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Community Update - August 2017
​​Photo Focus: Community Reading Soars This Summer
Thousands of children in our community are the fortunate recipients of JetBlue's successful “Soar With Reading,” program, designed to get books into the hands of kids that need them most to encourage reading. Specially designed vending machines dispense new, free books for kids ages 1-14 at sites where families gather. The County’s Edgar P. Mills Center set a program record by distributing 1,900 books in the first week. Free books are also available at Broward County’s Riverland Library, and City of Fort Lauderdale’s Joseph C. Carter Park and Osswald Park through August 31st. More...
County Launches New AlertBroward Emergency Notification System
A new emergency notification system has been activated by the County. AlertBroward allows residents to stay informed about emergency incidents that may affect their safety. This system lets the County contact hundreds of thousands of residents within seconds so they can receive important information about an emergency. Messages will be sent to residents via their preferred means of contact-such as cell phone, text message or email, to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents with landlines listed in the Yellow or White Pages have been automatically subscribed to alerts by phone (excluding unlisted numbers). Residents are encouraged to register to begin receiving alerts. Signing up is quick, easy and secure on the AlertBroward website. ​ More...

​Broward Tops Nation for Education, Outreach and Service Awards
​​For the fifth year in a row, Broward County has topped the nation when it comes to the quality of its public information and public education outreach campaigns. The County won 31 awards in the 2017 National Association of County Information Officers Awards of Excellence competition, more than any other county in the nation. The County is also the recipient of a record 16 National Association of Counties awards for 2017, more than any other year for the County. The awards recognize innovative, effective and efficient County Commission programs and services. More...

​Our Water Quality Gets Top Reviews
​​The 2016 Water Quality Consumer Confidence Reports are in, and include a review of the quality of the drinking water delivered to our community last year. Once again, Broward County Water and Waste Water Services met or exceeded all standards of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The Water and Waste Water Services Quality Report is available online or residents may request a paper copy from the Customer Services Department at 954-831-3250 or by email at water@Broward.org. Visit Broward.org/WaterServices. More...

​Bring Your Tots to the New Active Learning Center
​​Broward Libraries’ new Active Learning Center (ALC) is now open for our community’s babies and toddlers. Located on the second floor of the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, the ALC is an educationally rich children’s play space that provides developmentally appropriate activities to promote school readiness in children from birth to five years old. The Center is free and open to the public and designed to look like a seaside village. It provides children the opportunity to cook and clean in a playhouse, shop at miniature stores, sail on a boat in the Big Blue Ocean, cuddle sea animals in Baby Bay, ride a train downtown, perform shows on a stage and explore countless bins of books. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

Apply Now to Foster a Shelter Pet​
​​Are you an animal lover who is looking to make a difference in the life of a needy dog or cat? Consider fostering a shelter pet from Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption. You must be a Broward resident who is at least 18 years of age and have enough available free time to nurture a special needs pet. To become a foster parent, complete the Foster Parent Application and bring it to the Animal Care and Adoption Center, 2400 SW 42nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by the Foster Program Coordinator. Learn more about the Foster Parent Program.

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Broward County Library's Wowbrary
If you enjoy reading books, watching movies and listening to great music, be sure to subscribe to Broward County’s Wowbrary newsletter and discover your new favorite titles. Each week, an email will arrive in your inbox and highlight the latest arrivals you can access with your library card. Broward County Library now offers Hoopla, an online service that provides up to eight free movies, television shows, albums, and/or eAudiobooks every month. Select from thousands of titles, including top studio releases, bestselling book titles, hit TV shows and today’s hottest music. Try Hoopla today on your PC, Mac, smart phone or tablet. And if you’re a magazine lover, the Libraries’ collection boasts of more than 230 online magazines. Now you can enjoy your leisure time with a greater variety of options than ever before—and at no cost to you! Visit Broward.org/Library​ and see what other services strike your fancy!

Broward County@Your Service highlights the programs and services of the County Commission that may be of interest to residents.

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