at Main, from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants line danced and learned to paint with instructor Larry Joe Miller, or simply perused the vinyl records available for sale.
“Libraries are changing,” said Barbara Miller, programming manager at the main branch. “We thought we would try something new to bring in a new crowd.”
People of all ages came to check out the event, and some people mused that they hadn’t been to the library in six or seven years, Miller said.
The vinyl for sale resonated with the younger crowd, said Bobby Perry of Blue Note Records, who attended the event as a vendor.
“It’s always great to see young people buying records,” he said. “Music and records bring out the best in people.”