Celebrating National Volunteer Week at BCL
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National Volunteer Week - April 10-16, 2011. Celebrating People in Action.

Volunteers are vital to the success of Broward County Library, augmenting the work of paid employees, assisting them in carrying out the day-to-day tasks of the library and enhancing the quality and timeliness of the services that Libraries Division provides the community.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, held this year from April 10-16, Broward County Library will host three volunteer recognition/appreciation events at the following library locations:

  • Tyrone Bryant Branch, 2230 N.W. 21 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
    April 18 – Volunteer Recognition Program, for active teen and adult volunteers. Come enjoy music and refreshments provided by Friends of Tyrone Bryant Library, noon.
  • Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069
    April 13 – In Honor of National Volunteer Week: Honoring Our Volunteers and Partners, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please call 954-968-3820 for more information and to register.
  • Tamarac Branch, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351
    April 13 – Teen Volunteer Appreciation and Awards, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out innovative and imaginative ways to engage their communities and demonstrate to others that by working together individuals have the fortitude to meet challenges and accomplish common goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective powers to foster positive transformation.

Broward County Library volunteers are an essential and much-appreciated part of the library’s operations. During the Fiscal Year 2010, 1,577 volunteers recorded 137, 112 hours of service at Broward County Library, contributing the equivalent of 65 full-time positions. Broward County Library attracts volunteers of all ages, from teens to senior citizens, working on tasks that range from shelving books to teaching computer classes to offering one-on-one literacy instruction.

Senior citizens involved in volunteering for the Prime Time program bring story time programs to young children in day-care centers while teens assist in the library to earn volunteer hours needed to satisfy community service requirements for school. Broward County volunteers also include college and university interns, library school students, therapy dog owners and members of the Broward Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Library, all of them contributing their time and efforts to assist Broward County Library and their community.

Volunteers are also an integral part of Broward County Library’s Learning Services. Literacy volunteers are involved as “Each One Teach One” tutors, English instructors for “English Café,” “Crossroads Café,” and U.S. citizenship classes. As of December 1, 2010, there were 333 active volunteers in these literacy programs. Thirty library branches report that volunteers are assisting in Learning Services at their locations, with more than 9,000 hours contributed annually. Their efforts have helped countless individuals and positively benefited the community by promoting and increasing literacy for all.